When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge - but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.
But her assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother's love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for...
I had thoroughly enjoyed reading Grave Mercy, the first book in the His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers. It was one of the most unique books I'd ever read. So I was really excited to read Dark Triumph which was Sybella's book. It is no surprise that I was blown away once again by Robin LaFevers' writing style and the world she has created.
Sybella came off as some what of a whimsical character when we first met her in Grave Mercy. In Dark Triumph though we really get to see the secrets she is hiding underneath the facade. And hiding she is. I really liked Sybella. Her childhood and circumstances had made her have a tough exterior but she still was so vulnerable from within. By the end, I was surprised how strong Sybella really was after going through so much.
Then we have the hero. I don't want to say his name but it is safe to say that he was a beast of a man. He was the perfect counterpart to Sybella. Not overbearing but steady by Sybella's side. He was strong in his own way and brought the much needed light in Sybella's existence. The romance was less compared to the previous book but somehow it felt enough because it was more Sybella's journey.
I love how Robin LaFevers entwines political threads though Sybella's personal journey. Seeing what was happening in the d'Albert household gave much needed insight. Things are definitely not looking good for the duchess and there are several factors which stand against them. I also really liked seeing what was happening with the abbess. Things look more suspicious now.
I adored that we get to see Ismae and Duval in Dark Triumph. Ismae was a true friend to Sybella and just what she needed at times. I just have to repeat that Robin LaFevers' writing is amazing and authentic. You need to read these books for the writing if nothing else. But the stories are just as beautiful as well. I loved Dark Triumph.