Book Review : Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

January 14, 2015 Book review 26 ★★★★★

Curse my habit of procrastinating too long to read books that everyone is telling me to read.  I loved Grave Mercy and knew I’d love this one too but somehow I delayed and delayed and more me fool me!  Dark Triumph was amazing!

Book Review : Dark Triumph by Robin LaFeversDark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin, #2
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2nd Apr 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 387
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge - but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.

But her assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother's love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for...

First Line of Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers:

“I did not arrive at the convent of Saint Mortain some green stripling.”

My Thoughts on Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers:

There are so many reasons to love this book.  And I’m going to list all the things I loved and that made me fangirl.  But basically what I’m saying is that Grave Mercy was great but this book is amazing.  Go read it!

Sybella (the main character) is not a hapless victim.  She has suffered and being pushed around like a pawn but remains fierce.  I love how angry and dark she is.  She serves death and does it with a hardened heart and with a smile on her face which sounds monstrous but when you read it, it just isn’t.

I loved the romance!

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The writing is fab and I love the imagery that it creates.  Remember that romance I just mentioned, well how could I not believe in them with words like this:

“It is as if I have swallowed a tiny piece of the sun, its warmth and light reaching into every corner of my soul and chasing away the shadows.  I surrender to that kiss – surrender to the strength and the courage and the sheer goodness of the man.”

Even just reading that again, I’m hit in the heart with all the feels.  They are one of my favourite fictional couples and if anything happens to them in future books, I will be mad!

It is very dark.  Nothing is described in detail and things are implied rather than explained.  But brutal things have happened in Sybella’s world and I felt a bit devastated by the extent of it all.  This book just draws you in and then slaps your emotions all around the place.

The world building is amazing.  I believe it is based on mythology of Brittany and is built on a Celtic foundation.  The Nine Old Gods especially Saint Mortain (God of Death) are so intriguing and I love reading about them.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: five-stars


Who should read Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers?

If you have eyes to read or ears to listen, then you should read this book!  Enough said 🙂  But just in case you want something more specific then I think fans of YA fantasy books who like fierce characters and amazing world-building would enjoy this.  I loved Grave Mercy but this one was even better.



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26 Responses to “Book Review : Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers”

    • trish

      Ohh me too! I can’t wait to get to that one soon as I feel that Annith got a raw deal having to stay at the convent.

  1. Rachel

    Sounds good! I’ve seen this one abut but because of my love for Throne of Glass I’ve avoided other fantasy reads featuring kick-ass female assassins and swoons, I’m afraid I’ll find one better than Throne of Glass, or I’ll spot lots of copying across the genre. Throne of Glass and its premise was so new to me, that I kind of want to love it exclusively. I’m so loyal.. lol R x
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    • trish

      I do know what you mean. I feel this series has a very different feel though. But then again I haven’t read Throne of Glass yet so I’ll let you know after that actually happens. What made this series stand out for me was that it was based on Celtic and Brittany mythology and that just uped the wow factor as it was so cleverly woven in.

    • trish

      Haha, I know the feeling. I’m surrounded by series that I want to start (Throne of Glass) and so many more that I want to finish and I just don’t know where to start! I can’t wait to get to Moral Heart though as I want to know more about Annith and I want it soon!

    • trish

      So good! By the way, just so you don’t get confused – Grave Mercy is the first book in the series and Robin LaFevers is the author. But Grave Mercy does sound like a kick ass name for an author LOL

    • trish

      YES! That’s what I like to hear and I don’t think you’ll regret it for a moment. Such a unique and interesting series.

    • trish

      Ohhh I can’t wait to get to Moral Heart. Annith is like the dark horse for me and I feel so bad that she had to remain at the convent. Really excited about reading it soon!

    • trish

      BUT your TBR isn’t complete without this series in it! When your ban lifts, you should totally consider it 🙂

  2. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    Okay I have Grave Mercy book #1 not yet read, though I did start the first three chapters a few years ago when my daughter and I read YA fantasy/dystopia together. I never returned to it, but your review makes me sit up straight and pay attention now, lol. Yes, I will start it coming in near future. Your tips to me so far have all been good, so why stop now 🙂
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  3. Lola

    I own Grave Mercy for a long time now, but I just keep procrastinating. I am happy to hear the sequel is even better, it makes me even more curious about this series. And I am glad you loved the romance as romance is really important for me in a book, I almost clicked on that spoiler, almost. Great review!
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  4. Barbara @ My Bibliophile Mind

    Dark Triumph was my favourite book of the three in this series! Ismae and Annith are great, but Sybella’s fierceness and darkness gets me every time. I completely did not anticipate how bad her past would be, but I feel like it was necessary to really see why Sybella was the way she was. The only thing I wish was that it was a bit longer so we could have more Beast and Sybella!

    – – Barbara @ My Bibliophile Mind
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