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Preview — Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2)
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...more
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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
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
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
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
I LOVED this book. I literally could not put it down, i read it in 7 hours straight! The time just flew by. It had been a fair while since i had read Grave Mercy and I will admit i was a little lost when i started reading Dark Triumph but I am glad i stuck with it. Every twist and turn of the book had me riveted, wherever Sybella wanted to take me I was ready to go...more
I loved this book. Sybella and Beast together are phenominal. This is a great blend of HF with a splash of romance and a little dash of magic.
While grave Mercy was more of a political intrigue Dark Triumph is a personal story of redemption. Sybella and Beast’s story is compelling how they are very similar people with very different attitudes toward what they do. I was immediately captured by our broken Sybella. Seeing the inner dialog o...more
'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 has her own story to tell and in Dark Triumph we get to experience Lady Sybella's....more
I really enjoyed Sybella's story. Her loneliness and melancholy and feeling of always being separate from others resonated with me. This one didn't hav...more
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
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
This is what an assassin's story looks like :D
Less political compared to GRAVE MERCY, but just as captivating, DARK TRIUMPH takes its readers on a ride full of adventure and suspense, of deception and lies. And not only is it filled with action and assassin missions and strategies, but we also get a few glimpses into the lives of some of our beloved characters from the first book. There is a bit of mystery that keeps the reader going through the story but what really won me o...more
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!)
Anywho, about Dark Triumph. This one was less political, and more emotional than it's predecessor Grave Mercy. Sybella's story is CRAZY INTENSE. Seriously, there is so much shit that goes...more
Loved it! I gave it 5 stars because I love it just a bit more than Book 1, Grave Mercy.
This was such a good book and it definitely does not suffer from "middle book" syndrome.
This is Lady Sybella's story, and if possible it's even darker than Ismae's humble beginnings in Grave Mercy.
Dark Triumph begins where Grave Mercy left off, with the focus on another of St. Mortain's daughters, Lady Sybella. We first meet a wild Sybella in Grave Mercy...more
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?)
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
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
I enjoyed this a bit more than Grave Mercy because it had more interesting characters and not as familiar of a story. Although the story in Dark Triumph felt a bit simple and the book felt, overall, short; it was more interesting to me than Grave Mercy, a story that I had seen done multiple times.
Court intrigue has been done, and done again. So I was glad that in the second book of the His Fair Assassin series, things are viewed fro...more
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
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
OMG I NEED THIS, LIKE, LAST YEAR.
WHEN IS IT COMING OUT????? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, TELL ME WHEN-
::looks at publication date::
"April 2nd, 2013."
::looks at cover again::
I enjoyed Grave Mercy, but right from the...more
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