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Apr 4, 2013

Dark Triumph Blog Tour: Author Interview + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on day two of the Dark Triumph Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Grave Mercy was a big time favorite of mine from 2012 so I was stoked and so honored to be having a spot on this awesome tour!

For today's stop, I've got the amazing Robin LaFevers here to answer some questions as well as two epic giveaways to share with all you ravenous bookworms so without further ado, let's get to all the fun, eh?

About the book:

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)Title: Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)
Author: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Release date: April 2, 2013

Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.

But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them on the edge of their seats.
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Author interview:

Hi Robin! Thank you so much for stopping by Books Over Boys today! It is such a pleasure to have you here! Let’s start off with some icebreakers, shall we?

Q. If you had to describe yourself using three words, they would be…
A. Loyal, hardworking, imaginative

Q. If you were stranded on an island and were allowed one wish, what would it be?
A. To get off the island.

Q. I am a slogan and it says…
A. If nothing goes right, go left.

Now, let’s talk about writing and books, eh?

Q. What about writing captivates you the most?
A. I love creating these characters with flaws and seemingly insurmountable issues, then finding a way to take them on a journey that transforms them into a better version of themselves. That’s why I read stories and that’s why I write them, I love to see people navigate life’s ups and downs and triumph.

Q. Your books in the His Fair Assassin trilogy contain a lot of history. How much research did you do for each book and what part of all that research was the most interesting/intriguing?
A. Tons!

I researched the time period, the politics, the geography, what everyday life was like back then, and the folklore and spiritual beliefs of Brittany. Luckily, I write in the age of Google, so I had access to a wealth of information, oftentimes I was able to look up ancient Breton lineages on obscure genealogy sites, or I would find that the walled medieval city where Anne lived still existed and I could see it online.

The thing I adore about research is that whenever I run into a plot problem, I can often find just the perfect fix by researching the actual place/history/circumstances.

(There is a partial bibliography listed on my website for anyone else who is as big a research geek as I am. http://www.robinlafevers.com/history/a-selected-bibliography/)

Q. What was the hardest part of writing Dark Triumph?
A. Having to get up close and personal with all the darkness in Sybella’s past was especially difficult. I knew she had a dark story to tell, but I hadn’t quite anticipated what a toll it would take on me to live inside her head for so long.

It was also hard having to write it in ten months versus the years I’d given myself to write Grave Mercy.

Q. What’s your favorite (non-spoilery) quote from any of the three books in the His Fair Assassin trilogy?
A. “I comfort myself with the knowledge that if Duval ever feels smothered by me, it will be because I am holding a pillow over his face.”

Q. How would you describe Dark Triumph in one sentence?
A. An abused girl struggles to find her way back toward hope, forgiveness, and redemption.

Q. If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
A. I think Sybella and Irene from The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner would find quite a lot to talk about and would probably understand each other very, very well.

Q. What element of a story do you feel is the most important and is necessary in most, if not all, novels?
A. For me as a reader, I like to see the hero triumph in some way. That’s not to say all endings must be happy, but there needs to be some area where I can see that hero has won something for all her troubles.

And lastly,

Q. What is one piece of advice that you would give to aspiring authors?
A. Write the story that only you can write. That scary one, the one you’re certain you don’t have the writing chops to pull off or that will expose too much of your soul. Write that book.

Again, thank you so much for being here with us today!

About the author:

Robin LaFevers was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and 19th century poetry. It is not surprising she grew up to be a hopeless romantic.

Though she has never trained as an assassin or joined a convent, she did attend Catholic school for three years, which instilled in her a deep fascination with sacred rituals and the concept of the Divine. She has been on a search for answers to life’s mysteries ever since.

While many of those answers still elude her, she was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living happily ever after with him in the foothills of southern California.

In addition to writing about teen assassin nuns in medieval Brittany, she writes books for middle grade readers, including the Theodosia books and the Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist series. You can learn more about those books at www.rllafevers.com.

Connect with Robin LaFevers: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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  1. Ahhhh, I'm reading this right now and loving it! I loved Grave Mercy and was already a fan of Sybella so can't wait to see how her story turns out.
    Nice post,
    Ninja Girl

  2. I would love to read this book and series. It sounds really good. Tore923@aol.com

  3. Well I absolutely LOVED Grave Mercy and am SO excited for Sybella's story. I was lucky enough to win an arc, but life has gotten in the way of reading early, but I'm also dying to get the hardcover. These covers are so beautiful and intriguing. Love the post and Robin's historical research. I would be thrilled to be on this tour too, Momo. Jellies! Thanks for the great post and giveaway! <3

  4. I'm so excited for Dark Triumph! I've absolutely fell in love with Grave Mercy, and after seeing snatches of Sybella's character and impossible mission, I can't wait to find it at my local indie!

    Grace | Lust For Stories

  5. I actually haven't heard of this book. :( I am intrigued by the premise and I will definitely have to start this series soon. It seems as if people have nothing by great things to say about it. Plus, it sounds like something I would read! YAY! :D

    Awesome post, Momo! ;)

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  6. I have got to read these books. Dark Triumph is getting some astonishing reviews! I absolutely loved Robin's final response about writing the book that you are afraid might expose too much of your soul, that is a wonderful way to put it. Anyone that can expose their soul even when afraid will do well. Awesome interview ladies! Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. I'm excited to read this because one of my students read the first book and said it was the best book she ever read so I've got to read the whole series now!

  8. I am very excited to read Dark Triumph! I just finished Grave Mercy and am now curuous for Sybella's story. Thanks for the great post!

  9. I am so so so so so sorry! I entered this giveaway and I'm from Canada! I entered under the name Chelsie L. I just wanted to let you know to disregard my entry because I'd feel bad if I caused more issues than there needs to be. Also, because I don't know how to remove my entry, to help you. Once again, I'm so sorry!

  10. Awesome! I can't wait to read it. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  11. Robin's writing is so amazing!!!!

  12. Loved Grace Mercy and can't wait to read Sybelle's story!


  13. Seriously YES so looking forward to it!

  14. I CANNOT wait to read it. Sadly school is currently telling me no.

  15. Thanks for the chance! Loved the first His Fair Assassins and can't wait for the new one. :D

  16. Thanks for the giveaway! Loved the first one and can't wait to read Dark Triumph!

  17. I'm definitely excited for this one. My cousin just RAVES about these two books, so... DEFINITELY on my NEED to read, very soon :)


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