Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sequel Triumph: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Just the facts:

Overall: 4 Stars

Addiction Level: I read it every waking moment.

Believe-ability: I daydream about the created world and wonder how I fit in.


            I’m so excited that for once I didn’t have to wait forever to read a sequel! Of course, the feeling is only temporary as I now have to wait another year before Mortal Heart comes out. I’ll just stick with the happy feelings for now.

            Dark Triumph is the second book in the His Fair Assassin series and is more of a companion novel that a true sequel (to me at least). It focuses on Sybella versus Ismae and continues the story of the fate of Brittany with only a little bit of backtracking. In Dark Triumph we get a much better glimpse into Sybella’s past and exactly why she is the way she is. Her story is pretty dark and a little disturbing but nothing that you probably haven’t already thought of or figured out if you’ve already read Grave Mercy.

            But, wait! There’s more! *Minor Spoiler Alert* The best part of this book is that we get to know more about the triumphant Beast of Waroch! Yes! I think he might be one of the most likeable characters in the history of characters. I just cannot help but like him! Sybella and Beast make a great team and they match one another’s reckless and rebellious behavior. They’re pretty much unstoppable.

            I know I’ve been on a bit of a fantasy bender lately but because of that I can really appreciate LaFevers writing. At first her use of methinks, mayhaps, etc really grated on me, but I realize that LaFevers was doing her best to make her novel accurate and believable. She has effectively created a world where everything is convincing, even the struggles between the old gods and the new. This is a world where everything has a place and there are no loose ends lying about. If you haven’t picked up these books yet, I highly suggest you do so.