Wednesday, August 5, 2015

REVIEW: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) 
His Fair Assassin: Dark Triumph (2)
by Robin LaFevers
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Published: April 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Official Summary:  "When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge - but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.

But her assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother's love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for..."
 Book One is Grave Mercy.   
Review:  This was SO much better than the first book of the series. It mostly stands on it's own so you don't have to read the first book but there is some overlap and the first book does better cover the convent Sybella hails from and Mortain, whom she serves.

The pacing was much better and while still containing lots of historical information, the focus on the plot was much clearer. This story wastes no time getting into the thick of things. The timeline overlaps the lasts parts of Ismae's story in Grave Mercy but the entire story is from Sybella's point of view.

I loved her character! While she seems harsh and a bit cold it is a mask she wears and the further into the book you get, the more you see beneath it. And let me let you, this girl has been put through the ringer a few times in her life. I don't think you can help but feel strongly for her.

In this book Sybella must come to terms with her family, and her personal history, dark as it was. With help from the Beast, she comes slowly around. There is a romance in this book, but it is slow and sweet and I loved it!

There is also a lot of action and death. Sybella is no girl to be trifled with. She will risk everything to help those who need it, and will even enjoy it if she can take down a few marqued by Death.

The blend of action, intrigue, history, and romance was wonderful. This really redeemed the series for me and now has me excited to see what else the author might come out with. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair, honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are strictly my own 


  1. One of my favorite series! Great review!

  2. Going to add this series to my TBR list! :) Thanks for sharing your awesome review!

  3. I haven't read the first book in this series, but I do have that one on my TBR! It sounds so intriguing to me, so I am looking forward to trying it. I am glad you could like this one in the series as well. :)

  4. Great review I loved the first book and this review makes me want to read this one soon!

  5. I haven't read a historical fiction in way too long. I'm going to add this to my TBR! looks great! TY!

  6. Yup, this book was much better than the first one, though Grave Mercy was great too. I loved how strong Sybella was and the way the plot played out was amazing too. Just finished Mortal Heart a few days back and while it was good, I think it was definitely the weakest of the three.


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