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Dark Triumph: 2 (His Fair Assassin)

Dark Triumph: 2 (His Fair Assassin) [Kindle Edition]

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"Brimming with powerful emotions, thrilling sword fights, and accurate period detail, this tightly plotted tale wiill 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 irresistable. An intricate, masterful page-turner." (Kirkus (Starred Review) )

Book Description

Betrayal, treachery and danger in this heart-pounding follow-up to last year's Grave Mercy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 595 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Digital (2 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Triumph 30 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Sybella, one of the daughters of Death, has only been seen as a tool to be used by the convent of St Mortain, since she was taken in by them and they brought her back from the brink of madness. Now, after years of training to be the best assassin she can be, Sybella has been ordered back to the life that almost drove her mad with grief and despair, with the only hope she has to cling to is that the abbess has promised that she will be able to assassinate the man who raised her d,Albret. After months of fearing that d,Albret will discover her secret, Sybella has finally received orders from the convent, but instead of allowing her to kill him, she has been ordered to rescue the fearsome knight, Beast, from torture and certain death. Is Sybella able to do this without d,Albret finding out and without losing her heart.

Dark Triumph is the second novel in the His Fair Assassin series, which is very good although I felt not as enjoyable as Grave mercy. This may be because it is very dark and deals with some serious issues, however, that being said I could not stop reading as I had to find out what was going to happen next.

Sybella is a very strong character as she has been through so much and yet she is still a sane and confidant. I also liked that we got to see characters that we met in the last book especially Ismae and Duval as it really links the two books together. However, even though I really like Sybella and Beast, I did not enjoy the romance as much as the last book, because, the moment they met you knew they were going to end up together.

Dark Triumph is a really good historical fantasy book but I feel it is more of a New Adult book than the last one and I therefore would not recommend it to younger readers. However, I would recommend Dark Triumph to people who liked the first book, Grave Mercy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The YA Bookshelf 11 July 2013
By Nay1H
I asked for this, the second book in the His Fair Assassin trilogy/series (don't know yet), as soon as I finished Grave Mercy. I can't tell you how happy I was when I received it this week! (Hint: a lot of dancing and Cheshire cat-esque grins were involved ;])...

Although I knew it was about Sybella I had no idea it was about Waroch (the Beast) too! Two of my favourite characters together... Could this get any better? Apparently it could and it did.

I cannot remember Grave Mercy moving as agonisingly slowly as Dark Triumph did at first. Thinking back though I remember saying (in my review of Grave Mercy) that it did at times, the slow parts only broken by the interaction between Ismae & Duval.

This isn't the case for Dark Triumph though; Sybella and Baron De Waroch don't actually interact with each other until page 137... The slow pace is only forgotten/overlooked because the reader is drawn deeper in to what (and how) Sybella feels and I for one was looking forward to precisely this - delving deeper in to Sybella's character, seeing what makes her who she is and why she is the way she was shown to be in Grave Mercy.

This book is unique in that when Sybella realises she is in love with Waroch his looks don't improve all of a sudden. He still looks as... Unconventional as always and the reader is told that. In fact his looks are referenced in a joke-y way quite often by both Sybella and even Waroch himself after they confess their love for each other. Yet, despite the way he `looks' to the reader, I still found myself going gaga over him.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and if like me you're a fan of Waroch too then you'll love this book. Even if you're not I'd say read it, if just for the simple fact that the male lead isn't "devastatingly handsome". Something that never happens in any book ;P... I can guarantee you'll fall for Waroch's character just as much as I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Triumph 11 Jan 2014
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 6 Nov 2013
By neela
Format:Kindle Edition
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. It associates with Grave Mercy but is much more powerful for the trials Sybella faces continually by 'loved' ones are trials which break you, but not Sybella.

Beast, as funny and interesting as when we first met him but we understand his role more in the series. Wont spoil it. JUST GO READ.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
I liked the whole book and how it interlaced with Grave Mercy.

It was a little gory in detail and the main characters back story I felt was dragged out a little.
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