The Defiant
The Defiant
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Series: Valiant Vol. 2   
Annotation: When Fallon and her fellow gladiatrices are thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, the only thing that might save them is a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.
Catalog Number: #153854
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 371 pages
Availability: Indefinitely Out of Stock
ISBN: 0-448-49472-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-448-49472-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017056488
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Teen gladiatrix Fallon is settled in her sister's ludus, a training camp and home for women who battle each other in Caesar's arena, but she's missing a certain Roman army officer who is away on campaign. As she and her fellow fighters settle in after a recent contest, Ludus Achillea is betrayed from inside r sister kidnapped and likely dead. Fallon escapes captivity with a few of her peers and vows vengeance on the corrupt and evil man who thinks he now owns them. Following on the success of The Valiant (2017), Livingston transports readers back again to ancient Rome and the rivalry between fighting houses of the time. As with the first book, there are rousing battle scenes and plenty of action, a few more romantic moments, and a strong feminist message. Give this to fans of the 2017 Wonder Woman movie and those looking for intelligent and powerful women who glory in their strength and abilities.
Kirkus Reviews
Princess-turned-gladiatrix Fallon must defend Ludus Achillea from treachery in Livingston's ancient Rome.Although she pines for her sweetheart, decurion Cai, and hosting the sullen gladiators of rival Ludas Amazona for mock combat games to entertain elites is far from glorious, things are looking up for Fallon. Her older sister, the Lanista of Ludus Achillea, is about to receive the deed to the school, which means all of its gladiators will be free, fighting by choice instead of because they're forced. But villainous tribune Pontius Aquila and his secret society, the Sons of Dis (a death cult that eats the hearts of fallen gladiators to gain their strength), have other plans. Instead of Ludus Amazona, Fallon and her fellows find themselves facing actual Amazons. To counter Aquila, the gladiators must navigate treacherous schemes and concoct plans of their own. Of the whiplash-inducing quantity of betrayals, very few will come as a surprise. While all of Fallon's plans eventually pay off, they're frequently laid out in blocks of exposition that disrupt the story's rhythm. The story's strongest in fight scenes, with techniques well-matched to the characters and situations. Racial descriptors come in the form of side characters' origins—besides Romans and Greeks, some, such as Queen Cleopatra, come from Aegypt; some are "desert herders; others are Germanic or Celtic, like Fallon. Girl-power fights make up for less-successful elements. (Historical fantasy. 12-16)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Fallon and her warrior sisters return in this powerful tale of treachery, Roman secret societies, and gladiatrix. Fueled by the desire to regain control of the Ludus Achillea from the Son of Dis, Fallon enlists the help of the legendary Amazon and two Roman Legionaries in this page-turning sequel to The Valiant . Strong female characters lead this Ancient Roman story that captures the political subterfuge and geographical diversity characteristic of Caesar's Rome. The strength of family, both blood relatives and family by choice, permeate as the gladiatrix of the Ludus Achillea put themselves in danger in order to rescue their leader, friends, and training academy. The women quickly discover that it will take the strength, smarts, and bravery of each member of their war clan in order to defeat Pontius Aquila and the other members of the Son of Dis. Clearly a second in a series, this volume will be best appreciated by those who have familiarity with the previous installment. While readers can enjoy the thrilling fight scenes and strategic adventure of the novel, it is clear this is not a stand-alone and the backstory is necessary for a complete understanding of the events and characters. VERDICT An action-packed sequel that will complement larger YA collections. Jo Schofield, Cuyahoga Library, OH
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Word Count: 94,161
Reading Level: 6.1
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.1 / points: 15.0 / quiz: 195482 / grade: Middle Grades+

The darling of the Roman Empire is in for the fight of her life in this lush sequel to the acclaimed historical fantasy The Valiant.

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 themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon's heart - and her love for Roman soldier Cai - but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire.

When dark treachery and vicious power struggles threaten her hard-won freedom, the only thing that might help the girl known as Victrix save herself and her sisters is a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.

The only trouble is, they might just kill her themselves first.

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