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Adventures and Adversities

(Tales of Taelis #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  34 reviews
One day Alditha is content living with her family, the next she is taking her friend's place to serve at the king’s castle. Her father's final instructions, to keep smiling and to do what is right, will be harder to live out than she ever imagined. She will face a royal nephew who delights in making people miserable, an angry servant girl who will stop at nothing to get wh ...more
Paperback, 1st, 314 pages
Published November 21st 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Oct 28, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Every book I write has a special place in my heart. This one is the story of a girl and her struggle of faith during a hard time in her life.
Kelsey Bryant
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Holman’s Tales of Taelis has been intriguing me for a number of years, but I never actually read any until this summer. I read her fourth book in the series before it was published and then read Adventures and Adversities, the beginning. I was struck with how natural Ms. Holman’s writing style felt for this type of story, its time and place. It has a simple, old-fashioned feel that expresses the tales so well.

I thought this was a great introduction for kids to life in the Middle Ages, wher
So much better than I expected—and I expected a good, satisfying story.
Amanda Tero
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alditha's decision in the first chapter hooked me, as it instantly threw her into a new life. What choices would she make throughout her life? Would she ever be reunited with those she loved?

I found the story very interesting, with a couple of plot twists and much excitement. Definitely a lot of adventure.

There was romance in this book (falling in love, holding hangs, some hugging) but it didn't bother me. Were I in my teens it probably would have induced daydreams.
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Adventures and Adversities is an enchanting, faith-filled story, filled with endearing characters who will whisk you away to another time and place for a marvelous page-turning adventure!
Fantastic! I loved this book. The pace was wonderful, the characters were real, and the settings were like those of a fairy-tale. Sarah manages to take the reader through a multitude of emotions, and leaves you with a satisfying ending as well as sound biblical encouragement.
I will be looking forward with great anticipation
Angie Thompson
So, not my first read from Sarah Holman, but my first foray into her Tales of Taelis series. :) I was impressed with a lot of aspects of the medieval setting, including some things that we often fail to think about, like how limited the lives of peasants generally were. Also, the focus stayed primarily on their lives as peasants, without getting terribly wrapped up in court intrigues, etc. like many books of the genre.

I really liked Alditha, both for her cheerfulness and for the fact
Adventures and Adversities by Sarah Holman was a sweet story with really an amazing message! :)

Peasants, troubling times, devious plots, and unexpected changes ... A sweet story of love. And an awesome spiritual theme. I enjoyed reading of Alditha, the main character, amidst the medieval-like, fantasy world she lives in. I love the medieval era, and that was the feel that Sarah Holman gave this book!

I liked William and his little sister Eleanor. I was expecting a different relations
This was a good, simple read. I was kept interested by the characters, setting, and storyline. While I think I would have enjoyed this story more a few years ago, it still is a book that young and old will enjoy.

Alditha, content with her life, is sent away to serve at a castle...there she must find how to trust in God and be of help to those she cares for. I appreciate all the spiritual content. God is a huge part of the characters life and many good lessons are revealed in this book
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I had been eagerly waiting to read this book by long time blog friend, Sarah Holman, and when I got to read it, I was not disappointed.

I found myself nodding my head along, relating to the main character, Alditha, in her struggle to find joy in the midst of difficulty and trial. I love how each of the characters are real and identifiable in their journey of faith. Sarah did an excellent job of portraying through storytelling prose the age old struggle to find the meaning and purpose
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a wonderful story.
The story line was amazing and the characters were the best.

*I received a copy of "Adventures and Adversities" in exchange for my honest opinion*
Deborah O'Carroll
I was a little uncertain if I would like this at first, but I was pulled into this story and ended up quickly absorbed, and enjoyed it very much! :)

I really grew to like these characters! Alditha, our heroine, who tries to find the good in the midst of hardship. Her sweet little friend Eleanor, such a bubbly and feisty thing. :) But mostly William, Eleanor’s brother, who may have a thing for Alditha... ;) He was brave and good and kind and heroic, and I really liked his character! I
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading Sarah Holman's epic novel, A Different Kind of Courage, last year, I've been itching to tackle another of her books. Adventures and Adversities didn't let me down. It's fantastic.

