Friday, December 5, 2014

Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph
(His Fair Assassin, #2)
by Robin LaFevers
Young Adult Paranormal Historical Fiction
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.21
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Published on: April 2,2013
Pages: 385

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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... 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review. 

An overview of the Novel: Sybella isn't an innocent and she's not afraid of death. Her life was nothing but torture and filled with a darkness that still haunts her. So when she was told, she was the daughter of death she accepted it with a grateful heart.

Now, at least she can separate from her past or so she thought. When the abbess tells her its time to return to her family to perform her role there, she can't ignore the order. What she didn't expect was the darkness that would quickly overcome her and the desperate need to get away.

What Sybella finds is that she has entered a world of intrigue and deception even more fully than she could have ever comprehended. And just maybe Sybella will find people who thinks she's worth fighting for. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I loved the first in the series. I thought the beginning was slow, but after that I loved it. This book was just as good. It didn't have a slow start, instead readers found themselves flung into action from the very first page.

This novel was darker than the first, but that's because Sybella's life is much darker. I loved Sybella. She was such a strong and a beautifully crafted character.

I also loved that we got to see more of the Beast again. I loved him in the first and was so glad to learn more about him in the sequel.

This novel is intriguing, fast-paced, and is a must-read for fans of the paranormal or historical fiction. 

So why 4 stars? It stood out. Not quite a 5 star read, but really good. Definitely recommended. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, you could read out of order. The first book is about Ismae and Duval. They are mentioned throughout this novel and so are some facts from the first novel; however, it is not necessary to read the first one first. 

Warnings/Side-notes:  There are some violent scenes, but they are all pretty tame. Very very vague references to sex, but are not described with any details.

The Wrap-up: A very intriguing, original series that I adore. A fast-paced read that is a must-read for fans of YA, the paranormal, or historical fiction. 


Danica Page


  1. I too loved this one! I thought Sybella had a lot more personality then Ismae and I loved that I didn't have to force my way through a slow beginning again. I also thought the Beast was a better love interest than Duval, though I did love him too.

    Lovely review!

    1. She definitely has more personality and I also loved that it wasn't a slow interest. This one rivaled the first one that's for sure. I can't wait to read the third one. Thanks for stopping by.


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