Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
I’ll keep this review short and sweet.
At first, I was intimidated to read Dark Triumph. Why? Sybella intimidates me. When she was introduced in Grace Mercy, she terrified me. With all the mystery clouding around her identity and history, she made a deeper impression than most of the characters. As Ismae met Sybella several times throughout Grace Mercy, I didn’t know whether Sybella was being cautious or she was an empty shell of emotions.
She is definitely not the latter.
Sybella is such a beautiful person. Through all her hatred, anger, suffering, and desire for vengeance, she makes room for compassion, loyalty, friendship, and love. Even though she feels tainted by her ugly past and corrupted family, she finds the courage to open her hearts to others and to let others love her. If these don’t make her beautiful, then I don’t know what will. She has to be one hell of a strong person to overcome a life of horror.
Beast’s love for Sybella is unconditional and he sees her as more than a deadly weapon to be used than tossed away when enough blood has been shed to clench the thirst. These two have come a long way and still they have their vulnerabilities. Although their love is unlike the nice slow burn in Grace Mercy that had my heart racing, it’s pleasing. Besides, I like Sybella better than Ismae.
The book did get bumpy for me here and there, but in the end, it earned four respectable stars. Dark Triumph is a worthy addition to the series!