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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 themsThe 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 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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The Defiant Reviews

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2018-11-19 01:45

    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 gladiatrices spend a lot of the story as fugitives as they try to rescue Sorcha with the help of Cai and some friends. Things get pretty complicated and intense!I wasn't super attached to the romance, but genuinely liked both characters and appreciated how the story didn't drive a wedge between them for tension OR make them way too sappy. They had their ups and downs like a normal couple and felt like realistic teens. They both became much stronger characters in this book and fought for themselves & each other because they chose to (instead of someone controlling them). I really loved how side characters like Elka got more of a role! She and Quint were SO PRECIOUS. That was one aspect that really stuck out to me, actually... there were a lot of comic moments throughout and the story didn't take itself way too seriously. There are still awesome action scenes and a lot of urgent threats, yet it felt more like an adventure than an endurance test. It was genuinely fun to read! The writing was solid and the pacing was good... everything worked for me. I don't know how historically accurate any of the Roman bits are, but I didn't really care... I was there for the entertaining story. This series feels a lot like An Ember in the Ashes meets any YA story with a Celtic warrior princess if that helps!Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Laura
    2018-11-19 04:35

    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 becauseThe 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 the story and began questioning what I loved so much about the first one. Eventually something happens to jumpstart the plot of this sequel, but what's behind the plot was one of my least favorite aspects of book one. (view spoiler)[The Sons of Dis thing where they want to sacrifice fighters to their God (hide spoiler)]The basis of the story is Fallon and her fellow gladiatrices are faced with a threat to their ludus and the freedom they desire. Anything feels like a spoiler here. There were a couple things I liked, so I'll put a spoiler tag here. (view spoiler)[I liked how Thalestris was involved in the betrayal and the inclusion of the actual Amazons. (hide spoiler)] The romance still felt out of place and too forced. The story was very slow at times, especially the beginning. I did still appreciate the fight scenes. (view spoiler)[It really threw me off how much the Sons of Dis thing took over the plot here. (hide spoiler)] Sometimes a book does so well, it earns a sequel that wasn't initially planned. I thought this would be a great thing because the historical aspects were so fun to explore and I really loved the theme of sisterhood and honor. Unfortunately, this one felt too forced and took the plot a direction that didn't work for me.

  • Suzanne
    2018-11-08 00:28

    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 ridiculously exciting! I don’t want to give away anything about this book but the dual between two gladiator academies is an epic plot to read about.My quick and simple overall: fantastic! Read it in one sitting.

  • Alyssa
    2018-10-23 00:43

    I'M HERE FOR THIS. Well, assuming the romance stays put. :P

  • Jaime Arkin
    2018-10-21 02:24

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2018-11-07 07:47

    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 now she’s about to learn that fame comes with a price. Following the events of The Valiant, Fallon is looking forward to spending some time with her sister Sorcha, with whom she was recently reunited. Their gladiator academy is also flourishing, having gained the favor of Caesar as well as the Egyptian queen Cleopatra.But those Fallon has wronged have not forgotten nor forgiven the way she humiliated them. Bent on revenge, a rival school is about to threaten everything Fallon fought so hard to gain, including the autonomy she has won for herself and her fellow gladiatrices. Then there’s Cai, the Roman soldier she fell in love with, who is pulled into the conflict as Fallon and her friends are forced to make a desperate escape from their home in the middle of the night. With Sorcha missing and everyone fearing the worst, Fallon’s only hope now lies in locating a lost tribe of warrior women said to be descended from the mythical Amazons.The Defiant was an addictive read. Lesley Livingston once again shows her talent for engaging storytelling as she brings this series to a whole new level, delivering fast-paced action and nonstop entertainment. Old foes return and new alliances are forged in this sequel, which also focuses on exploring the relationships between characters we’ve come to know and love. In addition, the story addresses some of the questions we were left with at the end of The Valiant: what exactly was the dark ritual Fallon witnessed, and how deep does the corruption go?I loved what this book did for the main protagonist, showing us once more what a talented leader and fighter she is. Fallon also comes across as genuinely capable and motivated, and she has this no-nonsense approach that I find really refreshing. This attitude extended to the romance between her and Cai, which had the appropriate amount of tension without going overboard with the melodrama. It certainly didn’t distract from the main storyline, which the author has packed with plenty of action and intrigue.The Defiant also brings interesting new developments to the overall series, and compared to the first book, this sequel does feel quite a bit meatier in terms of substance. It’s as if all the elements that worked in The Valiant were honed, polished, and made even better. There were also improvements aplenty, from more detailed world-building and character development to cleaner prose and writing. Livingston has been working hard at her craft, and it shows.As a reader, it’s always a joy to find a sequel which surpasses its predecessor, especially when I already love the first book so much. It’s rare enough, especially in YA fiction, that I didn’t dare get my hopes up, approaching The Defiant with realistic expectations, not knowing that the book would ultimately exceed all of them. With luck, the trend will continue into the third installment, which I’m already looking forward to with much excitement.Audiobook Comments: I just had to go with the audio edition for this one, considering the amazing time I had with the audiobook of The Valiant. Fiona Hardingham returns for the narration, and she was once again brilliant in her role as Fallon. Her wonderful accents, intonations, and impeccable sense of timing are all reasons why she’s one of my favorite narrators, and why I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this series in audio.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-11 01:46

