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The Valiant

By: Lesley Livingston

The Valiant; recounts a seventeen-year-old's tumultuous journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary female gladiator and darling of the Roman Empire.

ISBN: 9780448493787

JLG Release: Apr 2017


Sensitive Areas: Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse
Topics: Gladiators , Ancient Rome , Combat , Female warriors , Celts

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Awards & Honors

Amazon.com Best Books of 2017, Young Adult

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

Livingston shifts genres from fantasy set in modern New York City, as in the “Wondrous Strange” trilogy, to historical fiction set in ancient Rome. Fallon, the younger daughter of a Celtic king, sets out on a revenge mission the night of her 17th birthday and is captured by slavers, who sell her to a training academy for female gladiato Livingston shifts genres from fantasy set in modern New York City, as in the “Wondrous Strange” trilogy, to historical fiction set in ancient Rome. Fallon, the younger daughter of a Celtic king, sets out on a revenge mission the night of her 17th birthday and is captured by slavers, who sell her to a training academy for female gladiators. As she deals with her new status and the expectation that she will fight (and possibly kill) as a form of entertainment for others, Fallon confronts her feelings about what it means to be a slave and a warrior. After a slow start and some predictable plot developments, the story gains momentum and continues in the dynamic style of the author’s previous books. This engaging tale is woven with historical details relating to Celtic and gladiator life. With the exception of Decurion Caius Varro, who seems to fall instantly in love with Fallon, the characters and relationships are well developed. The ending is sudden and leaves a side plot unexplained, but this may be resolved in the planned sequel. VERDICT This will likely appeal to fans of Livingston’s earlier novels and to those who enjoy history-based adventures, especially those set during this time period, which is not well represented in YA literature.—Judy Poyer, Odenton Regional Library, MD

Book Details

ISBN

9780448493787

First Release

April 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

384

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.2; Points: 15;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.7; Points: 22;

Lexile

Level 890L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Razorbill

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse

Topics

Gladiators, Ancient Rome, Combat, Female warriors, Celts,

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