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Hello everyone!! So today I am reviewing The Valiant* by Lesley Livingston! It comes out February 14th but I got an ARC of it from a trade and read it near immediately! Of course, reviewing has been a different story what with life getting in the way but I’m here now to tell you all about The Valiant* and why you kinda sorta really do need to read it! Before I start my (non-spoilery) review, here’s the synopsis via Goodreads:
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.
Okay now for the review:
- Plot (A-): At first I wasn’t sure with this one – my track record isn’t so good with historical fiction – but it involved a school which we all know is one of my weaknesses so I ran with it and it was gooooooooooooooood! I can’t go into detail about why because #somanyspoilers but it’s definitely an interesting book plot wise
- Characters (A+): Okay so the characters in The Valiant are AWESOME! The MC felt very real in what she said and what her actions were, as is the same for all the characters, but the best part of the characters were the relationships between them all. Like there’s an enemies to besties relationship and a good subplot of romance and surprises happen and it’s all absolutely amazing!!!!! Also there’s a character in The Valiant from history who literally made my life and made this book even more amazing and if you’re in denile about reading historical fiction, at least read The Valiant for this wonderfully stellar character *wink wink nudge nudge*
- Setting (A-): Okay so remember how I said I don’t have a good track record with historical fiction? Well most of that is because of the time periods I happen to read. Like I can’t read anything that happens way back in the past with Rome and Caesar because it’s just boring because it’s all fighting and that’s it. BUT The Valiant was set in this time and the way the book was set during this period, and the way it introduced the conflicts and people of this time was absolutely spectacular for me because it made historical figures feel like any other book character and not someone who’s larger than life.
Overall, it was a pretty awesome read and I definitely suggest you read The Valiant* when it comes out!!! Now, do you read historical fiction often? If so, what are some books I absolutely have to read??? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!!
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