“Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.”
– William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
Confession: I got off to a slow and rocky start with The Valiant, and I only have my disposition to blame. I just wasn’t in the mood for this genre, and I fully admit this because I think it says a lot about the author and the story that both were able to pull me in and change my entire attitude. I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen next and trying to outguess everything; and when I finally realized that none of it was what I thought it would be, I told myself to shut up and let Ms. Livingston tell the story. And tell it she did. I ended up very much enjoying (and admiring) Fallon. She is an amazing female heroine – ferocious, fierce, and full of heart. Not only are her allies fascinating, but even her foes are noteworthy. The plot, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra – even mentions of Spartacus – were just a few of the reasons I am so glad I read this one and went on this incredible adventure with Fallon ferch Virico, daughter of a king. This is one of the few times I read a book that I didn’t believe I was in the mood for and ended up not only loving it but wishing it hadn’t ended. I know I’ll be ready for the sequel… no matter my mood.
“Uri, vinciri, verberari, ferroque necari!”
A huge thank-you to Razorbill for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.