Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)
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Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2)

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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 th

Hardcover, 385 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
About a year ago, the words ‘assassin nuns’ first started showing up around the blogosphere. Pretty soon they were everywhere, and everyone was talking about Grave Mercy, some obviously thrilled 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.

The darkness of Ismae’s story pales in comparison to the utter hopelessness of Sybella’s circums...more
Dark Triumph is a stunning sequel to Grave Mercy. I had high expectations picking it up and I was not disappointed. I loved this story just as much if not more than Grave Mercy!

Sybella is one of St. Mortain’s daughter’s and thereby gifted with deadly talents, and skills in the art of killing to carry out his will. She owes a debt to the convent in service to St. Mortain since they brought her back from the brink of madness, taking her in at fourteen and training her for special assignments. Syb...more
All the gifs cannot describe how awesome this book was.

Minor Spoiler. Just one. If you don't want to know who the knight was, don't read on. But we were all expecting it.

I have to admit, in the beginning, I was a little unsure of how this was going to turn out. One, I forgot kind of what happened in Grave Mercy, and two, I was a little confused. But 20 pages later, I was sucked into the absolute insanity that was Dark Triumph.

Let's take a moment to appreciate what a total badass Sybella is. He...more
Now this is the book Grave Mercy was supposed to be. I was on the fence about Ismae’s story, basically when I discovered (along with everyone else) that the assassin nuns weren’t so much espionage, murder, and mayhem as much as forbidden romance and courtesan intrigue, but I ultimately came down on the ‘pro’ side because the backdrop of Anne of Brittany’s attempts to keep her duchy independent and out of French hands resonated with this admitted historical junkie. Still, I think it’s probably te...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I have made no secret of my immense love of Grave Mercy, and have been recommending it to everyone I know who enjoys historical fiction, fantasy, and kickass heroines. As with every sequel to a book I loved, trepidation filled me as I approached Dark Triumph. There's always that chance that the sequel will not live up to its predecessor and will color your enjoyment even of that first book. Robin LaFevers, though, hits her sequel out of the park. Dark Triumph does not fall victim to middle book...more
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Where Grave Mercy was a lie, a novel about dancing and political parties deftly wrapped up with a bow-tie of kick-ass assassin-nuns that never assassinated, Dark Triumph is more of the dark, bad-ass story I was looking for with LaFevers's debut last year. Nevertheless, while Grave Mercy was a sore disappointment, I am glad to admit that Dark Triumph completely won me over. It seems to be the case this year that series I swore off of last year have come back to haunt me, making m...more
It seems impossible, but this one is even better than Grave Mercy. Great characters, great story, high stakes, and elements of history, mystery and magic.
Khanh (Destroyer of Dreams)
I am so glad I disregarded the weak first book of this series and followed through to Sybella's story. I have to admit, the girls in the convent did not appeal to me. Ismae, tragic though her story was, initially came off dull-as-dishwater, and she still did not grow on me throughout her book (I did not know murder could be so boring). Annith was almost nonexistent in her quiet presence. Sybella was a holy terror when we first met her, and we saw little enough of her in book 1 that my initial ba...more
A copy of Dark Triumph was provided to me by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children for review purposes.

​'The abbess and I had a different sort of relationship. One built on mutual dislike and distrust, brought together only by our shared needs: mine for a sanctuary, hers for a finely honed weapon she could let loose as Mortain willed. I trust her as much as I do a viper.'​

It seems as if each hand maiden of death ha​s​ her own story to tell and in Dark Triumph we ​get to experience Lady Sybella's....more
Jess elise
Apr 08, 2012 Jess elise marked it as to-read-next-in-series
is the guy sybella has to rescue beast? that would be interesting..
Molli Moran
THAT COVER. *wants it now* I was drawn to Sybella in GRAVE MERCY and her story sounds every bit as amazing as I expected! I cannot WAIT to read it!

Thoughts after reading: I was a little underwhelmed by this one, but it was still really good, and a great follow up to GRAVE MERCY. Sybella was a fabulous, flawed heroine who I loved, and the romance was genuine, if a little fast. Full review coming soon.

Final Review (also appears at Once Upon a Prologue)

Grave Mercy was one of the books I fangirled...more
So much love for this book. I wasn't sure if I'd like this since I loved Ismae and Duval, but goodness, how I've become emotionally attached to Sybella, too.

WARNING: If you haven't read this book, DO NOT click on the spoiler links!! It will ruin EVERYTHING!

These books... these books have to be some of the most AMAZING young adult books I have ever laid eyes on. I just love them so fucking much. (See, I'm even dropping f-bombs because I can't contain my excitement!)

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Robin LaFevers, I would read your damn grocery list and give it 5 stars at this point...

Anywho, about Dark Triumph. This one was less political, and more emotional that it's...more
Jun 27, 2012 Lucille marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-to-read
I think this wounded knight is either Beast or de Lornay... I'm thinking mostly Beast since he was dragged by the enemies in Grave Mercy and Sybella would try to rescue him.

Looking forward to reading this one!

P. S. I wish LaFevers entitled her first book Dark Mercy so the titles would match with this one and the third one. Dark Mercy, Dark Triumph, Dark Hope. (Sound nice, doesn't it?)
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Since I loved the first book in the series, I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, this book didn’t live up to those expectations. Where the first book was exciting and unique, this one seemed a little slow. There was a lot less action, and a lot more family drama and romance.

