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Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

March 14th, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Source: Received for review

Publication date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Series: His Fair Assasin #2

Rating: ★★★★½

Summary from Goodreads.com: Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.

But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

I loved Grave Mercy and wasn’t sure if LaFevers could top it but top it she does.  I enjoyed Dark Triumph even more because I loved every single character and the story line enthralled me.  This is a little spoiler since the summary never mentions it but the Beast is back and as you read in my review of Grave Mercy, he was one of my favorite characters.  I’m so glad he got his own story and I loved watching the journey he and Sybella embark on together.  And I have to give props for having a hero who was not drop dead gorgeous and used to using that to his benefit.

Sybella’s character is dark, complex and I have to admit in Grave Mercy I was not a huge fan of hers.  That has all changed as I read this book and my heart was breaking to hear what events made her into the woman she is.  The hardest part was seeing the blame she placed on herself for actions she had no control over.  Like Ismae, she showed how strong women can be and the types of obstacles they can overcome through their own inner strength.

The villains including Sybella’s father and brothers were also fascinating and sickening.  LaFevers definitely did not pull any punches when creating their characters.

Overall I say this is a must read!  Thank you Robin LaFevers for another emotional roller coaster story that readers will not be able to put down.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

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