Valiant by Holly Black
A Modern Tale of Faerie

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

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, and she soon finds herself bound into service by a troll named Ravus - who is as hideous as he is honorable.

 

About Holly Black

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Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is www.blackholly.com.
 
Published May 1, 2006 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Murdered mermaids, runaways addicted to magical drugs and trolls inhabit a New York City that draws heavily on the conventions of urban fantasy.

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When 17-year-old Valerie Russell finds her boyfriend having sex with her mother, she splits Jersey for Manhattan, takes in a Rangers game and falls in with some creepy homeless teens who live on an ab

May 30 2005 | Read Full Review of Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie

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What makes Black's books so appealing to young adult readers is their well-balanced mix of reality (including a healthy dose of sex), high-concept fantasy and old-fashioned mystery. Raudman'

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Lolli takes Val under her wing, taking her to their underground squat, inviting her to stay with them even though Luis warns against it.

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Now his ragtag, exhausted fleet is forced into battle once again, as Geary makes a snap decision to return to the scene of a recent conflict, there to crush the bulk of his enemy's forces, and rescue as many captured Alliance personnel as possible.

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After a betrayal by those closest, Valerie runs away to New York City.

Apr 26 2006 | Read Full Review of Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie

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From the British Isles to the land of the Rising Sun, Ninjak will leave an indelible imprint on the Valiant Universe — or die trying.Collecting Ninjak (1994) #1-6, #0, and #00 with the original series coloring, the latest Valiant Masters hardcover volume re-presents Joe Quesada’s stunning covers ...

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