Author: Robin LaFevers
Number of Pages: 400
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date Published: April 28th, 2014
Source: Given to me by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company for an Honest Review
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 home to the 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?
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You know those books that constantly keep you on your toes, making you wonder what the characters will do next? Or what deep secrets are hidden? Well this is definitely one of those books, I found myself intrigued every step of the way and I loved every bit of it!
First off, IT HAD A MAP!! We all know how much I love maps, it makes me feel like the author knew exactly what they wanted and they went for it! The map is absolutely amazing and it kind of reminds me, of the old maps from Great Britain. In fact this whole book had a Great Britain feeling to it, I might be wrong but I think it is, since the French were involved and everything! Which brings me to my second love, medieval history! Dark Triumph had everything the battles, the duchesses, the lords, the swords, the clothing, absolutely everything!
Our female protagonist Sybella, is darker than her other sisters. She bathes in the glory of battle and death. She has no qualms with killing, yet struggles with the idea that she might just be like her heartless father. Between Ismae and Sybella, I still like Ismae the most, but Sybella had this attitude about her that she takes shit from no one. Which I quite liked. While she would love to slip a little poison into the court's drinks, she believes her God - Mortain - has another need for her.
After seeing a man bellow with pain from afar Sybella cannot get his bravery off her head.
I loved the story line with Beast and Sybella, I honestly had no idea the book would take that direction. I knew what Sybella's mission was but it definitely took a 180 degree turn. Which like I said before Dark Triumph does keep you on your toes. I enjoyed how Sybella debates whether to kill a man or not, it was quite funny to read.
Beast and Sybella are quite a pair, and watching those to fight together and fall in love was simply amazing. I truly do not know when they fell in love, I could say from the very beginning, but I honestly do not know. It was really cute to see this black haired goddess fall in love with this not so good looking burly type of man. Yet, it was refreshing because in every book I have ever read the male is always the hottest guy!
There are some moments in Dark Triumph where I just had to set it aside, because this book does contain material that is very personal, and very sad. I loved that the author tied it in, just because it fits. But it was still very hard to read. So to warn you this book does contain a little adult material.
The only disappointment I had was the slow beginning, I felt as if it dragged for a bit there. But no worries, it picked right back up and I enjoyed every minute there afterwards!
I recommend this Dark Triumph to you! If you love adventure, some romance, and nun that kills for a living...well this book is just for you! I can not wait to pick up the next book - Mortal Heart - as I believe it will be just as good as the last two.
xx Kat xx