Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dark Triumph by R.L. LaFevers Review

"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?"

Wow! Dark Triumph is a darkest book (so far) in the His Fair Assassin series. Readers should know that Dark Triumph is not for young children. I'll recommended this book to children fourteen and up because of how descriptive and creepy the book is. (After all D'Albert is one of the major characters that frequently and annoying appear in this book.)

The plot of Dark Triumph is dark and exciting. Every little thing Sybella reveals is amazing and so stunning. Dark Triumph is as good as Grave Mercy. I can't choose between them! The writing empathized the darkness and tone of Dark Triumph which makes the book more realistic and awesome. All these tiny but meaningful chapters are amazing! I can't wait for the next book! Dark Triumph's dialects of the 1400s are dream worthy. If only guys with these dialects (and manners) exist in the modern world...

The ending. Why does the ending have to be like that? I'm like, that's it? What happen to them? I know they didn't die, but will D'Albert's men catch up with them or what? What kind of ending is that? Oh wait. I do know. It's an annoying cliffhanger for the next book.

Duval's POV or Beast's POV. That's all I need to say.


Dark Triumph is mainly centered on Sybella. It's a great shock to find out that Sybella is one of the seven children of D'Albert. (the pig) We learn of Sybella's broken past. We learn why she is mad/insane in the beginning of Grave Mercy. Sybella is a more interesting character than Ismae, but Ismae has a prettier past than Sybella. In the court of D'Albert, one is expected to be fearless and terrorizing, and girls are often raped by D'Albert's men or even D'Albert himself. Sybella uses her wits, talents, and words to protect herself. It doesn't hurt that D'Albert is her "father." Sybella constantly struggles with the convent and her beliefs. She truly doesn't believe in Mortain. Dark Triumph is mainly her struggles with her past, happiness, and insane/suicidal thoughts. Sybella serves as His Justice. (Ismae is His Mercy.)

We see more of Beast/Sir Benebic de Waroch. Beast is hard and scarred on the outside, but the inside is soft and sweet. He's quite tough (of course he is) and will do anything to protect his Duchess. (Like Duval.) Beast is an good example of the quote "Don't judge a book by its cover." He may be ugly on the outside, but what is he on the inside? So don't judge Beast. He's awesome.

Rating: Five out of Five.

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