Book Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

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Title: Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) 
Author: Robin LaFevers
Release Date: April 2nd 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★
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I lean forward, pushing my body out past the battlements. The wind plucks at my cloak, buffets against me, as if it would carry me off in flight, just like the birds or the knight's soul. Let go, it cries, I will take you far, far away. I want to laugh at the exhilarating feeling, I will catch you, it whistles seductively.

The convent has returned Sybella to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother's love is equally monstrous. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?


My Review: 

*minor spoilers ahead!*

It's no secret that this is one of my favorite historical fiction series. I loved the first installment of this series, Grave Mercy (read my review here!) and I didn't think it could get better. 

If you haven't read this series yet, which you totally should by the way, is set up like this: There are three books in the series, each focusing on a female assassin from a European convent that worships the god of Death. 

They are all set around the same time period and since they are all friends, they interact with one another but each book, a different assassin is the main character. 

Grave Mercy focuses on Ismae, and the sequel, Dark Triumph, focuses on Sybella. In the first book, you get the impression that Sybella is troubled, and is withdrawn and doesn't trust anyone around her. In Dark Triumph, you get to know more about Sybella and her past as (spoiler!) the daughter of the main antagonist in this series.

What's good about it:

Everything: No, seriously! Solid plot, complex characters, gorgeous writing, everything everything everything. I could go on and on but let me highlight some notable favorites of this book below.  

Sybella: This novel starts off with an amazing opener and I loved how deeply LaFevers connects you to Sybella and what a rich and complex character she is. Sybella has gone through a lot during her life, and while she is strong and capable of handling herself in combat, she's still human and seeing such a rich character study was amazing to read.

Secondary characters: The supporting characters in this novel, most notably Julian, D'Albret, Duval, and Ismae, who herself was the main character in the first installment of this series, were all fully fleshed out and three dimensional characters. Nobody in this book was one dimensional and LaFevers's attention to detail makes this a great read.

What's bad about it:

Nothing: Literally, nothing. Nothing at all. 

Final Thoughts:

I clearly loved Dark Triumph. This is an amazing series that is well thought out and the world building is beautifully laid out. If you love historical fiction, action, political intrigue, and complex characters, then definitely check this series out!

Check out my review for the other installments in the series: 

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)

Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3)

Dark Triumph is available now and you can grab a copy here.

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