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From New York Times best-selling author Robin LaFevers comes the follow up to “sharp and breathless” (Kirkus Reviews) historical fantasy Courting Darkness. Set in the world of the beloved His Fair Assassin series, this is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Game of Thrones. When you count Death as a friend, who can stand as your enemy? Sybella, novitiate of the convent of From New York Times best-selling author Robin LaFevers comes the follow up to “sharp and breathless” (Kirkus Reviews) historical fantasy Courting Darkness. Set in the world of the beloved His Fair Assassin series, this is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Game of Thrones. When you count Death as a friend, who can stand as your enemy? Sybella, novitiate of the convent of Saint Mortain and Death’s vengeance on earth, is still reeling from her God’s own passing, and along with him a guiding hand in her bloody work. But with her sisters on the run from their evil brother and under the watchful eye of her one true friend (and love) at court, the soldier known as Beast, Sybella stands alone as the Duchess of Brittany’s protector. After months of seeking her out, Sybella has finally made contact with a fellow novitiate of the convent, Genevieve, a mole in the French court. But when Genevieve mistakenly draws the attention of the French king to the convent of Saint Mortain and its deadly arts, she may do her sisters (and herself) more harm than good. Sybella, having already drawn the ire of the French regent, may not be able to depend on her sister and ally as much as she hoped. Still, Death always finds a way, even if it’s not what one expects. No one can be trusted and the wolves are always waiting in this thrilling conclusion to the Courting Darkness duology, set in the world of Robin’s beloved His Fair Assassins trilogy.


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From New York Times best-selling author Robin LaFevers comes the follow up to “sharp and breathless” (Kirkus Reviews) historical fantasy Courting Darkness. Set in the world of the beloved His Fair Assassin series, this is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Game of Thrones. When you count Death as a friend, who can stand as your enemy? Sybella, novitiate of the convent of From New York Times best-selling author Robin LaFevers comes the follow up to “sharp and breathless” (Kirkus Reviews) historical fantasy Courting Darkness. Set in the world of the beloved His Fair Assassin series, this is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Game of Thrones. When you count Death as a friend, who can stand as your enemy? Sybella, novitiate of the convent of Saint Mortain and Death’s vengeance on earth, is still reeling from her God’s own passing, and along with him a guiding hand in her bloody work. But with her sisters on the run from their evil brother and under the watchful eye of her one true friend (and love) at court, the soldier known as Beast, Sybella stands alone as the Duchess of Brittany’s protector. After months of seeking her out, Sybella has finally made contact with a fellow novitiate of the convent, Genevieve, a mole in the French court. But when Genevieve mistakenly draws the attention of the French king to the convent of Saint Mortain and its deadly arts, she may do her sisters (and herself) more harm than good. Sybella, having already drawn the ire of the French regent, may not be able to depend on her sister and ally as much as she hoped. Still, Death always finds a way, even if it’s not what one expects. No one can be trusted and the wolves are always waiting in this thrilling conclusion to the Courting Darkness duology, set in the world of Robin’s beloved His Fair Assassins trilogy.

30 review for Igniting Darkness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Darling

    Annnd now I have a 2019 shelf. o.O

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura ☾

    Honestly, as a finale I was a bit let down by this. The multiple POV style is not executed well enough here, and the narrative just felt disjointed and didn't flow! I felt quite bored through a lot of this, which is a shame as I rather liked the first book in the duology and the original trilogy! Also, I really didn't connect with Maraud's narrative at all in this? Which is odd since I quite liked him in Courting Darkness

