Publisher: HMH Books
Release Date: April 2nd, 2013
Source: eARC from Publisher
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
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. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella 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. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. 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?
This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them on the edge of their seats.
There are very few novels that I love so much that I don’t understand why they haven’t reached the NYT bestselling list. GRAVE MERCY was one of those. It was so good, I was pretty sure a story from another character’s point of view (one I didn’t like much in GRAVE MERCY) would end up disappointing for me.
To say I was wrong is an understatement.
DARK TRIUMPH is Robin LaFevers way of punching me in the face and shouting AHA in my ear loud enough to make me I’m deaf with her success. Because DARK TRIUMPH was just as good as GRAVE MERCY.
For those of you who haven’t read GRAVE MERCY or need to refresh your memory, Sybella was a mad girl who showed up in the first few pages of the first book, and screamed and clawed her first few days. The next thing we knew she was sent on her first mission. While I loved Ismae’s soft-spoken, pure-hearted character, LaFevers was able to make a Sybella-fan out of me before the last page of DARK TRIUMPH was turned.
Sybella is a handmaiden of death, just like Ismae. But that’s where the similarities end. She’s harder, stronger, and the secret revealed in the first few pages choked a gasp out of me.
Sybella’s story is a more personal one, in contrast to Ismae’s, where the plot is more political as she’s trying to protect the duchess at all cost. The story does move forward in terms of the world, but there is a more personal journey to it as well. DARK TRIUMPH is Sybella’s way of desperately trying to trumph over darkness, her very own darkness.
DARK TRIUMPH, just like its predecessor, is full of beautiful prose and dynamic characters – filled to the brim with life. Even the horribly bad characters felt real, with all their sickening evilness.
DARK TRIUMPH is a tale of one girl’s love for those she holds dear, hidden deep within her guilt-enshrouded heart. It’s a tale that made me clench my teeth and gasp more than once, and left me breathless on more than one occasion.
Fans of GRAVE MERCY, have no fear, despite the new narrator, DARK TRIUMPH delivers. Fans of historical fiction and young adult, rejoice – for this is one series that I am sure will only get better.