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Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2)

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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
Hardcover, 385 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Jan 08, 2014 Maja (The Nocturnal Library) rated it it was amazing
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
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
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.

Assassin nuns-what a great story idea. These nuns are bad-ass. They come across as real since the author gives them flaws and they admit they aren't perfect. *Gasp* A main character that isn't perfect?!!

These nuns do their killing under their dark god Death. T
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

Reread 03/12 : Beast and Sybella still own the show. LOVE THEM.

Book 1 : Grave Mercy

There's a fangirling Gremlins in me who's lurking to spread his love. Picture the mohawk one Always been my favorite. You've been warned.

Possible side effects :
- Irrepressible squeals (Yes. Like fucking mice. You got it)
- Overuse of the words love/like/enjoy/swoon/...
- I'll stop here otherwise I'll scare you away if that's not already too late anyway

"There is a wild, frantic energy in this part of town th
Khanh (the Grinch)
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
Apr 18, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Rachel Reads Ravenously (AKA The Wildcard Reader)
4.5 stars!

“Hate cannot be fought with hate. Evil cannot be conquered by darkness. Only love has the power to conquer them both.”

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These books just keep getting better and better!

A daughter of Saint Mortain, Sybella has been trained in the art of assassinry and death. Now that she is a grown woman and fully prepared, the nuns send Sybella to return to her childhood home to spy on her father, and to endure the horrors within.

One evening, Sybella is tasked with aiding the prisoner, Beast, in
Maggie ☘Wonderland-BookQueen☘
*5/5 stars*

“I am in desperate need of killing something.”

Dark Triumph, the second book from His Fair Assassin trilogy is, to my surprise, even better than Grave Mercy. The story follows another very interesting character - Sybella. In the first book, Sybella shows up at the doorstep of convent St. Mortain full of grief and nearly on the verge of madness. After Ismae convinces her to stay there she become Death's handmaiden and after years of training, leaves for her first assignment - to the o
Dec 03, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books
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
Norah Una Sumner
I just want to marry this book.


And Sybella. Love this girl! I seriously enjoyed reading this beauty - the story was amazing, the characters were captivating and complex and the action was phenomenal. I loved reading from Sybella's POV and it just made me like this trilogy even more. It's been a long time since I've loved a book this much. I've missed this gorgeous feeling. Also, MY ULTIMATE SHIP IS IN THIS BOOK! Asdfghjkl. Love them! And I just want them to be happy. They really deserve it. I've
Jan 13, 2014 Mitch rated it really liked it
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

Second book in His Fair Assassin series was something I picked up to read, expecting mediocre read compared to Grave Mercy. Tanja scared me with her 3.5 rating, but I decided that I would finish this trilogy no matter what.

Dark Triumph left me speechless! I even loved it more than previous book. It is much darker and brutal - which is something I love - characters are more complex and nothing isn't how it seems. So many times you will question your own sanity because Robin LaFevers doesn't rev
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
4.5 stars - This is the second book in the His Fair Assassin trilogy. It focuses on Sybella, who was the mysterious "wild child" from the first book. We learn all about her past and why she is the way she is (aloof, sarcastic, brusque, and seemingly uncaring and unemotional). There is a *very* good reason for the mask she wears in front of others.

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
Melissa Martin
Nov 10, 2015 Melissa Martin rated it it was amazing






So, Sybella is sent back to her evil father, d'Albret after spending 4 years at the convent of St. Mortain. The lovely and evil abbess thought it would be ideal to send her back to this hell and try to take him out if he bore the marque and some other stuff.

Gotta be watchin them nuns!

Sybella is trying to play her part the best she can, but
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
FEELS. I have so many feels,i will burst! This book was so good. I haven't read a book that good in a while.

Sybella was such a complicated character. Everything she's been through was horrifying and the fact that somehow in the end she got over them and moved on, its a sign of hope. She's so strong and kind and good and badass and a proper assassin. I LOVE HER!! The Beast, OMG, he's the personalisation of goodness. He's so full of life,bravery,kindness, that he radiates that, he doesn't have to
Apr 21, 2013 Keertana rated it really liked it
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
Robin (Bridge Four)
10/6/14 - Currently as Read Now on Netgalley

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.

