Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie
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Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie (Modern Faerie Tales #2)

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When seventeen-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system.
But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call h...more
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Published May 1st 2006 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published May 31st 2005)
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Nozomi
I think the main reasons most people don't like this series, older adults and parents especially, are because:
a. they don't want their own children, whether young or old teenagers, to be exposed to such drug/profanity use, even though most teenagers have already been exposed in high school settings, even as young as middle school, and/or
b. they can't possibly believe that teenagers have actually lived in poor conditions.

I have to admit that this book's not as good as the first, Tithe. But I d...more
Lisalit
I have mixed feelings about this book. I found the idea of the story captivating. Faeries are real, and they walk among us, hidden by glamour from human eyes. And they aren't necessarily good faeries--like humans, some are good, and some are stealthy. 17 year old Val discovers this world when she runs away from home and lives under the New York subway tunnels. Through unforeseen circumstances, she ends up indebted to a troll, delivering potions to faeries. But faeries are being poisoned, and Val...more
Heather
I hated loving this book. Having read Black's Titheand Ironside, I was none to keen on reading Valiant. Black has a penchant for writing about the scourge of human society, leaving me with a sense of filth, and therefore compelling me to exfoliate. None the less, Black’s writing is so perversely alluring, that she all but grabs you by the neck and drags you into the story.

Val is impossible to describe. She’s a shell of a girl. In possession of one lezzie best friend, a mohawk donning boyfriend,...more
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Amanda
Jan 02, 2010 Amanda rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: posers, wanna-bes and those looking to flush their lives away
I hated this book from the first page.

Strong words, I know, but let's just have it out. I continued reading primarily because I was interested in contacting Black's agent to represent my own work.

Trite, lame and basically a waste of tree. The plot was blurg, the characters were frighteningly unenthralling, the writing was fair, but you can find decent writing on the back of a cereal box.

The one book's one saving grace was a troll and though the idea was cool, it was hardly enough to save the e...more
Claire
Jul 01, 2007 Claire rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Charles de Lint
I was a bit disappointed when Valiant didn't start up where Tithe ended. However, I quickly got over it.

This story follows 17-year-old Val Russell who runs away from her dysfunctional home within the first few chapters. In a moment of shedding her confusion, she embraces a new identity and shaves her head, leaving everything behind. She also finds herself in the company of three homeless teens--Lolli, Dave, and Luis who live on an abandoned subway platform.

Eerie and strange, Val finds herself c...more
Sookie
Aug 19, 2007 Sookie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 16+
Many people loved Tithe and the Spiderwick Chronicles (though I haven't read those, I've only read Tithe) and they're very highly recommended books.
I was a little more than dissapointed, though, when I read Tithe.
The language was very vulgar, and the characters not very lickable at all.
And there were numerous other things that bothered me about that book.
When Valiant came out, I delayed in reading it.
I decided it was time to read it last week.
And this is all I have to say about it-
It's almost t...more
Liz
I didn't really care for this book. I think if I was 16 into punk and dressed all in black it would be great. It had quite a bit of language and a "situation" with the mom and the boyfriend that made me want to up-chuck.
Ana Carter  シ
Really boring..... nothing really happens...

Edit: December 20,2012

Can't bring myself to finish this novel....



Kristen
Dec 05, 2008 Kristen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen fans of fantasy novels
Valiant by Holly Black


Valiant by Holly Black is a very intense teen-fantasy novel about a seventeen-year-old girl named Valerie Russell-also known as: Val. Valiant is Holly Black’s second novel. The first to her collection is Tithe. Both of these books are beautifully written and tie into the world of faeries and trolls and things of such nature. Black is an avid collector of scary stories, creepy dolls, and crazy hats.

Val is this amazing character who changes drastically throughout this book....more
blindmouse
Jul 15, 2014 blindmouse rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to blindmouse by: Sarah Rees Brennan
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Sandy
This second book of the series has a whole new cast of characters. Val, a seventeen year old girl from New Jersey, runs away to New York City after she walks in on her boyfriend and her mom. (I know, gross!)

Val ends up living in a subway tunnel with a bunch of homeless teens - finds out that fairies are real - makes friends with a troll - becomes addicted to some fairy "drug" her friends call Never - and must win the heart of the one she loves.

I really liked this one. Eager to read the third in...more
Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project)
Valiant, the second book from Holly Black’s “Modern Faerie Tales” series, starts of after Roiben, from Tithe, became King of the Unseelie Court. But the story isn’t about the characters from Tithe; it opens us to the life of Valerie, a human who basically falls in love with a faerie – a troll to be exact.

Valiant reminds me of the well-known tale of “Beauty and the Beast”, somehow told in a dark, profane, rebellious world; although, there was a part that the tale was more like “Beast and the Bea...more
Maree  ♫ Light's Shadow ♪
I don't know why I assumed a book titled like this would have a male protagonist (maybe because Black's curse workers series does), but I'm so glad that Val was our girl. She was awesome from the get go. And while some parts might have stretched believability, I was willing to mostly go along with it.

I was surprised by how the book started, with Val sort of just taking off instead of being thrown into it. I liked it and it's different-ness, how it made Val a kind of different hero, one who was i...more
Katlyn Quinn
Even better than the first (can it be possible? It is! It is!) Valiant is not a continuation of the Tithe tale per say, but some of the characters come together in the third book. Instead of following with a normal sequel, Black has created an entriely new set of characters in the world of faery, whom you fall in love with just as quickly.

