A stunning conclusion to the His Fair Assassin follow on duology, Igniting Darkness is everything I hoped it would be. There is politics and intrigue, fantastic character development, beautiful romance and a fast paced plot that keeps on surprising. We are re-united with Sybella and Genevieve, both who met for the first time at the end of Courting Darkness (review here). Their adventures were far from over!
Star rating: 5 stars
Sybella and Genevieve definitely get off on the wrong foot. For one, Sybella doesn’t know where Genevieve’s loyalties lie, and secondly, Genevieve makes a huge mistake that she spends a lot of the book correcting and making up for. The relationship between the sisters is one of the most powerful in the book as they learn to trust each other and bond over their backgrounds.
There are threats all around – the regent is still causing trouble in her efforts to control the King, Beast’s father is also exerting his influence to get what he wants, Sybella’s brother still wants his sisters back and there is a troublesome uprising in Brittany that will only hurt the new Queen of France. With all this going on, there are no slow sections.
Sybella and Genevieve’s powers also become stronger which means that even in the fifth book their are still magical discoveries to make. Together, with their allies, they must protect their Queen and their loved ones from all those that wish to hurt them – a big ask in a history that does not trust women. The romance in this book is just as good, even if it does get put a little on the backburner for all the action that takes place. Beast and Mauraud are great love interests. We even get some of Mauraud’s point of view!
Overall this is an excellent conclusion – the ending made me cry, the characters have found their way into my heart. I can’t wait to see what Robin LaFevers writes next.
Have you read any books by Robin LaFevers? I highly recommend them.
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.