Saturday, April 22, 2017

Review: The Valiant (The Valiant #1) by Lesley Livingston

Title: The Valiant

Series:The Valiant #1

Author: Lesley Livingston

Genre: Young Adult, Historical and Fantasy

Publication Date: February 14th 2017 by Razorbill

Format: Hard Cover

Source: Library


Princess. Captive. Gladiator.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar.

When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.

Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.

Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier.

I've been seeing mix reviews about this book but I read a high praising review from a friend of mine on her blog. Which I had to pick it up because me and my friend have similar taste in books but I did have low expectation with The Valiant at first. But Ohh my I am so glad and happy that I decided to pick this book out from the library because I absolutely loved and enjoyed it. I can totally understand way some readers didn't like it as much. But I love everything about it I especially love the characters yes even the villains I love too, and the writing style was absolutely amazing as well. I love the plotline and concepts of this amazing book which I never read a book about gladertrix and different tribes, so this was very refreshing and new too me that I totally love. The world building and characters were well developed and well rounded that I couldn't get enough about them. The writing style was flawless and very descriptive that I could see everything in my mind on how she describe the world in The Valiant. There is romance in The Valiant but I don't think it is the main focused in the book, which I was alright about that aspect in the book which surprise me because I love romance in books. Now I don't want to go into any details about The Valiant because I don't want to be too spoiler, but it is basically about a Cantii warrior princess that was capture as a slave and sold to be a gladertrix in a school run by Fallon sworn enemy Caesar. After Fallon arrived in the gladertrix school she finds new friends and sisters in the school but she also find some enemy's and some truth's about the school as well. After that things go down real quick which I won't say because you need too read this book too find out what I am talking about. I really love and enjoy The Valiant so much that I can't want too read the second book next year, which well be pure torture for me ugh. Because I really want too know what happens too Fallon and Cai next after that ending! All and all I do recommend this book if you love young adult and fantasy books than this book is for you. I will also continue on reading more books by Lesley Livingston because The Valiant was the first book I read by her and I absolutely and totally love everything about it!  

Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master’s degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian Literature and Shakespeare. She frequently performs with the Tempest Theatre Group, of which she is a co-founder. She is also the author of WONDROUS STRANGE and DARKLIGHT.
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  1. I just bought this on my kindle! I'm glad you enjoyed it-i've seen quite a few negative reviews so i've been putting off reading it for a while but i think i'll start soon :) Great review :P!
    Kariny @kariny's book frenzy

    1. I thought it was a really great read for me. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog Kariny. 😊