Title: The Valiant
Author: Lesley Livingston
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Page Count: 372
Notable Notables: Female gladiators
Recommended Readers: Only those who want an extremely watered-down gladiator experience
I picked up The Valiant by Lesley Livingston, not due to the merits of the book itself, but because I saw the cover of its sequel, The Defiant, and thought it looked super friggin’ cool. “Let’s give this series a shot,” I said. “It’ll be fun,” I said.
Oh, past me. So young, so innocent.
The Valiant follows a warrior princess named Fallon, who is captured by Roman slavers and sold to a ludus owned by Julius Caesar, her nation’s conquerer. The plot has a little more involved, but this is the only part that was executed…semi-decently.
Okay, look, I admit it. I love gladiator stuff. The Starz show, Spartacus, has become a recent obsession for me. However, despite my love for the show, I also recognize that (probably a lot of it) is an extreme, full of Hollywood glitz, glam, and shock-value, that also revels on not having to answer at all to the FCC.
If Spartacus is on one end of the spectrum, then The Valiant can be placed firmly on the other end: the boring, unrealistic end.