Thursday, September 4, 2014

Teen blog: Series

Dark Triumph
by Robin LaFevers
385 pages

Second in the "His Fair Assassin" trilogy
High school reading level

Reviewed by Farah M., college girl!
When Sybella arrived on the doorstep of St. Mortain half mad with grief and despair, the convent sisters 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 the arts of both death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons. However, 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 so. But when Sybella finds an unexpected ally, she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for.

After reading the first book, Grave Mercy, I had high expectations of this book and I wasn’t disappointed. What I loved was that this book wasn’t about Ismae but about Sybella and her story. This surpassed the expectations I had held after reading Grave Mercy, since I wasn’t as attached to Ismae as I am to Sybella. She’s a strong assassin and woman who needs to discover her heart while away from her tyrant of a father. And discover it she does. Along her journey, there are those who follow her who worm their way into her heart and aide her in her acceptance. The language used for both novels was also amazing; it was exciting reading a text that wasn’t common English. Like any book, Dark Triumph has a set of characters you will grow to love and hate, who will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions on every page and chapter.

I highly recommend this book, along with the first book, Grave Mercy. I found them both to be entertaining to read and unique each in its own way. It is also beneficial that these two books don’t necessarily need to be read in order, because each book is based on a different character. However, I know some people would think otherwise and it’s enjoyable either way. Make sure to look out for LaFever’s third installment, releasing on November 4th. It's called Mortal Heart, and is written from Annith’s perspective.

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