Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology Series #1)

Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology Series #1)

by Robin LaFevers


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Courting Darkness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
courtofbingereading More than 1 year ago
Robin LaFevers has crafted a spell-binding tale that hooks you in from the very first page and never quite releases you---even after you read the last page. This duology is perfect for you if you are a fan of nun assassins, court politics/intrigue, indescribable powers, love, and fierce heroines. If that’s not enough to convince you to read this book, allow me to explain further. Courting Darkness is the first book in a new duology by Robin LaFevers. This book follows two young women, Sybella and Genevieve. If you read her previous My Fair Assassin trilogy, then you have already met Sybella. However, you do not need to have read the trilogy in order to understand and enjoy Courting Darkness. It’s been years since I read the trilogy and I was able to follow the story rather easily. Also, if you have read the trilogy then you’ll enjoy the cameos from some of your favorite characters. Sybella and Genevieve have never met, but both are daughters of Saint Mortain, the saint of death. Both girls were sent to a convent dedicated to Mortain when they were young, however, Genevieve was sent on assignment at the young age of 12. Genevieve was sent to infiltrate the French court and serve as a spy. But, it’s been 5 years and she hasn’t received any assignments or word from the convent. Meanwhile, Sybella is a handmaiden to the Duchess of Brittany who is also soon to be the Queen of France. Both girls are surrounded by the intricate and dangerous politics of the French court. It's just a matter of Sybella finding Genevieve and recruiting her to help serve the Duchess. But, this proves difficult when Sybella finds out that no one knows what Genevieve looks like or how to contact her. Meanwhile, Genevieve is starting to take it upon herself to serve the convent without receiving any direct orders. She's tired of waiting; she's ready to put her training to good use. Honestly, I cannot recommend or praise this book enough. The writing is incredible, the characters are fully fleshed out, the setting is authentic and realistic for the time period, and I couldn’t ever put the book down. I devoured this book in one sitting. Beware, Courting Darkness ends on a cliffhanger. You will need and want the next book as soon as you finish reading this book. Somehow, we will have to find a way to survive the wait for the next book. Now, excuse me while I go reread the trilogy as a means of satisfying my hunger for the next installment in this duology.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
I read the original His Fair Assassin trilogy during my senior year of college and absolutely loved them. I’ve since reread them all and loved them just as much. Returning to this world in Courting Darkness was like coming home. I loved that we got glimpses of the characters from the original trilogy and that Sybella was one of the main characters in this duology! Genevieve was an excellent addition, I can’t wait to see what happens next in her storyline. I love how LaFevers creates characters that are so beautifully, realistically flawed. They make mistakes and have to figure out how to move forward afterward. I also love that each of the female characters is strong in a different way and that those differences are celebrated. Plus the plot for this one was so engrossing and engaging, I just flew through it. I would like to note that you really need to read the original trilogy before delving into this one because there are MAJOR spoilers. Anyway, I highly recommend all four of these books! They have court intrigue, found family, some excellent world-building, and incredible characters. Plus Assassin nuns (which really should be all that I need to say). *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
marongm8 More than 1 year ago
This was a book that everyone at the library was asking about because we are huge fans of the His Fair Assassin series and I've been told by our readers themselves that it was the best young adult series they have ever read. The means we has high anticipation and expectations for Courting Darkness. Courting Darkness reflects on Sybella and her family and the obstacles and adventures she has endured and with her life taking a huge 180 she is in for quite the twists and turns up ahead. Then the book shifts and talks about the role of Genevieve and how she is an undercover assassin and she ends up befriending Sybella and their lives will never be the same. I must say this was a good start to a highly anticipated second series from Robin LaFevers. This book kept us wanting more and keeping us on the edge of our seats with our hearts racing. It's similar to how we felt when we read twilight and House of Night for the first time and picking sides. Are we on team Sy or team Gen and that we are rooting for them to succeed. This will definitely find its way on our YFantasy shelf and our young adult readers will go crazy for this. That is why we are giving it 5 stars!
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
Delving back into the world of the assassins of Saint Mortain was something I'd been looking forward to ever since I heard about this book. I was worried I'd be unsure of who was who, but it wasn't hard to join with the characters at the stage they were in. Truly, Sybella had been my favorite, even if her book wasn't my favorite. The other main character in this book, Genevieve, took me a little bit to come around to. But once I did, I was rooting for her, and hoping that she could have a romance herself, with Maraud, the prisoner she'd rescued from the dungeon, even if the rescue was only to serve her own purposes. Now when something happened in the book, I kind of assumed it was going to be the prisoner, I won't say what happened, so maybe you won't expect what I did. So when we did find out who he was, well, all the little puzzle pieces started to fall into place. The author is great about keeping certain details from coming out until moments that will have the reader gasping in surprise! The other thing I love is all the history that is interwoven throughout the plot. The author has a note at the end that does clear up what is actually true and what she had to adjust and tweak to fit her story. Not only is there an afterward talking about the history of the story, but there is a letter at the beginning to the readers, talking about what motivated her to write further in this world. It was a touching note, with some deep topics and worth reading. The ending of the book left me on the edge of my seat, satisfied with this reunion of some of my favorite characters, but sad that I'll be waiting until 2020 to see what will happen with where we left off.