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.
having read all of the series, i have to say that valiant is my favorite of the three. it seems much more real to me than the others, with a bit more of a twist on the idea of a classic fairytale. i would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy!
Valiant rocks! I love it. The plot is amazing, and all the characters are extremely well developed, raw and edgy. The setting is appealing in a gritty sort of way and the details of what the Folk are like leave you breathless and craving more. Trust me, this is a GREAT read.
Valiant is a dark, edgy, scary, "real" story that brings out your inner character. There are many parts that make me jump and I am not a big reader. When I read Valiant I said to myself, "I have to read more books. It is wondeful. I thought it my be all about creatures and spells but it shares a message. A message that is hard to undersatnd.