Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) by Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)

I lean forward, pushing my body out past the battlements. The wind plucks at my cloak, buffets against me, as if it would carry me off in flight, just like the birds or the knight's soul. Let go, it cries, I will take you far, far away. I want to laugh at the exhilarating feeling, I will catch you, it whistles seductively.The convent has returned Sybella to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her ...

Details Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)

TitleDark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)
Release DateApr 2nd, 2013
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Books for Children
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance

Reviews Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    4.5 starsAbout a year ago, the words ‘assassin nuns’ first started showing up around the blogosphere. Pretty soon they were everywhere, and everyone was talking about Grave Mercy, some obviously thrilled and some not so much. Seeing as I neatly fell into the first category, Dark Triumph became one of those books I often thought about… dreamed about, to be completely honest. And I was not disappointed.The darkness of Ismae’s story pales in...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    It had been awhile since I had read the first book in this series Grave Mercy and I was a bit afraid I would be lost going into this book, but the author didn't info dump me into oblivion and I was able to step right into the story again.Assassin nuns-what a great story idea. These nuns are bad-ass. They come across as real since the author gives them flaws and they admit they aren't perfect. *Gasp* A main character that isn't perfect?!! These n...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Reread 03/12 : Beast and Sybella still own the show. LOVE THEM.➸ Book 1 : Grave Mercy ✮✮✮There's a fangirling Gremlins in me who's lurking to spread his love. Picture the mohawk one ← Always been my favorite. You've been warned. ☠ Possible side effects : - Irrepressible squeals (Yes. Like fucking mice. You got it)- Overuse of the words love/like/enjoy/swoon/...- I'll stop here otherwise I'll scare you away if that's not already too ...
  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    I am so glad I disregarded the weak first book of this series and followed through to Sybella's story. I have to admit, the girls in the convent did not appeal to me. Ismae, tragic though her story was, initially came off dull-as-dishwater, and she still did not grow on me throughout her book (I did not know murder could be so boring). Annith was almost nonexistent in her quiet presence. Sybella was a holy terror when we first met her, and we saw...
  • ♥Rachel♥
    Dark Triumph is a stunning sequel to Grave Mercy. I had high expectations picking it up and I was not disappointed. I loved this story just as much if not more than Grave Mercy! Sybella is one of St. Mortain’s daughter’s and thereby gifted with deadly talents, and skills in the art of killing to carry out his will. She owes a debt to the convent in service to St. Mortain since they brought her back from the brink of madness, taking her in at ...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    4.5 stars! “Hate cannot be fought with hate. Evil cannot be conquered by darkness. Only love has the power to conquer them both.” These books just keep getting better and better! A daughter of Saint Mortain, Sybella has been trained in the art of assassinry and death. Now that she is a grown woman and fully prepared, the nuns send Sybella to return to her childhood home to spy on her father, and to endure the horrors within. One evening, ...
  • Julie
    All the gifs cannot describe how awesome this book was. Minor Spoiler. Just one. If you don't want to know who the knight was, don't read on. But we were all expecting it.I have to admit, in the beginning, I was a little unsure of how this was going to turn out. One, I forgot kind of what happened in Grave Mercy, and two, I was a little confused. But 20 pages later, I was sucked into the absolute insanity that was Dark Triumph.Let's take a moment...
  • Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
    *5/5 stars* “I am in desperate need of killing something.” Dark Triumph, the second book from His Fair Assassin trilogy is, to my surprise, even better than Grave Mercy. The story follows another very interesting character - Sybella. In the first book, Sybella shows up at the doorstep of convent St. Mortain full of grief and nearly on the verge of madness. After Ismae convinces her to stay there she become Death's handmaiden and after years o...
