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Paladin (Paladin #1)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  3,599 Ratings  ·  399 Reviews
The debut novel from the #1 Fantasy writer on Wattpad is finally here!

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 Pal
Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published May 14th 2015 by Perfect Analogy Publishing (first published May 10th 2015)
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Rachel Carter
May 27, 2016 Rachel Carter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy-paperback
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5 STARS. FIVE “I got no sleep last night because of this book” stars.


Okay, so this book has been calling out to me since I saw Emmeline post a review about it: HERE. Then I forgot the book’s name and was checking my Amazon page and WHAT DO YOU KNOW? This little precious is #1 in YA fantasy and, oh yeah, my books are listed right next to Sally’s on “Readers Who Bought This Also Bought This” so that pretty much had me dying of
Apr 17, 2016 Katerina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, arc
“If this were a fairy tale,I'd be my own Gods damned knight.”

Wait,that's it???No more demon slayers and kickass warriors and rebels and general awesomeness??Sally Slater,you'd better be writing a sequel!

“All of her training had been for this.For a chance to become her own hero.”

Lady Samantha of Haywood didn't want to marry some rich husband and secure her family line.She wanted to become a warrior to avenge her mother's death and help the people in her country.So,she disguised herself as
Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
"She paused, uncertain of what kind of help to pray for. Finding a good husband? Someone who made her parents happy? Someone who loved her? Someone she loved? She didn't want a husband, not really. In her heart of hearts, she wanted more. She just didn't know what 'more' looked like"


"Watching her fight was like watching a thunder storm— powerful and violent and beautiful."


You may think Samantha's just a young girl in sought of vengeance, but who said that was a bad thing?
Lady Samantha, w
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
I am on a roll, my friend!

I'd like to steal a line and say "I'm on a rollercoaster that only goes up, my friend" but that's like begging for the next book to suck. So all I'll say is luck is on my side, cause that's two books in a row that I've enjoyed immensely and lately, with my luck, that's mercy ^_^

So I'm going to go for a simple bullet list cause I'm actually supposed to be doing something else, but who cares? Procrastination at its best.

She wanted to be a warrior and a woman, but s
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
BR with the wonderful Chelsea and Harriet. That better be epic. We need it.

Nothing made me despise this story enough to rate it even though I can't finish it, but I can't be bothered to read more of this simplistic and repetitive writing. Sorry for being an asshole, I guess?

"There were tall boys and short boys - though none as short as she - fat boys and skinny boys, boys in second-hand clothes and boys dressed in expensive fashion. Some, like her, stood alone while others stood in groups, tal
Liz* Fashionably Late
29.2 % BR with Flash!

See what I did there? :P


Too many years ago, when I was just a child, my mom sat me in front of the TV and we saw together Yentl. Babs was this amazing woman in a world of men trying to achieve the impossible. Later, I couldn't let go the feeling that as a woman sometimes I would have to do more, try harder and even fight my way in.

Paladin is Sam's story. As many women, she wants to stand out in a man's world. Her dream and biggest ambition is to be p
Norah Una Sumner
“You best have dagger hidden underneath those skirts.”
Sam patted the small lump on the right side of her hip,the bulge on her left,and then felt for a ridge by her ankles.
She had three.”



Sam,you beautiful human,you are probably one of my favourite female characters OF ALL TIME.I seriously loved reading about Sam and her adventures.I loved her character develop
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Lady Samantha was born into aristocracy and has grown up loving swords and wanting to be a warrior. Well, her father is just concerned about finding her a proper husband, so she can start having babies and fulfill her duties as a lady. A major tragedy occurs, which spurs Samantha to take control of her life and begin a controversial and secretive career.

She assumes a new identity as a male and signs up to train with an elite group of warrior protectors called the Paladins. Her trainer and mentor
Mar 04, 2016 Radmila rated it really liked it
Recommended to Radmila by: S.J. Abbo
4 STARS!!!

After Lady Samantha's mother is killed by a demon, she promise herself to do whatever is in her power to fight this monsters.

She couldn't change the past, but she could change the future.

Two years later, Lady Samantha, now called Sam of Haywood enrolls in program for Paladins. Paladins are group of train soldiers, with only one purpose. To kill demons. To become paladin, Samantha needs to disguise, hide who she really is. A woman. There is no place for woman in paladin's world. As a be
Ash Reads
Oct 18, 2015 Ash Reads rated it really liked it
3.5 - I read this via Kindle Unlimited.

So, this book wasn't bad....but neither was it as amazing as I had hoped it would be. For the most part I quite enjoyed it....I thought Sam was great, and I really loved the relationship Sam had with Braeden and Tristan, who were pretty bad ass in their own way.

The plot though..............Yes, it kept the characters moving, but, in all honesty I didn't really see a point to the overall storyline. Now, after saying that, I have to also add that, that is oka
Oct 19, 2015 Vippi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
~ I received this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review ~

Okay, with this one it has been love at first sight.

This book is... AMAZING!

Paladin is action- packed, twisted, compelling and it literally blew me away.
Maybe it's not perfect - there are some minor issues - but seriously, who cares when a book is this unputdownable?

I loved the story and even more the characters, that IMO are the greatest strength of this book.

Bonus point: the alternation of Tristan's, Sam's & Braeden'
Sherwood Smith
May 23, 2016 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fantasy
A thoroughly fun fantasy swashbuckler with a thread of sweet romance.

Sam--Lady Samantha--dons boys' clothing after her beloved mother is killed by a demon, and leaves home to join the Paladins, who are dedicated to demon fighting. She finds herself paired up with Tristran, the First of the Paladins, along with a boy who is half-demon, and thus reviled against by the rest of the trainees.

Barely have the three of them been trained before Tristran, who is a straight-forward, honest, but not altoget
Mike (the Paladin) took me forever to finish this book, not because it's a bad book, but because it's available on Wattpad and I have to read it on my computer. I really don't enjoy reading on my computer. I'm not even fond of reading from my Kindle.

So, I kept putting off getting back to the book.

That said what we have here is a pretty good story of a young (female) warrior who wants to become one of an order of paladins.

We follow her through some fairly standard training and overcoming scenes. She meet
Jun 02, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I had purchase this via my kindle some time ago and was double minded about reading it. I conceded eventually and I can safely say that my only regret is not reading it earlier.

This book is how a book should be written.

I'm not going to go into a synopsis of what the story is about ( you can read that on GR for yourself ). What I will say however is that I absolutely love the storyline, narrative, characters, pace and the direction the story took. I found it to be believable and nothing like the
She wanted to be a warrior and a woman, but she wasn't allowed to be both. So she'd made her decision, and if given a second chance she would make it again.

I would hate to live in Sam's world.
It's a terrible time, where women are trapped and don't have the opportunities the men have.
And all Sam wants is to become a Paladin (a demon slayer). So what does she do?

Sam runs away, chops off her hair and pretends to be a boy.

This ultimately just led to some of the most awkward, embarrassing and hil
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But on a serious note, I think her reason for pretending to be a boy is quite noble. Plus, unlike Mulan who had no idea of what she's doing, our heroine slash hero is already good at fighting. It's awesome!!
Somewhere along the way, she get
Camly Nguyen
Jun 18, 2015 Camly Nguyen rated it really liked it
4.5 stars :'3
I'm actually kind of surprised that I liked it so much considering how the beginning was really not exceptional.

Ok people. I have found something quite important that I needed to voice out. STOP COMPARING EVERY BOOK TO GAME OF THRONES. The only resemblance between this book and GoT is that there are kingdoms and that there are characters in the book. Wow such similarities. Much likeness. If anything, I would say that Paladin is more like Throne of Glass or even better yet, Alanna,
Pamela J. (Fantasy Book Nook)
This book can best be described as Mulan with a twist- instead of the Hun there are demons. Like Mulan, Samantha or Sam, lives in a sexist society where women are expected to adhere to propriety and marry young. However, Sam has other desires and decides to take charge of her destiny by cutting off her hair, pretending to be a man, and joining the Paladins- an elite group of warriors dedicated to protecting the country from demons. It is a cliché, but most stories these days are. What ultimately ...more
Cee (The Mistress Case)
Unrated Review Because the Stars Don't Matter

Judging from its cover and Goodreads summary, Paladin was not what I pictured, which is quite frustrating to say when these words border right between positivity and negativity. My judgment can tip over to any side, so here's my mixed opinion of the good and bad:

The whole girl-disguises-as-boy-to-fight has been done countless times in the fantasy genre and this book won't stand out.

The writing was too simplistic and dull for my taste, but at least tim
Mila BlackSheep BS
Paladin had it's ups and downs but, as it seems to happen with so many Young Adult books where the heroine pretends to be a boy, Sam lacks personality and has a deep insecurity about her looks that can only be adressed when a guy tells her she's pretty. She was a presented as strong and brave for disliking dresses and acting "like a guy" but she still needs to be validated by the male characters.

I hate that, I would reather a female MC who knows what she's capable of and doesn't need a guy to te
S.J. Abbo
Feb 10, 2016 S.J. Abbo rated it it was amazing
Wath we have here is YA fantasy romance with a strong heroine, great fantasy world, and a great romance. If that still isn't good enough for you then let see what else…

Interesting story – chack
Good writing – chack
Fine dialog– chack
Great characters – chack
Humor- chack
Friendship –chack
Action and intrigue – chack
Hot, brooding bad boy-type love interest – chack, chack, chack …

Did I mention hot, brooding bad b….. Ooooh yes, sorry (blush)!


“If this were a fairy tale, I'd be my own Gods damned knight
Aug 19, 2015 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, wattpad
4 stars is bit too much but this book held my attention and it made me go back to it even though I had very little spare time lately.It's bit raw and amateurish at time but I had lot of fun with it and considering "polished" version should come out in this year I am willing to give it one extra star.
Sep 30, 2016 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, favorites-2016
4,5 very good one!


Kurz vorweg erzählt: Die Autorin Sally Slater hatte "Paladin" zunächst Stück für Stück vollständig auf Wattpad veröffentlicht, bis es dann in überarbeiteter Fassung im Verlag erschien. Schon dabei hat sie zahlreiche Fans gewonnen, die mit Freuden das Buch später (obwohl sie es im Prinzip schon kannten) "noch einmal" gelesen/gekauft haben. Fairerweise muss man aber sagen, die Überarbeitung war enorm. Die Autorin erklärte es so, im Prinzip e
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)


PALADIN was a dark and entangled world where demons roam killing anything in their paths, and lies and deception baths the streets of their world, and one girl is willing to fight for what she believes in, even if she has to become someone else in the process…

THE PALADIN was such a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed! I was pleasantly surprisedof how much I ended up liking this book. Because to be honest, I didn't have very high hopes for it after reading the synopsis. It sounded to
Jul 30, 2015 Tracy rated it really liked it
Paladin by Sally Slater is another Wattpad success story. It currently sits at…wait for it… 11.4 million reads and 258K votes and has now been published. It has over 840 ratings on Goodreads - not bad for a book that was published in May this year.

Lady Samantha Heywood, daughter of the Duke of Hayward is a young woman whose life is laid out before her – duty and marriage. Samantha knows she wants more in life, but isn’t sure what “more” is. After witnessing the murder of her mother by a demon an
Oct 26, 2015 Muse-ic rated it it was amazing
Alrighty Bros! I know some of you haven't read this book yet, so I will not cover this review with an epic spoiler alert because you may want to read some of it.
There WILL be epic spoilers in this review. That I can promise you. But I will warn you. In fact it should be pretty easy to avoid the spoilers since the only non-spoilery section will be the beginning, where I will be speaking generally. After that, I will let you know that the spoilers are about to begin, so it will be "read at you ow
Catherine Ford
Dec 29, 2015 Catherine Ford rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It is strange, this book didn't have a great story line, the detail was really lacking until the last third of the book where it suddenly turned it up! So many things were inconsistent regarding the paladin training, travelling distances, demons... And the plot was pretty predictable, there was only one surprise that I didn't see coming! Yet I really enjoyed this book! It was the amazing characters that brought it all to life. I haven't read a book where the characters stand out so much and can ...more
C P  Cabaniss
*I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I requested this book because I love fantasy and it seemed fairly interesting. When I started I thought it would be enjoyable, but I didn't have high expectations. I got a lot more than I thought I would.

The characters were fun, the story interesting, the world well developed. It wasn't overly complex, but for the intended audience I think that works well. It was addictive. I had a hard time putting it down. Th
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Very enjoyable book about Sam and her adventures of being a boy/Paladin.

The author did a great job of throwing in some comedic areas to break apart the seriousness of their journey into the West.

I loved the Demon aspect and never saw the Master and who he was coming....totally threw me for a loop!

I'm still debating whether I am going to read the next book in the series because I was kinda depressed with the triangle thingy.
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When she's not writing, Sally is a public relations professional at a financial communications consultancy in New York City. She also da
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