Valiant

Valiant

A Modern Tale of Faerie

Book - 2006
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Seventeen-year-old Val runs away to New York City, where she falls in with a gang of squatters who live in the city's subway system and consort with faeries, trolls, and other strange creatures.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Pub., 2006, c2005
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse ed. --
ISBN: 9780689868238
0689868235
Branch Call Number: YA PB Black 3558ya 2
Characteristics: 314 p

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ShamaBole
Jan 17, 2016

I struggled till page 200 then was too bored to continue. This is a story about urban runaways and junkies. Nothing magical about it in more ways than one.

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sfogs
Jul 11, 2014

WAS SOOOOO GOOD!!!
OMG she fell in love with a troll, and I still thought it was cute!!!

FindingJane Jun 18, 2014

Ms. Black’s take on faeries is as far from Disney adaptations as you can get. Her creatures are sly, demonic and occasionally vicious beings, as likely to kill human beings as couple with them. Reading about how a bunch of foolish adolescent mortal blunderers try to navigate their immortal world makes for a hair-raising and terrifying tale. Nothing is quite what you would expect in this tale, a story where a lover is a monster, a girl becomes a hero and a faery is made into a sacrifice. Faery dust may make you fly but it also brings you crashing back to the ground. Like faery dust, Valiant is a splendid, giddy, horrifying joyride.

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LaPhenixa
Nov 22, 2013

So the first book has that, little bit weird, raunchy beginning, this on has the little bit screwed up, touch of raunchy everything-but-the-ending. I was far from prepared for the 3/4 the book where we're following drug addict street kids and the ending hardly made up for it. I get the whole modern fairy tale thing, but DAMN! Some of the things the author passes off as acceptable in the book (morally) are so awfully twisted they deserve rebuke, but I'll spare you.
Overall the book wasn't terrible, but I would have thought twice had I realized what I was getting into. The first book hardly hinted at the lows Black's characters might sink to.

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epurys
Nov 17, 2012

I read this book about 4 years ago and I still remember what spurred Val into running away from home. What happens is just one of many heart breaking events that occur in the book. Black's characters are different from what you normally find in other teen fantasy novels (which is a relief given how many authors get away with writing Mary Sues). I also like that dark, creepy nature that you often find in this series. Somehow it's more sinister when it centers around the humans. I really loved the Val/Ravus pairing, mostly for the fact that she wasn't with him for superficial reasons (he's a troll after all). Too often I find in most teen fiction that the main romantic interest is gorgeous beyond all possible belief (Twilight anyone?). It's nice to have a break from that shallow mindset. Another thing I'd like to note is that there's a cameo appearance from the Mortal Instruments series (the dark carriage scene).

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Mitharu
Aug 06, 2012

I was slightly disappointed in this novel, but my expectations for it were also ridiculously high after reading its predecessor Tithe. Like Kaye (the starring character in Tithe who makes a cameo appearance in Valiant, along with Roiben), Val is a very strong heroine who has her share of intelligence and guts. And I absolutely loooovvved Ravus! He's such a kind-hearted noble soul and the perfect match for our troubled teen Val. I only wish this book was longer and had delved more into the relationship between the two as they don't even meet until closer to halfway through the book! And while I liked Val, I grew tired of her shooting up the faerie drug Nevermore with her homeless friends and felt that aspect of the story went on for far too long (though that did just make me all the more proud of her when she finally quit the habit). So while I liked the Ravus-Val pairing better than the Roiben-Kaye one, Tithe was an overall better storyline, though Valiant had an exciting climax and sweet ending.

HollieAttack Oct 11, 2011

I love how Holly Black is so creative with her books, i love her style of writing, and i most definitely enjoyed Valiant, Tithe, and Ironside !

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E_Kazan
Jul 10, 2010

HORRIBLE! First, it was too confusing. I couldn`t remember what happened the second I put the book down. Second, the story was boring. I don`t recommend this book to anyone.

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Caitlyn1027
Mar 22, 2010

couldn't set it down! It's a really good book that will keep you turning the pages. ;)

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Mar 13, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Sep 15, 2009

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Oct 07, 2008

Sexual Content: Sex scenes with shared needle drug usage.

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Coarse Language: use of swear words

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HollieAttack Oct 12, 2011

“You carried my heart in your hands tonight," he said. "But I have felt as if you carried it long before that.”

HollieAttack Oct 12, 2011

“You carried my heart in your hands tonight," he said. "But I have felt as if you carried it long before that.”

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