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 older sister was killed in battle.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister'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 band of ruthless brigands who sell 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 claim her place in history among the Valiant.
This is the first book I have read from this author. I can guarantee that it will not be the last one. Author, Lesley Livingston has an instantly home run with this book. Instantly, I was transported back in time. What I enjoyed the most about this book is the fact that strong, female gladiators were prominently featured in this book. It showcased that women can be just as equally strong and warriors as men.
Fallon took me on her journey. She was already strong to start out with but by the time the story ended, she came out even stronger. The romance featured with Cai was nice. I felt the chemistry between Cai and Fallon but the author kept it to a minimum, so it did not overshadow the overall story. The Valiant is one of the books to check out for 2017!