Book Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph
His Fair Assassin #2
Author: Robin LaFevers
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction | Fantasy
Release Date: April 2nd 2013
Review Source: Loaned

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. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella 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. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. 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?

This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them on the edge of their seats.

I am seriously addicted to this series. Robin LaFevers has capture my attention with her lady assassins nuns like its no body's business. After Grave Mercy, I pinned for Dark Triumph day in and day out. When I started to see it in the wild, I could not wait to get my hands on a copy to read. I needed to know if the thrills and chills of Grave Mercy would repeat themselves inside the pages of Dark Triumph. Let me tell you, it sure did. Dark Triumph might have even surpassed Grave Mercy in awesomeness. 

You went from this dark and strange story in Grave Mercy to one of pain and torture in Dark Triumph. Robin LaFevers does not hold back when she lets out her characters emotions and pains. She made Sybella suffer and fight her way out of her hell. Also how can a characters who's heart has becomes harder than a diamond ever love again. She even has given doubt to the one thing the assassins have always had as a crutch, their beliefs. Its hard to follow what you have been taught and shown when the one person that should receive such a mark, never has. Sybella has the desire to ignore everything and just take action into her owns hands and spill the blood she craves. If her God Mortain has ignored her pleads then he should ignore the death she wants to ensue. 

Dark Triumph is not your normal young adult novel, this prose is way out of the box. This I admire from Robin LaFevers. She took this dark painful tale and created such a powerful story that touches you in a very intimate way and leaves you a better person. This is one series I recommend everyone try; young, old, male or female. Some of the best written characters are in this series surround by the vivid details Robin has given them all in during 15th century Britain. Once you experience this series, you are forever a fan. 

Dark Triumph follows Sybella, one of Mortain daughters and well trained assassin. She can kill you as well as seduce you. So when Sybella gets her new orders that she must return to the one place she despises the most, she can't fathom why. Sybella must return home to her brutal father and sick minded brother. She will once again have to deal with everything she ran from. She agrees to it with hopes that she will finally see the mark on her father. Never in a million years does she expect to find her savior in her own father's dungeons. A savior that looks like death himself. Sybella will have to decided if this new discovery is what she must do instead of looking for vengeance. 

Robin LaFevers will have you holding your breath as you turn each page and venture alongside Sybella and Beast. Once again I am now left craving for the next installment in this series. If one could only hop inside the authors mind or computer where the story lies. 


  1. Thank you for this amazing review! I fell in love with Grave Mercy and have been itching to get Dark Triumph so I'm glad to see that it's as good, if not better, than what I had pictured. :D

  2. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and yet I thought there was some small room for improvement. I'm happy that this one was even better and yet still had that dark fantasy feel to it.

    Thanks for the great review, glad you liked this one so much! :)


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