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Courting Darkness

(Courting Darkness Duology #1)

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Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly fi
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Hardcover, 498 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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R.L. LaFevers Since COURTING DARKNESS is the first of a new duology, no, you do not have to read the first three books before CD. While it does feature one of the m…moreSince COURTING DARKNESS is the first of a new duology, no, you do not have to read the first three books before CD. While it does feature one of the main characters from the previous books, as well as some of the secondary characters, this is not a continuation of those books as much as a new adventure with some of the same characters. (Hope that makes sense!)(less)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US 7/2/19

Read this with my lovely friend, Tammie! Did I get to reread the first trilogy that I loved before this one? No! Do I care? No! 😃



So I wanted to smack Genevieve there at the end but I get to the last page and chills went down my spine!! Woot!!



I was so excited to read this book because I loved the first books and Sybella and Beast!! Of course now I need to do a reread but that’s neither here nor there.

Sybella is bad ass as well as Beast as well as all assassin girls
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Sybella. Beast. French Court. Enough said.
Nick
Feb 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
I need me a good historical fiction
Kitty
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-tbr
Do my eyes deceive me or ARE THERE GOING TO BE MORE BOOKS?!
I NEED AIR (also, a time machine)

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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!!

I have loved the His Fair Assassin trilogy since the very gruesome, action packed beginning and as the series progressed, it only seemed to get better but not only was the writing better but but as the story grew, as the characters grew, so did the very heart of the story itself. I was so sad to say goodbye to all the wonderful daughters of Death. I felt like I grew with them. Became friends with them and most of all, I cared about them and wanted to see them all happy, in whatever wa
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Candace Robinson
Sybella will always be amazing!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻
Robin (Bridge Four)
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Courting Darkness is the first book in a new duology featuring Sybella from the His Fair Assassin Series. It can be read without any prior knowledge of the previous series as Robin LaFevers brings you up to speed, but I think you miss some of the magic of the Daughters of St Mortain (God of Death) if you didn’t read the original series set in this world. The story is told from
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Ella
Nov 02, 2016 marked it as to-read
I AM HYPERVENTILATING. I HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES. I ALMOST SPAT OUT THE TEA I WAS DRINKING AS I CAME ACROSS THIS PAGE.

OMG. ANOTHER FAIR ASSASSIN BOOK. ANOTHER...SYBELLA AND BEAST FAIR ASSASSIN BOOK. ACTUAL TEARS ARE ROLLING DOWN MY FACE AS I WRITE THIS, I'M SO ECSTATIC AND HAPPY. OH MY GOD. WHAT EVEN. I HAVE NO WORDS.

PLEASE COME QUICKLY 2018, PLEASE, PLEASE, COME QUICKLY.

*starts crying all over keyboard*
Lea (drumsofautumn)
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fuck man!! I love this series so much and this one did not disappoint. I am so god damn excited for the sequel. LaFevers just DELIVERS!!!!!

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[Update May 2nd 2018] omg omg omg I peed my pants I LOVE THIS COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it looks so bad ass omg omg omg omgggggggggg I cannot wait I absolutely
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[Update February 2nd 2018] I just saw that this got pushed back to February 2019 which suuucks BUT ALSO WE HAVE A TITLE COURTING DARKNESS I CAN'T BE MAD

[October 8th 2017] I j
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Brittany
4 Stars!!
🌟🌟🌟🌟

Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Before reading this- I re-read Grave Mercy and then finished off the series reading Dark Triumph and Mortal Heart. I think my favorite of the 3 was Mortal Heart, probably because it was the last in the series and everything just came together for me in that last installment. I will point out that if you have not read the first trilogy - I would not read this one until you do. I know the author says that you really dont need to re
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christina
I am so sad that one of my most anticipated reads is only getting 3 stars.

likes:
✅ Sybella and Beast 💕
✅ Genevieve (until that ending ::face palm::)
✅ Sybella's blooming friendships, as well as her roasting the hell out of the Regent.

dislikes:
❎ too many bad guys (too many characters in general)
❎ good guys can't catch a break
❎ plot dragged out

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Below things are going to get spoiler-y so I am just going to hide the whole rant, if you have not read this book turn back now.

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Alaina
I have received this ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Now before I dive into this review, let me say that I had no idea that this was a spin off of His Fair Assassin series. Pretty sure I only ever read the first book of that series and just never found the time to actually read the rest of it. That being said, I was still pretty much pumped to dive into this book. So freaking pumped.. but then I just kind of got disappointed.

In Courting Darkness you will fall in love with som
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Kira
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved the His Fair Assassin trilogy. Maybe my expectations were too high for this especially since one of the main characters is Sybella. Her book was my favorite of the three. The POV switched between Sybella and Genevieve. The parts with Sybella were great despite much of the focus being on political maneuverings of the time.

Unfortunately I found this book to be lacking in a few ways. There wasn’t a well defined plot. The Duchess of Brittany was marrying the King of France. There was a lot o
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Jessie_Book
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was told that I didn't need to read the previous trilogy to understand this one. That is just plainly not true.