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0...4.5/5 StarsI’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 to tell you that The Defiant continues with all the strengths and excitement that made me enjoy The Valiant so much.I still love Fallon as a character. She is strong both physcially and mentally, but she is not infallible. She won the admiration and respect of Caesar at the end of the first book, and now we can see how that has impacted her life. Her rise to be favored by Caesar And known as “Victrix” gave her a decent life, but when it comes down to it, she is still a slave and not free to do as she pleases. And winning so much also puts her in the spotlight for potential enemies. Also to add to the Intrigue a bit, if you read book one, you may remember Fallon witnessed some pretty nefarious underground stuff and we never really learned more about it. Well, that all becomes clearer and more critical in The Defiant (as one might expect).Fallon and her fellow gladiatrices find themselves as fugitives and the concept of trust becomes something that Fallon needs to evaluate both with who she should trust, as well as who she should not. You can’t go through life never trusting anyone, and for her, survival depends on it. But of course sometimes its trickier to guage where to place your trust than others, and Fallon definitely struggles with that. It is interesting seeing her character deal with this, and it creates a bit of inner conflict at times. It also shows opportunities for her to grow as a person, which is always nice. I’m not even saying this is a fault of hers, its a common human struggle that most people can relate to.Speaking of personal relationships, I don’t always enjoy romance in books and my enjoyment of it really seems depends on how much I relate to the characters as well as how it is incorporated into the story. I have to admit, I do really like this one and root for Fallon and Cai as a couple. There’s just been so much pain and fighting for Fallon, I love seeing her find happpiness with someone and have something to look forward to. Everything is not easy and straightforward for them, and I think that helps the romance from feeling over the top. I’m not sure Fallon is really the “dreaming” type for the future, but for us readers, it is really nice to envision a potential happy future for her, with someone that makes her happy by her side. If it will work out in the end, we’ll probably have to read book three to find out, but it sure hope it does!Overall, I have to say I still absolutely adore this series. I love all of the tough women characters that can have a bit of attitude, but still remain human instead of caricatures. I love the ancient rome setting, and the entire concept of women gladiators, so book three is on my Must Read As Soon As I Can Get My Hands On It list.Audiobook Notes: To cut straight to it, I also love the narration for this series. Sometimes when I start a book in audio and the narrator works really well, I just can’t imagine switching to print and missing out on their performance. That is the case with Fiona Hardingham’s narration of The Valiant series. She makes this an easy and addictive read placing just the right emphasis and inflection to keep the reader fully engaged with story. I am sure the print version of this book is also amazing, so if you don’t do audiobooks, no worries since narration alone can’t create this good of an experience, but it can add a positive element to the experience if you enjoy audiobooks.

  • Anni
    2018-11-03 08:48

    I've been waiting for this!!! The coverrr OMFG I need it NOW!

