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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #20 - The Valiant

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!
Release Date: 14th February 2016  
Pre-order from: Amazon (UK) || Book Depository
Synopsis from Goodreads
The youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha's legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister's footsteps and earn her rightful place in her father's royal war band. But she never gets the chance. Instead, Fallon is captured by a band of ruthless brigands who sell her to an exclusive training school for female gladiators—and its most influential patron is none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, Fallon's worst enemy, the man who destroyed her family, might be her only hope of survival.

Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, chilling threats and the dangerous attention of Caesar himself to survive the deadly fights that take place both in and out of the arena—and claim her place in history among the Valiant.
Why I am Waiting
I love fantasy book which are based on historic time periods, and I have been fascinated by the Romans for years, their influence and Britain's ability to stand against them, is amazing. However, I have to say this book was sold to me at the point 'female gladiator's' were mentioned. I have been looking for a book with a female main character who is having to endure, the brutality and horrors of being a gladiator for years. The closest I have ever come is with the Wattpad story ' Gladiator of Rome '. I have never read any of  Lesley Livingston's other books, but I can not wait to dive into this one!