Titel: The Valiant
Författare: Lesley Livingston
Serie: The Valiant #1
Förlag: HarperCollins Canada
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
The story is great. A lot happens especially at the beginning, but I felt it only made the story more fast-paced. There is a whole lot of action with some pretty brutal battle scenes. I was loving every second of it! The themes of sisterhood and honor are deeply explored becoming the true heart of the story. The relationships Fallon makes are excellent. Especially her friendship with Elka. But don’t worry, Fallon has her fair share of enemies as well. In a highly competitive training school, there are bound to be rivalries.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It had some pretty cool characters and a fascinating historical setting. It did have some plot holes and I wasn’t completely connected to what was happening and i didn’t get the ”wow i love this” feeling if you know what i mean, but I will for sure pick up the sequel!
I give this book 3,5/5 stars