  • Esmée
    2018-10-22 08:48

    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
    2018-11-03 03:49

    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 boyfriend, her sister, her place at the academy among her fellow gladiatrix. But then suddenly her life is thrown into chaos when the nefarious Pontius Aquila makes a surprise visit with some disturbing news.I expected to love this second installment detailing Fallon’s journey (as I did The Valiant), but it fell short in more than one expectation. The writing was fine as well as the characters; the story line was a let down that didn’t capture my attention. The betrayals and deaths didn’t affect me. The uprising and take-downs didn’t affect me. The twists and defeats didn’t affect me. I detached more from this story when there was great emphasis on Fallon being special regarding her appearance, abilities, and birth right. And once again this turned into another novel with a main character who is unique and forced into the middle of an uprising between two opposing parties. I felt as if the weight of all the bad events weren’t forceful enough to matter because every bad thing that happened was resolved without taints or hardships. There weren’t any struggles or sacrifices that Fallon had to make. The plot was neatly written so that the good guys won and the bad guys were defeated with all casualty plaguing the bad guys.I’m sure many will like this sequel, but it didn’t do much for me.I received an ARC of The Defiant from Edelweiss.

  • ♠ Tabi ♠
    2018-11-06 04:29

    EXCUSE ME WHILE I FLAIL OVER THAT PERFECT COVER!!!

  • Rivka
    2018-11-11 05:42

    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!!!

  • Alexandra
    2018-11-20 08:43

    Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*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 'Amazons' and lots of time to have banter, romantic declarations and even some funny times, this book became one of my favorites in January! Not to mention that the battle scenes were movie worthy!

  • Annabel
    2018-10-25 04:30

    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
    2018-11-06 00:28

    4 StarsA 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
    2018-11-16 04:47

    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!!

  • Kori (_livelaughread)
    2018-11-03 00:39

    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.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-12 03:22

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0...4.5/5 StarsI’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 to tell you that The Defiant continues with all the strengths and excitement that made me enjoy The Valiant so much.I still love Fallon as a character. She is strong both physcially and mentally, but she is not infallible. She won the admiration and respect of Caesar at the end of the first book, and now we can see how that has impacted her life. Her rise to be favored by Caesar And known as “Victrix” gave her a decent life, but when it comes down to it, she is still a slave and not free to do as she pleases. And winning so much also puts her in the spotlight for potential enemies. Also to add to the Intrigue a bit, if you read book one, you may remember Fallon witnessed some pretty nefarious underground stuff and we never really learned more about it. Well, that all becomes clearer and more critical in The Defiant (as one might expect).Fallon and her fellow gladiatrices find themselves as fugitives and the concept of trust becomes something that Fallon needs to evaluate both with who she should trust, as well as who she should not. You can’t go through life never trusting anyone, and for her, survival depends on it. But of course sometimes its trickier to guage where to place your trust than others, and Fallon definitely struggles with that. It is interesting seeing her character deal with this, and it creates a bit of inner conflict at times. It also shows opportunities for her to grow as a person, which is always nice. I’m not even saying this is a fault of hers, its a common human struggle that most people can relate to.Speaking of personal relationships, I don’t always enjoy romance in books and my enjoyment of it really seems depends on how much I relate to the characters as well as how it is incorporated into the story. I have to admit, I do really like this one and root for Fallon and Cai as a couple. There’s just been so much pain and fighting for Fallon, I love seeing her find happpiness with someone and have something to look forward to. Everything is not easy and straightforward for them, and I think that helps the romance from feeling over the top. I’m not sure Fallon is really the “dreaming” type for the future, but for us readers, it is really nice to envision a potential happy future for her, with someone that makes her happy by her side. If it will work out in the end, we’ll probably have to read book three to find out, but it sure hope it does!Overall, I have to say I still absolutely adore this series. I love all of the tough women characters that can have a bit of attitude, but still remain human instead of caricatures. I love the ancient rome setting, and the entire concept of women gladiators, so book three is on my Must Read As Soon As I Can Get My Hands On It list.Audiobook Notes: To cut straight to it, I also love the narration for this series. Sometimes when I start a book in audio and the narrator works really well, I just can’t imagine switching to print and missing out on their performance. That is the case with Fiona Hardingham’s narration of The Valiant series. She makes this an easy and addictive read placing just the right emphasis and inflection to keep the reader fully engaged with story. I am sure the print version of this book is also amazing, so if you don’t do audiobooks, no worries since narration alone can’t create this good of an experience, but it can add a positive element to the experience if you enjoy audiobooks.

