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Book Review: Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

cdBook: Courting Darkness
Author: Robin LaFevers
Series: Courting Darkness #1
Genre: YA historical fiction, fantasy

When Sybella accompanies the Duchess of Brittany to France, she expects trouble, but she isn’t expecting a deadly trap. Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from the convent of St. Mortain who were placed in the French court years ago.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hands.

As these two worlds collide, the fate of the Duchess, Brittany, and everything Sybella and Genevieve have come to love hangs in the balance.


My Rating: 3 STARS

My Review:

I loved the writing of this book and liked reading about all the court politics that are prominent throughout these books but I didn’t love Courting Darkness as much as the original trilogy. The other books felt compact and focused on the character of each book but Courting Darkness didn’t. This book has a direct sequel so it ends on a cliffhanger where the other books in the His Fair Assassin trilogy felt more like companion novels to each other and they only focused on one character arc. This made the book feel dragged out with a lot of filler parts.

I don’t think we needed to revisit Sybella and her storyline, I thought there was some unnecessary drama added to Sybella and Beast’s relationship for no reason. I also didn’t see the reason why Genevieve has a pov in this book. I didn’t dislike her character, I just thought that her pov never really moved the story along or did much for her character growth.

Overall I thought this was an okay read. I liked the court politics and thought they were very intriguing but I felt let down by the characters and thought their storylines were unnecessary.

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