Author: Robin LaFevers
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction | Romance
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
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...(goodreads)
Dark Triumph is an exciting continuation of my favorite historical fiction series.
Plot: Dark Triumph is a unique book because it begins in the last few chapters of Ismae's story. Immediately I was thrust back into the world of assassins and the transition felt very smooth. Much like Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph tackles abuse, political unrest, and moves at a steady pace. The stakes are even higher in Dark Triumph because of Sybella's connection to d'Albert - it offered a unique glance at d'Albert and his company that Grave Mercy could not.
Characters: I knew I wanted to know more about Sybella when she made her first appearance in Grave Mercy. She is hurting and covers up her insecurities with her quick wit and deadly weapons. If you thought Ismae's past was heartbreaking, you aren't ready for Sybella's tortured past.
My only wish is that the romance between Beast and Sybella was more prominent. There are secretive glances and flirtatious conversations, but for such strong characters - I expected a whole lot more. I think Ismae and Duval are still my favorite romance of this series thus so far.
Worldbuilding: Dark Triumph takes us deeper into Breton and explores Breton's battles with both the conquering French and d'Alberts traitorous men. We learn more about the people who live there and what is at stake for all people.
Short N Sweet: Robin LaFevers beautiful writing and unique characters make Dark Triumph a must read for any reader!