Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Release Date: April 2nd, 2013
Series: His Fair Assassin, #2
Pages: 385
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre(s): Historical Fantasy
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…

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Special thanks to Houghton Mifflin Books for Children and NetGalley for providing me with a copy for review!

Oh. My. Goodness. Everything that I loved about the first book, Grave Mercy, was elevated and taken to a whole other level in Dark Triumph. The title is ever so fitting in that this book was definitely dark. But it was also perfectly emotionally and even more personal than the first book.

At first I wasn’t sure whether I was going to love Sybella as much as I did Isame, and in the beginning I didn’t. She was a character that really grew on me throughout the book, and her story is one of such sadness (and I have a feeling I’ll be using the word quite a lot in this review) and darkness that you can’t help but feel for her character and root for her! The way in which Robin LaFevers weaves Sybella’s history into the current one was perfect. It made many of the revelations and events that happened to be even more exciting and surprising! There was of course lots of action, and Sybella didn’t disappoint as another amazingly strong female heroine and assassin.

The relationship between Sybella and Beast was adorable, but extremely well-written and fitting for everything that was going on. The development between the two characters was strong and the events and history that tied them together made them a perfect match in my eyes!

The ending had the perfect amount of closure for me, but there were also hints at where book three may take us with it’s new heroine, Annith.

All in all, Dark Triumph did not let me down, even with my extremely high expectations. Robin LaFever’s is a master at writing historical fantasy that will entertain and enthrall you up to the very last page!


Top Ten Series That I’ve Been Wanting to Start (and Finish)

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Top Ten Series That I’ve Been Wanting to Start (and Finish)

To Start


1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Because EVERYONE has been recommending and raving about these books!

2. The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen
I’ve already started reading Anna Godbersen’s other series set in the 1920s, so obviously I must read these too.

3. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
With all of the buzz surrounding the TV show I figure this is a no-brainer. Plus, I hear the love interest is swoony.

4. The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon
I got this one for Christmas LAST year and hear it’s absolutely wonderful…

5. The Cousins’ War series by Philippa Gregory
I actually already watched the TV series and OH. MY. GOD. Addictive much? Watched the whole series in about 2 weeks.

To Finish


6. The Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver
I STILL haven’t finished this trilogy. I’ve been telling myself that I’ve been going to for about 2 years now…

7. The Gone series by Michael Grant
I love these books to death (haha) but I hit a bump in my progress and really, really want to finish the last two books soon.

8. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (that have been released)
I read Scarlet and IT BLEW MY MIND. Okay, so much better than Cinder and I NEED to read Cress now, and then Fairest, and so on, and so on.

9. The A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin (that have been released)
My friend (who started the series right after I finished reading book three) is now almost done with book four. I take that as a sign I need to read this series faster.

10. The His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers
I have book 2 in my possession I just need to find time to read it so I can be on the same page with everyone when they all fangirl about Mortal Heart which is coming out SOON!

What series have you been meaning to start or finish?


Week in Review: October 12th

Week in Review

In Life

Today marks the halfway point in my little break from school for Columbus Day weekend. I’ve been quite busy, but have been reading like a crazy person nonetheless. Yesterday I walked with my family in a Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which my great aunt died of not too long ago. It was pretty chilly but the walk was lots of fun and of course for a wonderful cause.

We finally trust Clary enough to let her out at night, but when I was ready to fall asleep she thinks it’s time to play, so therefore she has not yet been allowed to sleep in my room. Whenever I close my eyes she puts her paw on my eyelid as if to say, “Don’t go to sleep yet!”

In Books

I only got one book this week but I pretty much freaked out when I saw it on NetGalley as a “Read Now” because I’ve been meaning to read it for such a long time!

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) by Robin LaFevers – Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley!


Last night I finished reading How We Fall by Kate Brauning, which I finished quicker than any other book lately, and WOW. That book emotionally ruined me and brought on major feels. It had everything I could ever want in a book and I’ll gush about it more in my review next week! 😉

This morning I took a break from review books because I’m pretty much caught up for the next month, and started In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis which I’ve been waiting for since the minute I finished Not A Drop to Drink way back in August of last year. I am already obsessed with this new story and I can tell this is going to be one that I’ll be done with by tomorrow!

In Blogging

 Here are the links that I’m loving this week! Not as many as normal this week as I’m running behind on reading posts (as usual, unfortunately).

Octavia @ Read. Sleep. Repeat shares the books that “everyone” has read but she hasn’t yet. I’m with her on a lot of these too!
Lili @ Lili’s Reflections talks about how her bookshelf calms her down when she’s emotional. I know the feeling.
Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek shares Halloween reads for us scaredy cats out there.
The Epic Reads ladies shared HarperTeen Summer 2015 covers and new titles! They look AWESOME!


My posts for this past week:

Confession #1: I’m a mood reader, and that sometimes makes book reviewing difficult.
Mini Review: Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander
Waiting on…The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

I hope you all had a wonderful week!


Top Ten Books If You Like Reign

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

This will be my first ever Top Ten Tuesday post! Yay! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books If You Like [X]

I chose my latest guilty pleasure TV obsession – Reign on The CW!

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