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!Dark 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
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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!View Spoiler »It would take a worthy contender to match up to Sybella but The Beast is more than capable. They just bring out the gentle side of each other and I love them together. I digged the slow burn and the feeling of inevitability that these two would end up together « Hide Spoiler
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.
|Did I feel it?|
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.