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The final book in the Valiant series takes Fallon and her warrior sisters on an epic journey from the corrupt Roman Republic to the wonder of the ancient world: Alexandria, Egypt. “You are from a world, Fallon, that values honor over everything else. Rome is not that world.” In the wake of their victorious fight to win back the Ludus Achillea, Fallon and her gladiatrix siste The final book in the Valiant series takes Fallon and her warrior sisters on an epic journey from the corrupt Roman Republic to the wonder of the ancient world: Alexandria, Egypt. “You are from a world, Fallon, that values honor over everything else. Rome is not that world.” In the wake of their victorious fight to win back the Ludus Achillea, Fallon and her gladiatrix sisters have become the toast of the Republic. Only for Fallon, glory turns to ashes when she learns that Cai has been stripped of his Decurion rank and declared infamia, cast down to serve as one of Caesar’s gladiators. All because he chose his love for her over the life of his treacherous father during the ludus uprising. But treachery in Rome runs far deeper than Fallon ever suspected. While she is fighting for Cai’s freedom, the unthinkable happens and the Republic begins to tear itself apart at the seams. In the chaos that follows, the Achillea gladiatrices lose any protection they might have had once and for all. They’re not the only ones. When Fallon discovers that Cleopatra is in grave danger, she and her sister Sorcha rally their war band in an attempt to spirit the Queen of Aegypt out of Rome, embarking on a remarkable journey that will take them to Alexandria—the wonder of the ancient world—and beyond. Far beyond. Along the way, Fallon will have to decide where her heart truly lies, as well as what—and who—she is willing to sacrifice to get there.


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The final book in the Valiant series takes Fallon and her warrior sisters on an epic journey from the corrupt Roman Republic to the wonder of the ancient world: Alexandria, Egypt. “You are from a world, Fallon, that values honor over everything else. Rome is not that world.” In the wake of their victorious fight to win back the Ludus Achillea, Fallon and her gladiatrix siste The final book in the Valiant series takes Fallon and her warrior sisters on an epic journey from the corrupt Roman Republic to the wonder of the ancient world: Alexandria, Egypt. “You are from a world, Fallon, that values honor over everything else. Rome is not that world.” In the wake of their victorious fight to win back the Ludus Achillea, Fallon and her gladiatrix sisters have become the toast of the Republic. Only for Fallon, glory turns to ashes when she learns that Cai has been stripped of his Decurion rank and declared infamia, cast down to serve as one of Caesar’s gladiators. All because he chose his love for her over the life of his treacherous father during the ludus uprising. But treachery in Rome runs far deeper than Fallon ever suspected. While she is fighting for Cai’s freedom, the unthinkable happens and the Republic begins to tear itself apart at the seams. In the chaos that follows, the Achillea gladiatrices lose any protection they might have had once and for all. They’re not the only ones. When Fallon discovers that Cleopatra is in grave danger, she and her sister Sorcha rally their war band in an attempt to spirit the Queen of Aegypt out of Rome, embarking on a remarkable journey that will take them to Alexandria—the wonder of the ancient world—and beyond. Far beyond. Along the way, Fallon will have to decide where her heart truly lies, as well as what—and who—she is willing to sacrifice to get there.

30 review for The Triumphant

  1. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This book was crazy awesome! I very satisfying conclusion though the battle at the end did seem a bit rushed. However, it did not take from the plot or even the satisfaction at the end. There were some heartbreaking moments so the series ended in no way with every character readers have grown to love getting their happy ending. This has been one of my favorite series of the last for years and it just so empowering! Love it! My quick and simple overall: absolutely engrossing finale to an amazing s This book was crazy awesome! I very satisfying conclusion though the battle at the end did seem a bit rushed. However, it did not take from the plot or even the satisfaction at the end. There were some heartbreaking moments so the series ended in no way with every character readers have grown to love getting their happy ending. This has been one of my favorite series of the last for years and it just so empowering! Love it! My quick and simple overall: absolutely engrossing finale to an amazing series!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... This has been such a fun series and this final installment was not a disappointment. Fallon continues to be a fierce warrior and leader, I love her and her fellow gladiatrices . We also get to see more of Cai in this book, which is always a plus. Speaking of Cai, some time has passed between the end of the second book and the beginning of this one. During that time, Fallon has felt rejected by him, and while she doesn’t underst Review from Tenacious Reader: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2018/0... This has been such a fun series and this final installment was not a disappointment. Fallon continues to be a fierce warrior and leader, I love her and her fellow gladiatrices . We also get to see more of Cai in this book, which is always a plus. Speaking of Cai, some time has passed between the end of the second book and the beginning of this one. During that time, Fallon has felt rejected by him, and while she doesn’t understand what happened, she accepts it even though she obviously still cares deeply for him. When Fallon learns that Cai is in trouble, she will do whatever it takes to help him without hesitation. This is one of the characteristics that I love about Fallon, her unwavering support for those she loves as well as what she believes is right. After a very catastrophic event in Rome, she she learns that Cleopatra is in grave danger, so of course takes on the mission of ensuring Cleopatra’s safety as they journey to Egypt where she will be safe. This is a book that really tests allegiances and friendships. There are some great twists of both betrayal and unexpected support. It makes you realize you can’t always know who to trust, but sometimes trust is the only way forward. Between working to save Cai , the events leading up to the need to escort Cleopatra to Alexandia, as well as the journey itself, the book provides ample (and well utilized) opportunity for a good deal of action and fighting and danger. Then there is an additional threat towards the end of the book that leads to even more action. If there is one thing this book is not lacking, it is conflict. There’s plenty of it, and when one threat gets resolved something else is immediately there to endanger Fallon and those she loves. My only concern with the book is that it felt like a lot happened, so much that it seemed rushed at points. It’s that fine line of keeping a fast pace and the level excitement up and feeling like major events are just flying by so quick it was hard to fully appreciate everything. This is the reason that I gave this book a slightly lower rating than the first two in the series. I feel like in sections, particularly the end, it was so much, so quick that it was all over before I realized. I couldn’t help but wonder if this could have been expanded to be a 4 book series (or maybe I was just sad it ended). I do want to stress that overall, this is an amazing series, and while I may feel this is the weakest book of the three, it is still an incredible journey that has a magnificent ending. Highly recommend all of the books and I can’t wait to find out what Livingston writes next.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)

