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The Valiant
     

The Valiant

by Lesley Livingston
 

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Princess. Captive. Gladiator. Always a Warrior. 
 
Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary fighter Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed by the armies of Julius Caesar.
 
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister's

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Princess. Captive. Gladiator. Always a Warrior. 
 
Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary fighter Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed by the armies of Julius Caesar.
 
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister's footsteps and earn her place in her father's 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 himself. 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, deadly fights in and out of the arena, and perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier and her sworn enemy.  
 
A richly imagined fantasy for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Cinda Williams Chima, The Valiant recounts Fallon’s gripping journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary gladiator and darling of the Roman empire.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/30/2017
On the night of her 17th birthday, Fallon, a Celtic warrior princess, is betrayed by her father when he promises her to her true love’s brother. Furious, Fallon flees, only to be captured by slave traders, taken to Rome, and sold to an elite training school (called a ludus) for female gladiators. Fallon learns that the school is owned by none other than Julius Caesar, the tyrant who killed her sister and tore her family apart. Facing immense danger as a combatant, Fallon quickly realizes that the ruthless politics of Rome are just as deadly. A engaging romance develops between Fallon and a young Roman soldier, but this relationship is secondary to that between Fallon and her sister: “Strong and sharp and dangerous as the sword she carried on her hip, Sorcha was my goddess even more than the Morrigan we both worshipped.” Livingston (the Wondrous Strange trilogy) skillfully illustrates Fallon’s emotional growth as she becomes a fearsome gladiatrix, her ties to the sisterhood within the ludus overshadowing her ties to the men that betrayed her. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jess Regel, Foundry Literary + Media. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"Livingston has written an exciting and absorbing tale that is deftly paced and deliciously detailed." —Booklist 

“This title manages to weave political intrigue and pitch-perfect dialogue with gladiatorial combat in a way that will engage fans of all genres.” —School Library Connection 

“Livingston (the Wondrous Strange trilogy) skillfully illustrates Fallon’s emotional growth as she becomes a fearsome gladiatrix.” -Publishers Weekly 

“Spectacular, brutal, tender, and romantic… I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.” 
Mary E. Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of the Remnant Chronicles 

 “The Valiant has everything I love in a book: danger, violence, and a badass protagonist with a sword.”
Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey series

 “The Valiant is an absolutely delicious read filled with forbidden romance and packed with action!”
Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms Series

"Set in ancient Rome; this fierce tale of becoming a female gladiator grabs hold of your heart-strings and doesn't let go until its spell-binding conclusion. Lush and adventurous, THE VALIANT is the girl power novel we've all been waiting for." —Summer Webb, ButterMyBooks

“During a time of political unrest in Ancient Rome, this captivating story explores one girl's quest for honor--and how each of us must choose how to define it. Fallon and her sisterhood of girl gladiators flip power dynamics in thrilling ways, particularly through stunning action sequences and lethal combat scenes. Long after I turned the final page, I could feel chariot wheels vibrating beneath my feet and blood lust burning in my veins. THE VALIANT is nothing short of spectacular, and I cannot wait to watch it set the world on fire.” —Wendy Darling, The Midnight Garden
 
“Lesley Livingston’s THE VALIANT had me entranced from the first page with her vivid descriptions and kick-ass heroine Fallon. We follow her journey from Celtic princess to being a female gladiator in ancient Rome. Livingston weaves themes of betrayal, loyalty and family into a story rich in action scenes and battles of will.” —Kristen Williams, My Friends Are Fiction
 
“THE VALIANT is an illustrative novel as brutal as it is beautiful. A riveting blend of an explosive storyline, a forbidden romance, and the valiance of an unbreakable sisterhood in a ruthless period of history. Gladiatrices, betrayal, honor and freedom—need I say more about this rich page-turner?”
—Hafsah Faizal, IceyBooks
 
"A courageous and action-packed story that defines sisterhood and the meaning behind honor, THE VALIANT captivated me from the first page to the very last. This book will leave you feeling empowered and ready to take on the world yourself." —Carmen Seda, Oh the Book Feels
 
“Following a fierce heroine who desires blood and vengeance for her warlord sister's death, Leslie Livingston's take on the female gladiators of Rome is bloody, exhilarating, and poignant.” —Thea James, The Book Smugglers
 
“Sensational! THE VALIANT has everything I love! A strong heroine, a romance that swept me off my feet, gladiator battles, lush world building, and a rich Roman history. This is a beautifully told, captivating story I enjoyed every moment reading. I didn't want this book to end.” —Katie Bartow, Mundie Moms

Kirkus Reviews
2016-10-19
A Celtic princess is abducted, enslaved, and sent to a gladiatrix school in Julius Caesar's Rome.Fallon wishes to follow in the footsteps of her warrior older sister, Sorcha, who was lost leading a war band to recover their father, the king, after he was taken prisoner during a Roman incursion into Prydain. But, unwilling to risk losing another daughter, he has other plans—plans that spiral into devastating, unintended consequences, culminating in Fallon's abduction by slavers bound for Rome. While she doesn't make it easy for them, they do get her to Rome, where she is sold at auction to a school that trains women to fight in the arenas. She grapples with her sense of honor while dealing with rivals, romance, a big surprise, and a bigger, hidden threat. Fallon's warrior development follows a familiar trajectory in which her potential is annealed through hard work; the amount of rescuing she needs early on may frustrate. The forbidden romance isn't as convincing as the lush setting, which includes a complicated depiction of Roman slavery in which even slaves have mixed opinions on the institution. The ending resolves the immediate crisis while leaving plenty of threads up in the air for sequels. An author's note credits the 2001 discovery of evidence of real-life woman gladiators as the jumping-off point for this work of fiction. A familiar-feeling historical adventure elevated by use of setting. (Historical fiction. 12-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448493787
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/14/2017
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
9,217
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Lesley Livingston is an award-winning author of teen fiction, best known for her Wondrous Strange trilogy. She holds a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto and was a principal performer in a Shakespearean theatre company, specializing in performances for teen audiences, for more than a decade. Visit her at www.lesleylivingston.com and follow her on Twitter @LesLivingston.

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