(Review-Ya) Dark Triumph by Robin Lafevers

Dark Triumph by Robin Lafevers

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LaFevers, Robin. Dark Triumph. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2013. Print. ISBN-13: 978-0544227200.
Formats available: hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. Paperback $9.25. Kindle $7.49.

Synopsis: (from amazon.com)

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.
Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. 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?

My Thoughts:
This sequel to Grave Mercy picks up where it’s predecessor left off, this time chronicling the adventures of Sybil, the wild and erratic member of the Assassin’s trio. This book is quite a bit darker than Grave Mercy and deals with heavier themes of violence. There is also quite a bit less time spent on the romance, although there is a bit of romance for Sybil as well. I enjoyed this book, as part of the series, but were it only a standalone it would not fare well. A lot of the background knowledge is assumed, and if you have not read Grave Mercy you may be confused or miss out on some aspects of this story. It is a strong enough sequel to keep the momentum going, and its satisfying to have some of the mystery surrounding Sybil and her family explained. We also get to see the villain much more fully developed in this book, and it gets easier and easier to hate him the more you learn. Poor Sybil faces more challenges and abuse than either of her friends, and as a reader I couldn’t wait to get to the end to see if she would come out victorious. Fans of Grave Mercy will be glad to see snippets of what Ismae is up to, in this sequel, though the story focuses mainly on Sybil.

Liked it? Loved it? Gotta have more of it?
The next two books in the His Fair Assassin series are Grave Mercy and Mortal Heart

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Citation & Credits
Book cover image: Courtesy of Amazon.com
Kelsey Bogan. 2015. All rights reserved.

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