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Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin Trilogy) Hardcover – 2 Apr 2013

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  • 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)

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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.

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Betrayal, treachery and danger in this heart-pounding follow-up to last year's Grave Mercy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
This is the second book in the His Fair Assassin series and let me say that it is a VAST improvement on the first. It is darker and twistier and just all around BETTER.

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!
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Format: Paperback
I loved Grave Mercy when I listened to the audiobook verison last year. I was hoping that Dark Triumph would become available in the UK as well but so far, I've not seen it and this was the reason for not reading this sooner. In the end, I just decided to read it because I just couldn't wait any longer and I'm so glad I finally did because Sybella & Beast's story is amazing!

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Grave Mercy was off the charts of awesome but Dark Triumph was just ... essential.

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.
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Format: Paperback
For me, this installment was better than Grave Mercy and it had the things Grave Mercy didn't, but ultimately I did come down on the 4 star pro side of Grave Mercy.

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.
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