    Destiny is not something that is given. It's something you prove yourself worthy of taking. The Triumphant is the fast paced and glorious conclusion to the Valiant trilogy! I loved the previous books and I didn't expect anything less from the finale tbh. I wasn't disappointed. Again, this was fast paced but never fet rushed. It was a great mix of heart stopping action and emotional and soft dialogue. It didn't get boring once. Whenever things had slowed down for a while and I wasn't so sure about Destiny is not something that is given. It's something you prove yourself worthy of taking. The Triumphant is the fast paced and glorious conclusion to the Valiant trilogy! I loved the previous books and I didn't expect anything less from the finale tbh. I wasn't disappointed. Again, this was fast paced but never fet rushed. It was a great mix of heart stopping action and emotional and soft dialogue. It didn't get boring once. Whenever things had slowed down for a while and I wasn't so sure about it, the action kicked back in and I was in for another wild ride (quite literally, considering we have an awesome chase and fight scene on horseback). This being the third and last book I felt like I already knew the characters pretty well and I loved being reunited with this awesome group of fearless, badass warrior girls (and boys). They are so badass and unstoppable! Fallon is a great MC, she definitely has what it takes and the book being written in 1st person made for a pretty immersive reading experience. I felt like I was fighting alongside Fallon and the others, experiencing the action firsthand. But what I love most about them is that they're not only sisters in arms, they're great and loyal friends too. And I love friendships in books. These girls would die for each other - and they did. There's quite a lot of death inside these pages, and at times, it was heartbreaking. I quietly shed a tear (or two) more than once. And alone for that the book deserves 5 stars. I love books that make me cry (sounds weird, but yeah). The deaths in this entire trilogy feel so real and personal in a way, I don't know how the author does that. But then, we're talking about gladiator fights here... lots of hand to hand combat and bloodshed, and these books show you that killing and death isn't nice and clean (finally, I think a lot of ya fails to do that). But in the end, it's not all about gladiators. It's about friendship, family, honor and destiny. It's about a girl's journey. I wrote in my review for The Valiant that Fallon is searching for her place in the world. Now, after completing the trilogy, I can say she's found it. And I'm glad and happy (and yes, a little sad it's over because I loved those books). Clear recommendation!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/10/... Not my favorite book of the trilogy, but then again, final books in a series seldom are, mostly likely because of the high expectations placed on the ending. Still, this doesn’t mean The Triumphant wasn’t a great read, because it absolutely was, featuring all the incredible action and memorable characters I’ve grown to love. In a way, I did feel like the scope of the story was a little smaller and less epic in this one, bu 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/10/... Not my favorite book of the trilogy, but then again, final books in a series seldom are, mostly likely because of the high expectations placed on the ending. Still, this doesn’t mean The Triumphant wasn’t a great read, because it absolutely was, featuring all the incredible action and memorable characters I’ve grown to love. In a way, I did feel like the scope of the story was a little smaller and less epic in this one, but the conclusion was absolutely unforgettable. Following the events of the previous book, Fallon and her fellow gladiatrices have become the darlings of the Roman Republic. That said, their victory did not come without some negative consequences, one of these being Cai’s dishonorable discharge from the army. Despite understanding the need for this, it still breaks Fallon’s heart to watch her lover now fight for his life in the gladiatorial arenas, knowing that he had given up his reputation and social status to stand with her against his traitorous father. Still, they know they have the favor of Caesar, which goes a long way in securing their livelihood and future as Fallon continues the fight for Cai’s freedom. But soon, the Ides of March are upon them, and treachery in the senate threatens to throw the entirety of Rome into chaos. All the privileges and protection Fallon and her friends enjoyed are now lost, but in far greater danger is Cleopatra, who has gone from beloved of Caesar to his enemies’ greatest target. She needs to a way out of the city, and Fallon and her sister Sorcha are in a position to help. After gathering the other gladiatrices, they formulate a daring plan to escape Rome and make their way to Alexandria, the seat of Cleopatra’s power. Beyond that, Fallon does not know where her heart will lead her, but perhaps the Queen of Egypt is not the only one who needs to return home. It’s not too difficult to figure out that the crux of The Triumphant is the assassination of Julius Caesar and the ensuing catastrophe it causes our characters, and in fact the event and its aftermath takes up the bulk of this story. While it is significant, Caesar’s death is also no big twist and thus I felt this final volume lacked a lot of the surprises that so delighted me in the first two books. Much of this one featured Fallon and her companions simply reacting to the reality of their new circumstances instead of driving the plot. However, as with the previous novels in the series, Lesley Livingston has also added her own flourishes to the history to make things interesting, including familial drama, additional conspiracies, and a touch of the darkly mystical. The action is also top-notch with superb fight scenes and battle sequences. This has always been one of my favorite aspects of this series because the author has such a knack for describing the action so vividly that everything plays out like a movie in your mind. At this point, I’ve also grown comfortably attached to all these characters, and yet it still surprised me how much it hurt whenever we lost someone. It’s a testament to how well they’ve been written and developed that I should feel so emotionally invested in their fates. In addition, the friendships that have been forged between Fallon and her gladiatrix sisters are those I will remember for a long time. I think it’s safe to say that our protagonist got the ending she’s earned for herself and the friends, and the final pages were deeply satisfying as a result. All in all, I was very happy with The Triumphant and the way it concluded the Valiant trilogy, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I had this much fun with a YA series. Lesley Livingston is now a must-read author for me; anything else she writes, I’ll be there. Audiobook Comments: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Fiona Hardingham rocks. Fortunately for me, she narrates a lot of YA and my heart always does a little cheer whenever I see her name listed for an audiobook I’m looking forward to. Her voice was absolutely perfect for Fallon: powerful, fierce, and full of strength.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adah Udechukwu

