The Valiant by Lesley Livingston // Give Me All the Gladiators, Obviously

Me @ Gladiators and Augustus Caesar and Julius Caesar and also the whole Roman empire: I LOVE IT.

…Guess what this book is about. OBVIOUSLY, ALL OF THOSE THINGS. I mean, one of the Caesar’s has a cameo in this book for like, five pages I guess, but it still has the Roman empire.

This post is part of a blog tour held by Penguin Random House– a copy of the book was provided to me for review! Thank you so much to Penguin, and as always, my opinion is 100% unaffected by this.

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book synopsis

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the valiantA richly-imagined, gripping historical fantasy for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Cinda Williams Chima, The Valiant recounts a seventeen-year-old’s tumultuous journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary female gladiator and darling of the Roman empire.

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. 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.

That synopsis took me so many tries to get right because the formatting omg.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

lesley livingstonLesley 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 theater company, specializing in performances for teen audiences, for more than a decade.

books

★★★★☆

You know those books that are overly long, and honestly it would be so much better if like, 100 pages were shaved off?

Yeah, this was not one of those books. IT HAD SO MUCH ACTION AND AHHHH SO MUCH LOVE.

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THE STRONG FEMALE HEROINE

Some people don’t think that female gladiators existed, because there’s no proof of them. But I kind of… believe that they did exist? Because WHY THE HECK NOT and also that seems so badass wow.

The main character, Fallon, is the daughter of a Celtic king. She basically just wants to get glory in battle, but she’s kidnapped. Which sucks.

But I loved Fallon’s character arc. She’s a strong, imperfect character who is guided during the book.

She wasn’t the smartest, but EVERYBODY MAKES MISTAKES. Just like when people don’t follow my blog. I FORGIVE YOU.

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THE PLOT

THIS WAS FAST PACED AND THAT IS GREAT BECAUSE IT MEANS I CAN READ IT IN ONE SITTING. DID I READ IT ONE SITTING? Actually, I don’t remember but suree I did!

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me @ you guys about me reading this book in one sitting

But everything was really interesting and it kept me captivated the entire time! It didn’t make me start going on the computer and read editorials, so A++.

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FRIENDSHIP THEMES

I always love it when a book has so many friendship themes in the book because I have no friends and I need to vicariously live my life.

The whole gladiator… guild sorority thing was so sweet and everyone was friends with each other and AWWW I JUST LOVE IT.

It wasn’t something where Fallon kind of just… wanted to only fight for herself, and to beat everyone- she had friends, too! She had people that she wanted to help and that she cared about and I loved it.

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OTHER GENERAL STUFF

  • THE MYTHOLOGY WAS SO COOL. Fallon was being guided by this Celtic goddess and wow I’d love to be guided by a goddess? Oh wait I guide myself,, nvmd
  • JULIUS CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA YES; wow I loved learning about Julius Caesar during my history classes *puts glasses that I stole from a random passerby on* IMMA NERD

cons

SOME OF THE RELATIONSHIPS

There were certain relationships… where I felt like it definitely wasn’t fully developed enough?? I really, really can’t go too much into it because #spoilers and you’ll all hate me, but there were certain things that happened to certain characters and honestly?? Fallon’s relationship with them wasn’t developed enough that I CARED.

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me @ some character deaths because i’m mean

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IT DIDN’T GO TOO MUCH INTO ANYTHING

Was this a deep book? No.

Honestly, I wish this book delved into the magic and mysteries more. It kind of just… slightly showed you a peek of everything that was happening and then it ended the book. Frankly, I would like this book to be longer (which isn’t a bad thing!) so that I could learn more about what freaking hApPeNnEd.

But I’m positive that later on, the books will be more fantastic; the sequel is coming out soon too!

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Tell me your thoughts! (please)

DO YOU LIKE thE ROMAN EMPIRE? DO YOU WANT TO BE A GLADIATOR? Do you not care when some characters die and are you mean like me? #TheRealQuestions

32 thoughts on “The Valiant by Lesley Livingston // Give Me All the Gladiators, Obviously

  1. SO THIS REVIEW IS LIKE WONDERFUL ASDFGHJKL!!

    i haven’t read your posts in soo long, and i feel super guilty right now. BUT DON’T BLAME ME, BLAME PUBLIC EDUCATION!!

    anyway, i love, love, love, love the Roman Empire (which is something that i’m got into recently thanks too school), and this review just popped up onto my reader. is this a coincidence? I THINK NOT!! This book sounds super cool with all it’s badass female gladiaotrs, friendship, and action.

    Just a question though, is there romance? I’M JUST ASKING, IT’S FOR SCIENCE OKAY!!

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    1. YOU’RE SO NICE BALIE ILY

      IT’S OKAY TO NOT READ MY POSTS BUT WOW WE REALLY SHOULD TALK MORE ❤ ❤ DO YOU EVEN GO ON TWITTER ANYMORE LMAO

      i love the roman empire too omg!! they were all so smart and it seems so cool aghaghh

      YAH THERE IS ROMANCE AND IT'S BETWEEN FALLON AND ANOTHER GLADIATOR I THINK AND I LIKE IT,, it's not like *the best* but it exists!

