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The Valiant

By Lesley Livingston

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.

I very much enjoyed the journey this book took me on. There was a lot of character growth and discovery. The setting was well-described, and the characters were diverse (as diverse as you get in ancient Rome).

The last chapter left me thinking a bit. Was I satisfied or disappointed in the ending? Its not as strongly realized and detailed as I thought it would be considering the main character's journey culminated to the final chapter. I guess I wanted a bit more set up as the events began. There were also a few points left hanging, and I'm wondering if a book 2 is to come soon--which I would definitely pick up!

Fallon is what Maas's main character in "Throne of Glass" should have been but wasn't. Thank you, Livingston, for providing a solid definition to the title of 'fierce heroine' -- a woman who cares more about her honor and less about her looks, a woman who uses her intelligence and skill to seize the day, a woman who takes responsibility for her life and grabs fate in her hands.

Enjoyable read with an excellent cast of characters and engaging storyline. Fantastic themes of sisterhood, loyalty, and sacrifice. The plot twists are fairly predictable, but the overall arch of the story line keeps you entertained from beginning to end.


Historical note: While very little is known about them, there is actual evidence that female gladiators existed in ancient Rome.  Wow!  I enjoyed Livingston's fleshing out of this possibility.  Well done.

My novels:

"Descendants of Avalon" 

Released via Inklings Publishing 

May 2018

"Heir of the Heretic"

("The Forgotten" volume 2)

Reviewed and awarded the

2016 Indie Editor's Choice

by the Historical Novel Society.

Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.

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NetGalley Professional Reader

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