Valiant (Modern Tale of Faerie Series #2)

Valiant (Modern Tale of Faerie Series #2)

by Holly Black
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Valiant (Modern Tale of Faerie Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 302 reviews.
xiv More than 1 year ago
I read this when it it first came out years and years ago it seems now (I was in middle school and now I'm in college) and omg its still amazing. I still remember how much I hated Ravus at his first introduction and gradually gaining a crush. Plus this I think was the first book that really introduced me to modern New York as an awesome place in and of itself - I did my best to visit some of the localities mentioned in this book while there. Holly Black you rock!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!
7hir7een More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time shortly after reading Tithe. I remember I was surprised to find out that it doesn’t focus on Kaye and Roiben, although they do make an appearance. However, I don’t think the book is lacking because of it. Val is another teen with a dysfunctional past that comes to be mixed up in things she doesn’t understand, falling into the world of Faerie. The concept of Never is a very intriguing one, and I like that its use does have consequences for the characters by the end. I loved Ravus’s character. I never really thought I would be rooting for a troll as a romantic interest, but there you have it. If you read and liked Tithe, or you’d like to read a dark fantasy novel with themes of faeries, magic, betrayal and consequences, I’d recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it well i have never read the first or third one but this book wwas kind of romantic like beauty and the beast but a really deformed one i hope holly black makes a forth one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am suprised by all of the low reviews. I found it enchanting.
IANHTHS More than 1 year ago
This story is about a girl named Val who has a lesbian best friend and a cheating boyfriend. It starts off with Val at high school as a lacrosse player, she is dating this guy who she finds out is cheating on her with her mom. When Val finds this out she runs away from home and meets this group of runaway kids. One is named lolli, the others are Louis and Dave. She then helps a drag queen find his shoe and then she gets the nick name prince valiant. The entire group likes her except for Louis. Later the group shows her to their troll named Ravus, he makes this drug called glamour, he lives under a bridge like a real troll. The kids get Val hooked on this drug. Val and Ravus begin to get closer. Ruth shows up and asks her to come home. She says yes but that she needs to say goodbye to Ravus first. She goes off to find him but cant , she ends up heading back to this castle and everyone's acting really weird. Val wakes up during the middle of the night and is lead to this party by fairies. Ravus is there and Val kisses him. Val sees Mabry and figures out that she is the one that was poisoning the Glamour and killing the fairies. Mabry tells Ravus that it was Val that did it and she leaves before Ravus gets to mad. So Val and Ruth go searching for evidence and find a harp with hair of the murdered people. Dave gets to high and almost dies so they try to take him to Ravus but find him dead with no heart, Mabry had killed him. Val finds Mabry and challenges her and defeats her for Ravus's heart. They put his heart back into his body and he is instantly healed. He gives Louis the things he needs to heal Dave and then tells Val that he loves her. Val goes back with Ruth but still sees Ravus.
KayTay911 More than 1 year ago
While lots of people are hating the fact that it's not about Kaye, or that the characters are druggie subway bums, I still think this story has a lot to offer. I loved the characters, even the ones that got a little bit crazy. They might not have been excellent role models, but they were gritty and real and showed off their dark sides, which other authors typically avoid- one of the things I love about Holly black's books. And I loved Val. She was portrayed so realistically, with very believable emotions, because she doesn't start out a hero. In the story she goes from average teenager to faery drug addict, and she has to overcome those things in the end and realize her mistakes to become, as the title says, valiant. The way she makes mistakes only makes her more likable. I took off a star because the ending seemed a bit rushed, but all through the beginning I was completely sucked into this dark, hypnotic world. It gets pretty sexual and there's smoking/drinking/drugs, etc, but if you can handle that along with the lack of Kaye and Roiben then this is an absolute must-read. Also, it's helpful to read this one because a character, Luis, ends up being very important in Ironside, the continuing story of Kaye and Roiben. (:
constantly_reading More than 1 year ago
I preffered this to the other novels in the 'Modern Tale of Faerie' series, it was the first I read and, although the others were great reads, I don't think they lived up to 'Valiant'. While I was a little put off by the beginning, which seems like a typically angst ridden teenage romance, once in New York this becomes an amazingly original novel, bringing together a city we know so well with Holly Black's world of magic, and putting a refreshing twist on teenage romance.