    The Triumphant was awesome, awesome and more awesome. It was totally worth my time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christina Kneidel

    ★ true rating: 2.5 stars ★ This series had so much potential, but it just never lived up to it IMO. For the most part the premise of this series sounds amazing: Celtic princess sold into slavery, becomes Gladiatrix with lots of girl power and revenge... HOWEVER you never really get any revenge, or action for that matter. Each installment consists of a lot of getting to the action: literally 100s of pages of traveling and BS, just to get 1-2 chapters of action. This series is mostly about "politi ★ true rating: 2.5 stars ★ This series had so much potential, but it just never lived up to it IMO. For the most part the premise of this series sounds amazing: Celtic princess sold into slavery, becomes Gladiatrix with lots of girl power and revenge... HOWEVER you never really get any revenge, or action for that matter. Each installment consists of a lot of getting to the action: literally 100s of pages of traveling and BS, just to get 1-2 chapters of action. This series is mostly about "political intrigue" and "there are good and bad people on both sides" tropes. I also never liked the love interests, so I was kind of mehhhh about things. As a historical fiction series, these books are fun and well written. If you are looking for an action packed revenge story about female gladiators, skip this series and read Godsgrave, Nevernight book 2. ------------------------- The Valiant, #1 ★★★★☆ The Defiant, #2 ★★★☆☆ The Triumphant, #3 ★★★☆☆

  7. 5 out of 5

    ♠️ TABI ♠️

    I didn't think it possible that each cover would surpass the previous . . . but, whaddya know, I stand proven wrong and am thoroughly delighted by that fact!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* The Triumphant is the final installment in author Lesley Livingston's The Valiant trilogy. This story takes place several months after the events of The Defiant which saw protagonist Fallon Ferch Viricio and her fellow gladiatrices win back the Ludus Achillea from a despicable man named Pontius Aquila, or the Collector as he is called. A man who had plans for Fallon for a long time now. A man who isn't patient in getting his rev *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* The Triumphant is the final installment in author Lesley Livingston's The Valiant trilogy. This story takes place several months after the events of The Defiant which saw protagonist Fallon Ferch Viricio and her fellow gladiatrices win back the Ludus Achillea from a despicable man named Pontius Aquila, or the Collector as he is called. A man who had plans for Fallon for a long time now. A man who isn't patient in getting his revenge on her. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    Ah yes! okay so this may be my favourite of the trilogy. Thank you thank you thank you for bringing Cleopatra into the plot and incorporating it around such iconic and key events around her and Caesar. I love the twists and betrayal and the lingering background romance that was sweet but not distracting to the mc or plot. I loved where the book ended in this full circle.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Not as amazing as the second one but still pretty darn good.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily (emilykatereads)

    "Rome could not have us. Rome—whatever it was to become in the dawning days—would not have us." This was a fantastic finale to an incredible trilogy. I've loved following Fallon on her adventures and getting emotionally invested into this story. This finale takes place a bit after The Defiant ends, but the action doesn't take long to pick up. This book had Fallon and the gang in all it's glory in probably the most action-packed of the series. The Ides of March are a crucial turning point to the p "Rome could not have us. Rome—whatever it was to become in the dawning days—would not have us." This was a fantastic finale to an incredible trilogy. I've loved following Fallon on her adventures and getting emotionally invested into this story. This finale takes place a bit after The Defiant ends, but the action doesn't take long to pick up. This book had Fallon and the gang in all it's glory in probably the most action-packed of the series. The Ides of March are a crucial turning point to the plot, so Livingston used this historical event and created a great story around it. All of which lead to a very satisfying ending. There are so many positive elements to this book and series. The writing and world are beautiful, and as a classics geek but also someone who loves anything with a strong female lead, I absolutely love getting this story with female gladiators. One critique I often have for female lead books is that the supposed strong female lead never gets to really reach that strong potential, but this book doesn't disappoint. These girls are badass, and it's wonderful. The next element I love is the writing. Livingston writes such great action scenes, that it's hard not to picture the moments in all their glory. I love that this book features such great battle scenes, instead of just skimming over them. The main plot and romance are also perfectly balanced. The romance never became overwhelming, but was meshed very well into the already existing story. The moments that do have romance, though, are more powerful because of that. If you're on the fence still about this series, I encourage you to check it out. It's an underrated one, and deserves all the love it gets. Plus, it's Canadian!! *book was provided by the publisher for an honest review* Review can also be found on my blog!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kait

