Book: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #2
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Date Published: April 2nd, 2013
Date Started: February 6th, 2015
Date Finished: February 12th, 2015
Other Books Reviewed: Grave Mercy
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…
Grave Mercy became one of my favorite Historical Fiction books. I fell in love with this series and quickly ordered the rest of the series. I love history, and many of you know that. This book didn’t let me down and I can’t wait to read the conclusion to the series.
Each book in this series is about a different assassin. We were introduced to all of them in the first book, Grave Mercy. Dark Triumph is about Sybella, one of Ismae’s friends at the convent. Just like Ismae, Sybella is an assassin for Mortain, the god of death. She has been placed in the d’Albret household in order to carry out Mortain’s work and hopefully put an end to d’Albert’s scheming to marry the Duchess and take over the country of Brittany. But its proving hard to fulfill her assignment. She is tasked to rescue the Beast of Waroch, one of the Duchess’s best knights. Along the way, she finds herself finding an ally in the beast and maybe even more.
This book is significantly shorter than Grave Mercy. A lot of Grave Mercy needed world building, so there were a lot of details about the country, who the characters were, etc. But since that world has already been built, it wasn’t really necessary in Dark Triumph. I read Grave Mercy about a month ago, and I found it easy enough to jump right back into the world. I think the fact that we are still dealing with the same problem and the same villain helped. But Dark Triumph had its differences as well. Sybella is a much darker character than Ismae. Sybella has a dark past. As you read the book and she reveals details about herself to Beast, her past keeps getting darker and darker. Her family is really screwed up, and it just made me think “no wonder why she showed up at the convent nearly driven mad.” There were points where I thought, alright, this is as dark as it gets for Sybella. But nope, there ends up being twist upon twist of just how much darker her life can be. Sybella was hard to like in the beginning because she comes off as so stubborn, but towards the end I really liked her.
Sybella and Beast’s romance was one of my favorites. What I love about this series is the fact that the romance doesn’t take over the story. These characters are trying to fight for a bigger purpose, and they have their priorities. In fact, I don’t think theres much of the romance until the last quarter of the book. I also liked that Sybella fell for Beast. Beast isn’t painted as this devilishly handsome character that sweeps you off your feet. In fact, he’s described as a character thats brutish and not good looking at all. I loved their romance because Sybella wasn’t looking for romance at all because of her dark past. But I think what she needed was someone that understood her darkness and could embrace it and accept it.
I can’t wait to find out what happens in the overall grand scheme of things. I’ve heard that the third book isn’t as strong as the first two, but thats fine with me. Its turned into one of my favorite series and I’m dying to know the end.