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I Belong

Early Review: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

the-valiantTitle: The Valiant

AuthorLesley Livingston

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Series: N/A

Publication Date: February 14, 2017

Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0448493780 (Penguin Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0448493787 (Penguin Teen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


The youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha’s legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her rightful place in her father’s royal war band. But she never gets the chance. Instead, Fallon is captured by a band of ruthless brigands who sell her to an exclusive training school for female gladiators—and its most influential patron is none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, Fallon’s worst enemy, the man who destroyed her family, might be her only hope of survival.

Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, chilling threats and the dangerous attention of Caesar himself to survive the deadly fights that take place both in and out of the arena—and claim her place in history among the Valiant.

Quick & Dirty: The Valiant was unlike anything else I have ever read. It was brutal, fascinating, romantic and just all around amazing. You all must get this one asap!!!

Opening Sentence: The steam rising off the backs of the cantering horses faded into the morning fog.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Fallon is the proud daughter of a Celtic king and she is a fierce warrior. She has spent most of her life living in the shadow of her heroic sister who died saving her fathers life from the vicious Julius Caesar! When Fallon comes of age she plans to follow her sisters footsteps and join her fathers army! But on the eve of her birthday she is captured by a slave brigand and taken to the great city of Rome! There she is sold to a house owned by none other than Julius Ceasar himself! She will be trained to become a gladiator and she will learn to fight for a man she despises!

Fallon’s future is full of danger and surprises she never saw coming! Is this the destiny she was meant to live or is she fighting a battle she can never win?

Fallon was such an amazing heroine that I couldn’t help but admire! She is defiant, fierce, kind hearted, and loyal! She was also arrogant, stubborn and unforgiving at times! I thought she was such a well rounded character and I loved that. It made it easy to relate to her and I found myself cheering for her to succeed! I loved watching her grow and I can’t wait to see where her story goes next!

Cai is a gorgeous roman solider that I completely fell for. He is sweet, sexy, and interesting! I do wish we could have gotten to know him a little better but what I did read I really liked! His relationship with Fallon was steamy and adorable! Once again, I would have liked a few more moments with them together but I feel like it’s a start to something that could be totally epic! I can’t wait to learn more about Cai in the next book because I can easily see him becoming a favorite book boy!

The Valiant is filled with action packed adventure, wonderful relatable characters and epic romance. Once I picked this up, I seriously couldn’t put it down! I fell madly in love with each character, especially Fallon and Cai! I loved the idea of female gladiators and the way the story was written was just perfect! This is actually my first book by Livingston but rest assured it will not be my last! Her writing is captivating and and beautiful! This book comes out soon and it’s one you will want to buy ASAP!!!

Notable Scene:

I wrapped my heart in fury to keep the despair at bay as I knelt on the sodden grass of the riverbank to retrieve my sword from my bedroll. Before I could reach it, the moon disappeared behind the clouds again. As a river turned back to blackness, I caught the glimpse of a shadow looming up behind me in the reflection. I spun around, thinking Aeddan had found me first. My hand went instead for my dagger only to remember I’d left it lying in the embers of my home fire.

It wasn’t Aeddan.

A broad-shouldered man swung his fist like a mallet at my head. I fell, consumed by a dark red tide.


FTC Advisory: Penguin/Razorbill provided me with a copy of The Valiant. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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