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The Triumphant

(The Valiant #3)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,064 ratings  ·  164 reviews
The final book in the Valiant series takes Fallon and her warrior sisters on an epic journey from the corrupt Roman Republic to the wonder of the ancient world: Alexandria, Egypt.

“You are from a world, Fallon, that values honor over everything else. Rome is not that world.”

In the wake of their victorious fight to win back the Ludus Achillea, Fallon and her gladiatrix siste
ebook, 416 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Razorbill
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Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was crazy awesome! I very satisfying conclusion though the battle at the end did seem a bit rushed. However, it did not take from the plot or even the satisfaction at the end. There were some heartbreaking moments so the series ended in no way with every character readers have grown to love getting their happy ending. This has been one of my favorite series of the last for years and it just so empowering! Love it!

My quick and simple overall: absolutely engrossing finale to an amazing s
⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
Destiny is not something that is given. It's something you prove yourself worthy of taking.

The Triumphant is the fast paced and glorious conclusion to the Valiant trilogy! This trilogy definitely needs more recognition. I loved the previous books and I didn't expect anything less from the finale tbh. I wasn't disappointed.

Again, this was fast paced but never felt rushed. It was a great mix of heart stopping action and emotional and soft dialogue. It didn't get boring once. Whenever things had s
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review from Tenacious Reader:

This has been such a fun series and this final installment was not a disappointment. Fallon continues to be a fierce warrior and leader, I love her and her fellow gladiatrices . We also get to see more of Cai in this book, which is always a plus.

Speaking of Cai, some time has passed between the end of the second book and the beginning of this one. During that time, Fallon has felt rejected by him, and while she doesn’t underst
Helena Paris
Again, I really enjoyed this one!!! I really liked seeing various historical events, travelling to Egypt and having everything come full-circle in the end. This was a worthy finale. :)
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Not my favorite book of the trilogy, but then again, final books in a series seldom are, mostly likely because of the high expectations placed on the ending. Still, this doesn’t mean The Triumphant wasn’t a great read, because it absolutely was, featuring all the incredible action and memorable characters I’ve grown to love. In a way, I did feel like the scope of the story was a little smaller and less epic in this one, bu
Adah Udechukwu
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Triumphant was awesome, awesome and more awesome. It was totally worth my time.
Much better than the second book but not as good as the first. RTC after a few😉
★ true rating: 2.5 stars ★

This series had so much potential, but it just never lived up to it IMO. For the most part the premise of this series sounds amazing: Celtic princess sold into slavery, becomes Gladiatrix with lots of girl power and revenge... HOWEVER you never really get any revenge, or action for that matter. Each installment consists of a lot of getting to the action: literally 100s of pages of traveling and BS, just to get 1-2 chapters of action. This series is mostly about "politi
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of gladiators
This entire series has been consistent.

It was fast-paced, exciting, with good characters, fun action sequences and it was a perfect form of escapism.

This is a really good YA historical fiction series.

Full review to come.
♠ TABI⁷₈⁷ ♠
I didn't think it possible that each cover would surpass the previous . . . but, whaddya know, I stand proven wrong and am thoroughly delighted by that fact!!

*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


The Triumphant is the final installment in author Lesley Livingston's The Valiant trilogy. This story takes place several months after the events of The Defiant which saw protagonist Fallon Ferch Viricio and her fellow gladiatrices win back the Ludus Achillea from a despicable man named Pontius Aquila, or the Collector as he is called. A man who had plans for Fallon for a long time now. A man who isn't patient in getting his rev
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Destiny is not something that is given. It's something you prove yourself worthy of taking."

3.5 stars.

The conclusion to the Valiant trilogy didn't connect with me as much as the first two books did, however it was enjoyable. In this we once again follow Fallon and she as the type of protagonist I really like, she is fierce, yet loving and doesn't just sit idly by when something happens. That does get me to something that was a little mehh for me, the pace of the book. So much happen
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Ah yes! okay so this may be my favourite of the trilogy. Thank you thank you thank you for bringing Cleopatra into the plot and incorporating it around such iconic and key events around her and Caesar. I love the twists and betrayal and the lingering background romance that was sweet but not distracting to the mc or plot. I loved where the book ended in this full circle.
Not as amazing as the second one but still pretty darn good.
Emily (emilykatereads)
"Rome could not have us. Rome—whatever it was to become in the dawning days—would not have us."

This was a fantastic finale to an incredible trilogy. I've loved following Fallon on her adventures and getting emotionally invested into this story. This finale takes place a bit after The Defiant ends, but the action doesn't take long to pick up.

This book had Fallon and the gang in all it's glory in probably the most action-packed of the series. The Ides of March are a crucial turning point to the p
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It’’s over...? 🥺

Wowsers, what an epic finish to this series!! 🙌🤩😭🥰 It gave me everything I didn't even know I needed in this final book. Where The Defiant left me somewhat disappointed, this one more than made up for it! I loved every but if this!! Well...not every bit. Definitely some teary spots 😢😨 But all the same epic final installment gets handfuls of stars! 🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠

We get more of our favorite characters, friendships, romance, action, and run-for-your-lives drama & bloodshed 🛡🗡🔱Th
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, audiobooks
**Originally posted on The Fandom**

It’s the final run for Fallon and the gladiatrix sisters of Ludus Achillea in the action-packed, heartfelt conclusion to The Valiant trilogy!

