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For YA Friday I am taking a look at the newest Robin LaFevers book, Dark Triumph. It is book two in the His Fair Assassin trilogy. I am putting up my own copy, which is SIGNED! To enter, fill out the rafflecopter form at the bottom. If you don't see it, click 'read more'.
This book revolves around Sybelle, the girl who went missing in book 1. In book 2, we find out that the convent has sent her back to the very place she'd left, her father's. Even worse, we find out that her father is D'Albret, the evil man in book 1 who tried to win the hand of the duchess.
In Dark Triumph, Sybelle is sent to spy on her father with the promise that she will be the one to end his life. She waits patiently for the sign from Mortain, but it never comes. Instead, she is forced to watch her father continue his evil practices, while enduring the romantic gestures of her half-brother Julian.
When she can take no more, she aids in the escape of one of the duchess' men, only to be freed herself. Again in the presence of her friend and co-assassin, Ismae, Sybelle begins to learn the truth about Mortain, the truth that the convent is keeping secret. A truth Sybelle must face when she returns to confront her father.
I am really enjoying this series. Nuns that are assassins are such a great idea. So, in this book we have Sybelle. In book 1, she entered the convent as a nut, and now as we meet her father and brothers, we know why. Her family is truly twisted. The very fact that her half-brother is in love with her and wants to wed her crept me out. Her character is flawed and in so much pain, you can't help but feel for her.
I like that the side of Mortain that is revealed to Sybelle is completely different than then one shown to Ismae. Sybelle will truly be his angle of destruction, of vengeance. The entire book is about treachery and betrayal. The action starts and inches upwards, increasing as you learn more and more about D'Albret's evil. I think the thing that intrigued me the most was the question as to whether Sybelle would get her chance for revenge against her father. The question builds through the entire book, finally climaxing in a great battle scene. Sorry, can't tell you what happens.
And guess what? There is a love story, almost a beauty and the beast type of romance. I really enjoyed this sub-plot. I hoped for it to happen, and when it did, I was delighted.
I can't wait for the next book.
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