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The Defiant
Contributor(s): Livingston, Lesley
ISBN: 0448494728     ISBN-13: 9780448494722
Publisher: Razorbill
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2018
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.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Gladiators; Fiction.
Amazons; Fiction.
Princesses; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017056488
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Valiant
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (1.10 lbs) 371 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

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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