Audiobook Review – The Triumphant

Posted March 18, 2019 by Kathy in 5 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 0 Comments

Audiobook Review – The TriumphantThe Triumphant Series: The Valiant #3
by Lesley Livingston
Narrator: Fiona Hardingham
Published by Listening Library on February 12, 2019
Genres: Young Adult Historical
Length: 11 hours and 10 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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The final book in the Valiant series takes Fallon and her warrior sisters on an epic journey from the corrupt Roman Republic to the wonder of the ancient world: Alexandria, Egypt.

“You are from a world, Fallon, that values honor over everything else. Rome is not that world.”

In the wake of their victorious fight to win back the Ludus Achillea, Fallon and her gladiatrix sisters have become the toast of the Republic. Only for Fallon, glory turns to ashes when she learns that Cai has been stripped of his Decurion rank and declared infamia, cast down to serve as one of Caesar’s gladiators. All because he chose his love for her over the life of his treacherous father during the ludus uprising.

But treachery in Rome runs far deeper than Fallon ever suspected. While she is fighting for Cai’s freedom, the unthinkable happens and the Republic begins to tear itself apart at the seams. In the chaos that follows, the Achillea gladiatrices lose any protection they might have had once and for all. They’re not the only ones.

When Fallon discovers that Cleopatra is in grave danger, she and her sister Sorcha rally their war band in an attempt to spirit the Queen of Aegypt out of Rome, embarking on a remarkable journey that will take them to Alexandria—the wonder of the ancient world—and beyond. Far beyond. Along the way, Fallon will have to decide where her heart truly lies, as well as what—and who—she is willing to sacrifice to get there.

5 Stars for The Triumphant!

The Triumphant is an epic finale, written perfectly for the brave and courageous warrior sisters of the Ludus Achillea. I loved every moment of this book!

You must read the previous books, so I won’t spoil the story. The Valiant series is an amazing journey through the eyes of Fallon and her gladiatrix sisters. If you love strong, intelligent and fierce women then you must read this series. Author Lesley Livingston is a master storyteller, pulling me in with the struggles of female equality mixed with the treachery of Roman politics. Every scene was vivid, either with a battle or an emotional moment. Fallon’s journey of discovering her purpose was a bumpy ride, filled with heartbreak and joy. By her side are her gladiatrix sisters and friends to support her along the way. I loved the cast of characters and that each played an important role in the plot and were given a spotlight.

I’ve listened to the entire series as audiobooks and I highly recommend this format to everyone. Fiona Hardingham does an amazing narration for this series. In The Triumphant she put her heart and soul in her narration for this book, bringing me to tears at the emotional scenes. It is exciting to hear her perform the elegant voice for Fallon and Cleopatra, then change to the gruff male voices. At times it was hard to believe there was only one narrator and not many.

I loved The Triumphant and I’m so sad to see this series end. I enjoyed how the series ends, giving closure but I hope the author can create a spinoff of some of the characters. This series has something for everyone – exciting battle scenes, fierce women, treachery, sisterhood and romance. I look forward to reading more books from Lesley Livingston!

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Audiobook Performance
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

About Lesley Livingston

LESLEY LIVINGSTON is a writer living in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of twelve books to date. Her first novel, WONDROUS STRANGE, was winner of the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year 2010, a White Pine Honour Book, shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Speculative Fiction, and in 2015 was named one of CBC’s “100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian”. DARKLIGHT, the second book in this series was a finalist for the Indigo Teen Read Awards. The concluding volume in the trilogy, TEMPESTUOUS, was a finalist for the Monica Hughes Award. These books have sold to more than ten countries to date, and WONDROUS STRANGE has been optioned for film/TV by Shaftesbury Films. Her other trilogies have both won the Copper Cylinder award for Young Adult fiction.

In addition to her books for teen readers, Lesley is also co-author of a Middle Grade series with Jonathan Llyr called THE WIGGINS WEIRD. The first book, HOW TO CURSE IN HIEROGLYPHICS was shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and was longlisted for the Canadian Booksellers Association’s Young Readers Book of the Year award. It was also chosen as one of the selections for the 2016 First Book Canada All-Star Reading Challenge.

Lesley’s newest novel is a YA historical epic, THE VALIANT, which will be published in February 2017 by Penguin Razorbill (US) and HarperCollins (CAN) and tells the story of a 17-year-old girl’s journey from fierce Celtic princess to female gladiator and the darling of the Roman Empire.

For almost three years, Lesley hosted weekly late-night movie marathons on the nationally broadcast television show, SPACEBAR, as the Waitron-9000, a sparkly holographic waitress with an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure B-movie trivia. For almost two decades, she was a principal performer with Tempest Theatre Group, a Toronto-based Shakespearean theatre company.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2019 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2019 New Release Challenge

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