    **Originally posted on The Fandom** It’s the final run for Fallon and the gladiatrix sisters of Ludus Achillea in the action-packed, heartfelt conclusion to The Valiant trilogy! With their freedom won, the victrix and her Ludus sisters will never be forced into the arena again. But just as Fallon is freed, Cai is cast down as a gladiator in service of Caesar to avoid a patricide charge. Fallon thinks her next great mission is to save Cai from his fate… but then the unthinkable happens. As Rome **Originally posted on The Fandom** It’s the final run for Fallon and the gladiatrix sisters of Ludus Achillea in the action-packed, heartfelt conclusion to The Valiant trilogy! With their freedom won, the victrix and her Ludus sisters will never be forced into the arena again. But just as Fallon is freed, Cai is cast down as a gladiator in service of Caesar to avoid a patricide charge. Fallon thinks her next great mission is to save Cai from his fate… but then the unthinkable happens. As Rome collapses, the Ludus Achillea gladiatricies make it their mission to save Cleopatra, but with many parties gunning for the queen’s demise and Pontius Aquila still out for blood, what will a world without the rules of Rome mean for them? This series has always been a relatively unnoticed gem about sisterhood, strength, and carving your path in the face of adversity. It molds interesting characters, gives you relationships you can invest in, adds a feminist tilt to ancient history, and spins out a satisfying plot, all while keeping the action steadily coming. Thankfully, The Triumphant is no different from its sister novels in that sense. Lesley Livingston knows her cast of characters well and uses them to great effect, making us care about them even more along the journey and reminding us (like we could ever forget) that they’re total badasses. Without giving too much away, the conclusion to the series takes us to new lands and forces Fallon and the other former gladiatrix fighters into new situations. While definitely an embellishment on history, I do enjoy that these characters explore different customs, come from a variety of different backgrounds and religions, and work to understand each other. It creates a bond that you can really feel. When the Sons of Dis come to disrupt their mission and raise hell all around, the Achillea warriors and their ex-Legionnaires fight fiercely not only for the Queen of Aegypt, but for each other. This allowed me to be invested in the action and the fates of the characters on a whole new level. Unlike the previous books, The Triumphant doesn’t offer up a ton of new characters, but the ones who do come along offer the story plenty of flavor. Fallon and Cai (finally!) have a little more time for romance as well. Their moments together are incredible (even though they’re constantly interrupted! Ugh!) The mutual respect and understanding between these characters is definitely something more YA writers should strive for. Still, thanks to their sense of humor, my OTP miiiight be Elka and Quint. The story isn’t perfect, of course. Though I thought the ending was smart, exciting, and satisfying, the events of the first ⅔ of the book felt pretty disconnected from the last ⅓. There are two plot lines and if not for one scene connecting them, they could’ve existed independently of each other. There was also a character twist that I called pretty early on. I love the books, but because of these things, I couldn’t quite get the finale to 5 stars. I’d be remiss not to mention that I listened to the audiobook edition read by Fiona Hardingham. She is absolutely a narrator crush of mine and she hit this one out of the park, taking on a slew of different accents and voices with ease, really bringing these characters and this story to life. I always recommended this series prior to The Triumphant, and I’m very happy to say that I’ll keep recommending it now that I’ve read (or rather, listened) down to the last page!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alex in Spades

    4,5 Full Circle Stars I can't believe this is the end of this series. When I read the first book I had no idea it will take me for the amazing 3 year journey throug Ancient Rome (and other World's Wonders). As the two previous stories this one took my breath away, and left me in tears (maybe even more this time). I admire Lesley Livingston for taking the road she took (I mean I'm heartbroken, but also impressed). I would like a bit of a longer ending, or epilogue...but I'm just being greedy right 4,5 Full Circle Stars I can't believe this is the end of this series. When I read the first book I had no idea it will take me for the amazing 3 year journey throug Ancient Rome (and other World's Wonders). As the two previous stories this one took my breath away, and left me in tears (maybe even more this time). I admire Lesley Livingston for taking the road she took (I mean I'm heartbroken, but also impressed). I would like a bit of a longer ending, or epilogue...but I'm just being greedy right now, and I don't want to put it down in all honesty. I will be back in this world of fierce, warrior ladies and their adventures for sure, and I can't wait for what's next from this author. Fallon's story might be finished, but there is so much more waiting ahead.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* The fantastic finale to Fallon's story was a glorious adventure through the Roman Empire into Egypt and far off into the north. I seriously couldn't be more excited for a book that combined seamlessly my love for history, archeology, Egypt and gladiators! Months have passed since Fallon's victory over their enemy gladiator ludus. But dark clouds of discontent are gathering and no one is safe. Soon Fallon, Kai, and their friends will have to escape Rome b Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* The fantastic finale to Fallon's story was a glorious adventure through the Roman Empire into Egypt and far off into the north. I seriously couldn't be more excited for a book that combined seamlessly my love for history, archeology, Egypt and gladiators! Months have passed since Fallon's victory over their enemy gladiator ludus. But dark clouds of discontent are gathering and no one is safe. Soon Fallon, Kai, and their friends will have to escape Rome before war reaches them. I enjoyed the fast pace of this book. I never got bored and obviously, I liked every interaction Fallon had with her fellow gladiators, their own stories and dreams for the future. Her relationship with Kai? One of the best filled with longing, equality and lots of fighting (in the training grounds). The combination of the book's plot with the occurrence of certain historical events also made the book very interesting. If you have read the series then you'll know what I mean. But I did have a hard time dealing with the death of some characters because I WANTED THEIR HAPPY ENDING! IT WASN'T FAIR! In conclusion, this was a great ending to an amazing series and I seriously can't wait for anything new by Lesley Livingston!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)

    A fitting end for Fallon’s Cantii princess —> gladiator story. Some events can strain believability but credulity was never the aim of these books. Fun, entertaining, voice-y, shippy, & just plain readable despite all the liberties taken.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    3.5 stars. Not my favorite of the three but a satisfying ending to the trilogy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amy Braun

