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Valiant by [Black, Holly]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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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: 554 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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I continue to enjoy Holly Black's gift for imagery (which this book gives full rein to) but whilst there is more story to this book than there was to Tithe, it does suffer from the same character relationship problems and I think this is really down to Black putting so much effort into her main character of Val that the side characters remain nothing more than ciphers when they should be rich and satisfying. Take Luis for example, he should be fascinating given that he has Sight, has already lost one eye to a faerie, clearly mistrusts them and yet bound himself to serve a troll in exchange for his brother's life. In practice however, he is never more than a checklist of attributes, which prevents him from leaping off the page. Ditto Ravus (who reminded me far too much of Roiben in Tithe but with longer teeth, ditto Lolli (who was too irritatingly shallow to ever be believable) and ditto Dave and Mabry. In the latter two cases, this really affected my enjoyment of the story because if they're the central bad guys, they need to have more of a motivation than a desire to shag Lolli senseless (in the case of Dave) and to gain revenge on Ravus (in the case of Mabry).

I've also noticed that for a second time, Black uses a somewhat improbable set-up to kick-start the heroine's adventure - the main character's sudden and somewhat soapy discovery that her mum is having it off with her boyfriend. Whilst I have no doubt that there are mothers who like to bonk their teenage daughter's boyfriend, this is so briskly dealt with and so totally lacking in credibility, that I found myself wishing that Black had found a less contrived way of sending Val running off into the city.

Valiant is a much darker book than Tithe.
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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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