DARK TRIUMPH By Robin LaFevers Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Paperback: Hardcover: (Original. 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. An assassin with a will of steel fights her way through deadly palace deceptions, sickening sexual servitude and baffling assignments from her.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. I lean forward, pushing my body out past the battlements. The wind plucks at my cloak, buffets against me, as if it would carry me off in flight, just like the birds or the knight’s soul.

Let go, it cries, I will take you far, far away. I want to laugh at the exhilarating feeling, I will catch you, it whistles seductively. The convent has returned Sybella to a life that nea I lean forward, pushing my body out past the battlements. The convent has returned 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. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?


His Fair Assassin 2. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dark Triumphplease sign up. Vanessa There are incest kisses, but all the rest is in the past and “only” talked about. Do I need to have read the first book? Amanda Yes, you really need to read the first book. Each follows a different character, but they follow the same over-arcing story line they timing only …more Yes, you really need to read the first book.

Each follows a different character, but they follow the same over-arcing story line they timing triujph slightly overlaps. There is far too much political intrigue to be able to follow particularly the second half of Dark Triumph without have read Grave Mercy. There is also some background for Sybella’s character that is covered in book one. See all 10 questions about Dark Triumph…. Lists with This Book. Dec 04, Maja The Nocturnal Library rated it it was amazing. Pretty soon they were everywhere, and everyone was talking about Grave Mercy, some obviously lagevers and some not so much.

Seeing as I neatly fell into the first category, Dark Triumph became one of those books I often thought about… dreamed about, to be completely honest. And I was not disappointed. It is not an easy read, lafevrs much I can tell you, and yet it is certainly worth your tears, for you will be a better person once you finish it. Unlike Ismae, who is well-trained but not that experienced, Sybella is a seasoned assassin.


She kills those robkn deserve it and she does it without mercy. Through Sybella, LaFevers raised some interesting questions. Can a wounded animal ever completely heal? What does it take to repair a shattered soul? The most interesting part by far were Sybella’s doubts regarding her god and father, Mortain. Sybella knows no such thing. No one ever truly loved her when she was a child, not without ulterior motives, and until she met Ismae and Annith, the concept was completely strange to her.

Perfection no longer holds any appeal for me. Duval, a soldier above all, both inside and out. LaFevers took a lot of risks in Dark Triumph, made a lot of choices that proved her worth, although they might not sit well with some. Some of us tend to forget that literature is art first, and business second if at allbut luckily there are those who remind us over and over again.

LaFevers did a fabulous job of wrapping things up, but I did not want to part with Sybella and Beast. In fact, the second I finished the final page, I wanted to go back to the beginning and start all over again. In case you’re wondering about the heroes I’ve mentioned, they are from the Kate Daniels series, The Downside Ghosts series, the Sirantha Jax series and of course, the His Fair Assassin trilogy, respectively.

View all 25 comments. It triumh been awhile since I had read the triumphh book in this series Grave Mercy and I was a bit afraid I would be lost going into this book, but the author didn’t info dump me into oblivion and I was able to step right into the story again.

Assassin nuns-what a great story idea.

Dark Triumph: His Fair Assassin Book Two

These nuns are bad-ass. They come across as real since the author gives them flaws and they admit they aren’t perfect. These nuns do their killing under their dark god Death. T It had been awhile since I had read the first book in this series Grave Mercy and I was a bit afraid I would be lost going into this book, but the author didn’t info dump me into oblivion and I was able to step right into the story again.

She is the frigging most vile character. She makes my hair stand on end. I want the next book just so I can see why the heck this woman has such vile personality. I hope the girls go off on her hateful bum. Then you have Beast. I still fell head over heels for this guy. Strong, protective, kicks bad-guys asses because it’s fun. There are some excellent characters in this book though. The villains are so bad that you feel their evil coming off the pages.

The good guys aren’t all that and a bag of chips-which made me love them even more. I think this is the better book of the two I’ve read so far. That could be just because I like these characters so much more than the previous books main character. I received an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley Beast and Sybella still own the show.

I raise my head and dare any of lafever dangers lurking in the shadows to try to match its skill against mine. Forget the tedious wanderings of Grave Mercy and get ready: Indeed I was hooked from the beginning, enthralled in Sybella’s life like I never was in Ismae’s.


To protect Anne de Bretagne from the multiple dangers that threaten her, first of all the Count of Albret, wicked and twisted as always. In the city of Nantes which has been previously taken by him, Sybella must use all her training skills, sometimes at her own expense.

Nothing is more blissful than revenge, but she had yet to succeed without losing herself. Ttriumph book was dark, oh so dark at times. As it is, I must warn you here that the story deals with difficult issues, including sexual violence and incest, and several kind of abuse.

As you can guess, I was able to care about Sybella because she’s everything but perfect, and much more than our average female lead.

To be frank, I kind of want to throw adjectives and call it a day: But it wouldn’t do her justice, would it? She’s no innocent, and she knows it. Does she regret some decisions? Does she whine or let her doubts eating at her?

On the contrary, she knows where lie her strengths and how to use them to fulfill her quest – yet she is seeking approval and the growth of her character was fascinating to follow, realistic and gradual as it was. What can I say about Beast, except that he’s everything you don’t expect from a male-lead? Is that some special trick of Saint Camulos? Indeed, I do not believe he is quite human in that moment. Did I say that? Remember how Grave Mercy let me numb?

Don’t worry, Dark Triumph is nothing like his eldest. Indeed whereas Ismae’s book dragged on the underwhelming side, nothing could have prepared me for the kaleidoscope of emotions I felt while following Sybella and Beast in their battles.

Anyway, you just can’t help but root for them, because to see the growth of their relationship makes you remember why it’s sometimes fucking great to insert a bit of romance in a book. I cannot guess what he is thinking or feeling. He looks down at his enormous, scarred hands. Beast and Sybella’s story is one of them, and because it’s believable, smile-inducing and adorableit reminds me if needed why I’m a sucker for a good romance in the first place.

Although I’m willing to give it 5 stars still, I have to admit that this book isn’t flawless. The truth is, if I’m completely aware that it’s a work of fiction, I fail to understand why authors keep choosing well-known individuals as characters if they don’t respect the historical facts.

Now, the book was really good so I chose to blind myself but come on. Please don’t underestimate readers.