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    Man, those last 50 pages were intense! The book ended too abruptly for my liking but everything before that was splendid and just what I want from historical fantasy. Knowing the author has done thorough research on the topic makes me take off my hat before her because not only did she manage to accurately represent the living conditions and customs of that time, she also tried to stay as true to the historical events as possible. All the characters were delighting and almost felt like real peopl Man, those last 50 pages were intense! The book ended too abruptly for my liking but everything before that was splendid and just what I want from historical fantasy. Knowing the author has done thorough research on the topic makes me take off my hat before her because not only did she manage to accurately represent the living conditions and customs of that time, she also tried to stay as true to the historical events as possible. All the characters were delighting and almost felt like real people to me and while I still have some questions as to the whereabouts of certain individuals, I am happy to say that I'm mostly satisfied with this conclusion. Mostly. The thing about historical fiction is that it tends to drag and through parts of the book it felt like they were going back and forth a lot, accusing one another before the king, betraying and killing, trying to cover it up just to have someone else tell on them. But then again, that time in history is infamous for its cruel reputation and boy am I glad I wasn't born in medieval times. I don't know what it was but this new duology didn't have the same vibe to it than the 'His Fair Assassin' trilogy and was largely lacking in the romance department, very much to my disappointment :(

  5. 4 out of 5

    christina

    RTC - a great ending to a great series!!! ------------------------ His Fair Assassin Trilogy Grave Mercy, #1 ★★★★☆ Dark Triumph, #2 ★★★★☆ Mortal Heart, #3 ★★★★☆ Courting Darkness Duology Courting Darkness, #1 ★★★☆☆ Igniting Darkness, #2 ★★★★☆ RTC - a great ending to a great series!!! ------------------------ His Fair Assassin Trilogy Grave Mercy, #1 ★★★★☆ Dark Triumph, #2 ★★★★☆ Mortal Heart, #3 ★★★★☆ Courting Darkness Duology Courting Darkness, #1 ★★★☆☆ Igniting Darkness, #2 ★★★★☆

  6. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I received a sampler copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. The sampler I received was only 100 pages but I was gripped after the first 20. This book is fantastic so far and I really want to continue reading it all asap! The characters are diverse and strong female leads and the story is intriguing. This is a must read for Throne of Glass, Game of Thrones or Leigh Bardugo fans!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    4.5 stars Praise Mortain! I’m finally done! I have been waiting since Grave Mercy for a happy ending for these characters I have grown to love so much over these years. I will say this book in particular may not be my favorite out of all of the books, I still really enjoyed seeing how each characters’ story wrapped up. First, Sybella. I have always, always loved her fierceness, her loyalty, strength and love she has for her sisters and friends, even showing kindness to the people she really disl 4.5 stars Praise Mortain! I’m finally done! I have been waiting since Grave Mercy for a happy ending for these characters I have grown to love so much over these years. I will say this book in particular may not be my favorite out of all of the books, I still really enjoyed seeing how each characters’ story wrapped up. First, Sybella. I have always, always loved her fierceness, her loyalty, strength and love she has for her sisters and friends, even showing kindness to the people she really dislikes. She is truly a wonderful heroine and I’m glad to see her journey extended in this duology. Her and Beast are so good together. Beast reminds her that there is light alongside the darkness in this world. Truly so absolutely wonderful together! Now onto Genevieve. I had mixed feelings about her in the last book because let’s face it. She can be naive, too trusting and made some really stupid mistakes in the last book. This book is about her trying to fix her mistakes. She really was trying to help but when she realized she made this colossal mistake, she does try to make amends. She is a bit unpracticed but it’s understandable since she left the convent at 12 and never got to finish her training. In this book, I appreciated her efforts to make things right again or at least to the point where her friends and sisters wouldn’t be in danger from the Crown. She definitely redeemed herself throughout this book. Gen and Maraud are a couple I can totally get on board with. They didn’t have much time for romance, same for Beast and Sybella, but I can see them lasting. They have to rebuild trust now and then but I liked how she opens up to him. He is someone she can rely on but he isn’t asking for her soul in return, just to earn their mutual trust. I did find Gen’s relationship with the King to be very interesting. The King is super clueless and sheltered. He takes people word just because they promise and really is only receiving the facts from a bunch of liars. Then he decides to make his own decisions at the stupidest times. He always had a fondness for Gen and that helped a lot in this book. Gen wants to offer friendship to him. She doesn’t exactly respect him but has seen kindness and honor in him so she sees hope even when the King is against her and Sybella. He does redeem himself as a leader in the end so I see hope for him. I’m impressed by her patience in him. I would have smacked him if he wasn’t the King. I wasn’t bothered by the multiple perspectives. We not only have Sybella and Gen’s perspectives but also a little of Aeva and Maraud’s as well. It made sense why we had to know what was going on with them but at the same time I kind of wish the story would just be from Sybella and Gen’s perspectives only just to be consistent. Lastly, the overall plot. I’m not going to lie, the plot is a little bit of a jumble. A little slow at times. I wasn’t as engaged when reading this book compared to the other. We have so many separate and overlapping story lines. I really wanted to know about Sybella and her sisters. Then there is Sybella vs the King, the Regent, General Cassel and a bunch of other people. They find out she is an assassin so they assume she is responsible for every death known to man. Like umm, hello? Don’t your guards and soldiers kill? Don’t they have swords and other weapons are there disposal? What about the bloodthirsty General Cassel? Is he not also equally capable of killing? Why are they are so ignorant? Like yes, Sybella doesn’t mind killing but only to protect those she loves or in defense. Only when absolutely necessary. I was so mad on her behalf. Basically, the storylines were resolved in the end but I also feel like will there be more books. This story ended but I feel like we could fast forward to 18 years later and see how the next generation is going? I’m up for that. From Sybella to Beast, Annith to the Queen, I was really reading this series for all of these amazing characters. Long may the Queen reign! I’m sad the story is over but I hope this won’t be the last book in this world. 2020: When did the publication date move?? It’s October now! That is so far away!! :( 2019: Damn that cover! Literally on fire. 🔥❤️