Thank you, Black, for making me 'see' your story in a bleak world of (mostly) talentless writers. I have never been to NY, nor lived in a subway, nor taken fe...more
Darci
SO many people seem to despise this book and I really have no clue why. Sure they state why, but to me it's not true. It is probably because they are older adults (even 20 year olds) reading a YA book that is definitely meant for teens. This book to me was pure gold. The author's creepy way of describing the old and true folktale of faeries and telling faerie tales how they are meant to be told. Children from a young age are mislead by thinking faeries are nice, perfect, beautiful, and lovely th...more
Angie
Originally reviewed here.

I have retellings on the brain right now. So you'll have to bear with me, as this is one of my favorites. VALIANT is the second book in Holly Black's excellent Modern Tales of Faerie trilogy. I read Tithe back in the day, and it immediately became my favorite Tam Lin retelling. I've been somewhat his and miss with that tale, and this angsty teen version of it worked remarkably well for me. So my introduction to Ms. Black was a fine one. When VALIANT came out, I didn't k...more
Erika
Valiant, like Tithe, is a gritty, visceral nose dive--this time into the streets of New York City from small town New Jersey where adults are messy, intrusive plot elements and skeezy boyfriends are even worse.

After catching her boyfriend making out with her mother on their living room couch, Valerie runs away to New York City where she makes quick friends with Lolli (Lollipop), Dave, Luis, and a kitten--a ragtag bunch of teens who dumpster dive for their meals and live in the subway tunnels ben...more
C
The second book in the Ironside "series" features an entirely different set of characters from the first, which may disappoint readers just coming off a Tithe high. While I certainly missed those other characters, I personally found many of the new characters to be more dimensional and more intriguing than Kaye. My only major complaint is that the initial presentation of Val's character (i.e., the way she was perceived at school) and the circumstances that cause her to run away felt forced and s...more
Christy
This is the second book in Black's modern Faerie tale series. All the standards are here--faeries, trolls, quests and companians--but updated with a modern twist.

This book is listed as a young adult novel, but it does include adult language (swearing) and adult themes (sex and drug addiction). This didn't bother me at all, but it might bother some people.

Overall, a great story. Worth reading if you like fantasy... even if you aren't a young adult.
Dani
This book had a great start and great momentum that picked up until 6/7ths of the way through.
(Audio book, my friends. It has 7 parts.)
I loved the parts where they were careening around and doing drugs and mischief and being street kids.
When it got all whodunit near the end, I was like, blah.
And there was some dumb predictable lukewarm romance thrown in for that last part, too. blah.

Overall, though, good story, very enjoyable, very well written and consistent, good pacing.
Not in lurve with it o...more
Joe Kendall
So this book is the second in the Modern Faerie Tales series by Holly Black. It takes place in New Jersey and New York City.

The hero of the story is a teenager named Val. She comes home one day and finds her boyfriend and her mom on the couch "together." Val runs away to New York where she meets up with the street urchins. The urchins take Val to their hide out and she learns that fay are real and that these kids are running some sort of "medical drugs" for them. This drug affects humans kind o...more
The Winter Rose
After reading many of the reviews here, I was worried I would not enjoy this story, but since I already bought it, I decided to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised.

The story tells of high school student, Val, who ends up living with a small group of homeless kids in NYC. The group has dealing with exiled fae and the story tells of Val's internal and external journey over about a months time.

Many negative reviews pointed to the language and violenece prevalent in the book. It's true. This is...more
Barks & Bites
Set in the same urban landscape as Tithe but with only minor links to that book, Valiant easily stands on its own. This is a good thing for me because my memory is horrible and I read Tithe a ways back.

Valiant is about a teen named Val whose world is pretty much wrecked when she walks in on her boyfriend smooching up her mom. She runs away, meets some drug addled teens and quickly adapts to the lifestyle. But the drug they plunge into their arms isn't the typical stuff you'd expect to find on th...more
Mattiezumi
I think I liked Valiant more than Tithe and Ironside.

I mean Corny's a total doll, but storyline-wise, I prefer Valiant's. Overall, an easy read. Nothing too exciting to report, I remember liking this book a whole lot more, the first time around, years ago.

I still enjoy Val as a character, although her nature seems contradictory at most times. One second she's brave, the next she's weak, then she's the follower, and now she's in the zone. But I think that's why I liked her, she doesn't make sens...more
Elizabeth
Nov 28, 2008 Elizabeth marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
When seventeen-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system.

But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call home and shoots up a shimmery amber-colored powder that makes the shadows around her dance. Severe Luis claims he can make deals...more
Jessica
Valiant is about a teenager named Valerie who runs away from her mothers house when she finds out her boy friend had been sleeping with her mother. She heads out to New York City, trying to find somewhere to get away when she find Lolli and her boy friend and their secret home in the train tunnels. Down there in the train tunnels, Val and Looli fall inot a trolls home and Val promises to be his slave till his content to save Lolli from dying. Soon enough, Val falls in love with the ugly troll bu...more
Cassandra Barboza
Holly Black is one of my all time favorite writers. I greatly enjoy her style of writing and the world of faerie that she has created. If there is anyone that I would like to emulate and write like it would be Holly Black. Even though Valiant does not continue with the story of Kaye from her first dip into faerie I'm glad that Holly Black has decided to enter the world of the faye through the eyes of a human character.

Val runs away from home after she witnesses a scene in her house that she cann...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I accidently read this series out of order - starting with Tithe and then reading Ironside before Valiant. I actually don't think it mattered that much. I had been expecting a book based on the business discussed at the end of Ironside, with Kaye, Corny and Luis, so this was a suprise. While Ironside is clearly a sequel to Tithe, Valiant has its own cast of characters.
As with Tithe, the characters are outside the mainstream of society, socially isolated, homeless for various reasons, drug addic...more
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Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults. She is the author of the Modern Faerie Tale series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), and The Good Neighbors graphic novels (with Ted Naifeh) The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, and The Curse Worker series (White Cat, Red Gl...more
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