ARC Book Review – Dark Triumph

Posted May 13, 2015 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Book Review – Dark TriumphDark Triumph Series: His Fair Assassin #2
by Robin LaFevers
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on April 2, 2013
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 385
Source: Publisher
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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...


Dark Triumph is an amazing sequel. The action, adventure, romance and continuation of the political drama drew me in from the beginning to the end! Some sequels have been disappointing but that is not the case with Dark Triumph. I enjoyed this even more than the first book Grave Mercy.

Dark Triumph is the second book in the His Fair Assassin series. You have to read the first book Grave Mercy so you can easily follow the story. The story continues where it left off in the first book but this time we see the events through Sybella’s eyes. When we first met Sybella in Grave Mercy she was a big mystery. She arrived at the convent of St. Mortain appearing mad and disturb so I was really looking forward to hearing her story. Her past is dark and disturbing due to her father’s rage and brutality. But we see a softer and loving side of Sybella that keeps her apart from the assassin skills and teachings. She isn’t the cruel and heartless assassin that everyone thinks of. Sybella’s main goal is to protect everyone from her cruel father. I enjoyed Dark Triumph more because of the espionage. Sybella returns to her father on a secret mission and with no allies we see how intelligent and calculating she is. The romance between Sybella and the Beast built up was slow and sweet. It felt right considering her past and the danger they were in.

Author Robin LaFevers is a great storyteller. Her writing is flawless and the characters are amazing. Her twist of the historical facts is unique and entertaining. There was so much excitement and suspense that kept me captivated. I look forward to reading the final book Mortal Heart, but I am sad to see an end to this series.

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About Robin LaFevers

Robin LaFevers was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and 19th century poetry. It is not surprising she grew up to be a hopeless romantic.

Though she has never trained as an assassin or joined a convent, she did attend Catholic school for three years, which instilled in her a deep fascination with sacred rituals and the concept of the Divine. She has been on a search for answers to life’s mysteries ever since.

While many of those answers still elude her, she was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living happily ever after with him in the foothills of southern California.

In addition to writing about teen assassin nuns in medieval Brittany, she writes books for middle grade readers, including the Theodosia books and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series. You can learn more about those books at

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