Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Attack of the Assassins tour interview and giveaway of Dark Triumph!

On Tour with Bookshelvers Anonymous...

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Now Available!!!

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)
by Robin Lafevers
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 2, 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children


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. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella 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. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. 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?

This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them on the edge of their seats.

What better way to celebrate the release of Dark Triumph than an animated discussion between FANS?!  :-D  Please welcome Vale as we let our enthusiasm loose!!  :-D

Let's discuss the characters first -

I love Sybella. She changes so much!  Tell me what you love about Sybella!

Sybella was just as I imagined she would be! From what I recollected of her in Grave Mercy, she must have suffered some serious trauma to arrive at the convent... how she did. & indeed, she suffered deeply from her father's vile & ambition, there were moments where I just had to mentally hug her. 

On the other hand, I enjoyed (perhaps too much) her killing plots. Why, she spilled the blood! 

And Beast!

Beast is the right amount of ogre & (teddy) bear. He can be gentle but also savage an army by himself. & that's exactly why I think he was perfect for Sybella; because that's exactly what she needed. 

& the story they shared without knowing it! *tear* 

We have to discuss villains, too, because these are some of the worst I've ever met and I hate them furiously. Who drives you to madness in Dark Triumph

Aside, you know, D'Albret & Madame Dinan? Julian, then. He is not precisely bad, but damn, he's... confused. At the end I felt a lot of pity for him, just how wrong he was about the things around him, about Sybella. 

D'Albret *flips* He is a freaking son of a bitch & I hope the shadows of hell reap his soul apart for the rest of eternity. & that's it. 

What do you love about Robin LaFevers' writing - in both Grave Mercy & Dark Triumph?

Oh, I like the real sense of being in other time, brought by the usage of words. I know it is very hard, to write by a time frame, but at the end is worth it because it transports me!

Also, the accurate use of metaphors that are not quite metaphors. 
"Time stretches like honey falling off a blade" Is so beautiful! & the french words, Merde!, jajaja. 

Do you want to make any guesses about book three? :-)

you know, I've been guessing in my head since I finished the book but I... can't. Is about Annith, alright but... which will be her exact role on the politiking & the duchy (you know, considering...)?
Okay, I know that she will flee the convent, she already did, for all we know, so... my guess are (a) She goes straight to Ismae (& the abbess) & officially starts His biding, (b) She will stumble in the countryside, until something hits her forehead & she gets her wits right (& kills someone!), (c) Uh... something unexpected happens? 

Okay, you know? I'll tell you once the blurb is released. 

Anything else you would like to share?

The perspective of Death! Since Grave Mercy, I absolutely fell by the way Death is portrayed. Not necessarily like something bad not necessarily the end or the only option. Both Ismae & Sybella have different perspectives about Death & how to serve Him; I am very impressed of the... mythology, (um, yeah, mythology for lack of a better word,) in which the god is viewed. 

Where is your review?

You can find my review in Goodreads! From April 3th it will be there:

Thank you, Vale!!!  I love talking about favorite books with someone who also loves them!!! Woohoo!!  Thx for visiting today... and sharing your enthusiasm!

My Reviews:

1st Review of Grave Mercy
2nd Review of rereading Grave Mercy
Review of Dark Triumph

Get Your Copies:
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The Awesome Author:

Robin LaFevers was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and 19th century poetry. It is not surprising she grew up to be a hopeless romantic. 
Though she has never trained as an assassin or joined a convent, she did attend Catholic school for three years, which instilled in her a deep fascination with sacred rituals and the concept of the Divine. She has been on a search for answers to life’s mysteries ever since. 
Many of those answers still elude her, she was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living happily ever after with him in the foothills of southern California. 
In addition to writing about teen assassin nuns in medieval Brittany, she writes books for middle grade readers, including the Theodosia books and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series. You can learn more about those books at
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Crazy-Great Giveaway!!!

1 print copy of Dark Triumph for an international winner, offered by this great tour.

April 3 - April 18, 2013. All of my rules under the About tab apply... must be of age, have valid mailing address, etc.

