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Dark Triumph

Dark Triumph - Robin LaFevers * I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher for review*The timetable of Dark Triumph overlaps slightly with that of it's companion book, Grave Mercy, and this story jumps right into action. Assassin nun Sybella has been sent to live in the home of d'Albret, a noble who is eager to wed young Anne of Brittany and gain control over her father's extensive holdings. Sybella knows d'Albret to be a cruel and evil man, and is desperately hoping that she will see the "marque" on him, a sign from St. Mortain, god of Death, that Sybella can kill him.When Sybella receives instructions from the convent that she must rescue a prisoner in d'Albret's dungeon, the book becomes a nail-biting tale of suspense, filled with fight scenes and action. This is interwoven with the Sybella's story -- the slow revelation of the sad family situation that drove her to seek refuge in the convent.Dark Triumph is an intensely emotional book, the story of Sybella's traumatic past. Sybella becomes obsessed with the mysterious prisoner who has survived so much. Her desire to keep him alive feels very personal; it seems that by saving him she feels that she can also save herself. But it seems that every possible obstacle -- both literal and emotional -- stand between Sybella and "the Beast" ever coming together. Dark Triumph weaves a well-known Breton fairy tale into this story in a way that made me SO happy. Well done!I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and historical romance, as well as anyone who likes books with lots of action and emotion. Read more reviews and enter to win great YA titles here: Jen @ YA Romantics