  • Camila Costa
    2018-11-12 05:41

    ”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 movie. It’s not much different than what it is, you know? Buuut... I really like it. Something about this author’s stories makes me feel good. I don’t know if it’s the world of Ancient Rome, the group of gladiatrices, the romance, the writing. Or if it’s all of it together. But it really is such a nice read. In this book, we can experience a lot of character development from Fallon, Cai, and others (that I can’t say if you’d like to read book one). Characters show us some other side of their personality. The ones you thought were bad, are not always bad. And the ones you thought were good, might pay a little visit to hell. The gladiatrices are more united, and it makes them an awesome group. If you want to grab my attention with a book, just put a bunch of different people together and make them a group of something. Part of the same thing. There, you have me. A group of thieves, like Six of Crows. A group of fighters, like Shadowhunters. The order of the fenix. The inner circle of the Night Court. I love this concept. And in this book, it became more clear that the gladiatrices were a group of sisters, not from blood, but from oath. I loved it. Fallon and Cai... I didn’t think there was room for that much drama. But it didn’t stop me from liking them together. They are cute. If this book was mine to write... I probably wouldn’t go for such an obvious couple (thanks a lot, Rhysand). But, it doesn’t stop me from wanting them together. And another thing to win me over: “forbidden” love. A slave and her owner, a princess and a thief, a guy and his sister in law. I love this. There’s nothing that “forbids” Fallon and Cai to be together, but their positions are quite complicated and that’s exciting. ”One day” he murmured. “One day, I will have you all to myself for as long as you’ll let me, Fallon. No rules, no ranks, no campaigns or competitions or other people’s ideas of what should or shouldn’t be to come between us. No decurion and gladiatrix, no slave and soldier - or even princess and patrician - just us.” Cute right? Ok, but sorry... The real couple in this book was Elka and Quint. I couldn’t help but cheering for them. They are like Brienne and Tormund and I’m sold with this ship. ”Time to go” He said.“Behave yourself around that pack of amazon cubs” She said.“I will. I... what?”“I like my men with their virtue unsullied.“Un... su... sullied...”“By anyone but me” she continued. I also liked that the author brought some unfinished things from the first book (that ended quite abruptly). She made a really good sequel. In spite of not being a groundbreaking story... I totally recommend this if you’re willing to read something to laugh, swoon, relax and reflect.

  • Alex in Spades
    2018-11-02 04:20

    4,5 I Would Defeat Them All Stars I had no idea where the author could take this story in the second book, after the ending in the previous one. Everything was great, Fallon and her sister's Ludus were victorious, everyone was happy. Well...not for long. This book really surprised me. It was great to see all the girls on the next mission, but so different from the previous book.“All I ever wanted was to follow in my sister’s footsteps and join my father’s royal war band. Warriors, Elka. Not soldiers. Not mercenaries. Not Aquila’s killers. Not even gladiatrices, fighting alone. No. What we need to be to make this happen is warriors. Few, fearsome, and fighting as a family".The romance part was still great, and kept me alive. And Cai's role was this much more importan here, also his character developement really surprised me! I'm so proud my boy!“One day, I will have you all to myself for as long as you’ll let me, Fallon. No rules, no ranks, no campaigns or competitions or other people’s ideas of what should or shouldn’t be to come between us. No decurion and gladiatrix, no slave and soldier—or even princess and patrician—just us.”Also all the new characters, and the characters with minor roles in the previous story, but showed here were great. I'm so happy that we got to see all of these amazing, and fierce ladies in action. The fast pacing of this book make it a rreally quick and engaging read.I'm also really happy with how the author showed, and developed the smaller plots from the previous book. How everything that was laid out in the first book was not abandoned or forgotten. Here everything was important, and everyone had a role to play in the greater scheme of events. Also he characters in this book were not safe, they fought and they loose, and I it was truly wonderful to see that Lesley Livingstone was not afraid to take those steps.Now I just have to sit and wait for the third (and final, I think) book.

  • Esmay
    2018-10-28 07:49

    "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 really enjoyed was the addition of Quint, he is a great character and his funny, light personality was just what the book needed, since both Cai and Fallon are so heavy and dark, which obviously has its reasons.I also loved the fact that they were actually moving about the place, I just generally like it when they move around it books, and some might find it annoying, I just like the change of scenery and people.All in all it was a great read and I cannot wait for The Triumphant!

