The Valiant ★★★★☆

4.5 stars 

I read this book in about 4 total hours and it was amazing. Every time I opened the book I couldn’t stop reading. I loved reading about female gladiators and how Ceaser realized that women could fight just as good as the men. I’ve only seen a few negative reviews and I can see why! It’s just such a good book!

Goodreads Summary:

Princess. Captive. Gladiator.

Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king, the sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha, and the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar.

When Fallon was a child, Caesar’s armies invaded her homeland, and her beloved sister was killed in battle.

Now, on the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is eager to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in the fearsome Cantii war band. She never gets the chance.

Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.

Now Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries and deadly fights—in and out of the arena. And perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her forbidden yet irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier.

My review: 

The main character in this novel, Fallon, was such a cool character who just wanted to make a name for herself. She trained every chance that she got and was trying her hardest to become a warrior like her older sister. I love the fact that she follows the goddess of war/death, the Morrigan because I’m such a nerd when it comes to anything Celtic.
They jump straight into a romance with this book and I wasn’t ready at all. It was a shock but I can see why the author did it. It definitely led to a quickly moving plot. Even though us, as readers, are thrown into a romance that we’ve never seen before, it’s one that has been solid for a while. I haven’t read a ton of books where the main character was actually with someone in the first chapter of the book.
I didn’t really see the plot twist coming in this book until I was five pages away from it actually happening. It was such a cool twist and I feel like the characters really handled it well. Everything in this book was about sisterhood and I haven’t really read a book that focuses so much on how much sisters need each other (that’s including the sisters she makes later on in the book). It was something I really loved and want to see in more books that are coming out. I’m sick of reading books where they pit girls against each other because it is just a cheap way to make the plot “interesting.”
I feel like this book could and should have been longer. I feel like this book was just setting up the next book and to be honest, I don’t really mind it because this book was actually really good. I just got to the end of this book and was like “oh this it?” and it wasn’t like every other time that I’ve said that because it just felt like it should have had more. I’m not mad at where this book ended though because it was a natural ending that left a good starting point for the next book to happen. I think this is quickly going to become one of my favorite series.
I loved the setting in this book and I’m really excited to continue reading about the people living in it. I think that the author painted a really clear picture in my mind and I could see the entire book happening like a movie in my head. That’s something that I love. There’s nothing like letting your mind run off with the images that the words in the book create.
I’d highly recommend this book, obviously. This is one that I think lots of people would enjoy and I will definitely be telling my friends to read it while I’m waiting for the second book to come out. Only about 2 months till I can finally get back into the story!!