The Defiant: review


336 pages

Published January 23rd 2018 by Razorbill

How long I have waited for the sequel to The Valiant? Not long, but it feels like FOREVER.

So, Valiant was one of my favorite books of 2017 so naturally I picked up the sequel on the release date. If you liked the first one, you are going to love this one.

We are once again reunited with Fallon, the once slave now gladiatrix. If you remember the first once, she witnessed some weird cult-ish stuff toward the end of the book which has an impact on this one, as well as some old enemies. The ludus comes under attack and she and her fellow gladiatrices flee. Fallon struggles with trust as well as being a leader to her “sisters”. There is no shortage of action in this book, that’s for sure.

What I really love about these books is that the romance is very low key. Some people complain about this, but I think it would have jarred the story-line has their been more. We see Fallon and Cai and we know they have both been through a lot and I desperately found myself like, “LET THEM HAVE PEACE AND KISS AND STUFF,” but life seems to get in the way of that, but at the same time, it doesn’t break their bond. I really hope they get their peace in the last book. In closing, if you’re looking for romance, this isn’t the book for you.

In closing, I absolutely loved this book. The women are strong and resilient and Livingston’s writing has me in awe. The setting is to die for since I love books in ancient Rome. The ending closed up real nice, just as the first one did, so what she will do with Fallon next, we’ll just have to wait with abated breath.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for these books, Lesley. They break up the monotony of YA quite nicely.

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