The Valiant by Lesley Livingston was absolutely amazing (see my review here) and came out on February 14, so I wanted to share some YA books with similar elements. If you liked these books, then definitely try The Valiant! (Or, you know, if you loved The Valiant… here’s a fun reading list). Click on any of the books below to add them on Goodreads!
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The Valiant Synopsis:
Lost to history, the story of the female gladiator has never been told. Until now.
Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary warrior Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed while defending their home from the armies of Julius Caesar.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in her father’s war band. She never gets the chance.
Fallon is captured by ruthless brigands who sell her to an elite training school for female gladiators owned by none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival. Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, deadly fights in and out of the arena, and perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier and her sworn enemy.
Check Out The Valiant if You Liked:
1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I was really reminded of AEITA while reading The Valiant because of the whole teen gladiator aspect and the Roman-inspired setting!
2. Juliet Marillier’s Shadowfell Trilogy
The main character in this series loses her family, gets caught up in the rebel plan to overthrow the evil king, meets a guy who is basically Aragorn, treks across Middle Earth a gorgeous world, and learns how to summon the Good Folk… it’s a bit slower moving than The Valiant, but has a similar feeling in the third book.
3. Anything by Sarah J Maas
So obviously there’s the whole female warrior thing going on in both books, but Maas also draws from an impressive amount of Celtic mythology. Familiar characters like Maeve, Fenrys/Fenris, and The Morrigan appear in her stories… plus, there’s hints of The Mabinogion and the obvious retelling of the Scottish ballad of Tam Lin.
4. The Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
Thorn from Half the World is one of the top characters who reminds me the most of Fallon! She’s fierce and fights for herself in a really awesome fantasy world.
5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Shahrzad and Fallon remind me of each other with how fierce they are, how much they care for their sisters, and how they potentially fall for a guy who used to be the enemy. They both start out trying to fight for their freedom, but then run into evil plots that spiral into awesome sequels.
6. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Ok, I can’t even pinpoint exactly why I was reminded so much of this book while reading The Valiant because the plots are super different. But I think maybe they’re similar in that a resourceful main character needs to fight for the enemy but then grows close to them… and also uncovers a creepy, somewhat dark threat? Something about these books felt like fans of one would like the other.
7. The Remanant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
Both books have Celtic influences, strong female relationships, a plot that just keeps getting better, and a main character who can fight for herself, gets kidnapped, and doesn’t want to marry the guy her father told her to. And there are some shocking reveals over true identities…
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