- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company (2 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547628382
- ISBN-13: 978-0547628387
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,487,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin Trilogy) Hardcover – 2 Apr 2013
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"Brimming with powerful emotions, thrilling sword fights, and accurate period detail, this tightly plotted tale will enthrall readers of romantic historical fantasy." (Publishers Weekly)
"The prose’s beauty inspires immediate re-reads of many a sentence, but its forward momentum is irresistible. An intricate, masterful page-turner." (Kirkus (Starred Review))
"If you thought that Ismae was a dark and troubled character in Grave Mercy, then wait until you get to know Sybella... Highly recommended reading for anyone looking for exceptional storytelling" (YA Book Reads)
"Beautifully written with a strong female protagonist. It is sure to bewitch fans of Philippa Gregory and Lauren Kate." (Lovereading)
"Thrilling, stomach churning stuff in the vein of Game of Thrones . . . If you enjoyed Graceling or Witchstruck then you will love this series." (Ink and Paper Hearts) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Betrayal, treachery and danger in this heart-pounding follow-up to last year's Grave Mercy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This book is the story of Sybella, another handmaiden of Death and friend to Ismae, the heroine of the first book. She is an undercover agent at her father's court, which is slowly bringing her to madness. She finds an escape when she is told by the convent to free a knight and help him to the duchess's court.
A lot of other stuff happens just as in the first book, but I don't want to give too much away.
At first, the book was a little slow, but as soon as Sybella frees Beast, the story picks up and just keeps on going at a fast clip. The pacing was a lot better, there were no places when it started to drag, unlike Grave Mercy.
I also felt a whole lot less ambivalent about Sybella and Beast than I did Ismae and Duval. They had a lot more presence. And their combined back stories were so awfully tragic, especially Sybella's, but they didn't feel forced. It worked with their characters.
The world building was, again, excellent, but the historical inaccuracies remain. They bugged me less this time around, but still pulled me out of the story.
All in all, a better offering. This one I WOULD recommend, and I am looking forward to the third book!
At the age of fourteen Sybella arrived at the doorsteps of St Mortain half mad after escaping the evil clutches of her family. In return for taking her in and training her to become a deadly assassin, Sybella now owes a debt to the convent and it's time to put her training to work where she will carry out assignments in Mortain's name. But when the convent return her back to the one place she hates - her family's home, it's there Sybella finds an unexpected ally and starts questioning all she's been trained to do.
Dark Triumph is a fantastic addition to the His Fair Assassin's series. Although you could probably read this as a stand alone because it's not the same characters from the first story, but I'd highly recommend you don't because you'll miss out on the beauty of this story from the beginning.
I wasn't sure how I would get on with Sybella because from what I read of her in Grave Mercy she came across quite mad and unpredictable, but as soon as I started her story in Dark Triumph all my worries went away because Sybella is completely likeable. She's had the worst things done to her by her family because of how mean her father is and always hides it away from people. The fact that even her closest friends don't know who she really is, is a hint of how private Sybella is. What I loved about her though was even though she had this terrible past, she doesn't let it drag her down now.Read more ›
My favourite thing about this series is the attention to detail. The historical elements are so effortless and genuine that it's impossible to not feel as if you're in that era, in that exact situation. It's one of those books that you see happening rather than read. The writing is just perfect. I couldn't ask for anything more in a historical novel.
But not only the writing and the scenes and tone of history, but the characters are everything. I never, in a million years, thought Sybella could live up to Ismae. It was just impossible that I could fall for her as much as I did for Ismae, but boy was I wrong. Sybella stabbed my heart out right in the beginning and she's owned it ever since. She's just so brave and broken and feral that it's hard to ignore her and even harder not to sympathise. I was riveted to see what she was capable of and where she would draw the line.
I especially loved the way Sybella was with Beast (my darling Beast). Beast and Sybella are far from the perfect couple. They are both tortured by their pasts, living in a world of war, and starved for affection. But God are they perfect together. I was dying for them to kiss, glance longingly at each other, anything. I was needy for Beast/Sybella. BUT the romance and chemistry is very much an undertone. It's nothing to the main plot of conflict and tension and mortal peril. But it's still adorable and makes me want to squeal at every romantic scene.
This book more than lives up to its predecessor. Dark Triumph is a ruthless, blood-soaked book of determination, love, and the lengths people will go to for the people, and the duchy, that they love. Recommended to the highest degree.
While off to a slow start, nothing much happens except for glimpses of Sybella's tragic past, as well as answering lots of the questions Ismae had about her character from the first book, which is always a good thing!
In the beginning I thought this was going to be worse than Grave Mercy, there was so much that didn't make sense, there was nothing much happening and there where missed opportunities, I mean the villain seemed pretty much untouchable, frustratingly so!
But fear not, once Sybella escapes, the book takes a turn that will ensure it surpasses Grave Mercy entirely.
Sybella is not only very different to Ismae but also a different kind of character than you usually read about. She revels in killing, doesn't hesitate to do it and she's tortured. You see how her and her entire family have suffered at the villains hands and it was just so well done, and inspired such strong emotions towards the villain and for Sybella.
I liked watching the characters, grow and develop, I mean, I started off not really liking nor understanding Julian and by the end of the book I had an entirely different opinion of him, I actually liked him. Sybella's character development was also incredible to read about.
While the romance in this book was just as cliched as in Grave Mercy, the protective bloke kind of cliche, it was still incredibly sweet and a different kind of romance to what we saw in Grave Mercy and it was less eye rolling.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
compelling, intricate and full of depth. The story of Sybella the assassin and how her complicated past weaves into the storyline of her friend Ismae (book 1). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ladyfay
one of the best series of book's I have read based around the Brittany war's in 1480's all three young lady's lives' in twine for great read one hell of a great page turnerPublished 2 months ago by jerry Cursons
Brilliant, totally different and very exciting without being horribly gory. Three books, stand alone, but may i recommend starting with the first book; His Fair Assasin; Grave... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sallie Raven
Absolutely loved this. Read it in two sittings (think I gulped down the previous book Grave Mercy in a similar amount of time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tales of a Librarian
This second book of Robin LaFevers' His Fair Assassin series is perhaps even darker than the first. Following straight on from the events of the first book, this story charts the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Miss H
Oh My Days, there is blatant incest in this book. At least it's the bad guy. When sybella told beast her childhood story I cried. When does the next book come out?Published 17 months ago by Iona Carmichael
If you loved Grave Mercy, you WILL love this 1000 times more! Superb characters with depth on a mission to right wrongs. You love Sybella instantly and this is her story explained. Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2013 by neela