Friday, December 19, 2014

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

  • ISBN-10: 0547628382 - Hardcover $17.99
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (April 2, 2013), 400 pages.
  • Review copy courtesy of Netgalley and the publisher.

The blurb:
Sybella's duty as Death's assassin in 15th-century France forces 
her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. 
Love and romance, history and magic, vengeance and salvation 
converge in this thrilling sequel to Grave Mercy.
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. The convent views Sybella, 
naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, 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. 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?

Dark Triumph continues the series begun with Grave Mercy and introduces us
to a new assassin, Sybella. Sybella comes from an aristocratic family but her
father is dangerous, unstable, and one of the most powerful men in the Kingdom.
He's also just as likely to harm her as to help her. 

The convent has given her the skills to work against him and his men, but it has 
also required her to return to the lion's den, supposedly to serve the god of Death.
She's given little assistance as she takes on one of the most dangerous assignments
possible.  She digs deep into herself and must find a way to make alliances, perhaps
draw strength and help from her old friends in the convent. Her goal is to save the 
innocent, even if she sacrifices herself in the process.

Fortunately, Sybella remembers her own strength and doesn't sacrifice herself
unnecessarily.  Her wit and strength make her one of the more likeable heroines
in a long time - and I'm looking forward to finding her in subsequent books by
Robin LaFevers.

About the Author:
Robin LaFevers was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales, 
Bulfinch's Mythology, and nineteenth-century poetry. It is not 
surprising that she grew up to be a hopeless romantic. She 
was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living 
happily ever after with him in the foothills of Southern 
California. Visit her website at