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sanne

    I loooved the first book in this serie so i couldn't wait for the next one. Kinda sad it was only the first 100 pages but im gonna buy it later to read. Its a very good and well writen story. The story is very original and refreshing and i can't wait to read more!

  9. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    I’m soooo happy to read this a whole month early! 😭

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult / Historical / Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Igniting Darkness, by author Robin LaFevers, is the second and final installment in the authors Courting Darkness duology. This book alternates between two main characters: Genevieve, who readers were first introduced to in the first book in this duology Courting Darkness, and Sybella, who readers first read about in Dark Triumph, part of the original His Fair Assassin series. The series takes place in the year 1490, *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult / Historical / Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Igniting Darkness, by author Robin LaFevers, is the second and final installment in the authors Courting Darkness duology. This book alternates between two main characters: Genevieve, who readers were first introduced to in the first book in this duology Courting Darkness, and Sybella, who readers first read about in Dark Triumph, part of the original His Fair Assassin series. The series takes place in the year 1490, but the author takes more than a few twists to historical events to fit her story. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Inkslinger

    ARC provided by NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All opinions are mine and freely given. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook "Is our meeting a secret? She sends me a scathing look over her shoulder. "No. I want to sneak up on the herald before I have him announce our arrival." 03-13: I was eager to explore the sampler for 'Igniting Darkness,' the final novel in the 'Courting Darkness' duology by Robin LaFevers. ​I've seen the first book around quite a lot in the review and books ARC provided by NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All opinions are mine and freely given. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook "Is our meeting a secret? She sends me a scathing look over her shoulder. "No. I want to sneak up on the herald before I have him announce our arrival." 03-13: I was eager to explore the sampler for 'Igniting Darkness,' the final novel in the 'Courting Darkness' duology by Robin LaFevers. ​I've seen the first book around quite a lot in the review and bookstagram communities and wanted to see what it was all about. I was certain I was missing something. The story summaries both sound really good and the covers are beautiful. Unfortunately, this read was very underwhelming for me. Those who are familiar with me, know I talk about this all the time. Multiple POV storytelling is tough. When it's done well, it broadens the scope of understanding, helps the reader connect solidly with the story, and provides more room to maneuver character path outcomes. While this novel is structurally sound, it's also a good example of an author who shouldn't be writing multiple POV. At least, not yet. As LaFevers skills go, that one is woefully underdeveloped. Though each of the characters is saying different things, conveying different experiences.. the author fails to distinguish between their narratives. They all speak in the same 'voice' and the result is uninspired. When pairs of them come together for an exchange, there are times you have to work to recognize which character is speaking. It's just one uninteresting, monotonous line of text after the other and it shouldn't be that way. Honestly, there is palace intrigue, betrayals, subterfuge, hidden machinations.. all around. There are secret sects and talk of poisonings! These are not the types of things that should be lackluster plot points, but there is no draw to any of it. Likewise, there's no pull to any of the characters themselves. They are paper thin, not only lacking distinctive voices, but also a sense of earnestness. If they're feeling things, that's not making it off the pages. We're told they're having emotions.. but the author fails to make us experience them. Excuses and explanations for past actions fall from their lips without any expression of passion beyond an appropriately placed bit of punctuation. What a disappointment. PRE-ORDER LINKS: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOOGLEPLAY BOOKS | KOBO | WATERSTONES

