Returning to the world of His Dark Assassins and the convent of St. Mortain's daughters, where nuns train as assassins, more evil is afoot in fifteenth century Brittany. There are new faces and old, but don't hesitate to pick this up if you haven't read the companion trilogy yet. Courting Darkness is full of action, poison, and romance. And those are usually happening all on the same page. LaFevers knows how to write complex characters of every variety and her villains will get under your skin. Basically this book screams: down with the patriarchy! — From Leah's Picks (page 1)
When Sybella accompanies the Duchess 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.
About the Author
Robin LaFevers, author of the New York Times best-selling His Fair Assassin books, was raised on fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and nineteenth-century poetry. It is not surprising that she grew up to be a hopeless romantic. She was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living happily ever after with him in California. Visit her online at robinlafevers.com and on Twitter @RLLaFevers.
★ "Sharp and breathless, full of anger and strength. May the sequel hurry."—Kirkus, STARRED review
★ "A first-purchase gem of historical fantasy for high school and public libraries that will delight fans and engage newcomers."—School Library Journal, STARRED review
★ "LaFevers' sharply drawn characters, pointed storytelling, and intricate takes on political intrigue will once again have readers turning pages.... [T]here are few writers as fine at their craft as LaFevers."—Booklist, STARRED review
★ "LaFevers’s blood-soaked, machination-riddled tale captivates as its fierce, passionate, intelligent female characters examine issues of agency and empowerment, freedom, and sisterhood."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"LaFevers yet again skillfully pulls from the history of the 15th century French-Breton War to create a richly developed world of political intrigue, while casting it with deeply relatable and fully fleshed out characters."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Alternating between Sybella’s and Genevieve’s voices, LaFevers maintains an intense pitch of intrigue: murders, assaults, romance, betrayals, and erotic encounters follow one after another with plenty of garrotes, swords, daggers, poisoned sewing needles, and the like."—The Horn Book Magazine