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Dark Triumph

(His Fair Assassin #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  41,185 ratings  ·  3,728 reviews
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, 387 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Dec 04, 2012 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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Maggie ☘
*5/5 HOW F** AMAZING WAS THIS 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
Rachel Reads Ravenously
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,
Oct 16, 2012 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
Jun 01, 2012 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
Apr 03, 2013 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
Robin (Bridge Four)
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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.

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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 dial
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin






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

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 re
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
Deborah Obida
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is even better than the first one, I was a bit skeptical about this, that was why it took me this long to read this. This one focuses on Sybella's story, the politics and war was less in this, the book is 50% Sybella's life, 50% the other stuff. The romance also is cool, it wasn't forced or rushed but happened at a good pace. This book took place after the final battle in Grave Mercy.

The world building and writing is esqusite, I can see an improvment between this and the first book, especia
Laura ☾
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 stars - rounded up

While Dark Triumph provided some insight into Sybella ‘s character, I just felt like not that much happened in this book. It was very slow to start, and the world-building was practically non-existent.

As a trigger warning: this book contains severe abuse (both physical and emotional) and incest, but somehow deals with these in a far too blasé manner.

Somehow the writing style of this not all that engaging, much less so than the first book, and the emotional responses of th
♛ may
this wasn't as great as the first book, i loved grave mercy with my whole heart and sybella's story sounded interesting to me but this definitely felt LONG

i still loved the characters, though i wish we got to see more of their dynamics rather than just filler

Apr 06, 2013 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
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
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019
buddy read with Laura and Heather

I’ve been told lies!

I’ve been told that the second book is SO much better than the first one and I saw reviews where people that didn’t like the first book loved this one. I, I’m disappointed. Sybella wasn’t a character I liked in the first book, well maybe liked is too much as she appeared only in the first few chapters, but I wasn’t looking forward to her book.

Nothing much happened in this one; there’s a lot of riding and fighting and if there’s not tha
DNF @ 77%

i’m sorry but life’s too short to read boring books. bye.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it even more than Grave Mercy! Sybella was a stronger character, albeit darker, than Ismae. Beast helped her to want to live again and with love. I loved Yaric with his sling and rocks and the charbonniers. That abbess needs a good slap!
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!

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

Another one down 1 more to go in this fun and exciting Nun/Assassin Series!!

The story takes off right where Grave Mercy left off. In this installment we follow Sybella's story. She has a few secrets, one being- that she is D'lbrets daughter. As a handmaiden of death, she is left with the task of returning to her fathers home to act as a spy. There are so many
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
Gail Carriger
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, historical, ya
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
Grace A.
Aug 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
My favourite part of this series is the world-building. Once you step into it, its culture, politics and people, it is hard to step out. I fell more and more in love with the characters, and even though this second book was from a different character’s POV, I still got to see my favourite characters from book one.
The antagonist, D’Albret, was bloodthirsty, ruthless, and to him, people were a commodity to be used and discarded. The heroine, Sybella, lived in DAlbret's home all her life and knew h
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy
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.
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Now we're talking!
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 m
Katerina  Kondrenko
5 out of 10

ревью на русском/review in russian

Sybella d'Albret, who appeared in the first book of the trilogy, was not without reason chasing a vile old man who intended to marry a young duchess. As we now see by her last name, Sybella is his daughter. The abbess told her to return to her father's house and spy on the count, the reward for the risk would be the murder of d'Albret, who is already marked for death.

But the Abbess lied about the mark. And she doesn't care that family for Sybella
Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud
DNF have to say I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but for some reason I just couldn't really get this one, I managed to reach halfway through, but it was very slow and boring to me, the characters jut seem to lose their reasons and the plot just gets more and more outdated and WTF is supposed to happen now, it seemed like everyone was lost, I don't think I will even glance at book 3 ...more
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