EllieUnderground More than 1 year ago
Val's story starts out with an average high school girl, a character who is very true to life, and then is brought into fantastic situations. The book may seem edgy, and dark, but everything in it feels very real. A lot of people don't like that the main characters are primarily drug-addicted bums, but they still show a lot of character- both good and bad. Val runs away from home to make her own decisions and ends up discovering more than she had ever imagined. I was completely immersed in the story and read it all at once, for hours upon hours. I was so into the story I could see it all happening, picture Ravus with his fanged underbite and Mabry's entire house. Valiant is a reader's story. It is not a kid's book, obviously, due to the drugs, and the sex, and the violence, but those are used sparsely and not heavily detailed, aside from the Never, which needs that kind of description. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, but I might be a little embarrassed to admit how many times I've gone back and read it over- that's up to almost ten now. I can't give it a passing glance without stopping to read just a little bit over again. It's a world so close to ours, and so similar with characters that are very relatable, and emotions that are strong enough for you to feel them yourself.A warning, however: don't start reading this book if you have anything important (meetings for business, school, etc.) pending, because you will most likely get lost in the pages.
Anassa More than 1 year ago
I like the series as a whole, but was a little disappointed in Valiant having switched the main characters. If want to read more about Kaye and Roiben, and have the relationship develop, be prepared to be disappointed in Valiant. It's a great story from a diffrent part of the whole story, and pieces a few things together, but was hard for me to warm up to new leading characters for only one book, after spending two books with diffrent ones. Still overall a good book.
Anonymous 28 days ago
This second volume of Holly Black's "Tithe" trilogy seemed unconnected until the last 2 chapters. Still, it was a great read of teenaged angst. What is better is the demonstration that even if there are fey folk, and even if one could run from one's lousy home life to live among them, that would not solve one's problems with problems!
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
This series appears to be a "stand alone series" in that they don't appear to follow the same story line. The world is the same and there are some cross over characters, but this is not a continuation of the story started in Tithe. In this volume, the main character is human and after discovering something that horrifies her about her own life, she runs into the city and falls in with some people who know about fairies. Again, this is a much more mature type book than I would have thought it to be based on its being classified a young adult book. There is language and drugs and reference to sex. Throughout the story, things seem to get more hopeless and dark and desperate. Like in the first book, the fairies are not always good. There are evil fairies, fairies who like hurting people, fairies who think it's fun to trick humans...or even to steal them. I loved the ending to this book though...the final line made me sigh. I'm eager to see where the final book in the series will take us and if we will again see characters from the first two books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy a modern take on tales and lore. The way Holly writes makes, I'm attached to the protagonists. This book did not disappoint.
Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
This is the second book, following "Tithe", and while I enjoy this book too, it's not as entertaining to me as the first. I guess for me, the setting may have some to do with why I like the other one better. This one is set in NYC, and it's very gritty, dirty, painful, real. "Tithe" is in NJ, in a forest, by the ocean, in a home. I guess I like to get away when reading. "Valiant" is very real, and there are times when I can feel the pain and loneliness felt by Val. I still highly recommend this book.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Wow did this get awkward what with Val discovers. Again been a long time since I read this. At times I either got confused or just bored. Still an okay sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished the book and wouldn't really recommend. Story drags on and only got interested in the story on page 130 of 180 pgs. Don't think I'd read it again. Good for a one time read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually hate books with a girl as the main character and IM A GIRL so the fact that I liked this book is.. wow! It reminds me of the book called CRACKED, except it is a bit more whimsical and has a plot. This was a good book, I like how the book has both classic monster-oligy and also new stuff!
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Coreena More than 1 year ago
I love how Holly Black writes about characters who are normally invisible in YA books, and this book is no exception. This is the second book in the Modern Faerie Tales series, though it is more like a companion book with the world that Black created, rather than continuing the story of the first book. This installment focuses on teens who are living on the street in New York. I enjoyed this - Black is a fantastic story teller and I enjoy the dark world of faeries that she has created. However, I didn't like this one as much as Tithe, the first in the series. Seventeen year old Val runs away from home and finds herself living on the streets with a group of other teens who squat in the subway tunnels. They are linked to the world of Fey and take a faerie drug that gives them a unique high. Val's character was good and I liked how she developed. I could understand her anger and betrayal, but she also grew beyond that. I wasn't as fond of the group of homeless teens that she hooks up with. I also found reading about taking copious amounts of drugs uncomfortable. Overall, I liked the dark story and that faeries are not portrayed in a "nice" light. Black writes with a frank and honest tone that I think will appeal to many fans of YA fantasy who are looking for something different. Note: There are significant amounts of drug use, swearing and sex in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shame on anybody who dislikes this book because it wasn't Tithe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago