Book Review: Dark Triumph

Dark Triumph CoverBook: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Published April 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|361 pages

Where I Got It: the Nook store

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Series: His Fair Assassin #2

You can find Dark Triumph on goodreads and Robin LaFevers on Twitter and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

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…

What I Thought:

This is such a different series!  I like the idea of assassin nuns, who serve Death.  It really is a unique idea!  So, I liked Dark Triumph, but not as much as I liked Grave Mercy, the first book in the series.  I think part of it is that I’m in this weird funk right now, so I wasn’t completely in the right frame of mind when I was reading it.  I was, a little bit, because I liked it and all, but…just not as much as Grave Mercy.

I did like Sybella’s story, and how the story that started in Grave Mercy continued with a different perspective.  I definitely felt for Sybella as we learned more about her history and why she’s at D’Albert’s court, but I also felt like there was less going on in this story than in Grave Mercy.  I’m not sure if it’s because I wasn’t as interested in Sybella’s story as I was with Ismae’s story, or what, but I wasn’t as drawn in as I was expecting.

There s something about this series that just pulls me in, and I can’t wait to see Annith narrating the next book.  I definitely like the historical part of the book, and there’s part of me that wants to learn more about the time when the book takes place because it’s not a time/place I’m familiar with at all!  I do like that the assassin nuns work really well with everything else going on.

So, I really liked Dark Triumph, but it did start off a little slow, so it took a while for me to actually get into the book.  Still, I did start to get into it once things got going.  And the slow start did add to Sybella’s story and give a peek at her past.

Let’s Rate It: 

I liked Dark Triumph, but not as much as I liked Grave Mercy.  I’m not sure if I would have liked it slightly better if I read it at a different time or if I just didn’t connect with Sybella’s story as I did with Ismae’s or what, but I just didn’t get into it as much as Grave Mercy.  Dark Triumph gets 3 stars.

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