Book Reviews - Adrianne

Review: Courting Darkness by Robin Lafevers (e-ARC)

Courting DarknessHellooo lovelies! Happy Wednesday! I’d just like it to be known that this review is doubling as my March wrap-up because literally I only read this book. 34703778_10155344652701922_9146471184290807808_nDeath wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.

As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about?

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So first and foremost, I wholeheartedly believe that, if you want to follow what’s happening in this spin off/continuation then you should read the His Fair Assassin trilogy. One of those novels  follows one of the main perspectives we see in this novel, Sybella and ultimately this novel picks up pretty soon after the end of Mortal Heart (book 3). Honestly, the original trilogy is like fabulous either way, so please give it a shot! I’m not big on historical fiction…and I’m not entirely sure if this is historical fiction? but it has that vibe.

Anyway!

What I liked. I really enjoyed seeing Sybella struggling with her identity after what happens at the end of the original trilogy. She no longer knows where she fits in to Mortain’s (aka Death’s) grand plan and, not only that, but she’s thrust into this new court that she has to traverse without really knowing who the real enemies are. I really loved her interactions with Beast, her sisters, and the Duchess. I felt that we got more of a sassy Sybella, if that’s possible. Honestly, Sybella was my favorite character to follow in the original trilogy so I was just super happy to see her brought back in this duology.

Something I didn’t like so much. I feel like I say this all the time, but there are scenes that I find pointless to the overall story, or there are parts of chapters (even like paragraphs or descriptions) that could be left out. HOWEVER, with this sort of book that has SOME history in it, I can understand why making sure descriptions and actions are accurate to the time period are important.

I really enjoyed how soon after the original series this picked up. It felt as though no time had passed and it was pretty easy to jump back into this world after recapping the original books. This just felt like an extension, not necessarily a separate duology. Honestly, the fact that we got to see a lot more interaction with the Duchess made me happy. I felt like she didn’t get enough page time in the original books as she did in this one.

Something else I liked was the new addition to the cast, Genevieve. She was a very unique character. Though, if I’m honest, she really annoyed me in the beginning. I found her to be a bit flighty and demanding without giving much in return. I felt her manipulation of the prisoner she encounters to be really well done and fun and very The Cruel Prince (weird, I know considering there are no Fae in this series). I love sneaky, sly characters and this little lady was all of those things and more– She gave me Arya Stark vibes.

Overall, lovers of the original trilogy will enjoy jumping back into this world! I’d definitely recommend to people who aren’t entirely into historical fiction because it has an element of magic and mythology that really draw a reader in.

Have you guys read the original series? Who was your favorite of Mortain’s daughters?

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