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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, 512 pages
Expected publication: 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…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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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Sybella. Beast. French Court. Enough said.
Kitty
Do my eyes deceive me or ARE THERE GOING TO BE MORE BOOKS?!
I NEED AIR (also, a time machine)




Candace Robinson
Sybella will always be amazing!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻
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*
Cee (The Mistress Case)
WHY HAVE I ONLY HEARD OF THIS NOW?!!!
Maggie ☘ (Reader-in-Wonderland)
May 07, 2018 marked it as tbr-anticipated
So excited for the continuation of His fair Assassin series! Especially since this one will be about my favourite characters Sybella and Beast!! The cover si also great, though very differnt in theme from the first three.
Lea (drumsofautumn)
[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
CANNOT
WAIT

[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 just can't believe that we are getting more book in this series and that we ARE FOLLOWING SYBELLAAAAA!!! DARK TRIUMPH WAS MY FAVOURITE

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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
Lisa
Jun 14, 2016 marked it as in-my-wishlist
Shelves: out-in-02-19
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT

JDSVNJDFNVJNBJKSNJDVNDJBNDNDMFBNGDJBNK MORE SYBELLA AND BEAST HOLD ME
Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
I received a digital ARC of this novel courtesy of NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group in exchange for a honest and voluntary review. Will post full review closer to publication date of February 05, 2019.

WHOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!
Christina Kneidel
I would die for Sybella + The Beast, cannot wait for this!!!

Plus, check out the pre-order giveaway! 😍😍😍

Nora
Aug 28, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018
WHHAATT??? There's more? Sign me up!
Stephanie
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
yes, ASSASSIN NUNS!

I missed you so much, Sybella.
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher-sent
OK, so here goes.
I absolutely loved the His Fair Assassins trilogy. I thought Grave Mercy was good, but not life changing, Dark Triumph was absolutely amazing and Sybella was my total hero. I bawled after this book. And I really loved Mortal Heart just for how unexpected it was. So when I saw Robin LaFevers was returning to this world, I knew I had to get my hands on Courting Darkness.
We've been told that this is a standalone duology in this world and that you don't need to read the previous boo
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Vee ♔Under Mountain Books♔
May 03, 2018 marked it as 2019-wishlist
Just give it to me. NOW.
Shae McDaniel
Please excuse me while I scream for the next 84 years.

I might throw up some thoughts closer to pub. :)
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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Kath (Read Forevermore)
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-arcs, reviews
absolutely brilliant! this book had me hooked from the first page to the last and i'm still craving more. politics and assassins and death - i'm sold! and a plus is that the writing is incredible and the characters so well developed. just be forewarned that this book has a freaking CLIFFIE that makes me cry because i have to wait until 2020 to find out **insert reader crying** i just wished i read the His Fair Assassin series first, but i understood everything for the most part. definitely will ...more
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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Perla The IB Teen Book Blogger
It's been a good long while since I've read a fantasy novel that is researched so well, the time period (which sits in between the Dark Ages and the Renaissance) comes to life with the gorgeous language LaFevers uses, I feel that I have stepped into history where there absolutely are assassin nuns sired by Death. Having the narrative come back to Sybella is a dream, she had so much story left to tell. When you last saw her and Beast they were off to accompany the duchess Anne to marry the King o ...more
Heather Hill
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Note to those who HAVE NOT read the first trilogy arc: This was pitches to me as a standalone duology and I have to disagree with that. I did not read the His Fair Assassin books and I was VERY lost for a good chunk of the book. CD picks up right where the previous books ends, so you’re thrown right into the middle of political intrigue and family feuds without any context or background. There are references to people and items that you will not have any clue about, and details on the assassins ...more
Sami
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LaFevers' brilliant characters always have heart and teeth, and this story of young women in fifteenth century France strikes more true in the #MeToo era than one could imagine. Continuing Sybella's journey from the previous series, the striking assassin struggles to protect her sisters and the Duchess against the intrigue of the French court. Genevieve, another novitiate, has lain in wait for a new mission for over a year, and when she sees the opportunity to "rescue" an important prisoner of w ...more
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVEEEEEEEEEEED IT!! I’m so happy we get to return to these beloved characters. I’m not one to love politics but it’s done so well it’s all I could do to keep my eyes glued to the pages for more!!

Review to come.
Rachel Strolle
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT
Clay
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not truly a stand-alone, but a fine and deepening continuation of LaFevers first three historical fantasies about the empowered sister-assassins from the convent of St. Mortain in 1489 Brittany and France. (Netgalley)
Aurora
Oct 19, 2016 marked it as to-read
Edit 6/26/18: OMG that cover and premise!

YES YES YES I'M SO READY FOR MORE SYBELLA AND BEAST!
Mandy
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of HMH Teen. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. 

Triggers: there was an act of the MC forcing herself to throw up at one point. It wasn't used in regards to bulimia, but I wanted to mention in case since it could be a trigger. 

This book broke my head. I honestly am still kind of just staring it, trying
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Carina Olsen
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was as perfect as I had hoped it would be. And it also ruined me the way I knew it would. Yet I loved every moment of it. Courting Darkness gave me all that I had hoped for and more. Such a stunning book that I adored very much. Five stars for this one for sure. The writing was, once more, perfection. Loved it so.

And I'm so very happy that this book was half told from Sybella's point of view, as she was my favorite from the trilogy. And getting to read more about her made my heart the
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Jen
Jan 09, 2019 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

DNF at 40%.

If there's one thing I hate to do, it's to DNF an ARC that I was highly anticipating. And I was really looking forward to this book! The synopsis sounded so unique and intriguing, and I was totally hooked. And I STILL THINK THAT IS TRUE. The premise of this book is unique and I really did enjoy the storyline of the portion I did read.

Unfortunately, I just couldn't finish this book for two reasons.

1. I was so
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