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The Valiant

by (author) Lesley Livingston

Initial publish date
Jan 2018
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2017
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2017
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2018
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12


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 sister was killed in battle.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in Sorcha’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 group of ruthless brigands that sells 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 to claim her place in history among the Valiant.


About the author


Lesley Livingston est une auteure lauréate de romans pour ados, dont la trilogie Wondrous Strange et la série Valiant. Elle a également coécrit, avec Jonathan Llyr, la série pour jeunes The Wiggins Weird. Avant de devenir auteure, Lesley a été actrice principale dans une troupe de théâtre shakespearien. Son superpouvoir consiste à manipuler les flux temporels sans le vouloir de façon à arriver systématiquement treize minutes APRÈS l’heure prévue, peu importe la destination.


Lesley Livingstonis an award-winning author of teen fiction, including the Wondrous Strange trilogy, which won the 2010 CLA Young Adult Book of the Year Award, and was named one of the "100 young adult books that make you proud to be Canadian" by CBC Books. Her newest series, Valiant, is being developed for television.


Lesley Livingston's profile page


  • Unknown, OLA Best Bets
  • Unknown, Best Books of the Year
  • Unknown, Saskatchewan Young Reader’s Choice Award - Snow Willow Award

Editorial Reviews

“Livingston skillfully illustrates Fallon’s emotional growth as she becomes a fearsome gladiatrix, her ties to the sisterhood within the ludus overshadowing her ties to the men that betrayed her.” — Publishers Weekly

“Lesley Livingston is at it again. The popular author has built her career on stories that combine her love of historical and mythical settings with kick-ass female protagonists, and her newest creation is no exception.” — CM Magazine

“With such a strong heroine and richly created world, fans will no doubt clamour for more of Fallon’s fast-paced adventures.” — Quill & Quire

“Author Lesley Livingston is no stranger to award-wining YA fiction and she has continued to develop her storylines to a point where her characters demand both sympathy and admiration.” — Resource Links

“A bloody good time.” — Globe and Mail

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