Dark Triumph

Dark Triumph  - Robin LaFevers *Final review in progress*

This was SO much better than the first book of the series. It mostly stands on it's own so you don't have to read the first book but there is some overlap and the first book does better cover the convent Sybella hails from and Mortain, whom she serves.

The pacing was much better and while still containing lots of historical information, the focus on the plot was much clearer. This story wastes no time getting into the thick of things. The timeline overlaps the lasts parts of Ismae's story in Grave Mercy but the entire story is from Sybella's poitn of view.

I loved her character! While she seems harsh and a bit cold it is a mask she wears and the further into the book you get, the more you see beneath it. And let me let you, this girl has been put through the ringer a few times in her life. I don't think you can help but feel strongly for her.

In this book Sybella must come to terms with her family, and her personal history, dark as it was. With help from the Beast, she comes slowly around. There is a romance in this book, but it is slow and sweet and I loved it!

There is also a lot of action and death. Sybella is no girl to be trifled with. She will risk everything to help those who need it, and will even enjoy it if she can take down a few marqued by Death.

The blend of action, intrigue, history, and romance was wonderful. This really redeemed the series for me and now has me excited to see what else the author might come out with.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair, honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are strictly my own.*