by Lesley Livingston
Narrator: Fiona Hardingham
Published by Listening Library on February 14, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Historical
Length: 10 hours and 21 minutes
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Princess. Captive. Gladiator.
Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar.
When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.
Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.
Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. 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 and deadly fights—in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier.
5 stars for The Valiant! I loved everything about this book!
The Valiant is a Young Adult Historical story that fascinated me from the start. Fallon is the daughter of a Celtic King. She has trained hard and dreams to join her father’s Cantii war band. Fallon’s dream is shattered when her father refuses to make her part of his warriors. The disappointment starts a series of events that leads Fallon to heartache and imprisonment. But it also begins her journey to Rome where she meets her sworn enemy Julius Caesar and learns the true meaning of survival.
I loved the Starz series Spartacus because of the action and intrigue of the Roman gladiators. In the series, there were female slaves who trained to be warriors. Once I heard about The Valiant I was excited to find a story about female gladiators, called gladiatrix. Right away I loved Fallon. The book opens with her in training and I saw the strength in her. I also saw her vulnerability so I felt that Fallon was a well-developed character. There were times I was cheering her on but also times where I was frustrated with her mistakes. Her years of training did not take her compassion away but in Rome she must learn to be cruel. I loved how she held on to her honor and worked hard to be a gladiatrix. Along with Fallon are a unusual cast of supporting characters. Elka, Cai and Lady Achillea have a special role in Fallon’s journey and I can’t wait to see them again in the next book.
The Valiant has action, romance and treachery. I enjoyed the twists in the story and the mix of historical characters. The story is beautifully written and I want to read more from this author. This book has been getting a lot of hype and it deserves it. This is one of my favorite books for 2017 and I hope you all read this!!
I loved Fiona Hardingham’s narration. She brought the passion, emotion and excitement of the story to life. I loved her accent and she has an elegant tone that is perfect for the Princess Fallon. She also had distinct voices for the other characters which brought the characters to life. This is my first audiobook from this narrator and I can’t wait to listen to more from her.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Audiobook Challenge
- 2017 New Release Challenge