Received this book in exchange for an honest review
Paladin is a doozie! Lady Samantha, aka Sam, lost her mother in a demon attack. With a father who couldn't care less, Sam takes on the journey to become a Paladin (think Mulan, except she's fighting demons, not the Huns.) Along with the half demon Braeden, she is assigned as trainee to Paladin Tristan . Aka, the dream boat who helped her during the demon attack that killed her mother.
This book is a fine mixture of Mulan and The Night's Watch from Game of Thrones. It's got the whole cross dressing female ready to fight a war, backstabbing by allies,and a bunch of big headed men fighting demons (white walkers of this world.) It's so much fun!!
I make it sound like this book is someone what silly, but it's really not. Aside from the fun, light bantering between Tristan and Sam, Paladin is a quite serious story. Sam is basically having an identity crisis throughout the book. It's emotional and slightly heart-wrentching if you try to put yourself in her shoes. Does she have to be just Sam, Paladin trainee? Or can she be Lady Samatha as well? Braeden, similarly, doesn't know if he is more human or demon. Doesn't know if he deserves to be loved or to love. Tristan...well, he has skeletons in his closets, demons in his past, etc. etc., you know how it goes.
Really, this book is quite lengthy and you have to give it time. The length, however feels just right. Unfortunately, I didn't find this book particularly astounding. I wasn't bored, but the pages never put me on edge ever. Slater tries to pull off the whole Star-crossed lovers, the demon and human can never be, but doesn't do it very well. Braeden was kind of a pushover and too nice, while sam was the go-getter.
What I can tell you is that if you're looking for a book with a strong female character, this is the one for you:
"'This is no fairy tale, little girl,' he said into her ear as she started to slump. ' No one's coming to save you.'
Before her vision could fade to black, she clasped her hands together and drove the hilt of the sword into his gut. 'I don't need to be saved. I'll damn well save myself.'"
Overall, A definite 3 star. The sequel will be worth the read and I definitely will be picking it up, but it's not one of those books that I'll be counting the days till it comes out.