Today I will be kicking off the DARK TRIUMPH BLOG TOUR and I have the honor of interviewing ROBIN LaFEVERS for ROCKSTAR BOOK TOURS. This is a great treat for fans of this series so please stay and get to know this author a bit more and make sure to enter the rafflecopter form(s) bellow for an opportunity to win some great prizes.


1)     Much historic detail is wonderfully depicted in your Fair Assassin series, how much time and research went into creating DARK TRIUMPH?
Tons of research went into these books! In fact, for years now my husband has teased me that I only write so I have an excuse to do research. :-) While I wouldn’t quite go that far, researching is a big and much loved part of my process. The bulk of the research for DARK TRIUMPH was done while researching GRAVE MERCY since so much of the world building was the same. But I also wanted to bring some unique elements to DARK TRIUMPH and so spent more time researching the folklore and mythology of Brittany and the middle ages, then find ways to weave them into the story.

Another big area of research were the locations used. Many of the cities in DARK TRIUMPH are still around today, so I had to research them, but also adapt them closer to how they would have been five hundred years ago.
2)    One of the reasons that I enjoy your series so much is because I can easily relate to the protagonist, for she is very realistically written and I am sympathetic to her conflicts despite her story taken place during the medieval era. It’s a tricky balance and yet you manage it quite well. Was that a conscious decision? And how did you go about keeping that balance?
It actually wasn’t something I thought about consciously. To me, Sybella was simply a girl struggling to find a path out of desperate circumstances, and I don’t know that very much of that changes from one century to the next. Those emotions she had seem to me to be part of the human condition rather than period specific. The one thing I did pay attention to was trying to keep her points of reference true to the medieval era, but other than that I simply saw her as a person with very real, if raw, emotions like you or I would experience.
3)      Where did you get inspiration for Sybella’s character? Because of all the Assassins I find her to be the most compelling.
Sybella was one of those gifts from the muse. She simply appeared in living, breathing color on the pages of GRAVE MERCY early on and there was very little conscious construction on my part. Those sorts of gifts don’t come along that often, so I was very appreciative.
4)      Of the three protagonists that you are concentrating on for these novels whom was the most interesting story to write and why?
Gah! That’s like asking me to pick a favorite among my children!
The truest answer is whatever character I’m in the middle of writing, because I am wholly consumed and fascinated by them as I write their story. It would be tempting to say that Sybella is the most compelling, but since I haven’t finished Annith’s story yet, she may end up having the most interesting story of them all. I just won’t know until it’s done.
5)      The “beast” was a most fascinating character was he based off on a historical character?
No. Again, he was one of those rare surprises that just kind of shows up. Which I realize makes for very boring answers to interview questions. J
6)      In DARK TRIUMPH did you have a favorite scene in which you enjoyed writing the most?
Well, pretty much any scene with Beast in it because he brought so much lightness and hope and laughter to Sybella, and she’d had so little of it.
I also really loved writing Sybella’s meeting with Mortain. In fact, I jumped ahead and wrote that scene early on because some parts of the book were so dark, I needed to see and feel that moment when some of that darkness and shame would be lifted from her.
7)      I always find the action scenes to be tension filled yet breath-taking have you ever pictured yourself in these scenes and what weapon would you choose and why?
Oh gosh yes! That’s the only way I can write them, by picturing myself in the scenes, blocking them out, drawing diagrams and planning the beats of action. Writing those types of scenes always makes me feel very much like a movie director with all the planning and orchestrating involved.
And while I have drawn a bow and thrown a knife and shot a gun, I am not much of a fighter. I’m sure you’ll all be relieved to know that it is rare for me to feel an urge to gut or disembowel a person, no matter how heinous they might be, so I am pretty sure if I ended up an assassin, gentle poison would be my method of choice.
8)      Which character have you enjoyed killing off the most?
The one at the end of Dark Triumph. J (I totally agree)
9)      In writing His Fair Assassin series have you been inspired to write other fantasy novels?
I’ve always written fantasy, so I don’t know that the HFA books have made me more inclined to write fantasy. What they have done is really opened up the full range and scope of subjects I can tackle in YA as opposed to middle grade and so yes, I am very inspired to write more YA fantasy novels where I can dig in deep and go as dark as I need to tell the most compelling story.
10)   What book(s) are on your nightstand now? And what would you recommend to read?
I haven’t read any fiction in about five months—one of the downsides to writing, I’m afraid. The last three books that I read and would highly recommend are: Seraphina by Rachel Hartmann, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
11)   What novel(s) are you working on now?
Mortal Heart, Book Three of His Fair Assassin.

