Valiant - Holly Black


By Holly Black

  • Release Date: 2006-05-01
  • Genre: Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 61 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

When seventeen-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-colored 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, timid and sensitive 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 dealing, Val finds herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus. He is as hideous as he is honorable. And as Val grows to know him, she finds herself torn between her affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming.
Bestselling author Holly Black follows her breakout debut, Tithe, with a rich, harrowing, and compulsively readable parable of betrayal, abuse, friendship, and love.

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Latest Impressions

  • Excellent

    By Yar'
    An excellent book. Read it first a couple years back and have reread it several times since. Definitely my favorite of the three.
  • Holly Black is amazing.

    By NecroPanda
    I love all of her books but this book should not be in children's fiction. Read this book years ago in high school and it is definitely teens or older.
  • Amazing!

    By Joel Emory
    A beautiful, amazing, simply enthralling book! Inspiring as well, Holly Black's great imagination at its best!
  • Absolutely Enthralling!

    By vici ruthless
    The only negative thing I can say about this book is that it ended. I'd give anything for Holly Black to write a sequel. Read it - you won't be disappointed.
  • I. WANT. MORE.

    By Trixxxieee
    This novel left me wanting, no needing to know more. What happens after? What what what?! I love this book it's incredible!!! SIX STARS. Plain and simple. Read this you won't regret it. I desperately hope Ms. Black writes more.
  • Beautiful, eerie, thrilling.

    By Sarjysoxx
    Holly black is my favorite author. Her stories of faeries are so different of those we've grown up with. Innocence is not the case. I love reading her books and I wish she would write more modern faerie tale novels!
  • Not for "children" as categorized

    By GrigFamily
    Older teens only. Drug usage, sex, and foul language permeate this book. Imaginative .... Would have had a broader audience without the D,S, and F.