Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Defiant by Lesley Livingston - ADVISABLE

Livingston, Lesley The Defiant (The Valiant, #2), 371 pages. Razorbill (Penguin), 2018. $18. Content: Language: PG-13 (26 swears); Mature Content: PG-13 (passionate kissing); Violence: PG-13. 

Fallon is the beloved gladiatrix (a woman gladiator) for Caesar, which paints a target on her back for those warriors she has defeated to reach the top.  When Fallon’s safe haven, Ludus Achilea, is invaded and her sister is taken by the competing gladiatrices and their leader Pontius, Fallon is captured by the enemy.  An old friend shows up to help Fallon and her fighting spirit refuses to let Pontius and his dark group of senators take away her friends and her freedom.  

Fallon is a strong and likable character.  This book had its slow moments, like second books in a trilogy seem to do, but it was still entertaining and had some good twists.  The violence is when the warriors are fighting and they are bloody as well as a cannibalistic act is refereed to.  

MS, HS – ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson. 

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