My favourite part of the story was the romance. Considering the fact that the main character is an assassin nun, I would assume that the action would take centre stage, but it didn’t in this story. The rea...more
Dark Triumph was the perfect title for this book. It indeed is dark and there is a triumphant story behind the darkness. If you were a fan of Grave Mercy and loved the depth behind the assassin nuns, then you will enjoy this as well.
As you know, these assassin nuns are children of the Dark father and this story follows Sybella. Her life trials are even darker than that of the first we had read about in Grave Mercy. One of the aspects of these characters is that no matter how trivial or hard the...more
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Death and duplicity

What do you get if you cross a nun with an assassin? It kind of sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, doesn't it? Well, in my opinion, what you get is absolutely fantastic historical fiction set in an era rife with conflict, treason and foul play, and a country in turmoil. Add to that compelling mysteries, strong heroines, and beautifully underplayed romances and I'm seriously in my happy reading place with the His Fair Assassin ser...more
Nerd Goddess
I loved GRAVE MERCY, and was thrilled when copies of DARK TRIUMPH were available at the Heartland Forum trade show last week. As with most sequels, I was concerned that it wouldn't live up to the first book,, but I am happy to say that that DARK TRIUMPH was just as engaging and well-written as its predecessor.

This time around we hear Sybella's story, a girl full of secrets which slowly unravel throughout the book. As with GRAVE MERCY, all of the rich historical details were well-researched and...more
Nenia Campbell
Mar 06, 2014 Nenia Campbell marked it as to-read



::grabby hands::


::looks at publication date::

"April 2nd, 2013."


::looks at cover again::

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Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Gasps this was so flipping amazing! Ah I loved Sybella and Beast's story! I can't wait to see who Annith ends up with. I'm hoping its someone we've already met. Maybe Duval's brother :)
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
4.5 Stars!

It is hard not to fall in love with the rich beautiful flow of LaFevers prose. To not become mesmerized by the historical detail of the 15th century and the paranormal elements that truly make this series one unlike any other out there.

Lafever had me completely in her clutches with Grave Mercy and I knew there was no way I wouldn't be continuing the series. It is impossible to ignore, impossible to forget and impossible to put down.

Once again we are thrust back into a world full of dec...more
I honestly thought it would be impossible for Dark Triumph to live up to it's predecessor. Grave Mercy is one of the best historical fantasy novels that I've read and Dark Triumph definitely is too. Sybella's story is just as fantastic as Ismae's and readers will be rooting for her from the very first page.

Sybella is a little harder to like than Ismae but she quickly grows on readers. She's had a hard life, maybe even harder than Ismae, and things don't come easy to her. She's rather standoffis...more
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The Story:
The second book in the His Fair Assassin trilogy, Dark Triumph, is told from Sybella's point of view. She was a secondary character in Grave Mercy; comrade and sister at the convent to Ismae. After reading Grave Mercy I didn't have much of an opinion of her and worried that I wouldn't enjoy reading from her point of view (I was so enamored with Duval and Ismae). I should not have feared because LaFever has crafted a vulnerable yet courageous hero...more
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Quick & Dirty: A sequel that brings as much darkness and action as the first, proving to be a great story that can hold its own.

Opening Sentence: I did not arrive at the convent of Saint Mortain some green stripling.

The Review:

Last year, R.L. LaFevers debuted Grave Mercy, a captivating story about a young, female assassin who was devoted to a saint of death. This year, an anticipated follow up to the His Fair Assassin series, Dark Triumph, will release. I...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
So good. It seriously rivals the first book for awesomeness.


I lovedGrave Mercywhen I read it last year. In fact, it's right up there with my favorites of 2012. So, to say that I was worried Dark Triumphwould fall short as a sequel is an understatement...especially since this book is a companion novel, not a true sequel. I wanted to follow Ismae and Duval on their exploits, but alas, I was consigned to learn more about the mysterious Sybella, another of Death's handmaidens. I was intrigu...more
Zabet The Dark Empress of Dark Chocolate
Cover Impressions: I really like the covers for this series. Grave Mercy had a beautiful scarlet color, but I think the muted colors here are much more fitting for Sybella, as is the background of a dark corridor rather than a grand castle. Her work is better suited to the shadows.

The Gist: The His Fair Assassin series continues with the story of Sybella. Having escaped the fear and madness of her father's house, Sybella finds a new home at the convent of St.Mortain. Having been trained in the d...more
Seen at Scott Reads It
Recently I read my ARC of Grave Mercy and it was such a pleasant surprise that I enjoyed it so much. My ARC pile is the size of a mountain and it seems to grow larger each day so I had been avoiding getting books at the library. When I saw Dark Triumph on the shelf there, I knew I had to check out this book. I had so many ARCs to read but I just couldn't resist getting Dark Triumph.

Dark Triumph, in my opinion is a stronger novel than Grave Mercy. Dark Triumph is a faster...more
I finished Dark Triumph this morning. And I'm just a complete mess of thoughts. I'm just sitting here stunned over this book. I thought I would be super excited to see Ismae and Duval again, but I was so wrapped up in Sybella and Beast that I almost didn't care about the rest of the characters.

If you like historical fiction, or romance, or assassin nuns, or books in general...I would say this series is a good bet. The writing flows easily, the characters are well written, and the pace is spot o...more
Layer One: Delight

Dark and delightful, Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers continues the story started by its precursor Grave Mercy, this time with Sybella as the lead. Dark Triumph travels deeper in the harsh realities in a complex historical world.

Layer Two: Bravery

In brief, Grave Mercy was the story of a courageous commoner who becomes a nun assassin who learns the power of mercy.
Dark Triumph changes the prose with a different, just as courageous, female assassin who is born apart of a royal famil...more
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