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Valiant [Kindle Edition]

Holly Black
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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When 17-year-old Valerie Russell runs away to New York City, she's trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system. But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway tunnels they call home and shoots up a shimmery amber-coloured powder that makes the shadows around her dance. Severe Luis claims he can make deals with creatures that no one else can see. And then there's Luis's brother, Dave, who makes the mistake of letting Val tag along as he makes a delivery to a woman who turns out to have goat hooves instead of feet. When a bewildered Val allows Lolli to talk her into tracking down the hidden lair of the creature for whom Luis and Dave have been working, Val finds herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus. He is as hideous as he is honourable, and as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between affection for him - and fear of what her new friends are becoming because of him.

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"This is a powerful book.... I love it when a girl learns how to be Valiant." -- Tamora Pierce, author of the "Immortals" and "Song of the Lioness" quartets

About the Author

Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tales. An avid collector of rare folklore volumes, spooky dolls, and crazy hats, she lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with her husband, Theo. Together with illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, she is the creator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles series of children's books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O50R1K
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tales. An avid collector of rare folklore volumes and spooky dolls, she lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband, Theo. For more information, visit

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable. 11 July 2012
Having little interest in young adult stories, I surprised myself by buying this, and was even more surprised when I started reading it and found myself hesitant to put it down come tea time.

The story starts bad for Valerie Russell which leads her to make a big change in her life, that change leads her to a life completely different to anything she knew before, where trolls and fearies take the lead, and where she meets Ravus.

This story has a definite 'Beauty and the Beast' feel about it, with a mixture of real life and fantasy mixed in, and the relationship that grows between Val and Ravus gives it a charm I find completely warming, something I haven't felt from many books that I've read.

I'm glad I took a chance on this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting mix of reality and fairytale 30 May 2011
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this novel at first. Val running away from home and immediately taking up with alternative street kids seemed a little too cliché for me. Also, the life Val slips into, sleeping in the New York City sewers, is so filthy and squalid that I found it pretty unpleasant to imagine.

However, I was intrigued by the glimpses I was getting of the magical world beneath the surface and where the story finally got me was when Ravus was introduced. I thought the haunted troll, banished from the Seelie Court, was a great character and I totally bought Val's feelings for him. Pairings either work for me or they don't and this one just worked for me. The blurb describes it as Beauty and the Beast and that description works if you think of Val as the beast - she's the pissed-off one who wants to fight back at the world and Ravus is the one who calms her and loves her, flaws and all.

The fairy-tale details that Holly Black decorates this story with are just beautiful to picture (presumably the squalor of the sewer-life is done deliberately to contrast with this). Ravus tells Val about his past by creating images from the smoke of a candle, there's a harp that's strung with strands of hair from the dead, and their ethereal voices can be heard when a strand is plucked. These were my favourite moments in the book; gorgeous and heart-breaking.

The plot kicks into high gear in the last 100 pages and it was then that I found I couldn't put the book down until I finished. And I got an ending I liked - it's not too prettily tied up and there are consequences for the characters, but it was happy enough to leave me with a smile on my face.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Both disturbing and badly written... 13 Feb. 2015
Well, i don't really know where to start. I did not enjoy this book at all, if im honest. I found the writing very simple, almost amateurish and the language childish. The story is not something i found pleasant nor engaging. With not so normal or nice things going on from the start, i found it strange when the story ended up being based in a dirty sewer-like place on the streets, and a 'troll' as a 'lover'. Some of the things that happened in this book, i actually found a bit disturbing-down to killing animals, drug abuse and other inappropriate things.
This is not a book i would recommend at all, to teens or adults, its both disturbing and badly written.
Im sorry i cant bring a more positive review on this, but i don't want to lie, for i firmly believe that buying this will be a waste of your time and money. If you want anymore positive reviews or some recommendations, i currently have some other reviews and more on their way!!!
I hope this has helped and thanks for reading!
BB xxx
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2.0 out of 5 stars What? 17 Oct. 2011
First of all, I was surprised that this book held only a small appearance of one of the characters who was introduced in Tithe. I expected this to continue that story, but it didn't though the faerie realm was the same. Whilst I was disappointed that the plot from Tithe wasn't continued, I found this book to be more accessible and an easier read thanks to the slight improvement in writing - it seemed to flow a lot better. I don't think that the plot was exciting as Tithe but I did prefer the characters in this one. I don't feel that Black was trying too hard to portray a teenager, like she did with the previous book. Overall, I preferred the plot of tithe but the characters and writing of Valiant. An easy to follow read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more original clever story telling! 24 Feb. 2014
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love this writer, wish she had more for older readers. very original, rooted in traditional 'faerie lore' giving the feel of revisiting known characters, but with modern setting and heroine. having read her other two novels in a similar vein (Tithe and Ironside) the texture of the faerie realm she creates is familiar and exciting to return to. the more 'earthly' inhabitants have gritty and quite uncomfortable lives making their willingness to 'escape' totally understandable. great story telling, engaging and believable characters who draw the reader in from the very start and will leave you feeling rather sad to return to the 'real' world at the end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Valiant second outing 25 Sept. 2005
Valiant is an enjoyable follow-up to Holly Black's first title in this series, Tithe, but if you are expecting more of the same you will be disappointed. While Valiant is in the same vein and universe as Tithe it is not really fair to call it a sequel. The plot is sort of Trainspotting cum Agatha Christie set in the Faerie underworld of New York City. I think the drug use plotline was rather more satisfying than the poisoner plotline, but all and all I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing book! And also was delivered in very good knick and time!
Published 9 months ago by C.J
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
I read it from beginning to end in one sitting! Two hours of pure entertainment and enjoyment in this magical story.
Published 11 months ago by Kate Keller
1.0 out of 5 stars If you like animals, dont read this book,(unless you like nightmares).
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Don't read this if you like cats. I wish I hadn't. Plus,there isn't really any character development or depth to the characters. Read more
Published on 9 Sept. 2011 by reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent.
Steadfastly and resolutely sitting in my top 3 favourites. Not to be thought of as a sequel, but rather a parrallel to the world explored in Tithe. Read more
Published on 28 Feb. 2011 by Gemma Bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars Valiant (Modern Tale of Faerie) - Excellent
Enjoyable read! Excellent for teens! The story runs alongside Tithe and Ironside - but tells the story of Luis and his brother Dave. Read more
Published on 6 Feb. 2010 by Herbie
5.0 out of 5 stars it was good
it was a very good book, if you liked it you should read tithe, by holly black. wicked lovely by melissa marr or my personal favourite city of ashes by cassandra clare.
Published on 20 April 2009 by Elsa Brittain
5.0 out of 5 stars Valiant
I absolutely love the description of the city setting in this book - it really does leap off the page and I can see it right in my mind's eye. Read more
Published on 7 Feb. 2009 by myrmidryad
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