There is almost no world building in this book. The religions don't make sense. The characters supposedly have deep relationships even though they never talk to each other and when they do its mostly in reference to thing that happened in the previous trilogy. I kept feeling like this book was punishing me for not reading the precious trilogy. Like "oh you wanted to understand why th
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Cee (The Mistress Case)
WHY HAVE I ONLY HEARD OF THIS NOW?!!!
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
I DON'T LIKE SAYING THIS... BUT I AM SLIGHTLY DISAPPOINTED

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When I read the 'His Fair Assassin'-series I absolutely loved it! I loved the historical setting paired with fantasy settings as well as the league of female assassins raised in a convent. I mean, come on, how awesome does that sound! So when I learned that the world and the story was going to be continued in a duology I was so excited. Perhaps a little excited, because
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Sharon
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have to admit that I am disappointed for this continuation of this series.

Here are some of my thoughts:
• So first – the unpleasant part – Gen is the worst protagonist so far out of the 4 that has been shown so far. Maybe it is a disservice to let her share this book with Sybella – but I don’t think so – Sybella fucking saved this book. I find Gen’s story initially interesting – and I find her initially kindhearted and smart. Later on though, I find her contradictory and unlikable. Here, I’ll g
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Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Why Genevieve Why😭

Why madame why 😭

WHY MRS LaFEVERS WHY 😭😭😭

Ok, now with that outburst over and out of my system -

-No, my mind is still blown.

First off - it is absolutely imperative to read the trilogy first, it is ridiculous to think otherwise. Courting Darkness picks up mere weeks after Mortal Heart ended, and you will miss ALL of the everything without the trilogy.

We now follow Sybella and Beast to France for Anne of Brittany's wedding, and man is it a nest of VIPERS! The intrigue, the fightin
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AJ
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ok time for my review! This book definitely gets a 5/5⭐️ from me.

It’s very rare that I am equally interested in more than one POV in a book, but this joins the small list of the ones I loved. (along with Anything by Sarah J Maas, The Gilded Wolves, Serpent snd Dove and a couple others) Each time a POV ended I was anxiously waiting for their chapter to come back, only to be sucked into the next persons. I never got bored or felt the need to skip pages with this story.

I will admit I was a bit co
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Minx
I was a huge fan of the His Fair Assassin trilogy, so when I learned that there was going to be a spinoff duology, well, to say that I was thrilled would be an understatement. Courting Darkness picks up after the events from Mortal Heart and features both Sybella and Beast, two of my favorite characters! Sybella and her fellow handmaidens of Death are trying to come to terms with a world that does not include the presence that has always guided them. Now they are having to make difficult choices ...more
Tammie
When Sybella accompanies the Duchess to France, she expects trouble, but she isn’t expecting a deadly trap. Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from the convent of St. Mortain who were placed in the French court years ago.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hand
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Rachel
You are a blade that has been brutally forged, painfully hammered, and wickedly honed. You are steel, not poison. You are deadly, not depraved.

Well this was just FANTASTIC! I completely loved the His Fair Assassin trilogy and I am so glad Robin LaFevers is giving us more stories in this world. This book picks up right after Mortal Heart and follows Sybella who travels with the Duchess (soon to be Queen) to her new home at the French Court. At the same time we also learn of Genevieve and Margot
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Shae
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-high-school
My stomach churns at how foul a place men have made the world - aided by the women who blindly adhere to their rules.

It seems I have a bit of a thing for stories about righteous, murderous nuns and this one was pretty good - 3.5/5 stars.
Danielle
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Courting Darkness is a spin off book from the His Fair Assassin series, it’s been mentioned that you do not need to read the trilogy before starting this, but I’m going to disagree and say that you should read the trilogy first. There are things going on that you may feel lost and confused about.

The book is told in dual POV that goes back and forth between Sybella and Genevieve.

Courting Darkness picks up where Mortal Heart left off and we are following Sybella and Beast. Sybella and her fellow H
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Katie
Apr 18, 2017 marked it as to-read
HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS WAS GOING TO BE A THING???

I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE
Laura ☾
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think I actually enjoyed this even more than the original trilogy, particularly Genevieve's POV, and I can't wait to find out how this all unravels in the next instalment!
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I was sent an eARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not change my view in any shape or form. Review also found here at Booked J.

First of all, Robin LaFevers is one of my auto-buy authors and I just now realized my reviews of the His Fair Assassin books are MISSING. What?! Those were some of the first books I reviewed after my massive hiatus a few years back. Damn. Second, I'd always hoped that she'd release a book like Courti
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Lisa
Jun 14, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT

JDSVNJDFNVJNBJKSNJDVNDJBNDNDMFBNGDJBNK MORE SYBELLA AND BEAST HOLD ME
Amanda
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Bit conflicted on this one. It set the next book up beautifully but it took almost 500 pages to do it. I love these characters though and I think the next book will be much better.
Katerina
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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