  • Mitch
    Now this is the book Grave Mercy was supposed to be. I was on the fence about Ismae’s story, basically when I discovered (along with everyone else) that the assassin nuns weren’t so much espionage, murder, and mayhem as much as forbidden romance and courtesan intrigue, but I ultimately came down on the ‘pro’ side because the backdrop of Anne of Brittany’s attempts to keep her duchy independent and out of French hands resonated with this...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    http://melissa413readsalot.blogspot.c...I FREAKING HATE COUNT D'ALBRET!I FREAKING HATE COUNT D'ALBRET!YES, I HAD TO SAY IT TWICE! HE IS BEYOND EVIL!!!!!!!!!So, Sybella is sent back to her evil father, d'Albret after spending 4 years at the convent of St. Mortain. The lovely and evil abbess thought it would be ideal to send her back to this hell and try to take him out if he bore the marque and some other stuff. Gotta be watchin them nuns! Sybella...
  • Glass
    Second book in His Fair Assassin series was something I picked up to read, expecting mediocre read compared to Grave Mercy. Tanja scared me with her 3.5 rating, but I decided that I would finish this trilogy no matter what. Dark Triumph left me speechless! I even loved it more than previous book. It is much darker and brutal - which is something I love - characters are more complex and nothing isn't how it seems. So many times you will question y...
  • Norah Una Sumner
    I just want to marry this book.And Sybella. Love this girl! I seriously enjoyed reading this beauty - the story was amazing, the characters were captivating and complex and the action was phenomenal. I loved reading from Sybella's POV and it just made me like this trilogy even more. It's been a long time since I've loved a book this much. I've missed this gorgeous feeling. Also, MY ULTIMATE SHIP IS IN THIS BOOK! Asdfghjkl. Love them! And I just w...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    10/6/14 - Currently as Read Now on NetgalleyI loved this book. Sybella and Beast together are phenominal. This is a great blend of HF with a splash of romance and a little dash of magic.Original Review:While grave Mercy was more of a political intrigue Dark Triumph is a personal story of redemption. Sybella and Beast’s story is compelling how they are very similar people with very different attitudes toward what they do. I was immediately captu...
  • Deborah Obida
    This is even better than the first one, I was a bit skeptical about this, that was why it took me this long to read this. This one focuses on Sybella's story, the politics and war was less in this, the book is 50% Sybella's life, 50% the other stuff. The romance also is cool, it wasn't forced or rushed but happened at a good pace. This book took place after the final battle in Grave Mercy.The world building and writing is esqusite, I can see an i...
  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Cranky Crone of Rabid Hedgehogs and Fire Breathing Kittens ⚔
    4.5 stars - This is the second book in the His Fair Assassin trilogy. It focuses on Sybella, who was the mysterious "wild child" from the first book. We learn all about her past and why she is the way she is (aloof, sarcastic, brusque, and seemingly uncaring and unemotional). There is a *very* good reason for the mask she wears in front of others.I really enjoyed Sybella's story. Her loneliness and melancholy and feeling of always being separate ...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    I have made no secret of my immense love of Grave Mercy, and have been recommending it to everyone I know who enjoys historical fiction, fantasy, and kickass heroines. As with every sequel to a book I loved, trepidation filled me as I approached Dark Triumph. There's always that chance that the sequel will not live up to its predecessor and will color your enjoyment even of that first book. Robin LaFevers, though, hits her sequel out of the park....
  • Fenia
    FEELS. I have so many feels,i will burst! This book was so good. I haven't read a book that good in a while. Sybella was such a complicated character. Everything she's been through was horrifying and the fact that somehow in the end she got over them and moved on, its a sign of hope. She's so strong and kind and good and badass and a proper assassin. I LOVE HER!! The Beast, OMG, he's the personalisation of goodness. He's so full of life,bravery,k...
  • Keertana
    Rating: 3.5 StarsWhere Grave Mercy was a lie, a novel about dancing and political parties deftly wrapped up with a bow-tie of kick-ass assassin-nuns that never assassinated, Dark Triumph is more of the dark, bad-ass story I was looking for with LaFevers's debut last year. Nevertheless, while Grave Mercy was a sore disappointment, I am glad to admit that Dark Triumph completely won me over. It seems to be the case this year that series I swore off...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random LifeI received an advance reader edition of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.5 Stars!I loved the first book in this series and to be honest I really didn't think the second one would be able to top it. But it did. This book was absolutely amazing. This was the kind of book that I hated to put down. This story grabbed me and made m...
