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Dark Triumph

(His Fair Assassin #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  35,834 ratings  ·  3,382 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, 385 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
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Vanessa There are incest kisses, but all the rest is in the past and "only" talked about.
Amanda Yes, you really need to read the first book. Each follows a different character, but they follow the same over-arcing story line they timing only…moreYes, you really need to read the first book. Each follows a different character, but they follow the same over-arcing story line they timing only slightly overlaps. There is far too much political intrigue to be able to follow (particularly the second half of) Dark Triumph without have read Grave Mercy. There is also some background for Sybella's character that is covered in book one.(less)
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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. T
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 of t
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 ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
*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 fi
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, in
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.

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 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

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
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
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
Sh3lly (
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
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
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 d
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
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!
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
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

Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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
DNF @ 77%

i’m sorry but life’s too short to read boring books. bye.
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
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 me o
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
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
Krista Wright
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-15-of-2015
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!
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
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