Alditha lives during the Middle Ages in the distant land of Taelis. After being snatched from her family's village by an overbearing king, she is forced to work as a servant in Castle Delmore. As a lowly servant, she is often picked on by those of royalty and wealth, and still beaten down by others of even her own status.

Alicia Willis
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
Recommended to girls ages 10-15.
Mild (innocent) Romance

Adventures and Adversities: the title of the book says it all! Young peasant girl Alditha experiences various trials and temptations in her eventful journey through the realms of various lords. Her struggles will doubtless remind you of some of your own experiences and can help one realize how looking upwards will give us the strength to bear unpleasant circumstances.

There were many aspects I liked
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is now definitely one of my favorites. I was quite surprised at how fast I read it. It is 44 chapters long, but the chapters are quite short and that is something I liked about it. I loved Alditha! Her self-sacrifice for her friend Marion’s happiness was very touching to see, and I loved how she kept a cheerful attitude through everything. I actually got tears in my eyes a couple times.

Others characters:

William—I really liked his character. He loves his sister E
Hailey Rose
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Adventures and Adversaries. And I certainly didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. :) The story—a sweet girl giving up what she wants in order for her friend to have what she’s always desired; a thoughtful young man who takes her under his wing—most of the book had me going “awwww!!!!” :)

Plot/Storyline: 5/5
Wow. I was surprised at how amazingly well planned out this story was.

Characters: 5/5
They were so beautiful, l
Claire Banschbach
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really sweet story about faith and love! I read it all almost in one sitting, I was so pulled in to the story. I think I might have liked the secondary characters better than Alditha because they were the ones to remind her to keep smiling and maintain her faith! Recommended if you like stories in a medieval setting or stories of faith! Can't wait to get into the second in the series!
I just today finished listening to the audiobook of this story. Thank goodness for Audiobooks. The narrator was- OK- but the book was better. It was a good, old fashioned, clean and wholesome adventure story about three young people who have to come through incredibly difficult circumstances, as well as the trials of life, whilst keeping their faith and loyalty one another. The relatively young author has created a remarkably good story, with characters I genuinely came to care about.

As Medieva
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This is another review I am shamefully just getting to. I think I won a Kindle copy of this book over a year ago, and yet life got so hectic that I forgot to actually read it. Why I took so long, I don't know, but I am so glad I decided to pick this book up.


Alditha (don't you just love her name?) is a young peasant girl who knows nothing but the simple life she had always led. Tragedy has struck her family on more than one occasion, most recently in the deat

My Thoughts:
When I saw that Sarah Holman had come out with a new book set in the medieval times, I was really excited since spaceships and the Milky Way are not the type of book I necessarily enjoy (unless the Milky Way comes covered in chocolate and filled with caramel). :D Anyway, off of the subject of chocolate, I was thrilled when Sarah Holman agreed to allow me the privilege of reviewing her book, and promptly set to reading it.

Knowing that Sarah Holman is a Christian woma
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this book. I liked it even better than Sarah Holman's Destiny Trilogy, though I enjoyed the Destiny Trilogy immensely.

I'll start off with the cons, to get them over with. The only cons I found in this book were technical ones. First, there are a lot of typos. Second, the cover images for the paperback could have stood to be at a higher resolution. Third, there were some errors with the interior formatting, the most major being that the page headers were not remove
Rebekah Morris
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I've had this book on my kindle for several months now just waiting for me to be in the right mood and have time. I'm glad I read it. While I'm not a big fan of the Middle Ages, this story was enjoyable. It also had a wonderful message of choosing to find the good things instead of letting your gaze be on the trouble around you.
I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.

(There were a few typos here and there, but the book could have been updated since I got my copy.)
Allison Hawbaker
This is the first book I have read by this author and I loved it. A wonderful story about trusting God and looking for the good in difficult times. it was both exciting and sweet. I loved getting to know Aldithea, following her through her joys, struggles, and her interactions with the other wonderful characters in this story.

