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?
©2013 Robin LaFevers (P)2013 Recorded Books
This book was phenomenal! I had really high hopes for this book after reading Grave Mercy and it didn’t disappoint even one bit…I got everything I wanted and more!
After reading Grave Mercy, I was super excited when I learned that in Dark Triumph we get to learn more about Sybella, cause all throughout Grave Mercy we only got to see little glimpses of Sybella, and her character was extremely intriguing. Now I know why! Holy CRAP! That girl has had one extremely messed up life. I don’t think it could at all get any worse than what she had to go through, and I knew that pretty much immediately as soon as I discovered who her family was. And OMG!...it’s horrifying. I kept questioning myself like, “Is that really her dad? Oh crap!” Being able to be in Sybella’s mind, to truly understand what she’s thinking, and gauge her reactions to situations was perfect!
Other than Sybella’s story, there are other things that I was thrilled that we get to see more of. We get to learn more about St. Mortain (Death) and the Convent. We get to see Ismae through Sybella’s eyes and we get to know more about the politics between the countries. And we learn more about the death marks!
Every part of this book was fabulous. The beginning, the middle and the end were all AWESOME! And hooray for the romance! Score!!! It was the most perfect of all perfect matches! I couldn’t have asked for a better dude for Sybella.
I’m super excited that the last book in the His Fair Assassin Trilogy is going to be about Annith. I can’t imagine what kind of life she has had, and I hope that she gets a happily ever after. I have a feeling that I’m going to have a really hard time saying goodbye to this series. I can’t believe there is only one book left.
Just a book fool.
This is just a good book all around. Complex characters, wonderful world building, and an interesting depth to the story. This book showed me things I dare only imagaine in my darkest nightmares and somehow made that enjoyable and left me wanting more.
The story is full of a suspense and mystery that will leave you guessing. If you liked
Grave Mercy you will LOVE Dark Triumph. There is not as much romance in this one
but the little that is there is so sweet and pure it completely satisfies.
I am drawn into the 2nd book, the continuing adventures of the characters.
Having a different narrator reading this book from the first book is like watching and growing to love Hugh Jackman who played "Wolverine," only to have Dustin Hoffman attempt to portray him in the sequel!
The overly exaggerated, almost breathless cadence of the sentence-to- sentence reading done by Angela Goethal makes for an unrealistic telling, a trying-too-hard modern-day reading, versus telling the reader a story from the main character's mind in a manner of speech and tone of the time, full of thoughtful pauses, musings, and a conversational style that leaves us with the feeling of a realistic first-person experience retold.
I wonder if Ms. Goethal read the book through beforehand, was familiar with the characters, the story or perhaps had a chance to listen to Erin Moon's reading of the first book?
I wish she had! I cringe as I listen to the 2nd book, and only bear the audio narration to learn what happens to the characters I've grown to care about.
I like the audio books because they allow me to hear a story while driving, or not having to read, but that means the narrator is everything.
I think I'll stop the narration and read the words on the page to spare myself the depiction of the characters and story as told by Angela Goethal.
While book 1 followed Ismae's story, this one followed Sybella's, and I assume the last book will follow Annith. Sybella's story was plagued by her father's dark and twisted hold on the lives of many. She was strong and courageous and took the reader on an adventure that was heartbreaking and triumphant over and over again. This book makes you feel many emotions and become strongly attached to the characters. I found this book way easier to follow than book 1, as it is much less focused on all the political players (whom I had a hard time keeping track of) and focuses in on Sybella as a delicate and strong person.
Dark Triumph is Sybella's story, and as others have mentioned (and as the title implies) it's a much darker tale than Ismae's. For me, this was part of the book's appeal. The stakes are high in Grave Mercy, but in Dark Triumph everything is ratcheted up a notch. Not only are there political problems but very personal ones as well. For Sybella, this situation truly is one of life or death, and she may not escape with her sanity intact.
Sybella is a spy in her father's house. Sent back to d'Albret by the Abbess of St. Mortain, Sybella is at the heart of the rebellion against Duchess Anne. It's a dangerous place to be, for d'Albret is truly black at the core. And is his household resides another monster, one whose love for Sybella has twisted into something rotten. Sybella finds her sanity chipping away with every day.
Then the Abbess orders Sybella to rescue the Beast of Waroch, who was believed to have fallen in battle against d'Albret's men, but who, in reality, lives languishing in the dungeon.
I love the Beast. I loved him in the last book. He was probably my favorite character, and so I was just thrilled to be following his story this time around. And Beast and Sybella. They really work.
Fabulous audio version, as well.
This book series is perfectly written. A little dark but tastefully done. I love the message at the end of both of these books and what the characters learn from the darkness in the world.
I like the books Ive read them a few times but I have to say I find it very annoying that the narrators use an accent on the names only...if you dont mind random bouts of accent you probably wont notice it but for me I find it very distracting I would prefer it be used the whole time or not at all and also dont care for different pronunciation of the same name. I really like the books they are worth owning so you can reread them.
I'm a midwestern girl that loves to travel, spend time with family and read a good book!
This book was a good sequel to the first, but honestly the first was better. This main character lacks a depth that actually describes her fully. There is terror that is set up, but the reader is never actually convinced of that horror. In my opinion, the author could have developed these characters further or used language that was stronger to get to the heart of this main character. She is just sort of flat. But I did enjoy the story line and got the next book right away.
Beast- who doesn't love him?!
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