February 23, 2019

#BookReview: Courting Darkness by @RLLaFevers #YoungAdult #Historical #LightFantasy

Title: Courting Darkness
Series: Courting Darkness, #1
Author: Robin LaFevers
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Light Fantasy

Pages: Hardcover, 512
Published: February 5, 2019
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

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Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.

As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about?

About the Author: 
Robin LaFevers, author of the New York Times best-selling His Fair Assassin books, was raised on fairy tales and nineteenth-century poetry. It is not surprising that she grew up to be a hopeless romantic. She was lucky enough to find her one true love and is living happily ever after with him in California. www.robinlafevers.com, @RLLaFevers

My Review: I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one or not.  As we are back in Sybella's POV along with Genevieve's POV. I found myself falling once more in love with this story and world.  I do hope that this author does more as this story unfolds. I know this one is only a duololgy vs. a trilogy like the first series.  I hope to have duologies for all His Fair Assassins in the end. 

This one if you loved the first series will pull you in from the very first pages.  I found that I loved it just as much as the first series and this one takes the stakes to a whole new level.  I was never bored and I could see those who have completed the first series ages ago come back to this one with open hearts. It is like meeting again with old friends. 

On a side note, I know that it says you don't have to read the original series to read this one but you really should. 

"Sharp and breathless, full of anger and strength. May the sequel hurry."--Kirkus, starred review

"A first-purchase gem of historical fantasy for high school and public libraries that will delight fans and engage newcomers."--School Library Journal, starred review

"LaFevers' sharply drawn characters, pointed storytelling, and intricate takes on political intrigue will once again have readers turning pages.... [T]here are few writers as fine at their craft as LaFevers."--Booklist, starred review

"LaFevers’s blood-soaked, machination-riddled tale captivates as its fierce, passionate, intelligent female characters examine issues of agency and empowerment, freedom, and sisterhood."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"LaFevers yet again skillfully pulls from the history of the 15th century French-Breton War to create a richly developed world of political intrigue, while casting it with deeply relatable and fully fleshed out characters."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Alternating between Sybella’s and Genevieve’s voices, LaFevers maintains an intense pitch of intrigue: murders, assaults, romance, betrayals, and erotic encounters follow one after another with plenty of garrotes, swords, daggers, poisoned sewing needles, and the like."--The Horn Book Magazine

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