Dark Triumph

Author: Robin LaFevers
Pages: 385
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Format: Hardcover (ARC)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for? 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Sybella is another one of St. Mortain's daughters - an assassin trained in the art of killing so that she can do Death's work. Taken in by the convent at the age of fourteen, she was trained to be the ultimate weapon for justice. 

After a year of working undercover in a place akin to hell, Sybella can't wait until she is given the order to kill D'Albret - a man who has made her life a living nightmare. But when she finally receives her orders, they're not what she expected at all; instead of delivering death, she is to rescue a knight from the dungeon of her employer's home - a man known as the Beast. 

My Thoughts: What a fantastic read! I couldn't put it down, and when I did it was only for a few minutes. I was a little worried that this sequel to Grave Mercy wouldn't be anywhere near as good as the first installment in the series, but I really should have had more faith in LaFevers' amazing writing. 

Dark Triumph was a little darker than Grave Mercy, being centered around Sybella - a character that's had anything but an easy life. That being said, the added darkness made me enjoy this installment almost as much as the first. Sybella was such a badass character, and even though she was in danger in D'Albret's house, you just knew she could take care of herself and hold her own. I loved the romance between her and Beast. He was such a nice guy, and even though he wasn't made out to sound all that appealing, he was exactly what Sybella needed. Props to the author for not creating another stereotypical dream-boat love interest with a flat personality. *high fives*

Final Thoughts: I recommend this series to anyone who's a fan of darker paranormal YA, romance, and historical fiction. It's one of my favourite series, let me know what you think if you end up picking it up!  

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review! I agree completely, this series is incredible and I wish more people read it. I also really loved Beast, I mean how can you not the man is perfectly imperfect!


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