Dark Is Her Color

Dark Triumph by R.L. LaFevers


First Look:

It’s good: style is preserved between this and the first volume, lack of which is a pet peeve of mine.

Jacket Copy:

Sybella’s duty as Death’s assassin in 15th-century France forces her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. Love and romance, history and magic, vengeance and salvation converge in this thrilling sequel to Grave Mercy.

Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?


Yes; I believe there is going to be three volumes, of which this is the second.

Worth Reading?


Yes!!!! And let me tell you, it takes a lot for me to approve so emphatically of first person present.

Notable Things:


Assassin Nuns!


Sybella is an abuse survivor, although she doesn’t always think of herself that way.  The healing process is shown through her thoughts, especially the way she describes herself throughout the novel.


Real historical figures!


Okay, so I reused a few Notable Things from the review of the first book, but that’s because they’re very consistent.  And those things are still awesome!  Because the narrator/protagonist is different, you could call these two companion novels, but I think it would be very difficult to understand the second without having read the first–very little reviewing of information is done.  I had a bit of trouble, just because it’s been about six months since I read Grave Mercy (one of the first books I reviewed for this blog!).  I love that the two ladies represent two different aspects of Mortain, and that they have different natural talents.  It took me a little longer to identify with Sybella than with Ismae, but eventually I loved her, too.   Basically, these ladies are kickass and fantastic.  I can’t wait to learn about Annith’s journey!


Borrowed, because I am poor and live in a small apartment.



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