With their freedom won, the victrix and her Ludus sisters will never be forced into the arena again. But just as Fallon is freed, Cai is cast down as a gladiator in service of Caesar to avoid a patricide charge. Fallon thinks her next great mission is to save Cai from his fate… but then the unthinkable happens. As Rom
Alex in Spades
4,5 Full Circle Stars

I can't believe this is the end of this series. When I read the first book I had no idea it will take me for the amazing 3 year journey throug Ancient Rome (and other World's Wonders). As the two previous stories this one took my breath away, and left me in tears (maybe even more this time). I admire Lesley Livingston for taking the road she took (I mean I'm heartbroken, but also impressed). I would like a bit of a longer ending, or epilogue...but I'm just being greedy right
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

The fantastic finale to Fallon's story was a glorious adventure through the Roman Empire into Egypt and far off into the north. I seriously couldn't be more excited for a book that combined seamlessly my love for history, archeology, Egypt and gladiators!

Months have passed since Fallon's victory over their enemy gladiator ludus. But dark clouds of discontent are gathering and no one is safe. Soon Fallon, Kai, and their friends will have to escape Rome b
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
A fitting end for Fallon’s Cantii princess —> gladiator story. Some events can strain believability but credulity was never the aim of these books. Fun, entertaining, voice-y, shippy, & just plain readable despite all the liberties taken.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Not my favorite of the three but a satisfying ending to the trilogy.
Saimi Korhonen
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
”Because I want to remember. I never want to forget any of the things that have happened to me. Any of the places I’ve been or the things I’ve done. No matter how horrible.”


A good, solid ending to an entertaining trilogy! The Triumphant picks up a few months after The Defiant and continues the stories Fallon and her fierce band of gladiator sisters, who have to face all kinds of dangers as they are forced to leave their ludus when Rome is thrust into absolute chaos by a surprising, bloody
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“You think you will be forgotten. You will not. You will find your place, you will find your purpose. And you will inspire the warriors - the women warriors - who will come after you.”

March has come - in the book at least. And you know what they say: Beware the Ides of March. It's not a good day for Caesar - he's murdered. That's what puts everything in motion for this book, the final in the trilogy. It's a shame it hasn't been translated into Dutch but, well, not enough interest from the re
Amy Braun
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was super excited about this finale and it was pretty much everything I wanted! I'd greatly missed Fallon, Cai, and the Ludus ladies, and was thrilled to see them all again. The story was fast-paced, action-packed, and full of heart.

The story picked up fairly quickly from where the previous books left off, leading to a series of events that saw the girls of Fallon's ludus on the run to new places and fighting for the people they love. Old and new characters emerge, and while I found the endin
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The conclusion of a a wonderful trilogy. The Triumphant brings us full circle. Rome's fall of Caesar is brought into the story, as Fallon watches Caesar brutally murdered by Brutus and the senate. As chaos erupts in Rome, Fallon grabs Cai and the rest of Ludus Achillea and they flee Italia with a new purpose: to bring Cleopatra safely home. Though their story does not end in Aegypt. Fallon learns that her birth home is in danger by those who have caused Caesar's death, has caused them grief all ...more
These books are just not that great, but I have a bit of a soft spot for them. The writing is spotty (sometimes it feels almost middle grade, but others it's definitely meant for more YA readers), the characters all fit perfectly into their stereotypes (the main character is so special and strong and, for some reason, everyone always rallies around her), and the dialogue is very modern. This one struggled from a few pacing issues too. There was a lot of traveling, which can really bog down a sto ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a generally a rereader of books. I would seriously consider rereading this whole series! Thoroughly action packed with realistic love interests and character development. I loved the Roman history and how the Roman gods and goddesses were presented as a realistic belief system (not just mythological or archaic), as I imagine it must've been. ...more
Margaret Hanson
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shame-pile-2k19
This whole series is quite exciting. This one had a lot going on and definitely moved fast. The Ides of March were, of course, going to come around eventually.

What I expected to be the main plot resolved about halfway through and then hey they've got another problem. It didn't feel tacked on though and helped resolve the whole thing.

Also Cleopatra is awesome.
Jamie Coudeville
Okay, this was a great finale to this series. Yes, there were a few slow parts and I would've liked an epilogue but other than that I loved it. I will be keeping my eye on future books from this author. ...more
The ancient Roman world of gladiators, charming soldiers, and the empire itself come to a close as Fallon prepares more swords and wills of heart when Rome sets itself afire with new battles to win for good.

I have to say honestly that I was hesitant to dive back into the ancient Roman world of the valiant since I was trying to focus on catching up with other authors and school stuff. In addition, I seem to not have a very good memory these days as I didn't quite remember where The Defiant left
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