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Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie

(Modern Faerie Tales #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  32,763 ratings  ·  1,644 reviews
When 17-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.
Paperback, 319 pages
Published 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published May 31st 2002)
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Aimee Marie Le Roi You can! The storylines for Tithe and Ironside are directly connected, but Valiant is more like a 'companion piece' where theres the same kinds of characters,…moreYou can! The storylines for Tithe and Ironside are directly connected, but Valiant is more like a 'companion piece' where theres the same kinds of characters, and there is like one or two characters who cross over but its not anything where you would be vastly confused. It could function as a book on its own very easily
Alexandra Daaé You could! There are characters from Tithe that make appearances towards the end, but you won't be confused if you haven't read the first one.
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
<blockquote> <b> <i>Ravus nodded again. I will make you as terrible as you desire.<br />I don't want to be-, she started, but he held up his hand.<br />I know you're very brave, he said.<br />Or stupid.<br />And stupid. Brave and stupid. Ravus smiled, but then his smile sagged. But nothing can stop you from being terrible once you've learned how.</i> </b></blockquote><br />Holly Black has, apparently, been crafting marvelous worlds and characters for quite a long time now. I adored this story even more than her earlier <i>Tithe</i>. <br /><br /><i>Valiant</i> is a <b>Beauty and the Beast retelling</b> ...more
Apr 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I hated loving this book. Having read Black's <a href="" title="Tithe (The Modern Faerie Tales, #1) by Holly Black" rel="nofollow">Tithe</a>and <a href="" title="Ironside (The Modern Faerie Tales, #3) by Holly Black" rel="nofollow">Ironside</a>, I was none to keen on reading <a href="" title="Valiant (The Modern Faerie Tales, #2) by Holly Black" rel="nofollow">Valiant</a>. 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, Blacks writing is so perversely alluring, that she all but grabs you by the neck and drags you into the story.<br /><br />Val is impossible to describe. Shes a shell of a girl. In possession of one lezzie best friend, a mohawk donning boyfriend, and ...more
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It was a bit of a shock when I opened this book and the story wasn't about Kaye?? I assumed the whole series was about her and Roiben. <br /><br />Anyway.... this book follows a girl called Val. Certain things happen in her life and she runs away from home to the city. There she meets other lonely souls (homeless kids) and ends up staying with them in the subway. Through these new friends of hers she finds out about the faerie realm and ends up becoming a delivery girl of sorts for a faery and helps him discover ...more
Candace Robinson
So I didn't like this one as much as the first book, but I still loved it! I liked that the characters aren't your typical characters. Like you may not really like them, but you still totally do!<br /><br />Also, can I just say the troll love was freaking awesome! I liked that Holly Black made the character fall for a troll and not a "hot" troll either! Although, I'm sure he's super adorable because his personality was lovely!<br /><br />I felt for Valerie a lot, and yes she did some stupid things, yet I still wanted to ...more
Ever since I finished <i>Tithe</i> I've wanted to finish this series.. but never seemed to try and read the second book. No idea why, maybe I'm super lazy or I just never got the book.. but I'm happy to redeem myself people. <br /><br />It follows Val Russell, who is about 17 years old, and she have a terrible life. Her family sucked a bag of dicks and her whole life spiraled down a dark ass rabbit hole. Yeah, things were not sunny on her side of the street. The grass was not greener for her. Well, her life sort of ...more
Lisa Litberg
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
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
July buddy read for #FaerieAThon, which I am cohosting with <a href="" rel="nofollow">Kristin</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow">Jane</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow">Melanie</a>!
Apr 24, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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. <br /><br />Strong words, I know, but let's just have it out. <br /><br />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. <br /><br />The one book's one saving grace was a troll and though the idea was cool, it was hardly enough to save the entire horrible mess. <br /><br />To rant in depth, I have to start with the drug thing. Magic as a drug (seen it! and it ...more
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Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
6/13/19 update:<br />*weary sigh* This is still by far my least favorite Holly Black book. <br /><br />This was by far my least favorite Holly Black book. Too much drugs and not enough faeries for my tastes. But Im going to read book 3 because its about the same characters from book 1, whom I adored. Why we had this second book about completely different characters is beyond me, but I basically hated this. ...more
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread this while hiking across the moors. Love my troll boyfriend.
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Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, authors-b, 2011, on-hold
Really boring..... nothing really happens...<br /><br /><b> <i>Edit: December 20,2012</i></b><br /><b><br />Can't bring myself to finish this novel....<br /></b><br /><br /><br />
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
this is just so ,,, blegh<br /><br />nothing about it is holding my interest and i'm not going to force myself to get through this <br /><br />i'd much rather read books that are actually good xD
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen fans of fantasy novels
Valiant by Holly Black <br /><br /><br />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 Blacks 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.<br /><br />Val is this amazing character who changes drastically throughout this book. By ...more
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