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cece Beckman

    “An epic finale! Igniting Darkness has it all: political intrigue, delicious romance, action-packed, strong and ferocious lead female characters all painted with a French historical backdrop, making this conclusion to LaFevers’ duology a must read.” Cecelia Beckman Sheaf & Ink This review is for the book in its entirety. Prior to reading Igniting Darkness, I read all three of the original His Fair Assassins novels. I loved the world-building and the way LaFevers drew you in with the historical elem “An epic finale! Igniting Darkness has it all: political intrigue, delicious romance, action-packed, strong and ferocious lead female characters all painted with a French historical backdrop, making this conclusion to LaFevers’ duology a must read.” Cecelia Beckman Sheaf & Ink This review is for the book in its entirety. Prior to reading Igniting Darkness, I read all three of the original His Fair Assassins novels. I loved the world-building and the way LaFevers drew you in with the historical elements infused with the fantasy of Death’s handmaidens. Where LaFevers molded and shaped these three badass female characters taking on a world made by and for men was one that made the whole experience so incredibly satisfying. And Igniting Darkness adds to the original thread of the story. Expanding it. Giving voice to new characters and expounding on those original ones. It was exciting to see the movement from Brittany to France and how the daughters of Death would keep their beloved Queen safe. I was enthralled by Sybella’s transformation. How she was like a phoenix burning bright and brilliant over the course of Courting Darkness and Igniting Darkness. Finding that all she has suffered and endured does not define her future. That she deserves happiness. Not only is Sybella’s story a focal point, but Genevieve, too in her own right has this major transformation. Like the ebb in flow of the seasons, shedding a winter’s coat for the warmth of spring, Genevieve too begins to find her true self. Where we see chapter after chapter her desperation to make things right after her well intentioned mistake. Always this undercurrent of working to define herself, her purpose, and ultimately be the voice of reason in a torrent of self-interested men. In truth, Genevieve embodies feminist ideals. Like Sybella (and to an extent the Queen) history never gives voice to the women who played major roles in the establishment and sustainability of monarchs. But LaFevers pens those women into being. With strong wills and stronger voices. LaFevers deftly creates characters that jump off the pages fully formed. Where Genevieve funnels those feminist ideals into fruition in her relationship with the King of France. It is the triumph of the novel in how LaFevers wove together Genevieve and Sybella’s story. Where each works in tandem to obtain the same goal. Moreover, it is the historical backdrop, the magic of being god touched, and the chapters brimming with action, that makes Igniting Darkness a fast-paced read. I was captivated by the narrative along with the shear force of the female characters showing what women are truly capable of accomplishing. I truly hope LaFevers isn’t finished with these characters just, yet, as I am completely ready for more. Happy Reading ̴ Cece

  13. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Robin LaFevers owns my ass

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Selkie

    Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an excerpt of Igniting Darkness! This excerpt picks up right where the last book left off. Genevieve has been reunited with the convent and now must face the consequences of the choices she’s made. Beast and Sybella’s sisters are on the run while Sybella stalls for time. Robin’s writing remains crisp, descriptive and compelling. Love these characters and I'm so excited to see more of them. I can’t wait to read t Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an excerpt of Igniting Darkness! This excerpt picks up right where the last book left off. Genevieve has been reunited with the convent and now must face the consequences of the choices she’s made. Beast and Sybella’s sisters are on the run while Sybella stalls for time. Robin’s writing remains crisp, descriptive and compelling. Love these characters and I'm so excited to see more of them. I can’t wait to read this book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    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! Sybella and Genevieve definitely get off on the wrong foot. For one, Sybella doesn’t know 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! 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    A C

