Audiobook Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Audiobook Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Audiobook Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph

Written 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
Rating: 5 Stars

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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?

My Thoughts

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 »
  • 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.

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  1. Yay!!!! You loved it!! I didn’t think I could love it more than Grave Mercy, which I really loved, but I did. It’s a really great book and Sybella’s background was sooo heartbreaking. d’Albret.. ugh.. I wanted to stab him, repeatedly. He is a horrible, horrible man.

    I’m so anxious to see what Robin LaFevers comes up with next for Annith. It’s going to be hard to top Dark Triumph though, it’s just so good!

  2. Woot! I actually got these two books for my Dad for xmas since he likes historical fiction and urban fantasy, so they seemed to combine aspects of those two things well, haha. It’s good to know about the narration, I don’t think I could get used to “breathy” so I’ll get my hand on a physical book me thinks.

  3. What an interesting method to make a series out of companion novels. Hm. I find myself pretty often wishing I could learn more about side characters, so maybe this series will satisfy that. And the writing gets even better? I need to start these books asap!

    I think the different narrators might bother me, though, so I’ll go with the ebook versions rather than audiobook. Hearing different pronunciations for the same words would probably be weird.

    I don’t know anything about this d’Albret yet, but I do love to have a character I can really hate, even as they leave me fuming and wanting to throw a book (which of course I would never do).

    • Yeah, I’m really liking the way that LaFevers chose to write this series as companion novels. It really makes a lot of sense, and I love how each book lets us get to know one of the girls so much better (I’m dying to read the third book). I’m wondering how the narrator for the third book will pronounce everything! But I justified the differences between these two narrators by thinking that perhaps that is actually how the two girls would have pronounced everything, since Sybella grew up with more of a French influence than Ismae did, so her pronunciations would be more accurate. Shrug. But yes, d’Albret is just despicable. Ugh. Shudder.

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