Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Release Day Review: The Valiant (The Valiant, #1) by Lesley Livingston

Title: The Valiant (The Valiant, #1) 
Author: Lesley Livingston 
Publisher: Razorbill 
Source: Publisher 
Release Date: February 14th, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: Lost to history, the story of the female gladiator has never been told. Until now.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed while defending their home from 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 by ruthless brigands who sell her 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."


“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. 
© at A Belle's Tales



  1. You know I'm excited for this one and now that you loved it I am even more excited. It sounds sooooooo amazing. Great review!

  2. This one is getting a lot of buzz so I have held off because buzz books last year did not work for me. I will have to try this though because I do love this time period. Thanks for warning me about the slow start, I will have to make sure I am in the right mood for it.

  3. A female gladiator? WOW. That's DEFINITELY something to get excited about! I'm so glad that, despite your mood, the author was able to pull you into the story. That says A LOT for this author! I need to read more historical fiction. This particular time in history is a fascinating one for sure!! Thanks for featuring this book!! And I LOVE the picture you paint of Fallon!

    Have a WONDERFUL day!! <3 <3 :) :)

  4. P.S. Of course, I'm adding this book to my Goodreads shelves!!! <3 <3 :) :)


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