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
'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
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
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
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::
The biggest surprise for me while going through some reviews for Dark Triumph was that people generally enjoyed it more than Grave Mercy while here I am wishing Ismae back. I do understand the switch in narration as Ismae's story is right where it should be and we definitely need Sybella to show us another side of the story so we can have the whole picture. Only problem for me was that Sybella wasn't someone I connected with.
Like Ismae, Sybella has been thro...more
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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