The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her home to the life that nearly drove her mad. 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?
Reading this book has been a long time coming for me. I loved Grave Mercy and immediately wanted to read this one when I was done. But life got in the way, and it ended up getting pushed back on my TBR list. It was BEA that bumped it back up again -- I was lucky enough to get a copy of Mortal Heart which I am eager to read, and I knew I needed to read this one first.
I pretty much spent the first half of the book feeling sorry for Sybella. Poor girl could not get a break! Horrible upon horrible. But it was interesting to me that she saw herself of undeserving of true respect, love, and sacrifice, when that is what she operates by. But I'm pretty sure if I had suffered everything she had, I would feel the same way. You think it can't get more horrible, then she would go and tell Beast about another secret she needed to confess.
Speaking of Beast -- #TeamBeast! I had to chuckle a bit with this because she really just thinks of him and refers to him as Beast, and I think that's awesomely hilarious. Also, Beast is pretty amazing. He and Sybella are pretty much perfect for each other and I loved cheering for them from the first time they met and throughout their adventures together.
I also really enjoyed the fact that Ismae and Annith were both considerable characters in the story. Even though this was Sybella's story I felt that the three books mold and fit together seamlessly. I loved how being Death's daughter means different things for the Ismae and Sybella than it does for the convent, and I'm really looking forward to hearing from Annith.
Also, I enjoy historical fiction and the nerd in me really enjoyed reading Robin's "Author's Note" at the end explaining how she intertwined fact and fiction.