Library Journal Review
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 © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Teen gladiatrix Fallon is settled in her sister's ludus, a training camp and home for women who battle each other in Caesar's arena, but she's missing a certain Roman army officer who is away on campaign. As she and her fellow fighters settle in after a recent contest, Ludus Achillea is betrayed from inside her sister kidnapped and likely dead. Fallon escapes captivity with a few of her peers and vows vengeance on the corrupt and evil man who thinks he now owns them. Following on the success of The Valiant (2017), Livingston transports readers back again to ancient Rome and the rivalry between fighting houses of the time. As with the first book, there are rousing battle scenes and plenty of action, a few more romantic moments, and a strong feminist message. Give this to fans of the 2017 Wonder Woman movie and those looking for intelligent and powerful women who glory in their strength and abilities.--Welch, Cindy Copyright 2017 Booklist