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Dark Triumph (2) (His Fair Assassin) (udgave 2018)

af Robin LaFevers (Forfatter)

Serier: His Fair Assassin (2)

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"Sybella's duty as Death's assassin in 15th-century France forces her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. Love and romance, history and magic, vengeance and salvation converge in this sequel to Grave Mercy"--
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Titel:Dark Triumph (2) (His Fair Assassin)
Forfattere:Robin LaFevers (Forfatter)
Info:Clarion Books (2018), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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Let's get this one out of the way first. I was feeling very reluctant to touch the second book in this series, because the first left me so confused in my vague state of boredom, anger, and disappointment. But this all vanished in a queasy half-flash when I realized that the second book was about Sybella, and thus, that there being three books and three main girl characters we'd have different narrator and surely the Author was growing, because it was a growing process, you know, writing.

And I kept pushing through this book, kept waiting for that part where everyone said the first half was cold fish like Book One, but then somewhere past the forty-five percent line it grew flowers and mutated and became amazing. (After seeing something like that I happen with [b:Defiance|11410430|Defiance (Defiance, #1)|C.J. Redwine|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1341967711s/11410430.jpg|16343248] I was willing to hold out). Except I was still holding out at the end of the book.

This book is insanely convenient. I love how people who are paid to spy on you by a sadist, maniac, known for killing people for just looking the wrong direction while in front of him, will 'conveniently' be too scared of ghosts to follow the main character their being paid to spy on. And how all the keys in the castle are new, except for the one to the door we need. Which will be old, thick and rusted. And how once you get to that old, thick rusted door it will open "quiet as a moth flying."

I could keep going. This book never stops being conveniently. When three characters need horses, magically three people on horses, who need to die, will appear. Our main character will claim to be a whore and an assassin, but she never sleeps with any for secrets or safety or at all almost, nor does she kill anyone in the whole of this novel when not out of self defense. Which is amazing for someone who's epiphany is about being Death's Vengence. When she never revenges anyone.

Just like we play with the notion of head tipping to incest pretty much every chapter of half the book, but never actually touch it. Let me tell you how much better, and more honestly portrayed, Cersie and Jamie are on both their POV's. And POV -- which brings me to the straw that literally broke me of even being able to give this book two stars -- the same way it broke me in [a:Beth Revis|4018722|Beth Revis|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1284958744p2/4018722.jpg]'s book -- YOU CANNOT HIDE A SECRET THAT BIG IN FIRST PERSON POV. EVER.

Not when it is something someone would think about. Any and all of it. I don't mean just that worst last traumatic blocked out piece. Just. No. No. No.

Consider me done with this series, its convenience, its claiming to be things it never backs up, and now a very very very shoddly done surprise ending. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Aug 21, 2021 |
Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2.wordpress.com/2021/01/01/my-november-in-bo...

I don't even know why I like like this one.....it had insta-love, it was a sequel to a book I didn't love, it had a not-that-good cover(honestly, I would have never picked this just from the covers), it was way too fast and at the same time really slow....but here I am, giving it 4 stars and ready to pick up hte next book in this series.

It probably stems from the fact that this book dealt with trauma a lot better, I think? And the revelations were actually pretty surprising!I got that she was more or less raped many times over, but that she was pregnant and actually gave birth was not something I had guessed. And I hated the way her family was treating her in this.

Also, Beast was really likable! Like my friend Brinley said, the fact that the love interest was portrayed as ugly, and then stayed ugly, was really good(Brain: That's the only synonym you could think of?)(Me: Shut Up) I mean, it didn't even turn to finding-beauty-in-the-ugliness or anything, she keeps thinking of him as ugly, and that change is jarring but refreshing!

I somehow loved this way more than the first one. Maybe because we were removed from a lot of the action, but not completely? This one was way more personal, and I think that was also a reason. The characterisation of Sybella did seem quite different from the first book, but I liked her better in this, so I'm just gonna ignore that.

I also liked that we got snippets of Ismae and Duval, because I did like them in the first one, and I was so happy we got the Duchess! Even though she was only there for a little while, I was just so happy!You will not believe the joy that descended on me when d'Albret died. I was so happy (Brain: That's the third time; what a vocabulary)(Me: *glares*) that the guy is dead, and I'm glad he's not even welcome in Hell, or Heaven, or whatever (the Afterlife?), because that was a good explanation for the lack of marque, and I was worried he might still stay alive because of it.

Julian is someone I had very mixed feelings about.On the one hand, he raped her and got her pregnant, and the child died, and he was still trying to have sex with her; and on the other, he came through in the end. I don't know, I find incest disturbing and disgusting, and it seemed like this was only happening because of lack of sex education, but can I forgive him for that? Is the father at fault here? Probably. But that shouldn't mean he can do what he wants? Maybe he mistook one type of love (sibling-ly) for another(lover-ly), but wasn't this kind of thing common knowledge? I still don't know, and probably never will, so Julian? You're half-forgiven until further notice.

Also, could someone please explain battle rage/lust/fever? It sounds from the descriptions like they're possessed or infected, but it's like a mood or something?

Well, I loved it, and I recommend it to anyone who read the first book and had mixed feelings about it. If you liked the first one, you are really likely to like this one. But if you didn't, give this a chance. Thank you Brinley for telling me the same :) ( )
  trisha_tomy | Jun 1, 2021 |
This one was slow for the first 30% or so and then it took off. I didn't like it as much as I liked the first one but I will keep reading the series. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
Rating: 98% (4.9 stars) ( )
  melonah | Jan 9, 2021 |
Dark Triumph is the 2nd book in the His Fair Assassin series. This story was much darker than the story of Ismae related in book one, Grave Mercy. Sybella serves the God of Death, Mortain, as an assassin in 15th century France. The convent where she was trained has sent her on a mission back to her father's household. Her father is the evil and barbaric Count d'Albret. As she spies and murders those marked for death within her father's household, she discovers that a prisoner held in the dungeons is an ally who will help fight for the Dutchess Anne. Can she help the prisoner escape and fulfill her destiny?

The story of Sybella is much more personal and dark. She has grown up victimized by the violence of her father. She feels abandoned by her god, Mortain, and worries that she will be unable to unleash the revenge she craves against her father. There is a lot of violence and difficult subjects in this book....infanticide, incest, rape, the subjugation and murder of women. The story was fabulous, but delves into some pretty serious topics that might be a bit traumatic for younger readers. Even though it is classified as Young Adult literature, I think it would be best for readers who are at least 16.

I liked Sybella as a main character. She has been through so much in her life and came through it stronger and more determined. She is fierce! It's nice to see female characters who can hold their own in a fight, and who aren't just cowering and waiting to be saved by men. She fights alongside the men and is a formidable warrior in her own right.

I'm enjoying this series so far. So far there are 3 books, but Goodreads lists two more possible books without titles. I researched a bit to see if I could dig up any information about whether there will actually be more books in this series, but was unable to find any information. So, for now, I will be happy with reading the third book and calling the series a trilogy until I see a title and publication date for another book.

I definitely recommend this series for older teen readers who like fantasy and action. ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
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To my own patron saints:

Nancy Warner, for patching me back together time and again so I could leap once more into the fray;

Erin Murphy, who sometimes saw this story more clearly than I did;

Kate O’Sullivan, for her unwavering support and enthusiasm;

and Mary Hershey, for creating a safe place where we could have all the hard and scary conversations.
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