Dark TriumphWritten by Robin LaFevers
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 4/2/2013)Series: His Fair Assassin #2
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook (13 hours, 40 minutes)
Narrator: Angela Goethals
Source: Library of Magan Bagan
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?
When I started listening to this audiobook (immediately after finishing Grave Mercy), I was surprised by a few things: 1) the narrator was different, which was quickly explained when I realized that 2) this book focused on Sybella instead of Ismae. Call me oblivious, but I didn’t realize this series was comprised of companion novels (you KNOW I never read the descriptions)! No matter, however; it is all fabulous.
Here are the important things about my experience with Dark Triumph:
- The writing is even more lovely than in Grave Mercy. I didn’t know this was possible, but it is true!
- The narrator was a bit annoying (I really don’t think Sybella was breathless with urgency the entire time), and it took quite a while for me to get used to it.
- There are multiple ways to pronounce French names. I preferred some spoken by this narrator and others spoken by the narrator for Grave Mercy.
- I didn’t think I could despise d’Albret any more than I did by the end of Grave Mercy, but I was wrong. Oh, so very wrong. (He is quite despicable.)
- This book is dark. Much more so than its predecessor. I liked this, but, you know… beware.
- Sybella is one of my favorite characters ever. She is clever and dark and capable, yet full of self-doubt. I can relate to her on such a deep level, despite the differences in our experiences. View Spoiler »She is the first character I ever wept for when I read about her lost baby. I am not very, how-you-say… maternal. « Hide Spoiler
- I adored the romance and thought it was very well done.
- Once again, I was impressed by the lore and depth of world-building presented in this book.
Robin LaFevers has made a true fan out of me. This book was spot-on in every category, and inspired even more ideas within me (more discussions, more creative projects, more fan art!). I’m not sure what kind of review this is supposed to be, but I don’t know what else to say that isn’t just blatant gushing. I loved this book, and I basically want to read everything else Robin LaFevers writes forever.