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The Defiant

(The Valiant #2)

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The darling of the Roman Empire is in for the fight of her life.

Be brave, gladiatrix… And be wary. Once you win Caesar’s love, you’ll earn his enemies’ hate.

Fallon was warned.

Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix.

In this highly anticipated sequel to THE VALIANT, Fallon and her warrior sisters find thems
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ebook, 336 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Razorbill
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Cait • A Page with a View
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-arcs, ya-fantasy
If you liked The Valiant then this is a really enjoyable sequel! It delivered on pretty much every aspect I wanted to see.

A lot of it builds off the last book and what Fallon saw towards the end, so I don't want to spoil that. Otherwise, there's a rebellion brewing here and Fallon's viewed as a leader of rebels, which makes her a political liability for Caesar. Her potential power also makes her a pawn "in a much greater game... a distraction and a bargaining chip." She and her fellow gladiatri
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Laura
The Valiant was one of my favorite new YA books of 2017. The concept was fascinating imagining the existence of a training school devoted to making women into gladiatrices. It felt fresh with high stakes. Any predictable moments didn't bother me because the story held its own. I'm beginning to think this should've been left as a standalone because The Defiant didn't do anything for me. In fact..as excited as I was to dive back into this world, the excitement slowly dwindled down as I got into ...more
Suzanne
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5*
This series is so good! I was hooked from book one with a female gladiator on the cover. As soon as I started reading the first book I wanted a trilogy right away! The sequel was very good but I did like the first book better but that seems to be normal in a lot of trilogies. I however CANNOT wait for next year’s third book to come out (even though the second just came out last week). This series and these characters are so entertaining! I just know the third book is going to be ridiculousl
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Alyssa
Feb 12, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-releases
I'M HERE FOR THIS.

Well, assuming the romance stays put. :P
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/01/20/...

I adored the first book—finally, a Young Adult novel I was really hyped up for that didn’t disappoint me—but this sequel was even better. I think it’s safe to say if you enjoyed The Valiant, then The Defiant will continue to impress.

Warning: possible spoilers for the first book if you haven’t read it yet! Our series protagonist, Fallon, has gone from Celtic princess to captured slave to Rome’s most beloved gladiatrix, but
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Lisa
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0...

4.5/5 Stars

I’ll be honest, I read The Valiant by Lesley Livingston pretty much on a whim last year. It wasn’t a book that was on my radar until after it was released, which is unusual. I read a couple of glowing reviews for it for that essentially made me set my review books to the side because it sounded so good. I was glad I did because it just happened to have everything I love and in just the right amounts. I am very happy
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⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
Gladiatrices, badass, ruthless warrior women, political intrigue, love, sacrifice - this is pretty much what The Defiant is about. And I loved every single page of it. This is truly a worthy sequel!

I love the world of ancient Rome because for once it's something different, something I didn't read about before in ya fantasy. I love that it's based on actual places, characters and happenings - we have Caesar, Cleopatra and gladiator fights. And Lesley Livingston cleverly weaves these real elements
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Esmée
4.5 stars

So I just spend the entire day on a financial report for this crazy project I'm working on for uni, and it was almost fun to do but because I listened to this audiobook. It was so addicting, I read it in one sitting. I've been waiting for this book for a year, and now I'll have to spend another year highly anticipating the next one...
Lindsay
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, dissapointed
The much acclaimed sequel to The Valiant started off with a bang regarding a competition between the two rival gladiator academies happening for the benefit of a bored Cleopatra. Fallon and her friends battle the Amazons, ultimately winning the reenactment and achieving the crowds approval. The following day, Cai and two members of his legion appear at the academy and Fallon is reunited with her boyfriend after so many months. Everything in her world seems to be going smoothly: her friends, her ...more
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
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Okay, I was super excited about this book because I read The Valiant last year and really enjoyed, so I read it as soon as I managed to grab a copy.

Turns out, I liked the book and I think it was a very interesting sequel, but I didn’t love it as much as the first book. It was slower, and the plot took a while longer to develop. However, I really enjoyed knowing more about Fallon and what was she going through, and of course, I loved the female friend
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♠ Tabi ♠
EXCUSE ME WHILE I FLAIL OVER THAT PERFECT COVER!!!
Lisa
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0...

4.5/5 Stars

I’ll be honest, I read The Valiant by Lesley Livingston pretty much on a whim last year. It wasn’t a book that was on my radar until after it was released, which is unusual. I read a couple of glowing reviews for it for that essentially made me set my review books to the side because it sounded so good. I was glad I did because it just happened to have everything I love and in just the right amounts. I am very happy
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Di
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The Valiant when I read it earlier this year and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of The Defiant from Razorbill, even though it was past publication date which I am very grateful for! This has not effected my rating and all opinions are my own.

“But even if we’re too late for rescue, we’ll still be right on time for revenge.”


