Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston - ESSENTIAL

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston, 372 pages. Penguin Random House, 2017 $17.99

Language: PG (14 swears 0 'f') Mature Content: PG13 (Passionate kissing, mention of brothels) Violence: PG13 (Gladiator violence - graphic killing) 

MS, HS - ESSENTIAL 

AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH 

Fallon is the daughter of a king - a king who was captured, then released by Julius Caesar. Fallon's sister was lost in the battle and now Fallon wants to be a warrior herself, to follow in her sister's footsteps and possibly avenge her. But when Fallon is kidnapped and sold into Rome as a slave, her priorities shift from Warrior to Gladiator, and she begins to fight for her very life. 

What an exciting story! The level of violence was just right, graphic enough to get a feel for the Arena and the bloodlust, but not so much that it becomes inappropriate for a younger reader. Fallon is brave and gutsy, a great example of a strong woman. The romance is nice, too. I hope this is not a stand alone, because I'd love to return to ancient Rome with Fallon.

Lisa Librarian

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