A Daring Sacrifice: ARC Review

Publication Date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher: Zondervan
Series: An Uncertain Choice #2
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley
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For three years, the Cloaked Bandit has terrorized Wessex, robbing the nobility by knifepoint and a well-placed arrow. But little dos anyone know, this bandit is in fact Juliana Wessex, the rightful ruler of the land and a girl her tyrannical uncle—the current Lord Wessex—believes was killed along with her father.

Juliana has become skilled at hiding from Lord Wessex in the forest, using her stolen goods to provide food and shelter to the peasants her uncle has taxed into poverty. But when she robs Collin Goodrich, her red hair betrays her true identity. Lord Collin remembers Juliana from their childhood—and challenges her to stay on his estate for a week in hopes she will leave her thieving ways and become a proper lady once more. Juliana is intrigued by Collin and his charms, but only time will tell if he can overcome her distaste of the nobility—as well as win her heart.





Thank you to Netgalley and Zondervan books for granting me access to this title in exchange for an honest review. 

I am really enjoying this series by Jody Hedlund. Medieval history has always been fascinating to me, and she manages to write very vivid tales of gallant heroes and their fair maidens. I also have a thing for Robin Hood stories, so of course I had to read this book! 

While I did enjoy the first book a little more than A Daring Sacrifice, it still was an enjoyable read. Just like book one, there were certain Christian elements since Hedlund is a Christian writer, but it was not overwhelming or in your face. If you know the story of Robin Hood, then you know that King Richard  joined the Crusades which was a war based on religion. ADS mentioned nothing of the Crusades or King Richard though. 

Julianna was an ok character. I did not connect with her like I wanted to. I connected more with Rosemarie in book one. Julianna was a little too reckless and immature with her decision making. She was so stubborn and that caused a lot of issues toward the end of the book. She realizes that her stubbornness caused it all, which was good because it meant that she accepted her mistakes and wanted to learn from them. I liked how she was trying to do everything for her people. Not many noblemen or noblewomen would have done as much as she had for the peasants in her care. But she had little regard for her safety even though it would hurt others if anything happened to her. 

Collin was likable enough. While at the start of the book he was an arrogant rich Lord, he quickly changed into someone more genuine and caring once he met Julianna and saw what she and the peasants were dealing with. One thing that bugged me throughout the book was his constant use of the word "Sweetheart" towards Julianna. Was that even a word back then? It was just so annoying and pretentious of him to call a woman he barely knew Sweetheart. Ick. 

I enjoyed the cameo's from the knights that were present in book one. Even if it was just a little part, their presence still made me smile. It seems we will see more from them in the coming book based on the end of A Daring Sacrifice. 

The plot was steady enough with the writing. It moved at a really good pace so that there were no boring parts, even during the party scenes. Hedlund's writing as usual, lacks nothing. I do wish it was a little bit longer, but it was written for the younger YA crowd so it couldn't be too long. But nevertheless, Hedlund did well for how short the book was. It did leave me immediately wanting the next book, since there was a nice cliffhanger at the end. 

Some readers have expressed disliked at the torture mentioned in the book. From what other works I have read and seen, Hedlund's description of torture was mild compared to others. But, if you do not want to read about any kind of torture, you might want to skip this one. 



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