Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 74: The Triumphant, by Lesley Livingston

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Here's my choice for this week!

 The Triumphant
(The Valiant, Book 3)
Lesley Livingston
Hardcover, 384 pages
     February 12, 2019
Feminist Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mythology,Romance,
Young Adult Fiction

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.

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. However, as a consequence of his actions during the Ludus uprising, Fallon's love, Cai, has been stripped of his Decurion rank and cast down to serve as one of Caesar's gladiators.

Amid fighting for Cai's freedom, Fallon soon learns that Caesar's enemies are plotting against him and planning to get revenge on his fearsome gladiatrices. When Caesar is murdered by these conspirators, Fallon and the girls lose any sort of protection they once had. Fallon also realizes that the foreign queen Cleopatra is now in grave danger.

Fallon rallies her war band and Cai's friends to get Cleopatra out of the city, and the group heads to the safety of Cleo's homeland, Alexandria, Egypt. Once there, the gladiatrices are promised a place of honor in the queen's elite guard, but is that what any of them really want?

 Why I can't wait for this one!

Oh, yes, peeps, here I am again with the very same situation.....I can't wait for the last book in a trilogy, when I haven't read the first two.... LOL. But the thing is, I am a TSUNDOKU practitioner! Say WHAT?! And what is this "tsundoku"? Ah, so, grasshopper! It is the venerable Japanese art of acquiring books and books and books AND BOOKS, and letting them pile up in one's digs, without reading them. So that's why I can't help but WANT books that look SO tempting, when I STILL haven't read the ones I already have.....
But HEY!!!!! Female gladiators?! How the HECK could I pass these up?!

Check out these tsundoku links!
BBC News
Open Culture Blog

The previous books in this series! 
Click on the covers 
for the Goodreads pages.

Lesley Livingston is a writer living in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of twelve books to date. Her first novel, Wondrous Strange, was winner of the CLA Young Adult Book of the Year 2010, a White Pine Honour Book, shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Speculative Fiction, and in 2015 was named one of CBC’s “100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian”. Darklight, the second book in this series, was a finalist for the Indigo Teen Read Awards. The concluding volume in the trilogy, Tempestuous, was a finalist for the Monica Hughes Award. These books have sold to more than ten countries to date, and Wondrous Strange has been optioned for film/TV by Shaftesbury Films. 
In addition to her books for teen readers, Lesley is also co-author of a Middle Grade series with Jonathan Llyr called The Wiggins Weird. The first book, How to Curse in Hieroglyphics, was shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award and was longlisted for the Canadian Booksellers Association’s Young Readers Book of the Year award. It was also chosen as one of the selections for the 2016 First Book Canada All-Star Reading Challenge.

Lesley’s newest novel, a YA historical epic, The Triumphant, which will be published in February 2019 by Penguin Razorbill (US) and HarperCollins (CAN), is the third in her bestselling trilogy, The Valiant, which tells the story of a 17-year-old girl’s journey from fierce Celtic princess to female gladiator and the darling of the Roman Empire.

What do you think of my
choice this week? 
Please leave a comment and
let me know!


  1. Oh yeah- I still need to read the first tow, but these look awesome!

    1. Hi, Greg!

      I need to read the first two books.... Lol.

      Thanks for commenting!! <3 :)

  2. Wow how are we on the 3rd book? It feels like only this year I saw book 1 and thought it looked like something I wanted to read and added it to my TBR now book 3 is I'm behind!

    1. Hi, Eve!

      Yeah, I feel the same way! These writers are really working hard!! This is not the only series to get updated so fast. Lol.

      And don't worry....I'm behind, too! I have to read the first two books!!!

      Thanks for commenting!! <3 :)

  3. Oooh! This book looks awesome! Great pick!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

    1. Hi, Ronyell!

      Yeah, doesn't it? I gotta catch up with the first two books, though! Lol.