    I was super excited about this finale and it was pretty much everything I wanted! I'd greatly missed Fallon, Cai, and the Ludus ladies, and was thrilled to see them all again. The story was fast-paced, action-packed, and full of heart. The story picked up fairly quickly from where the previous books left off, leading to a series of events that saw the girls of Fallon's ludus on the run to new places and fighting for the people they love. Old and new characters emerge, and while I found the endin I was super excited about this finale and it was pretty much everything I wanted! I'd greatly missed Fallon, Cai, and the Ludus ladies, and was thrilled to see them all again. The story was fast-paced, action-packed, and full of heart. The story picked up fairly quickly from where the previous books left off, leading to a series of events that saw the girls of Fallon's ludus on the run to new places and fighting for the people they love. Old and new characters emerge, and while I found the ending to be a little to short, in comparison to the other action scenes filling the story, it was no less what I wanted. The characters continued to grow, with Fallon, Cai, and Elka each battle for top spot in my heart. Fallon did the most growing of course, as she needed to come to terms with letting others help her and not being responsible for every bad thing that happens. Cai was a swooning romantic, as always, and Elka is the gladiator bestie we all wish we had in our groups. I would have liked a little more time with the villains so I could understand their motivations, but there was one that was a bit of a surprise to me. I also think the book could have been longer, but it clearly wanted to wow the readers with its great action scenes, and in that aspect, it certainly succeeded! I'm truly going to miss these gladiator girls and their adventures. These are some of my favourite types of books and I really want to see more of them on shelves. But until then, I'll have epic memories of some of my favourite warrior ladies!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    These books are just not that great, but I have a bit of a soft spot for them. The writing is spotty (sometimes it feels almost middle grade, but others it's definitely meant for more YA readers), the characters all fit perfectly into their stereotypes (the main character is so special and strong and, for some reason, everyone always rallies around her), and the dialogue is very modern. This one struggled from a few pacing issues too. There was a lot of traveling, which can really bog down a sto These books are just not that great, but I have a bit of a soft spot for them. The writing is spotty (sometimes it feels almost middle grade, but others it's definitely meant for more YA readers), the characters all fit perfectly into their stereotypes (the main character is so special and strong and, for some reason, everyone always rallies around her), and the dialogue is very modern. This one struggled from a few pacing issues too. There was a lot of traveling, which can really bog down a story, and the climax at the end (that the last third of the book built up to) felt rushed and almost a little too easy? I was disappointed that we didn't get to see more of that. I want to give it points though for girl power and for a fairly unique concept. The action sequences are well written, and even though the characters are all suuuuper trope-y, I still like them. (Even bland Cai) The font in this book is huge, so it reads quickly, and even with the pacing issues, the story still moves at a pretty decent pace (even the traveling scenes). I would probably recommend this to those who don't read a ton, but want something action-packed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    The conclusion of a a wonderful trilogy. The Triumphant brings us full circle. Rome's fall of Caesar is brought into the story, as Fallon watches Caesar brutally murdered by Brutus and the senate. As chaos erupts in Rome, Fallon grabs Cai and the rest of Ludus Achillea and they flee Italia with a new purpose: to bring Cleopatra safely home. Though their story does not end in Aegypt. Fallon learns that her birth home is in danger by those who have caused Caesar's death, has caused them grief all The conclusion of a a wonderful trilogy. The Triumphant brings us full circle. Rome's fall of Caesar is brought into the story, as Fallon watches Caesar brutally murdered by Brutus and the senate. As chaos erupts in Rome, Fallon grabs Cai and the rest of Ludus Achillea and they flee Italia with a new purpose: to bring Cleopatra safely home. Though their story does not end in Aegypt. Fallon learns that her birth home is in danger by those who have caused Caesar's death, has caused them grief all the way back when she was first brought to Rome. After returning Cleopatra home, she realizes that she must save her father and her people. And lucky for her she is not alone. I think this was my favorite of the series. Like I said, everything comes full circle. Fallon struggled to find a place to really call home. She may have found love with Cai and a sisterhood with the Ludus Achillea, but never a physical place for all of them to really live. Their fights and journey have finally brought them back to her land. Though there are losses along the way, some more painful than others, in the end Fallon finds what she is looking for and a future to look forward to. A great conclusion to a fantastic trilogy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    izzy

    As usual, the beginning was as catchy as book one But it is a good conclusion to the story Caesar is back, Cai is stripped of everything and is made a gladiator. Learning of Kassandra's true identity and on the way to warn Caesar, Fallon sees something that will change their lives forever In the wake of the happenings at Rome. Fallon and her Gladiator sisters, alongside Charon, Quinn and Cai have to save Cleopatra by taking her to her home Aeygpt. Will they succeed? Even if they succeed, will that be t As usual, the beginning was as catchy as book one But it is a good conclusion to the story Caesar is back, Cai is stripped of everything and is made a gladiator. Learning of Kassandra's true identity and on the way to warn Caesar, Fallon sees something that will change their lives forever In the wake of the happenings at Rome. Fallon and her Gladiator sisters, alongside Charon, Quinn and Cai have to save Cleopatra by taking her to her home Aeygpt. Will they succeed? Even if they succeed, will that be the end of it all?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shaylene

