Sep 042013
Dark TriumphDark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers
Narrated by: Angela Goethals
Published by Recorded Books on Apr 2, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Format: Audiobook from Library
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

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?

Since I loved the first book in the series, I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, this book didn’t live up to those expectations. Where the first book was exciting and unique, this one seemed a little slow. There was a lot less action, and a lot more family drama and romance.

My favourite part of the story was the romance. Considering the fact that the main character is an assassin nun, I would assume that the action would take centre stage, but it didn’t in this story. The real story is Sybella and The Beast of Warwick. It’s a sweet, slow and tender story that is surprisingly lovely.

I listened to the audiobook version of the story, and was very pleased with the experience. It was easy to believe that the narrator was Sybella, which made the story more personal. She was passionate and captured Sybella’s humour and wittiness perfectly.

The ending was satisfactory for the plotline, with a lot left open for the third book. While this book doesn’t completely suffer from second-book-itis, it is close. While I enjoyed this book, it didn’t quite match the first, and I can only hope the third book, which is from Annith’s view, will reignite my love for the series.

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