Series: His Fair Assassin #2
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013)
Hardcover (385 pages)
Also by this author: Grave Mercy, Mortal Heart
Also in this series: Grave Mercy, Mortal Heart
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When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge – but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.
But her assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for…
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This book follows Sybella, a novice at the convent of St Mortain. Sybella is given a tough assignment: return to her father’s house as a spy and assassin for the convent and the Duchess of Brittany.
The convent sends Sybella the assignment to rescue the knight known as the Beast of Waroch being held in d’Albret’s dungeon. This assignment turns out to be much more than Sybella or the convent bargained for.
The slow romance of Beast and Sybella is refreshing. They both feel that the other deserves better than themselves. They take time to known each other before slipping into romance. The relationship is also built on trust. They need to trust one another to get through so much of what happens and they do.
I liked the brief glimpse of Ismae and Duval. They seem so happy together and I still think they are a great couple. Sybella and Beast are as well.
I like that this story is based on historical facts. There was really a Duchess Anne of Brittany. Count d’Albret really was her persistent suitor. The French were really almost at war with Brittany. This story has a great historical backdrop.
Sybella always tries to do the right thing. She has had a terribly difficult life to live and she makes her way through it. She is even able to find the means to forgive herself for the past she couldn’t really control.
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