    The ancient Roman world of gladiators, charming soldiers, and the empire itself come to a close as Fallon prepares more swords and wills of heart when Rome sets itself afire with new battles to win for good. I have to say honestly that I was hesitant to dive back into the ancient Roman world of the valiant since I was trying to focus on catching up with other authors and school stuff. In addition, I seem to not have a very good memory these days as I didn't quite remember where The Defiant left The ancient Roman world of gladiators, charming soldiers, and the empire itself come to a close as Fallon prepares more swords and wills of heart when Rome sets itself afire with new battles to win for good. I have to say honestly that I was hesitant to dive back into the ancient Roman world of the valiant since I was trying to focus on catching up with other authors and school stuff. In addition, I seem to not have a very good memory these days as I didn't quite remember where The Defiant left off. I was worried I wouldn't remember a lot and luckily, this finale helped refresh some of my memory. The Triumphant made me remember why I loved this landscape in the first place and as a lover of history, how the society, the architecture, and the soldiers and gladiators are all part of this world in which existed long ago. for one thing, I have to commend Rick Riordan for getting me interested in Greek and Roman history in the first place with all its myths, religious systems and aspects of the society that made my eyes shine to attack the history of it all like a blade. One day if I ever meet him, I will have to thank him in person. as for the main story, we see the aftermath of the battle of when Fallon and her fellow gladiatrices take back their home and in the process, create a spectacle by losing people and by Cai having to make a hard choice. In this finale we see the consequences of the choice that Cai had to make and it is not a spoiler (since it is in the synopsis) that Cai is sent to be a gladiator. Yeah, you might be thinking that it is a bad thing in some cases since it was a dishonour but I loved this change of dynamic to put him in a different light aka a little more fierce and hot at the same time. Of course though, his affection belongs with Fallon and they are one of my favourite badass couples ever. And with Cai's new status, I found this to be a good turn to their relationship if you could call it that, to be truly on equal standing since there was a whole angsty moment in the first novel about it. With the fights in the arena I was reminded why I have such a fascination with gladiators and the impact they had at the time. The crowding roaring, taking glee in violent entertainment, the fierceness of the battle and the courage of the gladiator to face an opponent. All of which grabbed me into the novel. However, the first half of the book got me hooked but the second half, I wish I was more engrossed. I was also reminded how fast Fallon and Cai's relationship was. While I do love a good hate to love troupe, this one developed like a whirlwind. And it happened within the span of the first book. For me, I actually have read recently a good novel with a hate to love couple though... it is more like a hate to love but confused love and hate moment which is really complicated. Anyway...my point being that the novel I am talking about weaves this troupe into a different way. On the other hand, for The Valiant trilogy, while I love the romance, sure maybe while you might want the couple to love each other, sometimes its fun to be tortured with the prickling thorns to wait for the blooming love that eventually comes. All that came for the rest of the novel was a little too much to handle. I really wish that there was another book so that it could be done more slowly than it was. The end, it felt like a torrent, it was pretty crammed within the span of the last little bit. It felt like I blinked and suddenly they were in a different place It only gave me a little time to process everything and by then weeks or a month passed and they were in another place suddenly. Phew. For one thing, the end and the battle was way too short. I have read some other depictions of battle scenes and there are only a few authors who I applaud to actually paint a dark picture of war in my mind. This one seemed to only shed some small puzzle pieces of its voice. The ones that I find most successful are the ones that capture the the enormity of it, the despair of losing people, the sound of weapons either firing or swords clashing in which create a crescendo of dark feelings. All this was missing from a deadly tableau of something that I wish was more imaged in my mind. And also with battle there is always death. It was the same with its portrayal. There was not enough. I could not for the life of me totally tear up at the supposed sad moments. There was hardly any time to mourn for the characters and it just did not connect with me. I felt like I needed to feel the feelings portrayed to feel with the character a loss and like their world is out of order. Not only that, after the battle, hardly any reconciliation, confirmation, and relationships barely had any scene time I wanted to look behind the book to see if I missed something. Overall, while Fallon and her band of soldiers and gladiators, the triumphant warriors may have become legendary heroines and heroines, the narrative of their adventures are not totally victorious with the story. Some battles are not always won but as long as the sword gleams, it can tell stories of fierceness, bravery and courage.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Coudeville

    Okay, this was a great finale to this series. Yes, there were a few slow parts and I would've liked an epilogue but other than that I loved it. I will be keeping my eye on future books from this author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Giving two different ratings: 3 ⭐ for story execution 4 ⭐ enjoyment Giving two different ratings: 3 ⭐️ for story execution 4 ⭐️ enjoyment

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tiwi / Kayleigh

    What a beautiful ending to Fallon's story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I have been in a terrible reading slump that's pretty much lasted this entire year so far. I reread a few of my favorites books about a month or so ago, but the only other book I've finished "reading" so far is one I published this year. Here's hoping that the Triumphant kick-starts my old reading habits and the second half of 2019 is an improvement, at least in terms of reading. This is the third and final book of The Valiant trilogy and I really enjoyed the entire series. This book brings eve I have been in a terrible reading slump that's pretty much lasted this entire year so far. I reread a few of my favorites books about a month or so ago, but the only other book I've finished "reading" so far is one I published this year. Here's hoping that the Triumphant kick-starts my old reading habits and the second half of 2019 is an improvement, at least in terms of reading. This is the third and final book of The Valiant trilogy and I really enjoyed the entire series. This book brings everything to a satisfying, if a little rushed, conclusion. Fallon is mostly content with her life as a female gladiator in Rome. Her arena sisters have won their freedom and are no longer slaves. However, due to the events of the previous book, Fallon's love interest, Cai, has been stripped of his legionnaire status and is now a gladiator himself. When Fallon witnesses the assassination of Julius Caesar, her entire life is thrown into chaos and she and her warrior sisters must flee from a burning Rome. They take it upon themselves to escort Cleopatra to safety back in her home in Egypt (which is spelled Aegypt in the book). It took a little bit for this book to get going, but once Caesar is killed, things move at a brisk pace. I enjoyed seeing Fallon take on a greater leadership role than ever as she guides Cleopatra and her companions on their journey. I do feel like the journey itself took up more time than it really needed to, and the end of the book was very rushed as a result. I would have preferred to focus more on what happened in Egypt and afterward than on the trip to get there. To be honest, that was the more interesting part. In fact, the final battle concludes less than five pages from the end of the book, which does not provide enough of a denouement, in my opinion. Yes, everything was wrapped up and all of the lingering plot threads were resolved, but I would have like an epilogue to see how everyone ended up. And the rushed ending robbed the final battle of many moment that should have been epic, but sadly were not. I was also a little disappointed in the way the storyline ended for Sorcha, Fallon's sister by blood instead of by battle. She never became the major player I expected she would within the series. It feels as if she is barely featured here, with Fallon acting more like the leader of the group instead of her, even though Sorcha is the one in charge of the female gladiators' training academy and the one the younger girls would look to logically. Overall, however, I enjoyed this book more than my negatives would imply. I like Fallon and all of the other female gladiators. The historical elements were fun. Cleopatra was a delight, and Caesar was as intriguing and mysterious as I imagine the man was in real life. I like that this series is historical fiction instead of fantasy, which is what I usually read. It's a breath of fresh air in the young adult genre, which has an overwhelming majority of fantasy novels. I also really like Fallon's relationship with Cai. It's again refreshingly free of the drama that plagues so many other young adult romances. They treat each other as total equals and Cai never holds Fallon back when there is danger. There is no love triangle (which is often introduced in the sequel to add some conflict) and for the most part, they actually communicate with each other instead of not saying anything and making things worse. I also liked that their relationship started in book one and built in books two and three. Most books focus on the tension of "Will they or won't they?" and the declaration of love comes in the final book, frequently at the very end. It was nice to spend so much time with Fallon and Cai as an established couple. I think this series is under-appreciated and doesn't get the attention it deserves. It's one of the most consistently solid series I've read in a long time, with all three books getting an easy 4 stars. Recommend for those who are looking for something a little different from the typical YA fare, but still with plenty of action, romance, and strong female characters.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Raji