Dark Triumph Blurb:
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.

About Robin:
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.

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  1. Of course I'm excited- I love historical fiction and Grave Mercy is one of my favorites :D

  2. Very excited! Sybella and Beast sound like a perfect match!

  3. Thanks for the interview! Super excited for Dark Triumph!

  4. Super excited for the new book, and for my local signing next week!

  5. I havrnt had a chance to read the first book yet.. I have it though.. I have read so many great reviews about the first book!! thanks for the giveaway!!

  6. LIKE, MEGA EXCITED!!!! I have been DYING to read Dark Triumph! Grave Mercy was my favorite book of 2012, so I have no doubt that I will enjoy the companion. Plus, Sybella is so interesting! I'm sure her story is fascinating :D

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  7. I'm so excited to read Dark Triumph! I can't wait to find out more about Sybella.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I'm SO bloody excited for Dark Triumph!!!

  10. Dark Triumph!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need you so bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh these books were AMAZING!!

  11. I can't wait to read Dark Triumph!! I need to read more about Sybella!!

  12. I managed to snag an ARC, but I was SUPER excited to read it. I mean, ridiculously excited, beyond any excitement I've ever had for a book as a blogger.

  13. yes i'm definitely excited to read dark triumph,i loved grave mercy

  14. I'm excited. An assasin story is always exciting! Raffle name: Fiery Na

  15. Um, SO EXCITED! The reviews I've seen so far have been amazing and have me looking forward to it even more.

  16. I've very excited! I absolutely loved Grave Mercy :)
    Lacey T

  17. I haven't read the books, but I've heard good thibgs about this series.. :)

  18. Yes, I'm excited. I love it when I can learn some history while I read.

  19. I haven't read Grave Mercy yet but I've heard wonderful things about it and I want to read this series so much!


  20. I am excited to read this series because I have read some astounding reviews for it, and I have been following Robin's tour and she writes some great guest posts. I think this sounds like a spectacular read and I can't wait to jump in!

  21. I'm very excited! I loved Grave Mercy and can't wait to read Sybella's journey :)

  22. It's my most anticipated read right now... I can't wait to get my hands on it!!!

  23. After reading the post and before entering this awesome giveaway, I hopped over to Amazon to check out more and have to say I am itching to read this treat and cannot wait to find out what happens. Thank you for the awesome giveaway opportunity definitely on the wishlist :)

  24. I am DYING to read Dark Triumph!! Grave Mercy was one of my favorite reads of 2012 and I know I'm going to love Dark Triumph just as much!

  25. Super excited to read Dark Triumph because I LOVED Grave Mercy. It was the reason why I started blogging! =D

  26. I'm super excited about reading Dark Triumph! I adored Grave Mercy it was so different than anything I had read in a long time!

  27. EXTREMELY excited- Grave Mercy was awesome! :)

  28. Extremely excited! I was extremely lucky to have a friend who finished Grave Mercy on a trip I was on and lent me it to keep me busy. It was amazing! I loved it! I could not put it down! I did not get to keep the copy so it would be amazing to have my own and read the next book!!

  29. It sounds really good because I love fantasy and medieval setting.

  30. I haven't read this series yet, but have been wanting to sooooo bad!!! It looks amazing! Assassins nun, come on!!

  31. like HELL YEAH I'm excited to read Dark Triumph!! I loved Grave Mercy; totally blown away.

  32. I'm really excited to read Dark Triumph because I loved Grave Mercy and I want to see what happens next!

  33. I have heard such good things about Dark Triumph that it even surpases Dark Mercy, so I can't wait to read it.

  34. I am so excited to read Dark Triumph that I lost my voice screaming in excitement, beacuse I love Robin Lafevers writing style.

  35. I just discovered this series! So good I hope I win! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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