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      1. LMAOOOO I DON’T EVEN GO ON TWITTER, BECAUSE I’M DUMB, AND FORGOT ALL MY LOGIN DETAILS!!! but i don’t really plan on making a new one anytime soon, because i find it really boring??? lol.

        BUT YES WE SHOULD TALK MORE, FROM NOW ON I’M GOING TO COMMENT ON ALL YOUR POSTS, BECAUSE YOUR NICE, AND ILY!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. Ok I shall start this comment by stating my UNPOPULAR OPINION: I THINK THE ROMAN EMPIRE IS OVERRATED (ok imma hide under the carpet now so you don’t throw things @me ….actually I wouldn’t mind you throwing soft things like maybe cupcakes ok pls i am fagile). I am an ancient history nerd too (WOOO CAN I ALSO GET COOL GLASSES?) but I much prefer learning about Greece (thx Percy Jackson I think it made me biased) and Egypt and MY ABSOLUTE FAVE THAT IS NEVER MENTIONED THE MAYANS AZTECS AND INCAS. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk idk.
    Buuut CEASAR WAS SO COOL. Ok maybe a horrible person too but umm…everybody makes mistakes?….never trust those historical heartthrobs because they are all crusty problematic faves. AND YES LET’S HEADCANON FEMALE GLADIATOS BECAUSE THAT SOUNDS BADASS AND I LOVE IT.
    Ahhh ok amazing review this comment is getting way out of hand and too long ❤!!!!

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    1. IONA YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE OPINIONS THAT CONTRADICT MINE, THAT’S THE RULE

      (just kidding ily don’t worry also why didn’t i follow your blog earlier i’m stupid) *throw cupcakes at you and vv soft items, like pillows*

      ugh i love history but i feel like it gets so much hate for being boring when IT’s ACTUALLY PRETTY INTERESTING

      i love percy jackson omg,, and greece and egypt are so fantastic I LOVE THEM TOO THEY’RE SO COOL (thank, kane chronicles)

      I LOVED CAESaR but yeah, he kind of sucked and he probably was so much more horrible than it seems, i feel bad about romanticizing those figures. i still loved him tho!!!

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  3. I’m sort of majorly obsessed with the Roman empire… So I might need to read this now… It sounds SOOOOO interesting! And also just the Roman empire. That’s all I need to hear.

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  4. AHH IT’S BEEN SO LONG SINCE I’VE READ A REVIEW/POST FROM YOU!! ❤ ❤ I remember adding this to my TBR (and promptly forgetting about it 0.2 seconds later obviously) but it sounds so cool! I LIVEEE FOR FRIENDSHIPS IN BOOKS. YAY. Also I'm so happy to hear Fallon was a good main character too! + Roman empire = I think this book is calling my name and so thanks because otherwise this would be lost in the depths of my TBR. xD Lovely review!! ❤

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    1. lmao honestly, that is ME whenever i add something to my tbr. i’m like “OOOH” and then it’s on my tbr and i never look at it again

      ROMAN EMPIRE, I LOVE IT ALL. ALSO FriENDSHIPS NEED TO HAPPEN MORE IN bOOKS because I hate when the character has no relationships except for a romantic one!

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  5. i heart mythology and somehow i know a lot about celts because i’m a gigantic nerd (did you know that their first freedom fighter against the romans was a woman?? her name was boudica and she was a literal queen i love her)

    tHIS SOUNDS SO COOL OMG?? roman myths are cool but overrated, i still love them but i feel like so many people just know like two things and pretend to be scholars and it really annoys me,, meh.

    nice review ju *thumbs up*

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    1. was boudica… in the valiant?? hey hey i have no idea but her name sounds familiar so let’s assume so!! I KNOW THAT THE CELTS STARTED CHRISTMAS. RIGHT??

      i lurve roman myths and a lot of them are kinda gross like oedipus, and also i hate odysseus but THEY’RE FASCINATING OKAY
      lmaooo yes i agree!! some people are just like “hades and zeus. yes i am fanatic of roman mythology!!!1!” and i’m like dude,, i read this literacy dictionary for noobs about greek mythology so FIGHT ME

      thank you ❤ *finger guns, in response to your thumbs up*

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  6. Haha, love this review! I really enjoyed the Valiant and can’t wait to pick up the sequel that will be coming out at the end of this month. If you like girl gladiator books (because who doesn’t) that’s just as action-packed, I really recommend Blood and Sand (which came out just today!).

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    1. THANK YOU!! ❤ the sequel honestly has me so excited because while the first book was interesting, the whole world is fascinating and I FEEL LIKE THE SECOND BOOKS CAN BE SO MUCH BETTEr

      blood and sand sounds so cool ahh! i'm so excited for it thank you so much for the rec! ❤

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  7. This book’s on my TBR – to be read soon hopefully lol. I loved Lesley Livingston’s first trilogy – Wondrous Strange. I saw The Valiant and really want to read it but I want to be done with the author’s earlier series first 😊

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