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  1. I still haven't read Grave Mercy but I have it on my shelf. I want to have both books before I start reading. My friends loved Grave Mercy so I'm sure I'll like it too.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. I've heard such good things about this book recently that i decided to add this series to my to-read pile! two bloggers that i visit gave it 6 out of 5 stars so it must be good!

  3. i love the idea of the plot, to see female characters fighting for they believbe in and teh happy end is a good point too^^
    i need to read grave mercy it's in my to be read pile^^

    thank you for the int giveaway

  4. Loved that you brought up the perspective of Death! And I'm going crazy thinking about Annith too, what her story will be, who she will fall in love with!

  5. I'm always up for a good historical fiction story.

  6. Great post, Laura! Way to close out the tour with a bang. :)

  7. Great interview!!! Congrats on your release day!!! Thank you for the giveaway!!!

  8. I love being able to read a book and feeling like I'm part of the story. THAT'S some GREAT writing!I hate having to put a book down after I've already been sucked into the plot!

  9. If it has assasins, action and adventure I want it read it! :D Plus Ive been eyeing Grave Mercy for a while now!
    Samantha D

  10. I think this series sounds fascinating and the reviews are fantastic! I need to drop everything and read it now! Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. It was really fun to do this interview, loved it!!

  12. I like the blend of historical with myth, the strong characters and plot development. It's all so well written.
    I really wanted to know what happens next after Grave Mercy.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  13. Her writing incredibly descriptive. The entire plot is amazing.

  14. I haven't read Grave Mercy but I'm looking forward in reading it. I heard she'd done an amazing job in writing that book. That's one of the reasons why I'm dying to read her books.

  15. Grave Mercy is a great book and I'm sure this one is too!

  16. I love her world-building and characters :) Grave Mercy is already one of my favorite books from this year!

  17. I'm so incredibly excited to see Sybella's story and more about the Beast who was one of my favorite characters in Grave Mercy. Can't wait, and thanks for this great giveaway!

  18. I've been thinking about it lately, how I've never read a book featuring an assassin. I love action books and paranormal books and yet have never read one with an assassin! How is that possible? I'm looking forward to that in reading Robin's books!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  19. Her writing is impeccable. Grave Mercy has perfect pacing, such well thought out, and real to life characters. Intrigue, suspense, romance, fear, heartache.... There are so many wonderful things about Grave Mercy. It is an absolute favorite for me. I cannot wait to see what goodness Robin Lafevers has in store for us with Dark Triumph!

  20. Robin LaFevers is new to me, but her work does sound fantastic.

  21. Never read her books but from the reviews on her books, they have to go on my wishlist!


    raffle name: Nikki O

  22. I like the world and characters she creates!
    Thanks! :)

  23. Grave Mercy was one of the best book I read last year, loved it!!! Dying to get my hands on this one, tanks for the INT giveaway.

  24. I hear from my facebook friens, this book was great. I would love to win this book. Hope i am lucky.
    Thanks for giveaway :)

  25. i am very exciting...the cover is great the synopsis and reviews are goods..
    thx u...

  26. Im excited to read the series! It sounds like a good read set in a medieval world. :)

  27. I love reading fantasy. Robin writes in a way that makes you reading fantasy in a less heavy or complicated way.

  28. I love the fact that the series is about nuns that are assassins! :D

  29. Assassin nuns? C'mon that's just awesome...I also love the romance in Grave Mercy, it wasn't was a slow build up and I adored every part of it! =D

  30. I LOVED Grave Mercy and I love Robin LaFever's writing stlye :)

  31. Her books are just so amazing, the concept and plot are wat got me interested :)

  32. I LOVED the first book Grave Mercy and I've been DYING to get my hands on the next book in this AMAZING series!Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  33. I love reading her books because.. well it's not every day you find a good historical fiction fantasy book. Plus it's about assassins. The fact that it's girls, out there killing men, I don't know it's just so interesting! And her writing style - it's just sooo amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

  34. I haven't read any of her books, but I've heard really great things about this second one. :)


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