Revenge Stories: A Reading List

dark triumph robin lafeversThis installment of the Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers.

Sybella’s duty as Death’s assassin in 15th-century France forces her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. Love and romance, history and magic, vengeance and salvation converge in this thrilling sequel to Grave Mercy.

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. 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 to a 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?


We asked you to share your favorite stories with characters seeking vengeance against those who have done wrong. They take things into their own hands, and they make the wrongs right again. Here are the titles you shared:

Medea by Euripides

Titus Andronicus and Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Countess Orczy

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

Acts of Revision by Martyn Bedford

Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini

The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Revenge by Stephen Fry

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

The Taker by Alma Katsu

“Reeling for the Empire” in Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

The Mistress’s Revenge by Tamar Cohen

The Sun Sword Series by Michelle West

The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews


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