  • Natalie
    2018-10-27 05:27

    I wavered between a 2 and a 3 so I guess my rating is a 2.5.Two stars from me is a book that is “okay” and that pretty much sums up how I feel about this book. I didn’t connect with the characters, so it was hard to care when they were hurt or killed. There were a lot of deaths in this one, but I was so detached from the characters that I didn’t really care what happened to them. The political scene was a bit confusing as well, and since that was basically the whole book, it was hard to follow. The writing style was very straightforward, but it seemed to have a lot of telling and very little showing. The romance (which I was iffy on in the first book) was even less palpable here. I just didn’t see a connection between the two of them. There were some great fight sequences, and the idea of a school of female gladiators is a neat idea, but the execution didn’t work here. At this point, I’m not sure I will continue with this series.

  • Shelley
    2018-10-21 07:40

    *Source* Library*Genre* Young Adult, Historical Fantasy*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts*The Defiant is the second but not last installment in author Lesley Livingston's The Valiant series. They call Fallon "Victrix" now. Victory. But winning the highest honor ever bestowed upon a gladiatrix in Rome has earned Fallon more deadly enemies outside the arena than she ever faced within it. And it is those dearest to Fallon who will pay the price for her success. Now, Fallon and her warrior sisters of Ludus Achilles Academy are 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 Roman Empire.*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  • Vira
    2018-11-06 05:27

    3.5/5I loved The Valiant, but somehow the second book didn't impress me as much as I hoped it would. The Defiant was still enjoyable and entertaining to read, but it never managed to draw me in fully. The story was sound and simple and the plot was a bit too predictable at times. Otherwise, I'm still pleased with Livingston's world of gladiatrices and will be looking forward to the third book in the series.

  • Monique V
    2018-10-28 05:37

    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!!

  • Di
    2018-10-23 06:40

    Review to follow

  • Christina (christinareads_)
    2018-11-07 06:29

    Review also on Christina Reads and BlogsWarning: There may be spoilers for The Valiant. If you have not read this book and do not wish to be spoiled, please don’t read this! Thank you.The Defiant is a packed, complex sequel to The Valiant. While some people may like the immediate action and deception, it really put me off for most of the book and I didn't care to continue at some points. I did, and I'm glad in the long run, but sometimes I felt like reading faster just so I could get to the next section and see what was going to happen. The action is very immediate in this book, and without spoiling anything, things go from ok to really bad very quickly. It really put me off. There wasn't any kind of transition to it. I mean, Fallon sometimes feels like something is going to happen, but that feeling isn't delved into. I really wish there was more leading up to certain scenes, because I would have understood what was happening. I know we're meant to feel as off balance and confused as Fallon, but still! I wasn't too keen on the events in the beginning of the book, which really set me on edge for the rest of it. It seemed like I kept wondering after all that happened within the first 100 pages, how would the remaining 200+ add to the story?The villains are also very generic. They almost fall into a cliche. You kind of understand who will be against Fallon in this book based on the events in The Valiant, but you kind of wish there was more of a twist with them. I'm not saying that there aren't any twists with the obstacles or enemies, but for the most part, a lot of the conflicts became predictable. I suppose there were moments I was really hoping this wasn't the case, and there was more behind Fallon's enemies, but that didn't last very long, unfortunately. Information was randomly given as well, or just thrown in there. For example, Fallon asks someone what time it is, and the person seems to pull out essentially a clock that runs on water (this is called a clepsydra). I know that because of the design it's not like you can pull it out like a pocket watch, but the way it's randomly introduced to the story makes it seem like that. There's no other explanation for this anywhere else after this scene! Also, a random character, who briefly appeared in the last book, shows up again and the narrator explains what happened between the last time we say them and that moment. There seemed to be no other reason for bringing this character back other than that one specific scene.There were so many opportunities for romances between minor characters! It stinks they didn't happen! That's all I'll say on it. There were some that I was rooting for when they started, but come on! I feel like one relationship was really brewing here since the first book, but there weren't any hints of it happening. Please, third book, let it happen!Overall, The Defiant was an interesting sequel to The Valiant, but it fell short for me. I wasn't as invested in Fallon's story as I wanted to be, nor did I feel like I wanted to be. Things were explained hastily to account for how fast the action went, which really eliminated any connection to the characters for me. I really wanted to like this book a whole lot more than I did. While I love the history, the warriors, the author's ability to weave multiple cultures in one story, I didn't like the pace nor the sudden turn of events. The ending didn't leave a lot of opportunity for more in the story. I will be reading the next story to see what happens. I really hope it'll be better than this one, for me. 

