Review: Dark Triumph

May 3, 2013 Review 20 ★★★★★

Review: Dark Triumph
Dark Triumph by R.L. LaFevers
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Publisher: Houghton Miffin Books
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 385
Release Date: April 2nd 2013
Series: His Fair Assassin #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical
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?

See my review for the first novel in this series HERE.

I haven’t seen any reviews under four stars for this book. Not even the usual pessimistic downer that will give a book a low rating simply because they’re asshats. (I hope this statement doesn’t trigger said asshats.)

LaFevers knows hows to write. She can write characters, romance, religion, faith, love, family, action, fear, war, and betrayal so incredibly well. She just has an overall gift with words themselves. These are praises that I do not give out often, so I suggest readers take them to heart.

I know a few reviews that have used this quote but I must refer to it again, because it captures the essence of this novel in just a few sentences.

“In the distance a wolf howls. Let it come, I think. Beast will most likely simply howl back, and the creature will either turn tail and run or fall into line behind him, like the rest of us have.”

The novel starts off running, Sybella is on a mission for Saint Mortain yet again, except this one is her worst nightmare. She is sent back to the place where all of her nightmares originated, and agrees to it only for one reason-to kill the person that has driven to her into Death’s arms herself.

Sybella was not one of my favorite characters in GRAVE MERCY but I love her so much in DARK TRIUMPH. We find out why she was acting like she did in the last novel, and my heart broke for her. I even found her more easy to relate to and root for than Ismae.


Further proving how awesome LaFevers is, she makes the love interest-Beast-even seem like a prince. Words can not express how much I loved his character, and the interactions between him and Sybella. Apart, they are such broken people with only a specific goal in mind. Together, they make each other so much stronger and more whole.


I love historical novels with a passion, and this one even has political betrayal and war-icing on the cake. I feel like these parts are so well written it does not even matter whether you are a fan of these things, they are entertaining and fairly easy to follow anyway.

Overall, DARK TRIUMPH met and exceeded my expectations. There is nonstop action, but there are so many other things mixed in it balances out perfectly. Another bonus-Ismae and Duval even make an appearance!

I highly recommend this series, especially for those who loved GRAVE MERCY. It is also worth mentioning that you do not have to read that novel before this one, but it is chronological, so keep that in mind! One final piece of advice:

Just. Read. It.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.9

20 Responses to “Review: Dark Triumph”

  1. Lauren Elizabeth

    YES to this review! I loved Sybella and Beast so much, and my heart broke for Sybella once we found out what her life has really been like outside of the convent. I definitely second your final piece of advice. Oh and love the quote you chose, its really sums up the spirit of the book, and of course, of Beast. :-) Fabulous review!

  2. Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    Just got my copy of this in the mail 2 days ago, though I still need to read the first one. I love that quote and I don’t even know what it is about! lol But I look forward to starting these and I’m so glad you love the books so much. :)

  3. Kezia D

    I have never heard of this series until now… But lately I’ve been wanting to read more contemporary and fantasy! Maybe I should add this one to my to-read list (more like…to-find list too xD)

  4. Little Miss Becky

    AHHH! I need to read this soon. I was so excited to read Sybella’s side of things and even more excited now that I know this story involves more Beast!! I loved his character in Grave Mercy and had no idea he would be involved with Sybella’s story! Yay! Thanks for the great review.

  5. Kelly

    Eee!! I really enjoyed Dark Mercy, so I’m excited to hear that so many of the same elements are carried forward AND that we get to learn about the mysterious Sybella.

  6. rivie bleu

    “Not even the usual pessimistic downer that will give a book a low rating simply because they’re asshats” Lol, I’ve seen people like that though. It must be really good then, if it has all 5 stars. You hardly found a novel like that, I don’t even think I’ve found one. There is always someone who doesn’t like something. That must be an awesome author!

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