Christian romance fantasy book review: Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman
Once again, I seek fantasy and find emotional turmoil
You’d think I’d learn. I love fantasy. That type of story needs a good romance. However, when the romance dominates the tale to be told, huge portions of the book are spent discussing tingles, flushes, palpitations, longings, guilt, fear of rejection, touches, kisses, and on and on. My guess is at least 40% of Chivalrous was spent on such drivel. The romance was a good one, but I want to hear about their growing relationship, character revealed, not the lusts of the flesh. Yes, this excessive emotionalism is lust as it is all about the flesh and its desires.
But, the story is excellent
I don’t like historical novels either, but this tale was fictionalized into an interesting analysis of the culture. The characters are well-drawn. The plots has twists and excitement aplenty. You’ll enjoy this book.
The spiritual level is solidly evangelical
There’s no preaching, almost nothing religious. The spiritual level is solid and realistically delivered. This is a good book: clean, not overly violent, and clearly showing the Hand of God in the lives of His people.
If you like romances, you’ll love this book. If you like historical fiction, this is fantasy, but well-done. If you like fantasy, this is a joy—once you get past the horror of “illicit” longings lodged in false guilt.