    Hnnggg 4.5? This was really good, I loved it. So I really love this duology. It has almost everything I love: big thick book with lots of pages, badass women, honest and kind men, court intrigue, and magic. It has so much that I love. Genevieve is definitely my favorite of the two main characters. I just...I really love her. She is so much fun. Although I do have to admit that I also love Sybella. She and Beast are amazing, especially since BEAST IS UGLY. It's a Beauty and the Beast retelling where Hnnggg 4.5? This was really good, I loved it. So I really love this duology. It has almost everything I love: big thick book with lots of pages, badass women, honest and kind men, court intrigue, and magic. It has so much that I love. Genevieve is definitely my favorite of the two main characters. I just...I really love her. She is so much fun. Although I do have to admit that I also love Sybella. She and Beast are amazing, especially since BEAST IS UGLY. It's a Beauty and the Beast retelling where Beast is actually ugly !!! Finally!! And she's so strong and ugh, maybe she's actually my favorite, I don't know. I can't choose. Don't make me choose. I love this time period, too, it's actually one of my favorites. One of my own writing projects takes place in this same time period, so maybe that's why. Either way, though, this is such a fun time period to read about. Looks like I'll need to pick up the original trilogy of this series now 😂

  17. 5 out of 5

    Olivia (The Sarcastic Sapphic)

    I truly don’t know how to explain how much I loved this book, or how much it and the ones that came before it mean to me. This was my most anticipated release of 2020 and it didn’t disappoint. It met and went far beyond my expectations, even though I never knew what to expect. I felt so many different emotions—happiness, terror, frustration, amusement. I was stressed basically the entire time I read. LaFevers took this in so many surprising directions and made it all work. I adore this world and I truly don’t know how to explain how much I loved this book, or how much it and the ones that came before it mean to me. This was my most anticipated release of 2020 and it didn’t disappoint. It met and went far beyond my expectations, even though I never knew what to expect. I felt so many different emotions—happiness, terror, frustration, amusement. I was stressed basically the entire time I read. LaFevers took this in so many surprising directions and made it all work. I adore this world and these characters, and the final pages made everything else absolutely worthwhile. Of course I’d love more—I’d read another 500 pages about these characters and their lives, loves, and shenanigans—but this was perfect. Absolutely perfect. It’s late enough at night to be called early in the morning, depending on how you look at things, so I don’t think I can write anything else right now. Maybe I will soon, or maybe that will wait until my inevitable reread, whenever that may be. But for now....... RUTTING FIGS I LOVED IT. (This book also gave me new ways to swear without using any known swear words, so that’s a bonus. :)) CW: blood, violence, gore, war, death, captivity, discussions of sexual assault & child loss

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Ugh...summer 2020! Kill me now.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cece Beckman

    Thank you to HMH for the advance readers copy Prior to reading Igniting Darkness, I read all three of the original His Fair Assassins novels. I loved the world-building and the way LaFevers drew you in with the historical elements infused with the fantasy of Death’s handmaidens. Where LaFevers molded and shaped these three badass female characters taking on a world made by and for men was one that made the whole experience so incredibly satisfying. And Igniting Darkness adds to the original threa Thank you to HMH for the advance readers copy Prior to reading Igniting Darkness, I read all three of the original His Fair Assassins novels. I loved the world-building and the way LaFevers drew you in with the historical elements infused with the fantasy of Death’s handmaidens. Where LaFevers molded and shaped these three badass female characters taking on a world made by and for men was one that made the whole experience so incredibly satisfying. And Igniting Darkness adds to the original thread of the story. Expanding it. Giving voice to new characters and expounding on those original ones. It was exciting to see the movement from Brittany to France and how the daughters of Death would keep their beloved Queen safe. I was enthralled by Sybella’s transformation. How she was like a phoenix burning bright and brilliant over the course of Courting Darkness and Igniting Darkness. Finding that all she has suffered and endured does not define her future. That she deserves happiness. Not only is Sybella’s story a focal point, but Genevieve, too in her own right has this major transformation. Like the ebb in flow of the seasons, shedding a winter’s coat for the warmth of spring, Genevieve too begins to find her true self. Where we see chapter after chapter her desperation to make things right after her well intentioned mistake. Always this undercurrent of working to define herself, her purpose, and ultimately be the voice of reason in a torrent of self-interested men. In truth, Genevieve embodies feminist ideals. Like Sybella (and to an extent the Queen) history never gives voice to the women who played major roles in the establishment and sustainability of monarchs. But LaFevers pens those women into being. With strong wills and stronger voices. LaFevers deftly creates characters that jump off the pages fully formed. Where Genevieve funnels those feminist ideals into fruition in her relationship with the King of France. It is the triumph of the novel in how LaFevers wove together Genevieve and Sybella’s story. Where each works in tandem to obtain the same goal. Moreover, it is the historical backdrop, the magic of being god touched, and the chapters brimming with action, that makes Igniting Darkness a fast-paced read. I was captivated by the narrative along with the shear force of the female characters showing what women are truly capable of accomplishing. I truly hope LaFevers isn’t finished with these characters just yet, as I am completely ready for more. Happy Reading ̴ Cece

