Book Review: Courting Darkness

Robin LaFevers has smashed it again with this follow up to the His Fair Assassin trilogy (Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph and Mortal Heart). Courting Darkness is another stunning historical fantasy set after the events of Mortal Heart. We are re-united with Sybella, one of the assassins of St Mortain, and introduced to Genevieve, an assassin sent to France at a young age to wait to be called upon. Now, with the Duchess of Brittany married to the King of France, that time has arrived.

Star rating: 5 stars

What I love about Robin LaFevers is that her female characters can all protect themselves. Sure, they fall in love, but they also rescue their lovers, which is awesome. Sybella and Beast are still going strong as they travel to France with the Duchess so she can take her place as the Queen of France. There are new threats from the Regent, and old threats are still haunting Sybella in the form of her old family. Pierre wants his sisters back, but Sybella wants to keep Charlotte and Louise with her.

Genevieve is in Cognac, and after finding a mysterious prisoner, forms a bond with him. The pair escape and begin and adventure together. The romance between Genevieve and Mauraud is HOT. Robin LaFevers really knows how to write a good romance story, and in every book there was been a magnificent one. I really can’t wait to see what happens in Igniting Darkness with these two who are so perfect or each other.

This is a fast-paced, action-packed book with characters that I can’t help but love. It also ends on a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the final instalment of the duology, Igniting Darkness. I read this book as part of the #ConquerAChonker challenge, and I am really glad I did because I was putting off reading all 523 pages again!

Have you read any books by Robin LaFevers? I highly recommend her books. Follow Ismae in Grave Mercy, Sybella in Dark Triumph and Annith in Mortal Heart for three great stories about three amazing women.

#ConquerAChonker – Courting Darkness

It is #ConquerAChonker weekend! This is a challenge run by Asha over @cat_book_tea on twitter (blog here). The aim is to start (and maybe finish) a huge book over 18th to 20th September (this weekend).

There’s only two rules to take part: grab any book… that’s over 400 pages long!

400+ pages is a CHONKY BOI

500+ pages is a MEGA CHONK

600+ pages is an UBERCHONK

For this challenge I’m going to read Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers. I’ve read it before when it was released, but I am doing this re-read in preparation for Igniting Darkness which I have ready to go!

This one is 523 pages long so I’ll be taking on a MEGA CHONK. We love to see it.

When Sybella accompanies the Duchess of Brittany to France, she expects trouble, but she isn’t expecting a deadly trap. Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from the convent of St. Mortain who were placed in the French court years ago.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hands.

As these two worlds collide, the fate of the Duchess, Brittany, and everything Sybella and Genevieve have come to love hangs in the balance. 

I really liked this book on my first read (and the His Fair Assassin trilogy before it) so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how it ends after this book.

Will you be taking part in #ConquerAChonker? What are your favourite chonker books?