Title: Courting Darkness
Author: Robin LaFevers
Page Count: 512 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: HMH Books
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…
Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.
Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.
As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about?
Assassin Nuns? Did not think those two words together would pull me into reading a book. Yet here we are. Proof that unless you give something a shot you’ll never know if you truly like it. Just like sushi. What if I had never tried sushi!? Well, assassin nuns are my new sushi. This tangent is getting out of hand isn’t it…okay back to the review.
First things first, you do not need to read Her Fair Assassin’s trilogy before you read Courting Darkness. Yay! I always like spin offs where you don’t have to read or watch the previous piece. However, I have heard that if you read the original trilogy this read will be an even better experience.
My favourite thing about this book was that the characters felt REAL. They made mistakes. They learned from them. They made some more mistakes again. It’s exactly how life is and it made them that much more relate-able. The world building was on point for a fantasy title and I love me a good cliffhanger, this did not disappoint.
Get ready for history, politics, excitement and stabby-ness.
**Thanks HMH Teen for sending me a copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.**