Fallon is a fierce female warrior who decides no one is going to decide her life for her. When she is told how her future will be, she decides to run away and gets captured by men who would sell her to be a gladiatrix. This is an interesting take on a Roman pastime in the eyes of a 17-year-old girl. I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. It weaved a beautiful story that captured me completely and has still not let go. I can't wait for the sequel.
Princess. Captive. Gladiator. Always a Warrior.    Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary fighter Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed by 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 and sold 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.     A richly imagined fantasy for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Cinda Williams Chima, The Valiant recounts Fallon’s gripping journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary gladiator and darling of the Roman empire.