Original Review:

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
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

5 Stars!

I loved the first book in this series and to be honest I really didn't think the second one would be able to top it. But it did. This book was absolutely amazing. This was the kind of book that I hated to put down. This story grabbed me and made me feel for the characters. This type of novel is e
Apr 17, 2013 Cinda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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.
Katerina Kondrenko
6 out of 10

ревью на русском/review in russian

His Fair Assassin (Его верный убийца):
Grave Mercy (Жестокое милосердие) #1/3
Dark Triumph (Темное торжество) #2/3
— Mortal Heart (Беспощадное сердце) #3/3
Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
Originally posted on Super Space Chick:

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers is the second book in the His Fair Assassin trilogy but as it is a companion series, it follows a different set of characters than those in Grave Mercy. The main story continues from book one with the Duchess fighting against those backstabbing her and plotting to take her reign of Brittany away from her. This time around, we see the story progress through Sybella’s point of view with Beast as a major character as well. Sybell
Gail Carriger
Oct 29, 2014 Gail Carriger rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, historical
On the flip side from Ismae, Sybella's journey is about closure. This second book Dark Triumph is a much tougher read, and darker than I normally prefer. Sybella, terribly abused and broken, is sent back from the only sanctuary she has ever known into the vipers nest that is the family that nearly destroyed her sanity. Unlike Ismae, she knows she can't trust anyone, ever. Her journey is one of rising above this background and becoming the person she should have been all along, had she not suffer ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was SO much better than the first book of the series. It mostly stands on it's own so you don't have to read the first book but there is some overlap and the first book does better cover the convent Sybella hails from and Mortain, whom she serves.

The pacing was much better and while still containing lots of historical information, the focus on the plot was much clearer. This story wastes no time getting into the thick of things. The timeline overlaps the lasts parts of Ismae's story in Grav
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
I loved Grave Mercy when I listened to the audiobook verison last year. I was hoping that Dark Triumph would become available in the UK as well but so far, I've not seen it and this was the reason for not reading this sooner. In the end, I just decided to read it because I just couldn't wait any longer and I'm so glad I finally did because Sybella & Beast's story is amazing!

At the age of fourteen Sybella arrived at the doorsteps of St Mortain half mad after escaping the evil clutches of her
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 has her own story to tell and in Dark Triumph we get to experience Lady Sybella's. And h
Oct 06, 2014 Dana rated it it was amazing
UPDATE: Available as a Read Now title on Netgalley for the first 500 readers as of 06/10/2014

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
Mariah of the Night Court
To be honest, I was quite bored with this book. I loved Grave Mercy and was excited to get into Dark Triumph, but most of the book was Sybella and Beast trying to get from point A to point B. The fighting scenes seemed to be limited and I wish Sybella and Ismae interacted more than they had. Duval was barely in there, which kind of surprised me since he was such a big deal in the first book.

The growing relationship between Beast and Sybella was cute, but didn't really do it for me as much as Is
Jan 08, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
*Edit: 1/8/16

(Re-read review) I will try to make this a spoiler free review.

I love the first book in this trilogy, Grave Mercy because of the characters and how the history was woven into a story about nun assassins (which is always awesome to read about). In this sequel, we get to know the disturbed and broken, Sybella as she is sent back to the household of Count d'Albret as a spy for the Duchess and to kill D'Albret when the time arrives. A message arrives from the Abbess to rescue the captu
Krista Wright
Dec 31, 2015 Krista Wright rated it it was amazing
I loved this so much! Sybella is such a fantastic character. Her story is heartbreaking and her character development is remarkable. I'm not sure I liked this book any more or less than Grave Mercy. This second novel is less historical and political than the first. But I truly love the relationship between Sybella and the Beast (even more than I love Ismae and Duval!) I want to see so much more of them!! Hopefully the third book in this series lives up to the first two!
Perfect song for this book: Mercy by One Republic

I can’t believe I’m giving this book 5 stars!! I’m jumping and with a huge smile on my face because this year it's been hard for me to give 5 stars to a book.

So, as you can see, this book was amazing because it doesn’t have the typical elements you find in YA books.

You really, really should read this book if you want to find:

A female character who knows how to fight and who enjoys killing: Sybella has been trained to be an assassin and she kno
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“Hate cannot be fought with hate. Evil cannot be conquered by darkness. Only love has the power to conquer them both.” 88 likes
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