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Historical Fantasy YA Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (His Fair Assassin #2)

Egalley thanks to Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Synopsis from Goodreads
When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge - but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.

But her assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother's love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for...

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 I wasn't happy with Dark Triumph which is strange because I quite liked Grave Mercy. I am quick to acknowledge that it was purely personal. I did not enjoy the way Sybella's POV was structured and because of that I wasn't fully immersed into what was happening and mostly couldn't concentrate on Sybella and Beast's journey.

Beast is another unresolved issue. His character is as vague as his interest in Sybella, and both their feelings don't have some sort of development. We are just presented with them as an accomplished fact. Well, excuse me! I'd like to see a bit more passion in a character who seems to be larger than life and an assassin who is supposed to have horrible psychological scarring.

Sybella's undercover role at her father's court is extremely passive until she receives the word that she is to free a prisoner her father keeps in his dungeon. Then due to a set of unfortunate circumstances she is breaking her cover and journeys to reunite with Ismae who lives at the duchess's court.

I think Sybella's partnership with Beast and their fights alongside each other is the only highlight of the book. I enjoyed their adventures and her work at the Duchess's court. However, everything else was rather tame and dull.

Is it because it's YA? Probably not. Think how raw and full of emotion Sarah J. Maas or Christine Kashore makes you feel. I think it's mostly to do with an author's personal style which feels more like middle grade than YA. Too many things are left unsaid and too many confrontations never happen, which is probably what left me so unsatisfied.

As I said, this is purely personal. I'm sure the majority of readers will find Dark Triumph very engaging and enjoyable.

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К сожалению, книгу я эту читала без особого энтузиазма, и причины для этого у меня личные. Так что, вполне возможно книга эта вам понравится гораздо больше.

Для меня проблемой оказались сам стиль повествования, из-за которого я не смогла заинтересоваться героиней и тем, что с ней происходило, а также огромное количество недосказанного и неслучившихся конфронтаций, которые так и просились в книгу.

Сибелла - хладнокровный, профессиональный ассассин, которая проводит несколько месяцев совершенно пассивно при дворе её отца, мечтая о том, как бы того убить. Однако ничего не происходит пока ей не приходит весточка о том, что ей необходимо освободить из донжона её отца одного из его узников и отправить его в Ренн.

В силу обстоятельст Сибелле и узнику, которого прозвали Чудовищем Де Варенна приходится путешествовать вместе, и именно их битвы и приключения плечом к плечу были единственной частью сюжета, которую я читала с удовольствием.

Сам Чудовище - характер без чётких рамок, и дать ему какую-либо оценку тяжело. Поэтому когда он и Сибелла признаются друг другу в любви нам это предоставляется как  свершившийся факт. Ни о какой страсти между грандиозным воином и ассассином с глубокими психологическими травмами здесь и речи не идёт.

Я не знаю почему книга оказалась такой занудной и слишком мягкой. Жанр сам по себе я винить в этом не могу, так как посмотрите на то, сколько чувств в нас вызывают Сара Джей Маас или Кристин Кашор. Скорее это специфика авторского стиля.

Книга не для меня, но может кому-то понравится больше.

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