  • Erin Arkin
    2018-11-18 01:46

    I’ve been waiting to get my hands on The Defiant since the moment I finished The Valiant. Not only does Lesley Livingston write a fantastic story but she had me totally invested in these characters and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next for them. Don’t hate me for being slightly vague with this review – I don’t want to ruin this book for anyone and that means there are some things I can’t say…trust me, you will thank me for it. The Defiant picks up shortly after The Valiant ended and life at the Ludus Achillea is business as usual but they are currently hosting the Ludus Amazona gladiatrixes and Fallon hasn’t heard from Cai for over a month which means her mood isn’t all that great. When Cai finally shows up, he has the papers that will transfer ownership of the ludus to Sorcha which is great news but what happens next throws Fallon, Cai, and the Achillea gladiatrixes into the middle of a political move, led by Pontius Aquila, that they weren’t expecting. I’m not going to say a lot about the details of what went down because I don’t want to ruin this for anyone, but Livingston surprised me! The set up was done well and as they fight their way out of the ludus, Fallon is faced with some tough decisions and a tactical retreat is necessary to come up with a plan to save Sorcha and figure out a way to get the ludus back. The group spends a good portion of their time as fugitives since they are being hunted by Pontius Aquila and the Sons of Dis. There is so much I enjoyed about this book. First, there is a lot of action - It starts on page one and doesn’t really stop until the end of the book. Second, I love the relationships and friendships. Cai and Fallon find moments to connect despite all the challenges they face. Don’t get me wrong – things aren’t perfect for them as they are still learning how to trust each other and they of course, they are on the run, but I loved the moments they had one on one together. Also, the friendship between Elka and Fallon is great – they trust and respect each other and are willing to do what they need to in order to protect each other and their ludus. I liked how Livingston integrated in the new characters into the story too. Quint was definitely my favorite and his interactions with Elka were fantastic.I thought the secondary characters had a bigger role to play in this book and they all added to the story. Of course, there are those I already mentioned but we also get to see how things come to a head between Fallon and Nyx, Aeddan becomes a critical character, and the Amazon warriors become a part of the story in a way I didn’t expect them to. This book revolves around the senator’s determination to rebel against Caesar and because Fallon and the Ludus Achillea are tied to him, they are thrown right into the middle of their political ambitions. I can’t say a lot about this but Aquila and the Sons of Dis are determined to use both against Caesar. With that said, Fallon isn’t willing to be used and will do whatever she can to protect her friends and family. In the end, I thought this was a great book two in the series and I look forward to seeing what Livingston does next. The story and the action kept me turning the pages and the characters had me engaged in the story throughout. If you are looking for a book that has all of these things and takes you into a world of gladiators and political deception, consider checking this one out. Thank you to the publisher for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • P๏€cɨℓią* ~SLiTsRead
    2018-11-19 04:20

    3.5/5 A triumphant ending, like one would expect.Fallon had grown so much, had truly become a leader out of dire situations. Possibly, even surpassed her sister. I didn't like some of the characters development. I never knew if Aeddan was good or bad, even till the very last second. I would never trust someone that would kill his own brother. Similarly, (view spoiler)[ Varro, turned out completely different. He was such a gentlement and forseeable a good father figure for Fallon.(hide spoiler)]But, other than that, it was good. The battle scene was glorious, without dumping out too much details.

  • Hala
    2018-11-13 07:25

    THIS WAS SO GOOD my heart almost exploded when I thought the accusations against Cai were true. I adore my little cinnamon roll and I can’t even think ill of him.I do so hope the he and Fallon will marry in the next book 😻😻I loved Sorcha’s rescueI abhorred Leander’s death And Aeddan; I think he redeemed himself by the end of the book.It was so cute watching Quint and kallista.Plus, I think I ship quint and Elka.