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 thrilling sequel to Grave Mercy.
Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. 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 to a 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?
I honestly thought it would be impossible for Dark Triumph to live up to it’s predecessor. Grave Mercy is one of the best historical fantasy novels that I’ve read and Dark Triumph definitely is too. Sybella’s story is just as fantastic as Ismae’s and readers will be rooting for her from the very first page.
Sybella is a little harder to like than Ismae but she quickly grows on readers. She’s had a hard life, maybe even harder than Ismae, and things don’t come easy to her. She’s rather standoffish and sometimes rude but those are her defense mechanisms. She doesn’t know any other way to take care of herself. She doesn’t trust easily but she does start to when Beast enters the picture. Oh, Beast. Do I even need to say anything about him? He’s just as lovable as in Grave Mercy and just as funny. He brings much needed humor to the rather serious story. And of course there are some wonderful scenes with Duval and Ismae. Their appearance in the story made me very happy and I loved getting a glimpse of their relationship.
The story is a bit slow in the beginning. This time around the story is very political and there isn’t always a ton of action. It’s not a book that you can just plow through but it’s worth a slow read. There is a lot going on and if you try to read the book too fast you just might miss something very important. There is also quite a bit of foreshadowing as to what might be coming for the third book. It will definitely leave readers eager to finish the trilogy.
Overall, Dark Triumph is a very strong followup to Grave Mercy. Fans of the first book will not be disappointed. Sybella is just as kick-ass as anyone could have hoped and I may actually love Beast more than Duval now. You’ll see why as you read.
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