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Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFeversDark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #2
Release Date: 2nd April 2013
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge - but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.

But her assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother's love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for...

 Dark Triumph, which I read…a while ago… is the second book in the His Fair Assassin series, following on from Grave Mercy. This time it’s Sybella who is our protagonist and I have to say that I absolutely loved her. This book manages to be even better than the first one, blending some very dark themes with romance and political intrigue to create a story that is consistently compelling. Seriously, if you’re at all a fan of historical novels definitely find time to read this series. Continue reading

Grave Mercy by R.L LaFevers

Grave Mercy by R.L LaFeversGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Genre: Fantasy, Historical
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: Gift
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Rating: four-stars
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart
This was a Christmas gift from my favourite person and I loved it tbh :’) A historical fantasy about assassin nuns?? SIGN ME UP. The novel follows the story of Ismae, a young girl recruited by nuns who are actually badass assassins with a hand in political matters. And by that I mean they send recruits off to kill those people unfortunate enough to end up on their hit list; I find myself wondering how much more efficient modern politics could be with the threat of assassins hanging over politicians’ heads. Hmmmmm. Ismae is taught the art of killing in a convent (!!!), learning everything from poisoning to using her sexuality and femininity to isolate potential victims. Armed with these skills Ismae is sent to the royal court and eliminate all threats. Also romance, because this is YA and that’s like a necessary requisite around these parts, I guess.
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