Lesley Livingston

Lesley Livingston is an award-winning author of teen and middle grade fiction. Her first novel, Wondrous Strange, was named one of CBC’s “100 YA Books That Make You Proud To Be Canadian”. Lesley’s current trilogy, which begins with The Valiant (2017), is a YA historical epic that tells the story of a 17-year-old girl’s journey from fierce Celtic princess to female gladiator and darling of the Roman Empire. The sequel, The Defiant, was released in February 2018. Lesley is currently working on the third book, as well as a four-author/four book series project (along with Ted Staunton, Kevin Sylvester, and Richard Scrimger) called The Almost Epic Squad, coming soon from Scholastic. Lesley currently lives in Toronto.


The Defiant


Fallon was warned. Now she has to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix. In this highly anticipated sequel to The Valiant, Fallon and her warrior sisters find themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire. Read more.