I thought Kaye, the main character of the first book, <a href="" title="Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1) by Holly Black" rel="nofollow">Tithe</a>, had a difficult childhood, but it was nothing compared to this. I wonder if <a href="" title="Holly Black" rel="nofollow">Holly Black</a> had a difficult childhood too. <br /><br />Most of the book follows Val and her friends Lolli, Dave, and Luis who live in a disgusting, abandoned subway station, while they are high on faerie drugs all day. Val even starts acting like Alex DeLarge at one point when she breaks into a family's home. Lolli kills a cat at one point because she is just tired of taking ...more
Jun 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Charles de Lint
I was a bit disappointed when <i>Valiant</i> didn't start up where <i>Tithe</i> ended. However, I quickly got over it. <br /><br />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.<br /><br />Eerie and strange, Val finds herself caught ...more
This story was much too disconcerting for me to thoroughly enjoy. To be frank, I think that I liked it better when Holly Black's Faerie stories were centred on the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. There was much more intrigue, and a sense of newness and discovering something unknown.<br /><br />The stories that are based in OUR world, aren't as strong. And the protagonists... are a bit more from the seedier side of life.<br /><br />This was true here. Val comes from a home of a single mum, and upon discovering a secret - instead ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
Making my way through Holly Black's Modern Faerie Tales Series and TFOTA before the release of <a href="" title="The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3) by Holly Black" rel="nofollow">The Queen of Nothing</a> in November (yes, this year!). Read this after Tithe in what appears to be the right order, and I am equally torn about what rating to give it! Let me try to digest my thoughts.<br /><br />While set in the same universe as Tithe, Valiant follows different characters, though there are some cameos. As its predecessor, it is characterised as an urban fantasy, succeeding in embedding the reader in ...more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Still debating this rating. I really did dig how dark this one got and it did make the gamer girl in me smile. Cant decide if its a 3 or 4 for me. ...more
Aug 19, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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.<br />I was a little more than dissapointed, though, when I read Tithe.<br />The language was very vulgar, and the characters not very lickable at all. <br />And there were numerous other things that bothered me about that book.<br />When Valiant came out, I delayed in reading it.<br />I decided it was time to read it last week.<br />And this is all I have to say about it-<br />It's almost the ...more
Courtney Wells
Whether or not you approve of it, I think we all know sex, drugs, angst, and vulgarity are part of the teenage atmosphere. I'm sure some people look at <i>Valiant</i> and feel it's a dark interpretation of an adolescent mind, but Holly Black is just being honest with herself, with us, and the target audience she's writing for.<br /><br />Frankly, I'm glad there are books like <i>Valiant</i> on the shelves. More than that, I'm jealous. When I grew up and was in the hormonal throws of puberty I didn't have novels like this ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
This series isn't a favorite of Holly Black's, but you have to admit she's fantastic at writing gritty and decidedly non-human fairies. Maybe it's just me but I totally read Luis in the cadence of the Luis from Ant-Man - that was very entertaining.
Grace the Book Queen
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 4-stars
This one was less weird than the previous installment, but I still enjoyed it immensely. That first chapter was something else and each chapter just kept me hooked. Ravus was so sweet and I loved the dynamic between him and our main character, Val. Also, I would like to take a moment to appreciate the word play between Val and the title of this book!
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Soooo, here we go. This volume gets <b> a 2.5 stars</b> cause Im feeling generous. <br /><br />While this definitely isnt my favorite of Hollys writing, it still has a way of reeling you in with its dark edgy themes and visual writing style. Youre transported to these dingy locales right alongside Val n company.<br /><br />I actually was really into the first half of this book &amp; gobbled up the pages. But then that second half shit hit the fan for me. Like after the halfway point I just stopped caring almost entirely and just ...more
Stephanie Gillespie
I read this for#FaerieAThon, this is also a re read but its been like 10 years since I read it. This book was by far my least favorite Holly Black book, I found the characters were dull and lacking what Holly Blacks more recent character's bring to the table. The plot was almost non-existent, the first half follows Val, and the lives of deprived street kids, who spent way to much time getting high off Never, which is Faerie magic. For a book about Faeries, they were severely lacking in this book. ...more
Mar 01, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to JM by: Sarah Rees Brennan
YA urban fantasy, loosely based on the story of 'Beauty and the Beast'. Val doesn't entirely mean to run away from home, but when home betrays her it's easy to not go back <i>yet</i> - to stay in the dark world of faeries and addiction she's stumbled into in New York. She's drawn further into that world when a moment of instinctive chivalry sees her bound in service to the troll Ravus - who, Val discovers, is in grave danger.<br /><br />My short reaction here is: This was a good book, and I didn't like it much.<br /><br />Longer ...more
Im torn with this one. A part of me didnt care much for it. BUT that ending saved it. ...more
Jul 30, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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.
Cori Reed
2.5 Stars<br /><br />This book is more of a companion than a sequel, which threw me for a loop. It's also one of the darkest and messed up YA books I have ever read. It begins with the main character walking in on her mother hooking up with her boyfriend and does not get any lighter from there! Yikes!
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Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones,The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January ...more

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Modern Faerie Tales (3 books)
  • Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1)
  • Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale
“You carried my heart in your hands tonight," he said. "But I have felt as if you carried it long before that.” 178 likes
“I would remain nearer you for what time there is."

"Gone in one faerie sigh," she quoted.

Leather-clad fingers brushed over her short hair, rested on her cheek. "I can hold my breath.”
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