May 16, 2019

#BookReview: Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) by @RLLaFevers #YoungAdult #Historical #LightFantasy

Title: Dark Triumph
Series: His Fairy Assassin
Author: Robin LaFevers
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Light Fantasy

Pages: Paperback, 416
Published: October 2, 2018
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Synopsis:  Sybella's duty as Death's assassin in 15th-century France forces her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. Love and romance, history and magic,vengeance and salvation converge in this thrilling sequel to Grave Mercy in the critically acclaimed, New York Times best-selling His Fair Assassin series, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Kristin Cashore, and Victoria Aveyard. 

The convent returns Sybella to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

Return to the world of the critically acclaimed His Fair Assassin series in this "romantic fantasy with a vengeance" and sequel to Grave Mercy that takes reader’s deep into the wicked world of corrupt politics, dangerous love, and hard-won vengeance.

About the Author: Robin LaFevers, author of the New York Times best-selling His Fair Assassin books, was raised on fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, 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. Visit her online at and on Twitter @RLLaFevers. 

My Review: Wow just WOW I really thought I wasn't going to love this book as it was not in the same POV as book one. But I learned really quickly that I loved this character just as much or more than book one.  I will say that parts of this story took me by surprise. I was shocked when a certain thing was told and it really really shocked me.  You can find out the spoiler here.

Start Hightlight~I am horrible at names. But its the guy that wants to force the Duchess to marry him. Anyway, he kills Sybella's baby girl by snapping her neck and this was very shocking to have in this title. I mean it fit but it was still very disturbing for me to read.~Stop Hightlight

Other than that one part in the book this one broke my heart and then put it back piece by broken piece.  I really felt for Sybella and what she was going through.  Because, although she was trying to keep her sister's safe as well as the Duchess etc.  She was torn on what she should do and what choice she should make.  She was more like a mother to these girls than an older sister and it just made me feel so much for her.  I know that I would go to the ends of the Earth to keep my girls safe.

I will say that this one felt like it had just a little more depth just because of everything that she had been through.  Unlike in Grave Mercy with Ismae, Sybella has lived in this horrible world and has done unspeakable things.  This story really went from an innocent character in Ismae to this world-worn character Sybella and I loved every second of it.

I am now very excited to read the last book as again we get a character change but this time we have Annith who has never left the convent EVER. 

* "LaFevers is that wonderful sort of storyteller who so completely meshes events, descriptions, and characters that readers get lost in the world she's concocted. It's a place where history mingles with mystery and love is never expected."
Booklist, starred review
* "The prose's beauty inspires immediate re-reads of many a sentence, but its forward momentum is irresistible. An intricate, masterful page-turner about politics, treachery, religion, love and healing."
Kirkus, starred review* "Brimming with powerful emotions, thrilling sword fights, and accurate period detail, this tightly plotted tale will enthrall readers of romantic historical fantasy."
Publishers Weekly, starred review"Personal where Grave Mercy was political and comprehensive, this story focuses tightly on Sybella as she seeks vengeance upon the many men who have wronged her. . . . Her romantic relationship with the imprisoned warrior unfolds with a sweet tenderness that romance fans will relish."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Romantic fantasy with a vengence. . . LaFevers offers a pungent mix of inner torment, costume drama, and dagger-, sword-, poison-, and garrote-play."
Horn Book"An expertly crafted novel, with deep characters and an interesting plot that is, at the same time, fantastic, yet realistic. LaFevers has agazin used great artistry to create an excellent tale for both young adult and adult audiences."
VOYA, 4Q 4P S* "As with the first book, LaFevers has filled the pages of her novel with adventure, and the pace is electrifyingly fast. The characters are well drawn, and even the secondary figures have dimension. Sybella's quick-thinking and fearless approach to terrifying personal and political situations renders her an incredibly strong protagonist with whom readers will identify."
School Library Journal, starred review

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