“Dark Triumph” was published in 2013 and was written by Robin LaFevers (http://www.robinlafevers.com). Ms. LaFevers has published three adult novels, all in the “His Fair Assassins” series, with this being the second in that series. She has eight other books targeted for younger girls (http://www.rllafevers.com/Home.html).
I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there is Violence. The novel is written in the first person and is set in 1489 Brittany. The major character is Sybella who has run away from her father and brothers to the convent of St. Mortain. She is hidden there and trained in the ways of the assassin. One of her few friends is Ismae, who’s story was told in the first volume of the series “Grave Mercy”.
Sybella is sent back to her father’s castle to keep an eye on him. While he says he is loyal to Duchess Anne, there is doubt, and he continually pressures Anne to marry him. Sybella helps save her friend Ismae, and she finds herself surrounded by court intrigue. She is directed to rescue a prisoner, known as The Beast, held in her father’s dungeon. Unexpectedly, Sybella develops feelings for the Beast.
I felt like there was a bit more Romance in this book that in the first, though not too much. Most of the story concerned the intrigue and political maneuvering of Duchess Anne’s court. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.
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