The Defiant was a really great sequel and I loved the themes explored in these books. Firstly, there's the kickass female gladiators (gladiatrice
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Rivka
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG OMG OMG!
When I picked up The Valiant last year I didn't expect it to be one of the favorite book EVER!
Now i finished the sequel and I. AM. OBSESSED to a point of no return!
We got some new characters who fast became some of my favorites! We got a new OTP and I SHIP IT so much!!!
And of course let's not forget brave Fallon and her crazy adventures!!!
Go read this! ASAP!!!
Manisha
Actual review: 4.5

How could I not love this? The story was a fast-paced, action-packed, fun, funny and dramatic historical fiction. And the drama!!! So much drama!

A satisfying middle book that exceeded my expectations.

Full review to come.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Now that was a really bloody ending! only con was I could tell the big betrayal by the mid way point. Really curious what direction the third book is gonna go in.
Monique V
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!

I am highly enjoying this series. It's romantic, action packed and has some great characters that I have become very attached to! I cannot wait to see what the next book has in store!!
Tati
While I understand the reasoning behind having a year between books in a series, it doesn't help my memory. You see, after a year, I can barely remember who was who and what happened in the previous book. That was the case here. I knew this was about gladiatrixes, but I had completely forgot about key plot elements.

So, whenever someone appeared that I was supposed to remember, my reaction was:

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I also went in thinking this was a duology. Much to my surprise, it is a trilogy. So I still don't know
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Andreea In Bookland
“But even if we’re too late for rescue, we’ll still be right on time for revenge.”
The first book wasn’t so good in my opinion, but, the author did a better job with the sequel. This was more interesting than the first book, bloody and full of action and adventure, rituals. The Amazons and the Sons of Dis were a nice touch...4 stars ✨
“Tomorrow we would bury the dead. We would throw open the Ludus Achillea gates. And we would carry on. Defiant, triumphant, together.”
Alexandra
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My wonderful group of gladiatrix returns! I really enjoyed the sequel of "The Valiant" with the action, the romance and the mystery! Fallon is the star gladiatrix of her ludus with her sister and her fellow warriors ready to enjoy a life of freedom. But when folly forces them to escape, followed by Cai and his friend Quintus, they will discover a plan to even overthrow Ceasar himself.

With cameo appearances of Cleopatra, sea travel to an island of 'Amazo
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Annabel
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik vond dit boek weer echt te gek! Net zoals het eerste deel. Het is echt een Fight like a girl boek met een hoop bad-ass meiden!!! Zeker een aanrader dus.
Winter
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
4 Stars

A good continuation to the series. I can't wait to see what next book has to offer. Although I guess I have to for once since it's not out yet.
Ainslee || Jest and Hearts
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! Just like I loved The Valiant. While there wasn’t as much bloodshed as I would have liked it was still fantastic. I can’t wait for The Triumphant!!
Jaime Arkin
Love Fiona Hardingham as a narrator and this series is amazing! Go read it!
Kori (_livelaughread)
What a great sequel! Ancient Rome and fierce, female gladiators and a super cute romance... loved it! I can’t say the books are anything groundbreaking, but they’re right up my alley so I was totally entertained.
Abigail Carlson
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

FUGITIVE. REBEL. LEGEND.
The darling of the Roman Empire is in for the fight of her life.

This book is the sequel to The Valiant which I read last year. The first was enjoyable enough for me to pick up the sequel. Put simply, these are good books. Nothing more, nothing less. And there is nothing wrong with that.
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Camila Costa
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
”Not in strength are we inferior to men” she said, “the same our eyes, our limbs the same; one common light we see, one air we breathe. What then denied to us have the gods on men bestowed?

So good! I like this series so much. And I really don’t know what it is. Because this is not the book to pick up if you want really complex characters, unpredictable plot, political intrigue, deaths blood and violence.

There is all of that. But it’s not so deeply explored. It feels sometimes like a Disney mov
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Emily (emilykatereads)
"My sister told me what your Queen Penthesilea once said,

'Not in strength are we inferior to men... the same our eyes, our limbs the same; one common light we see, one air we breath. What then denied to us have the gods on man bestowed?'

Help me prove the truth of her words. Help me see that we are not only equal of men, we are better."


This sequel was a strong one, but it didn't quite hold my attention as much as the first book. Honestly though, it could've just been that I've been in a big readi
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Esmay
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Even if we're too late for rescue, we'll still be right on time for revenge."


4 Stars, or should I say swords? (bad pun Esmay, very bad...)

Ever since I read The Valiant, I knew I would pick this book up as soon as it came out and let me tell you I am not dissapointed. I do have to say that somethings were predictable, yet I did not find them annoying. I was quite sad about some plottwists, but they were very nicely done and while I had seen it coming, I was said nonetheless.

What I also rea
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