  20. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Well, this SAMPLER certainly ignited my interest! 💥 ❤️ Once more the continuing fight for fifteenth century Brittany's freedom from the rule of France flares into action in this cutting edge historical fantasy. Of course now that's translated into keeping Queen Anne of Brittany safe in King Henry's court. Those keepers are assassins in service to Mortain--the God of Death. There's discord and unsanctioned actions in Henry's court, including one surmises, the King's sister, one of his most influent Well, this SAMPLER certainly ignited my interest! 💥 ❤️ Once more the continuing fight for fifteenth century Brittany's freedom from the rule of France flares into action in this cutting edge historical fantasy. Of course now that's translated into keeping Queen Anne of Brittany safe in King Henry's court. Those keepers are assassins in service to Mortain--the God of Death. There's discord and unsanctioned actions in Henry's court, including one surmises, the King's sister, one of his most influential advisors. And then there's the Church, that it's hinted at, would like to abolish Brittany's freedom to acknowledge other gods--the Nine. As the queen at one stage states to the King's Bishops, "they have fallen out of fashion in France.” Nestled in the midst of this fight is Genevieve the acolyte who was one of two young maids inserted deep undercover into Henry's court by the abbess of Saint Mortain Convent years ago. And even this was a slight of hand. Beast and Aeva have escaped with Lady Sybella's young sisters but pursuit is close behind. It's now up to Genevieve and Sybella to guard the queen even as they come under fire from the King and others. The situation is becoming more complex and tricky, especially as the King is now aware of who Sybella and Genecieve are. I was only a couple of chapters in and am already completely hooked, eagerly awaiting the full novel, even as I and the book inhabitants' wonder just what is the end game? A Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Sampler via NetGalley

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Braatz

    All I can say is wow... Igniting Darkness blew me away. Robin LaFevers did not disappoint with the conclusion of this duology. Brilliantly written and paced, Igniting Darkness captivated me and was the perfect culmination of the prior four books. “I must have faith, but having faith is hard, so very much harder than despair.” This duology follows Death's daughters Sybella and Genevieve as they navigate the dangers of the French Court and attempt to protect the Queen. Genevieve struggles to unrave All I can say is wow... Igniting Darkness blew me away. Robin LaFevers did not disappoint with the conclusion of this duology. Brilliantly written and paced, Igniting Darkness captivated me and was the perfect culmination of the prior four books. “I must have faith, but having faith is hard, so very much harder than despair.” This duology follows Death's daughters Sybella and Genevieve as they navigate the dangers of the French Court and attempt to protect the Queen. Genevieve struggles to unravel a web of lies and reveal the truth to the Monarchy before it is too late. Meanwhile, Sybella's heart is divided between her duties to the Queen and the ones that she loves. This story showcased such powerful friendships and character developments. There were heart-stopping moments, thrilling moments, moments where I smiled, and moments where tears were shed. All in all, I was overwhelmed by how much I absolutely loved the conclusion of this story. My favorite characters from Brittany: Ismae, Duval, Annith, and Balthazaar had small cameos that perfectly tied up any loose ends left by the His Fair Assassin series. As always, LaFevers did ample research to ensure that the book is as historically accurate as possible. Despite being a historical fiction, Igniting Darkness, and all of LaFevers' work, reads very easily and is never boring. LaFevers truly wove a world full of political intrigue, drama, and action that I could not put down. “But most of all, faith is love. Hate cannot be fought with hate. Evil cannot be conquered by darkness. Only love has the power to conquer them both.” I cannot recommend both the His Fair Assassin series and the Courting Darkness duology enough. I am eager to read what LaFevers will release next as I have yet to be disappointed. If you are a fan of strong heroines, flowing writing, and beautiful world building, I highly recommend you pick up Grave Mercy and eventually Courting Darkness.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alison♊⚜️✨

