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I adored last year's GRAVE MERCY, and I've been so excited for the release of DARK TRIUMPH. I was lucky enough to participate in the Blog Tour for this fantastic sequel, which never let me down and was everything I wanted it to be--and more. Can readers pick up DARK TRIUMPH without having read GRAVE MERCY? Yes, absolutely. DARK TRIUMPH is a self-contained story with an arc of its own. Would I recommend reading DARK TRIUMPH before GRAVE MERCY? No, not really. Robin LaFevers doesn't spend a lot of time re-introducing characters from the first book who take on a more secondary role this time around, choosing to instead focus on Sybella and her story. There's also a lot more insight into the daughters of Mortain the first time around. That isn't to say readers won't still enjoy DARK TRIUMPH if they pick it up blind, but they won't have as much perspective as they would by reading GRAVE MERCY first. This also isn't a series with evil cliffhangers that carry from year to year, so readers should feel secure in picking up the book and reading it now without waiting for all three titles to come out. These are companion novels with interconnecting themes and plots, but the wait won't make you crazy. If your memory isn't great between books, you'll remember the important stuff as you read, because LaFevers reintroduces elements well.
From the first book, I knew that His Fair Assassin would surely follow Ismae, Sybella, and Annith, three daughters of Mortain introduced early on in GRAVE MERCY. I didn't know what else to expect. DARK TRIUMPH is more intimate than GRAVE MERCY in many ways. Sybella has been through so much darkness and overcome it all. I never could have anticipated the multitude of horrors she's faced, and just when I think I've unwrapped the last layer, there's always an even grimmer secret lurking. I didn't expect the vast scope and depth of DARK TRIUMPH in retrospect to my reading of GRAVE MERCY. I was always curious about Sybella based on her interactions with Ismae in the first book, but I never imagined the extent of her past. Her plight is so much more harrowing than I ever thought possible.In fact, I want to go back and re-read GRAVE MERCY just to soak up every glimpse of Sybella now, because I will read those moments entirely differently than I did a year ago.
It's very hard to talk about plot without giving so much away, since intrigue is a big part in what makes the His Fair Assassin series work so well. Like with GRAVE MERCY, DARK TRIUMPH revolves around historical elements and figures from the past, combining them with fantasy and mythological lore to create a fascinating story full of romance, heartbreak, deceit, kingdom politics, and more. In the first book, it is Isame's job to prevent D'Albret from forcing Duchess Anne into marriage. In the second, we realize that D'Albret is Sybella's father, and even crueler than we could have ever imagined when reading the first book. The convent of Saint Mortain has returned Sybella to her childhood household as a spy, but being back home rips open all the wounds that Sybella first tried to run away from. When D'Albret takes the Beast of Waroch prisoner, Sybella is assigned the task of breaking him out, which will force her to sever ties to her family in irrevocable ways.
I had a feeling we'd see the Beast of Waroch make an appearance in DARK TRIUMPH and LaFevers didn't disappoint. One prediction down, and one to go: Over the past two books, there have been hints of deceit and secrecy coming from within the convent, and I fully expect MORTAL HEART to sink into this issue when it releases next year, especially since it revolves around sheltered Annith's journey. I definitely wouldn't recommend this series to younger readers because it can be very mature, but I would recommend it to anyone who wants a captivating fantasy that's easy to fall into. After I finished reading it, I had so much trouble reading anything else for a while because I was so immersed in LaFever's world, and the same thing happened last year when I read GRAVE MERCY. Sybella goes through so much more than any human being should have to and you'd think she'd be damaged for life, but through DARK TRIUMPH, she finds away to, well, triumph. Sybella is an incredibly resilient character that I fell in love with and rooted for over the course of the novel, and I think you will, too.
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This giveaway is US only, ages 13 and up.