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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listening Library
- Audible.com Release Date: February 14, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N5OH8AJ
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I will probably be adding to this once my brain stops with excitement over this book, so moving on with the review!
Okay okay okay. I don't usually like to give out five star ratings (because let's face it, not every book is perfect) BUT GODS BE DAMNED THIS BOOK WAS PERFECT. Although I could do with more time between her relationships (you'll see what I mean when you read it, because I refuse to spoil anything).
Fallon is, in so many ways, a true warrior. We always end up reading about girls that already know how to fight. But in this case we see Fallon's failed efforts, brilliant wins & most importantly her PROGRESS. This girl is one hell of a bad ass female. She surpasses my expectation. She is also BY FAR one of my favorite female characters in ANY book. Yes I said it. A-N-Y book.
This book has equal parts drama, action, a hint (that's a lie it's no hint now that I think of it) of mystery & of course a bit of romance. What I mainly fail to comprehend is how Lesley Livingston was able to straight out SURPRISE me. There are some things I saw coming, yes. BUT there's others I didn't see coming at all. I have to applaud her for that. The book does end on semi happy notes - like most do. Which is good because it just builds up my anticipation for the next book in this series.
Lesley's power of description is her best partner. If that makes any sense. She is a master at it. Everything I read, I saw. Insanely vivid. I could hear the clashing of metal, the wheels of the chariots & the battle/war cries. But most importantly I connected with the main character CAUSE WE ALL KNOW IM A WARRIOR, A NINJA, IF YOU WILL. Yea no. That's not why. I felt her pain, loss & affection - most of all her little spark of hope that makes her fight harder each day.
I have to say that I'm thoroughly impressed with this book and I'm excited to see what Lesley does for the rest of this series.
Let me just start by saying that I loved pretty much everything about this story. I had high, high hopes because of some of the raves I had seen floating around, and it truly didn’t disappoint.
Fallon lives in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha who died in battle against Julius Caesar… she strives to be the warrior that she was and hopes her father will appoint her to his royal war band, even pushing the boy she loves aside to attain this one honor. Her father however has other plans for her, and instead of facing them she runs, only to be captured by a ruthless group of slavers who end up selling her to a training school for female gladiators in Rome.
I think what I loved most about this story was the idea of the female gladiators… We’ve all seen Gladiator and I binge watched Spartacus on a weekend, but you never see anything about the women of the time who fought, and The Valiant gives a no-holds-barred look at what that could have looked like for these strong and brutal women. The story-telling is so vivid and filled with so much action that I couldn’t put this book down.
But underneath the blood and violence, the story encompasses so much more, exploring themes of sisterhood, politics, freedom and honor, and Livingston did an amazing job keeping me riveted to the story.
Of course there is some romance here and Fallon, in her homeland, is in love with Mael, who from the first page you can tell is sweet and lovely and you can see how their friendship evolved into more… sort of. Admittedly the beginning part of the book kind of rushes by to set up Fallon’s falling into the hands of the slavers and then being delivered to the training school, but the connection between the two rings true to me. That is until she meets Cai, a young Roman soldier. This is where the romance gets a bit muddied because while Fallon fights against the idea of falling for Cai, Mael seems to become a distant memory pretty quickly, and I don’t know that I truly believed the evolution of these two falling for each other. I think I needed more of their connection to buy into it. That said, the romance is really not what this story is about.
Sisterhood is a major theme here... Fallon’s new family are the gladiator’s she is forced to fight among and I really enjoyed watching her build bonds and relationships with those around her. Elka is probably my favorite secondary character in this book and I hope we see so much more of her in book 2. There is a bit of a twist that I’m not going to spoil, but just know that you might see it coming and you might not. I kind of a had a feeling about it so it didn’t come out of left field for me, but Livingston doesn’t make it easy to guess for sure.
There is also a bit of a side-plot where someone is threatening Fallon upon her arrival to the training camp, and while it wasn’t readily given away who was behind it all, it is pretty easy to figure out who it is, though ultimately, I wasn’t sure how this really was meant to impact the story as a whole, because big picture it really didn’t, and at times it sort of felt like unnecessary filler.
The end of this story is amazing! Everything builds into this spectacular, action-packed ending that will have you turning the last page and dying for more. I love where this story ends for Fallon and I can’t wait to see what Livingston has in store for her in the future.
If you’re a fan of historical fiction and kick-ass women then this is the book for you. I promise you’ll get a wild, adventure filled with battles, friendship and romance that you won’t want to put down until you turn the last page.
I couldn't put this book down! I finished it within hours of starting it. The author has a story line that kept me intrigued. She kept it interesting and made me want to keep reading with the cliff hangers she left in certain chapters. After reading this book, I'm going to look into the author and see if she has any other books for purchase.