    3.75 stars Marginally better than Courting Darkness. In my opinion, it was all solved a little too easy, with no big moment happening; instead, there were many medium moments. Though I was happy to see Gen's character development, especially towards the end where she actually grew some balls instead of running away from her own emotions. However, my feelings toward Sybella remain unchanged. Same repetition over and over again of how she saw herself... Also, the new extra POVs surprised me as book 1 3.75 stars Marginally better than Courting Darkness. In my opinion, it was all solved a little too easy, with no big moment happening; instead, there were many medium moments. Though I was happy to see Gen's character development, especially towards the end where she actually grew some balls instead of running away from her own emotions. However, my feelings toward Sybella remain unchanged. Same repetition over and over again of how she saw herself... Also, the new extra POVs surprised me as book 1 only had 2. In conclusion, book 1 of the original trilogy (Grave Mercy) remains my favourite of the whole series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    With this one it seems like Sybella and Genevieve have their work cut out for them. They have to make the King see how he is being manipulated and not turn him against themselves. They walk a fine line, often not really sure if they are going to succeed or not. In the background their loves work with them, ending up in just as much or more danger. By the end so much has to be taken on faith, the King has to really decide who he will trust.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Writing: 5 Characters: 5 Plot: 5. Yes! This book was pretty much perfect. A great conclusion to the series and I love all the cameos at the end from the other characters from her previous books. Writing was superb. All my favorite characters were back and so well written. The plot was so political and scheming and this book deserves all the stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    The plot picks up straight away and the conspiracies are even more complex than in the previous book. It really is almost as if you’ve merely turned the page onto a new chapter. LaFevers continues to prove herself a master court intrigue. One warning though, So many names and hidden agendas are present that it might be a good idea to reread or at least skim the previous volume.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brittney ♡

    I did not realize, as it does not say, this was a sampler of the book. This was a great connection to the first book Courting Darkness! This is on my TBR and I'm excited for when I get to it! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the eARC. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Forever Young Adult

    Graded By: Stephanie Cover Story: Burning Brightly BFF Charm: Yay, 100% That B Swoonworthy Scale: 5 Talky Talk: Good But Bleak Bonus Factors: Just Desserts, Medieval Weaponry Anti-Bonus Factor: The King Relationship Status: Sisters Read the full book report here. Graded By: Stephanie Cover Story: Burning Brightly BFF Charm: Yay, 100% That B Swoonworthy Scale: 5 Talky Talk: Good But Bleak Bonus Factors: Just Desserts, Medieval Weaponry Anti-Bonus Factor: The King Relationship Status: Sisters Read the full book report here.

  28. 4 out of 5

    E.L. Irwin

    Oh, I love this series and have from the very beginning with, Grave Mercy. The characters, plot, and storyline are well thought out and engaging. It’s definitely one I’ll read again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Clay

    Despite the description, this really isn't the second in a duology, but IMO best read as the rousing, moving, romantic and thoughtful fifth and final installment of LaFevers' His Fair Assassin series/quintet. Highly recommended, but do yourself a favor and start with Grave Mercy. Both the books and their audio versions are excellent.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Smellink

    Adored getting to see all the old characters again! This book was a fun adventure, with enough suspense to be interesting the whole way through. So glad it broke my audiobook slump!

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