    Find this review and more on my blog . “You are from a world, Fallon, that values honor over everything else. Rome is not that world.” Following their victory, the gladiatrices of the Ludus Achillea are once more favoured by the masses in Rome, but Cai has not been so lucky. Patricide is not a crime treated lightly amongst the Romans, no matter the reason, but with Caesar’s intervention, Cai is dismissed from the legions and sent to train as a gladiator. Fallon is very unhappy with the turn of ev Find this review and more on my blog . “You are from a world, Fallon, that values honor over everything else. Rome is not that world.” Following their victory, the gladiatrices of the Ludus Achillea are once more favoured by the masses in Rome, but Cai has not been so lucky. Patricide is not a crime treated lightly amongst the Romans, no matter the reason, but with Caesar’s intervention, Cai is dismissed from the legions and sent to train as a gladiator. Fallon is very unhappy with the turn of events, but before much can be done, Rome is plunged into chaos. History takes its course, and when Caesar is assassinated, Fallon knows that Rome is no longer safe for her or her sisters, not now that the privilege and protection they enjoyed from Caesar is gone. In graver danger however, is Cleopatra, the Queen of Aegypt, and the girls of the Ludus Achillea leave Rome for the last time, setting out on a mission to get the queen home safely. For the past two years, Fallon has rebuilt her life around the ludus and the arena. And when all of that is taken away in the blink of an eye, she is forced to consider where her path lies, who she truly is. I particularly love how conflicted Fallon was about Caesar’s death – as a slave, she should be rejoicing at her enemy’s fall, but her new life as Victrix is all due to him. Fallon as a character has come so far, and in this book, I could finally see the warrior princess make a reappearance. That goes for all the characters, particularly Elka, whose friendship with Fallon really shines. As for Cai, I think I might have liked him even more than Fallon in this book! Despite the fast pacing of these books, I’m always surprised to realize just how attached I’ve gotten to these characters! The Triumphant is filled with some excellent fight scenes and battle sequences – both in the arena and out of it. Apart from the fighting though, I really did like how the Ides of March was used as the turning point for this last book, and how everything moving forward is driven by this. Marc Antony’s cameo was interesting, and I would have liked to see more of his character considering how crucial he was to the events of this time period. It was also nice to see Kassandra again, though, between her name and the fact that she was having visions, it was a huge giveaway what her purpose in the story was going to be. This time around, the book was not as short and it felt like a much more well-rounded adventure. However, I thought that the ending was too fast and too easy. There was such potential for that final conflict and while what was portrayed was definitely good, I felt more could have been done – after all, Fallon returning home after two years – spent in Rome no less – should be a pretty big deal. I’d hoped for atleast a little family drama there. Overall, this was a satisfying conclusion to a wonderful trilogy. Fallon's journey has been a wonderful one to follow and I was quite happy with how everything was wrapped up. I would definitely recommend this series for historical fiction fans and also for those newer to the genre. Such an action-packed series is a great place to start before getting into the deeper novels.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tabor