  • clara
    DNF @ 77%i’m sorry but life’s too short to read boring books. bye.
  • Cinda
    It seems impossible, but this one is even better than Grave Mercy. Great characters, great story, high stakes, and elements of history, mystery and magic.
  • Gail Carriger
    On the flip side from Ismae, Sybella's journey is about closure. This second book Dark Triumph is a much tougher read, and darker than I normally prefer. Sybella, terribly abused and broken, is sent back from the only sanctuary she has ever known into the vipers nest that is the family that nearly destroyed her sanity. Unlike Ismae, she knows she can't trust anyone, ever. Her journey is one of rising above this background and becoming the person ...
  • Katerina Kondrenko
    5 out of 10 ревью на русском/review in russianHis Fair Assassin (Его верный убийца):— Grave Mercy (Жестокое милосердие) #1/3— Dark Triumph (Темное торжество) #2/3 — Mortal Heart (Беспощадное сердце) #3/3
  • Ariana
    Now we're talking! This is what an assassin's story looks like :D Less political compared to GRAVE MERCY, but just as captivating, DARK TRIUMPH takes its readers on a ride full of adventure and suspense, of deception and lies. And not only is it filled with action and assassin missions and strategies, but we also get a few glimpses into the lives of some of our beloved characters from the first book. There is a bit of mystery that keeps the reade...
  • Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
    Originally posted on Super Space Chick:Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers is the second book in the His Fair Assassin trilogy but as it is a companion series, it follows a different set of characters than those in Grave Mercy. The main story continues from book one with the Duchess fighting against those backstabbing her and plotting to take her reign of Brittany away from her. This time around, we see the story progress through Sybella’s point of ...
  • Bonnie
    A copy of Dark Triumph was provided to me by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children for review purposes.'The abbess and I had a different sort of relationship. One built on mutual dislike and distrust, brought together only by our shared needs: mine for a sanctuary, hers for a finely honed weapon she could let loose as Mortain willed. I trust her as much as I do a viper.'It seems as if each hand maiden of death has her own story to tell and in Dark ...
  • Krista Wright
    I loved this so much! Sybella is such a fantastic character. Her story is heartbreaking and her character development is remarkable. I'm not sure I liked this book any more or less than Grave Mercy. This second novel is less historical and political than the first. But I truly love the relationship between Sybella and the Beast (even more than I love Ismae and Duval!) I want to see so much more of them!! Hopefully the third book in this series li...
  • Amelie
    Dark Triumph war für mich eine absolute Überraschung. Das liegt zum einen daran, dass ich generell kein Freund von historischen Romanen bin und selbst nachdem mir Band eins sehr gut gefallen hatte, zögerte ich trotzdem noch. Auch ist es schon so lange her, dass ich mir nicht sicher war, ob ich den ersten Band auch heute mögen würde. Das ist ein Problem, das ich in letzter Zeit öfters mit Fortsetzungen habe: Ich habe den ersten Band in guter...
  • Donna {Book Passion for Life}
    I loved Grave Mercy when I listened to the audiobook verison last year. I was hoping that Dark Triumph would become available in the UK as well but so far, I've not seen it and this was the reason for not reading this sooner. In the end, I just decided to read it because I just couldn't wait any longer and I'm so glad I finally did because Sybella & Beast's story is amazing! At the age of fourteen Sybella arrived at the doorsteps of St Mortain ha...
  • Jamie
    This was SO much better than the first book of the series. It mostly stands on it's own so you don't have to read the first book but there is some overlap and the first book does better cover the convent Sybella hails from and Mortain, whom she serves.The pacing was much better and while still containing lots of historical information, the focus on the plot was much clearer. This story wastes no time getting into the thick of things. The timeline...