"Imagine Game of Thrones with less blood and more gender confusion and you get a taste of this knightly epic." — The Guardian
Brash, cocky, and unbeatable with a sword (well, almost), Sam of Haywood is the most promising Paladin trainee in the kingdom of Thule… and knows it. The only problem is that Sam is really Lady Samantha, daughter of the seventeenth Duke of Haywood, and if her father has his way, she’ll be marrying a Paladin, not becoming one.
But Sam has never held much interest in playing damsel-in-distress, and so she rescues herself from a lifetime of boredom and matrimonial drudgery. Disguised as a boy, Sam leaves home behind to fight demons-—the most dangerous monsters in Thule—-alongside the kingdom’s elite warriors. Pity that Tristan Lyons, the Paladin assigned to train her, is none other than the hero of her childhood. He hasn’t recognized her–yet–but if he does, he’ll take away her sword and send her packing.
Sam is not the only trainee hiding secrets: Braeden is a half-demon with a dark past that might be unforgivable. Whether he can be trusted is anyone’s guess, including his.
As demons wreak havoc across the land, rebellion stirs in the West, led by a rival faction of warriors.
A war between men is coming, and Sam must pick a side. Will saving the kingdom cost her life–or just her heart?
Paladin begins when Lady Samantha decides to live her dreams. She feels her father is no longer there for her, and it is now time to move on. But she never expected the two men she would meet and grow close to along the way. And as people find out her secret she is not sure who she can trust, and when her heart becomes involved things get even more complicated.
Paladin was a very good read! It starts off very intriguing, and then just gets better as the story goes on. It's not all just fighting either, it has a little bit of romance to it too. I adored Sam in this book. She was very strong, and wouldn't back down for what she believed in it. It was also nice to get to see the point of view of both male leads and how different they were.
I enjoyed this book a whole lot! It would be awesome to read more as well. I adored the ending too, although I was kind of hoping it would be a happier ending it still ended nicely.