Title: The Valiant
Author: Lesley Livingston
Date of Publication: February 14th, 2017
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.
Have you ever seen the movie Gladiator, but were like man I wish there were some girls in the pit? Well, here you go! This book starts off action packed, and after Fallon becomes captured, there are a lot of interesting reveals.
I liked Fallon most of the time. There were a few times when I was like, I get it, you are a warrior! The romance between Cai and Fallon felt forced and a little too sudden. I loved their chemistry, but the romance part moved too fast!
Overall this book was a pretty awesome read. I haven’t read anything on female gladiators, so this was a new ballgame for me, and there was excellent female friendship throughout the book! Plus, there are a few scenes with Cleopatra and Julius Caesar!
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