I'm look forward to reading other books by this author.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What I Liked: Adventures was a sweet story to allow myself to be swept away to. Reading it reminded me of watching a Narnia movie, as it is set in the medieval period and contains castle sieges and battles out at sea :D There were so many small-yet-profound lessons to be gleaned from Alditha and William's story- mainly around our perception of God vs how He really is, and also not allowing hardship to harden you, embitter you. I loved the main characters determination to do right, and to always ...more
Kate Willis
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book at the OCEANetwork Homeschool Convention's Homeschooled Authors table. The cover wasn't the most appealing or highest quality I had ever seen, but I had heard great things about this book and I decided it to try it. IT WAS AWESOME!

The Setting:
This story was set in the fictional medieval kingdom of Taelis. After a time of upheaval in their government, serfs are being sent to serve the new king by building his castle. I found it really interesting how the au
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I was very impressed by this book. It felt so real, so life-like, and that, even when I finished, I didn’t want to leave.

Sarah Holman writes a beautiful, intricate story that is so filled with faith and struggles that you cannot help but relate to it and the characters. Alditha was a strong character – she faced so many trials, yet she kept faith through them all. And one of my favourite lessons of this book was how she learned that God can handle our tears and our laughter, our joy
“Whatever you do, Alditha, wherever you go, trust God, and never stop smiling.”

A beautiful story set in the middle ages of a young girl who is taken from her family to be a servant in a castle far away from those she loves. There she is greeted by more hardships and challenges, yet is able to still see God's hand on her life through it all (and make a few friends!). It's a beautiful tale of faith in the midst of life's trials, and of one young woman's trust in the Lord among great
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I read this book last year, I think, and moderately enjoyed it. I was also a part of the editing team. I haven't really read this book since the editing stage so, I'm not sure what improvements were made and am writing this review strictly from that less edited perspective of the book. (though I do plan to read it again and give an updated review of the book now that it's in print.) I thought the writing quality and plotline wasn't as exciting and well written as the second and third books of th ...more
Amanda Leite
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alditha is the main character in this book and is an absolute inspiration. As I read through the book, watching her go through struggle after struggle–struggles that I would have caved under mind you–watching as she smiled and listened to her father’s advice of being kind, I couldn’t help but be inspired.

This book, to me, is a fiction, retelling of the prequel to Robin Hood (a retelling of Robin Hood is her second book in this series.) And I must admit, I really really really love Th
Jack Baillot
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This book reminds me of some of the older ones I've read, from the 1800's or there abouts. It was fun to read one by a modern Author with the same feel. While I didn't come away from it with a new found favourite, it was an over all good story. I am glad I read it, and I would recommend it, it just didn't stand out to me in the way Sarah Holman's other series did. (Also, the book had an Historical Fiction feel to it, though it is set in a fictional world, and historical fictions have never been ...more
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-shelf
While not being a Sci-Fi fan, I was happy to see that Sarah had written a few books in my general sphere of interest. I had received a copy of "Adventures and Adversities" from Sarah (as I have a dream of becoming a writer myself) back in the summer and hadn't sat down to read it until recently.

She has such a clear writing style which made this book a real page-turner (which is always a thumbs up!). The characters were very real, and her message was quite encouraging! I can see mysel
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Sarah Holman lives in central Texas with her amazing family. When not working on her next novel, she can usually be found hanging out with her siblings, reading, or taking long walks. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it’s because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined. You can find out more about her at her website

Other books in the series

Tales of Taelis (5 books)
  • Brothers and Betrayal (Tales of Taelis #2)
  • Courage and Corruption (Tales of Taelis #3)
  • Dreams and Devotion (Tales of Taelis #4)
  • Escape and Endurance
“Do you think bravery means to be without fear? You are greatly mistaken. You are brave not because of your lack of fear, but because you did not let that fear stop you. That is what true bravery is.” 7 likes
“Alditha wondered if perhaps the key [to] contentment was not what they had, but seeing the beauty in what they had already been given.” 5 likes
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