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Valiant

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Valiant

In VALIANT by Sarah McGuire, Saville’s mother recently died so she is left alone with her father, the Tailor. They don’t get along because the Tailor has more love for his fabrics than he ever had for his family. 
 
The Tailor moves them to Reggen --- he heard he might find work making garments for the king --- but soon, he is struck down by a stroke, leaving Saville with a helpless father and no money. An excellent seamstress herself, Saville dresses as a boy and calls herself the Tailor, and she is soon hired by the king. 
 
As if that weren’t enough to deal with, Saville saves her friend Will from two giants and chases them out of the city, still dressed as The Tailor. She’s hailed as a hero and promised the king’s sister’s hand in marriage. It becomes more and more difficult for Saville to maintain her alternate identity, but the truth is probably more than most of the town folk can handle. Things get complicated as this twisting tale unwinds, but you will have to read the book yourself to find out what happens.
 
...the giants are shown as being more like regular humans, with true emotions and a good measure of intelligence. I thought this was a refreshing take on giant lore. 
 
I really like Saville. She is a brave, creative, spunky gal who doesn’t like to take no for an answer. That’s my kind of hero (or should I say heroine?).
 
I also like the way author Sarah McGuire handles the subject of giants. In most stories, giants are characterized as being slow and somewhat stupid. In this story, the giants are shown as being more like regular humans, with true emotions and a good measure of intelligence. I thought this was a refreshing take on giant lore. Who knows? Maybe giants really are intelligent.
 
VALIANT is a story about courage, deception, friendship and true love. It’s fast-paced and well-written and just plain fun to read.

Reviewed by Christine Irvin on June 15, 2015

Valiant
by Sarah McGuire

  • Publication Date: March 1, 2018
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
  • ISBN-10: 1541514874
  • ISBN-13: 9781541514874