      Thanks for commenting!! <3 :)

  4. Sounds intense!!! Hope you get the chance to read it soon.

    1. Hi, Jenea!

      It SURE does!! I hope I'll get to START this series, soon! I haven't even read the first one! Lol.

      Thanks for commenting!! <3 : )

  5. The series sounds like it takes a lot of liberties with history. This can be fun. I think thaf the series can work if it does not take itself too seriously.

    At least you will have all three books so that you can read them back to back :)

    1. Hi, Brian!

      Well, there were indeed female gladiators in ancient Rome. But these books should really be categorized as "alternative history", since the whole thing with Cleopatra never happened. I'm going to ad this category to the book's information. And yes, I think this can be fun, too! But I'm also looking forward to some GREAT kick-butt action on the part of these women!!

      Oh, I definitely need to get the first one soon, at least! Lol. Then I'll be getting the other two.

      Thanks for the interesting comment!! <3 :)

  6. A lot of times later books in series serve as a reminder to me that I want to start a series. :-) We have the best intentions, but finding time to read them all is the challenge, isn't it? This does sound like a fun trilogy. I hope you get to read it soon!

    1. Hi, Wendy!

      Oh, that happens to me VERY often! Lol. And I'm sure we're not the only bookworms who find ourselves in this situation. There a LOT of tsundoku practitioners out there! :) :)

      I agree -- this series does sound like fun! I need to get started on the first book, though! :) :)

      Thanks for commenting!! HUGS TO YOU AND MOUSE!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

  7. Yes! I really would love to get my hands on this series - I had an idea for a trilogy featuring a female gladiator back in the 1990s called Blood in the Sand... so it would be wonderful to see what someone else has done with this idea! I hope you get a chance to read all three very soon, Mariax

    1. Hi, Sarah!

      Me, too!! I haven't even read the first one in the series, lol.

      Oh, you had the same idea for a book plot? You should have published it!! WOW!!

      This particular take on female gladiators does sound fascinating! I know it's been a BIG hit so far, so I want to make sure I get to these books!!

      Thanks for commenting!! HUGS!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

  8. This series looks great! Love the covers too. I so agree with tsundoko ("ing"?). I love reading series back to back. Enjoy!

    Renee ~ My Wow

    1. Hi, Renee!

      Oh, ABSOLUTELY!! And I agree -- the covers are GREAT, too!! I especially love the second one. I can really get the feel of the fight, and can almost see the two combatants moving!

      Yeah, "tsundokuing" is indeed a lot of fun, but it also makes me feel guilty

      I love reading series back to back, too. I KNOW I will enjoy this one!!

      Thanks for commenting!! <3 :)

  9. This series looks pretty awesome! I've never heard of it before now but I'm so glad I know about it now!

    1. Hi, Nicole!

      It SURE does!! I saw the first book at Barnes & Noble not that long ago, so I can't believe that the THIRD one is on the way! WOWOWOW!!!

      Thanks for commenting!! <3 :)

  10. I'm in the same boat as you but man, does this cover ever make me want to start the series soon. The boys said to tell you they added a pup book to this week's horror choice just for you!!!! WOOF WOOF.

    1. Hi, Barb!

      Yeah, I know! "Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream..." LOL, U hope we're both able to catch up one of these days! :) :) Maybe I'll start catching up with this series!

      I saw your CWW post! Those mischievous pups!! Please let then know I'm touched that they took the time to select the pup book for ME personally. :) :) I've already seen it, and it's ADORABLE. Thanks to them!!

      Thank you for the nice comment!! HUGS TO YOU AND THE PUPS, AND "WOOF, WOOF" TO THEM!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

  11. I loved the first book in this series and have the second waiting for me to read. The third will be a future CWW for me. Great pick!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

    1. Hi, Tressa!

      Oh, you've read the first book? Gee, I gotta catch up!! Lol.

      Yeah, I need to get all three of these, so I can read them back to back. Glad you loved my pick!! :) :)

      Thanks for commenting!! <3 :)


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