I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dauntless by Elisa A. Bonnin
Published by Feiwel & Friends on August 2, 2022
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / General, Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic, Young Adult Fiction / LGBTQ
Format: ARC, eBook
A teen girl must bring together two broken worlds in order to save her nation in this lush, Filipino-inspired young adult fantasy novel from debut author Elisa A. Bonnin.
“Be dauntless, for the hopes of the People rest in you.”
Seri's world is defined by very clear rules: The beasts prowl the forest paths and hunt the People. The valiant explore the unknown world, kill the beasts, and gain strength from the armor they make from them. As an assistant to Eshai Unbroken, a young valor commander with a near-mythical reputation, Seri has seen first-hand the struggle to keep the beasts at bay and ensure the safety of the spreading trees where the People make their homes. That was how it always had been, and how it always would be. Until the day Seri encounters Tsana.
Tsana is, impossibly, a stranger from the unknown world who can communicate with the beasts - a fact that makes Seri begin to doubt everything she's ever been taught. As Seri and Tsana grow closer, their worlds begin to collide, with deadly consequences. Somehow, with the world on the brink of war, Seri will have to find a way to make peace.
"Dauntless captures the best parts of every action-packed fantasy—breathtaking scenes of power and victory that push the limits of human tenacity. This is a triumphant tale of courage and self discovery that will make you believe in your own strength." —Kylie Lee Baker, author of The Keeper of Night
DAUNTLESS is an incredible and refreshing YA fantasy, with all of my favorite elements. Sapphic warriors from opposite sides of a conflict meeting together! Court intrigue! Adventure! Really incredibly lush scenery! ARCHERY. I recommend picking it up. Four stars.