    The Triumphant is the PG version of Spartacus and this installment is a fun conclusion. Fallon has finally triumphed against her captives, winning back her ludus at the end of the last novel, and established a safe haven for herself and her female gladiators. However, this has come at a cost. Cai, who killed Pontius Aquila to save Fallon, has been sold to the gladiators to avoid being charged with patricide. And while Caesar has finally returned from civil war, Fallon encounters a seer, who prom The Triumphant is the PG version of Spartacus and this installment is a fun conclusion. Fallon has finally triumphed against her captives, winning back her ludus at the end of the last novel, and established a safe haven for herself and her female gladiators. However, this has come at a cost. Cai, who killed Pontius Aquila to save Fallon, has been sold to the gladiators to avoid being charged with patricide. And while Caesar has finally returned from civil war, Fallon encounters a seer, who promises this peace will not last for long. Of course, this all ends with the predictable ides of March. Fallon witnesses the event and immediately understands that not only is Rome in danger, but Cleopatra, someone she sees as possessing a vulnerable position, is also at risk. Quickly, she leaves everything behind and decides to escort Cleopatra safely home with her entourage of female warriors. So, that's about all that happens in this story and SPOILERS. Fallon does eventually find her purpose, which is to finally go home and save her father/homeland from Pontius Aquila and the Sons of Dis' latest attack. There was a predictable Dis agent, who'd fooled Fallon, into trusting him by defending Cai in the arena. She quickly eliminates him then hurries home, where the day is saved and all is happy. Her sister, Sorcha, was a completely wasted character. I even forgot she was still alive until she appeared on their way to Aegypt and then tragically fell, reopening an old wound and subsequently dying while her love interest, Charon/slave trader, refused to seek treatment because of Sorcha and they died together. It was ridiculous and I expected more from the relationship between Fallon and Sorcha, which had defined the series. Also, what even happened to Aeddan? Am I not remembering something (Yes, in fact, I forgot he even died) This just felt like a very sloppy conclusion to a really fun series and I wish Livingston hadn't killed everyone, who was connected to Fallon's homeland. I mean she claims to love Mael and kinda forgets about him the entire series plus her sister because she's more focused on Cai and Caesar... It could have been good but it was rushed and the death of characters didn't even have an impact when it happened.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    The last book in the Valiant series wraps things up better than readers could have hoped for bringing the series full circle. Fans of the series will not want to miss out on this thrilling finale. Fallon and her band of gladiatrix sisters have won their battle and reclaimed the Ludus Achillea, but it came at a price. Cai, Fallon’s love has lost his Decurion rank and is now having to serve as one of Caesar’s Gladiators for helping in the uprising. Fallon is fighting for his freedom and learns that The last book in the Valiant series wraps things up better than readers could have hoped for bringing the series full circle. Fans of the series will not want to miss out on this thrilling finale. Fallon and her band of gladiatrix sisters have won their battle and reclaimed the Ludus Achillea, but it came at a price. Cai, Fallon’s love has lost his Decurion rank and is now having to serve as one of Caesar’s Gladiators for helping in the uprising. Fallon is fighting for his freedom and learns that Caesar’s enemies are planning revenge. These enemies assassinate Caesar and leave Fallon and the others with no one to protect them and on a mission to save Cleopatra, who could very easily be their next target. They must work together to free Cai and get Cleopatra out of the city before the bloodshed spreads. I have loved this series since the first book came out. The female gladiators are strong, resilient and determined in every challenge they face. This is the perfect series for young girls looking for strong female leads that face the odds and learn from their mistakes and adversaries to come out on top. Fallon has always felt behind her sister and trying to prove herself. In this final book in the series, readers see her come into her own and find a strength she didn’t know she had deep within herself. I love the way she is shown strong but also flawed and afraid at times. She relies on those around her to help her make the hard decisions and face the toughest of enemies. It took me a while to get through this because I had to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I needed soak in every word and detail to really get a connection with the characters and what is about to happen in the story. These stories really are the better stories that I take with me and remember long after I have turned the last page instead of looking back a year later and questioning if I actually read it or not. I would recommend that readers start with the first two in the series before reading this one, there is just too much back story that will keep this moving forward instead of seeming confusing. For readers that enjoy a great historical fiction with lots of action and strong female leads, I highly recommend The Triumphant, they won’t be disappointed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nina DuBois

    I'm so sad this series is over. As you might have guessed, I didn't love this one as much as the first two books in the series. This in no way means I didn't enjoy this book because I did. I was so happy to read about my favorite warriors for the final time. The Triumphant still has all the things I loved about the series to begin with and was still enjoyable to read the girls in action, doing what they do best. What I loved about this book was to see Fallon finally step out of Sasha's shadow th I'm so sad this series is over. As you might have guessed, I didn't love this one as much as the first two books in the series. This in no way means I didn't enjoy this book because I did. I was so happy to read about my favorite warriors for the final time. The Triumphant still has all the things I loved about the series to begin with and was still enjoyable to read the girls in action, doing what they do best. What I loved about this book was to see Fallon finally step out of Sasha's shadow that she put in front of herself and start to pave her own path. She truly became a leader and I loved how the other girls stood beside her and gave her a swift talking to when she as being irrational. I also love how Cai is a strong support system for her and never overshadowed her character and her ability to take care of herself. They are and have always been equals in their relationship. I also loved Cleopatra. The action was rather fun to read about even though it wasn't as exciting as the girls fighting in arenas for sport. There were some moments that really tore me up and I wanted to scream at Lesley Livingston for putting me through that kind of pain. The ending was bittersweet and I couldn't be happier with the way the book ended, except for the fact I felt it ended too quickly. I would have liked it to be a bit more lengthy, but I'm a greedy action junkie, so there's that. I still love this series and Fallon is one of my favorites of all time. Even though I didn't quite love it as much as the first two books of the series, it still a damn good read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rock Chick

    Great book in an already amazing series. I loved Fallon from the first page and she grew in strength and spirit throughout the series. I loved seeing her become a strong, smart leader, who believed in herself. After Caesar is assassinated, Fallon rallies her war band and Cai's friends to get Cleopatra out of Rome. Fallon had a lot of self doubts , but when action was required, she leaped without hesitating. She finally saw herself as others see her. She became Caesar's greatest female Gladiatrix f Great book in an already amazing series. I loved Fallon from the first page and she grew in strength and spirit throughout the series. I loved seeing her become a strong, smart leader, who believed in herself. After Caesar is assassinated, Fallon rallies her war band and Cai's friends to get Cleopatra out of Rome. Fallon had a lot of self doubts , but when action was required, she leaped without hesitating. She finally saw herself as others see her. She became Caesar's greatest female Gladiatrix for a reason. The Triumphant was an action packed emotional read. I loved every minute of it and didn't want the book to end, even as I rushed to read it! We saw who Fallon and her gladiatrix sisters really were in Alexandria, Egypt. They could have led a life of carefree luxury but they choose to follow her, fight beside her and start a new chapter in their lives. I loved being a part of Fallon's journey. She made friends and enemies, lost loved ones, learned to be suspicious but always supportive and true to her sisters in arms. The respect she earned, in and out of the arena, showed what a great leader she would become. I enjoyed this series and would recommend it to all who love great story telling, action, adventure, friendship with a dash of romance.

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