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Dark Triumph
ISBN: 9780547628387
Author: Lafevers, Robin
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: April 2013
Retail: $17.99    OUR PRICE: $1.00
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Love and romance, history and magic, vengeance and salvation all converge in this sequel to Grave Mercy that finds Sybella having to face her duty as Death's assassin in 15th-century France, a reality that forces her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. 75,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Assassins; Fiction.
Death; Fiction.
Gods; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2012033555
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: His Fair Assassin
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" L x 1.00" W
Bargain Category: Middle School, Fantasy, $1 Books!
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
In this sequel to Grave Mercy Sybella is now a convent-trained assassin serving St. Mortain, Death himself, picking off her marks with stealthy efficiency even while she remains terrified of her father's cruelty. Loosely based on political events in fifteenth-century France, this is romantic fantasy with a vengeance, a pungent mix of inner torment, costume drama, and dagger-, sword-, poison-, and garrote-play.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #3)
The sequel to Grave Mercy (rev. 3/12) begins with Sybella, incestuously abused daughter of Bluebeard-like Count d'Albret, re-ensconced in the treacherous milieu of her father's castle. But now she's a convent-trained assassin serving St. Mortain, Death himself, picking off her marks with stealthy efficiency even while she remains terrified of d'Albret's cruelty. At all costs, she wants to keep him from capturing the beloved young duchess of Brittany, who is fighting to retain her kingdom. Then Sybella is ordered to free "the Beast," one of the duchess's loyal warriors now captive in d'Albret's dungeon, and her understanding of love and Death begins to change. Loosely based on the political events of fifteenth-century France, this is romantic fantasy with a vengeance. Sybella and the Beast are inspired killers, "truly...the gods' own children, forged in the fire of [their] tortured pasts, but also blessed with unimaginable gifts." These gifts allow them to move like a cleansing scourge through the ranks of the bad guys, the gods on their side. LaFevers offers a pungent mix of inner torment, costume drama, and dagger-, sword-, poison-, and garrote-play. deirdre f. baker
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 February #4)

In this electric sequel to Grave Mercy, LaFevers tells the story of another 15th-century "handmaiden to Death" from the convent of St. Mortain, Lady Sybella. Raised in terror by her father, the monstrous nobleman D'Albret, Sybella was barely sane when she entered the convent. Years later, still filled with rage, she has returned home to spy on the traitorous D'Albret and foil his attempt to kidnap and forcibly marry his liege, the young Duchess of Brittany. Sybella must navigate a complex web of political subterfuge, violence, and self-hatred to stay alive, while secretly assassinating those traitors whom the god Mortain has "marqued" for death ("When I see a dark shadow covering his chest, my heart soars. He is marqued! This makes everything so much simpler"). Ordered to save the life of the ugly Beast of Waroch, a knight loyal to the duchess, Sybella soon ends up on the run from her father's vengeance. Brimming with powerful emotions, thrilling sword fights, and accurate period detail, this tightly plotted tale will enthrall readers of romantic historical fantasy. Ages 14–up. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 July)

Gr 9 Up—In this sequel to Grave Mercy (Houghton Harcourt, 2012), Sybella leaves the convent where she has learned her assassin's skills and returns to Brittany, where she must endure her father's unspeakable cruelty and the incestuous love of her half brother. Determined to undermine D'Albret at every turn and stay loyal to Duchess Anne, she carries out covert operations and looks for opportunities to use her skills and bring evildoers to justice. She helps to foil a plot to capture Anne and frees the Beast of Waroch, the duchess's most loyal and fierce champion, from D'Albret's prison, all the while waiting for an opening to kill her father. When the knight knocks her out and takes her along with him, her cover is blown and she despairs that no one will be able to stop D'Albret's reign of terror. As with the first book, LaFevers has filled the pages of her novel with adventure, and the pace is electrifyingly fast. The characters are well drawn, and even the secondary figures have dimension. Sybella's quick-thinking and fearless approach to terrifying personal and political situations renders her an incredibly strong protagonist with whom readers will identify. The love that develops between her and Beast provides a model of a healthy relationship built on mutual trust and understanding. Realistic details of 15th-century Breton life abound, providing an overall clear and accurate picture of the times. There is much talk about St. Mortain as the Lord of Death, which some may find disturbing, but these topics are handled well and the story will leave readers eager for the series' finale.—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI

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