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Dark Triumph

LaFevers, Robin

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dark Triumph
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"Sybella's duty as Death's assassin in 15th-century France forces her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. Love and romance, history and magic, vengeance and salvation converge in this sequel to Grave Mercy"--
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547628387
0547628382
Branch Call Number: FIC L
Characteristics: 387 pages : map ; 22 cm.

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Feb 24, 2015
  • FindingJane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Continuing the tale of a beleaguered duchess and her loyal retinue, “Dark Triumph”, the second book in the “His Fair Assassin” series, takes us deep into the heart, mind and tortured lifestyle of Sybella, a girl introduced in “Grave Mercy”.

Sybella is not as stable or merciful as Ismae is and the reasons for that are laid out in painful strokes. Her lifestyle prior to joining the convent has molded her into a vicious weapon as she resorts to methods more violent and bloody than Ismae’s quiet use of poisons. But Sybella has her own brand of mercy as she, too, is a daughter of a fearful but just god.

It’s a powerful tale, filled with gore, blood-stained battlefields, vicious fights and no-holds-barred sparring that befits the times and the nature of its people. Like Ismae, Sybella finds herself teamed up with a consort who matches her in spirit and joins her in battle and their burgeoning romance is as compelling as that of her gentler sister. The panoply of characters that join or hinder Sybella in her efforts to help the 13-year-old duchess to escape the murderous fiend is also on display. If their thoughts aren’t as meticulously laid out as Sybella’s, their actions are.

The author has done a superb job of showing us the underpinnings of a former time in history, including secondary characters such as laundrywomen, smiths, guardsmen and a mysterious band of gypsy-like people called charbonnerie. (The only people conspicuous by their absence are the so-called camp followers. Sybella is constantly being mistaken for one but such women aren’t shown in the book and you’d think there would be one or two in a country under constant threat of warfare.)

This is a grand epic and, as before, vastly appealing in its portrayal of an unlikely convent of assassin-trained women.

Jan 16, 2015
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really, really enjoyed Grave Mercy so I figured I'd get at least a minor kick out of this. I was also braced for sequel let down but have no fear here. I think I liked this one a lot more than Grave Mercy, and I us I just said, I really, really enjoyed that one.

It's a sequel to the events of the first book but events pick up at a point that corresponds to the last third of the first book and then goes on. We've seen bits and pieces of Sybella but this story is all about Sybella, her harrowing assignment in the d'Albret household, and what happens when she unintentionally ends up leaving it.

Sybella, like Ismae, has not had an easy life. Sybella is Lady Sybella d'Albret, however, so that puts her in a very good position for the convent's purposes despite how unhealthy it is for her to be back in an extremely abusive environment.

Dark Triumph goes to much darker places that its predecessor (at some point a character draws a comparison between Ismae and Sybella in that Sybella truly enjoys killing where Ismae is just earnest about it) but there is a dash of a love story in here, continuing plots within plots, and all the great things that you loved in the first one.

I can't wait to get to third one but I'm also going to be so sad when it's over.

May 22, 2014
  • JCLHebahA rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Readers who felt LaFevers was holding back in Grave Mercy will be satisfied by this installment which is, if possible, even darker than the first. The story picks up right after the events of the first book, but centered on Sybella, who has been sent to infiltrate D'Albret's household and thwart his plans. Unfortunately, this places the damaged girl right back in her childhood home, home to her abusers and her demons. Dark Triumph goes to darker places than its predecessor, but it also provides a more intriguing heroine, one who simultaneously fears that she is tainted by her upbringing yet also enjoys the art of killing. Can't wait to see how this trilogy ends!

Jul 29, 2013
  • weirdnshort rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the second book of the series His Fair Assassin. Although it is a sequel, the main characters are different from the first book. It can be a standalone. I like this more than the first book because Sybella is a more interesting character. She grew up in a noble, but very ruthless household and she struggles to differentiate herself from her family. She trains to be an assassin for Martain for vengeance and not all is what it seems.
I would recommend this for 15+

Jul 06, 2013
  • Monikan21 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable - I can't wait for "Mortal Heart"

"Robin LaFevers' sensational His Fair Assassin series continues with the story of Lady Sybella, an extremely damaged young woman who serves Mortain, the god of Death, by killing those who have been "marqued" by His hand. When Sybella is ordered back to her childhood home (and personal hell) to spy on her wicked father, she waits hopefully for the order to kill him - but Mortain has other plans and instead orders her to rescue her father's enemy, the Beast of Waroch. Set in 15th-century France, this story is packed with action, adventure, and unexpected romance." May 2013 Teen Scene newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=629709

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Jul 29, 2013
  • weirdnshort rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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