Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

April 12, 2018 Review 8 ★★★½

Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
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Publisher: Penguin
Source: Publisher
Pages: 496
Release Date: February 27th 2018
Series: Book of the Ancestor #1
Genres: Fiction, General
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I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

RED SISTER was a book that intrigued me immediately; not only did it have great reviews but the promise of killer nuns was something I definitely wanted to experience. While slow in some sections, RED SISTER did not disappoint.

The book leads with a guide that you can return to should you need definitions of the any of the terms. I thought this was really helpful, but don’t be intimated because everything is explained to the reader in a way that is pretty easy to grasp. Unlike the other book I was struggling through at the time (Kinslayer).

Speaking of the terminology, I thought the world as a whole was really well developed. It was complex and imaginative, and everything was shared in a natural way at a good pace so I never felt overwhelmed or confused. The negative to this though was that I thought the beginning was a little slow. However, this was somewhat necessary because of all the needed setup.

Another great aspect of RED SISTER was the writing. All of the descriptions made me feel like I was actually there, they were detailed but never weighed the text down. The characters and the world are cruel and violent, and it’s amazing. Instead of just talking a big game, things actually happen in this book that are pretty badass. The characters themselves are unique and strong enough to stand on their own – even side characters.

If you have been debating on whether or not to pick up RED SISTER, I would recommend it! I am excited to see where this series goes next.

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Overall: 3.4

8 Responses to “Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence”

  1. Lindsi

    This isn’t something I would grab for myself after reading the synopsis. It seems dark! Killer nuns also aren’t my cup of tea… I think they would give me nightmares, lol. After reading your review I’m a little more curious. I love reading books that I wouldn’t normally read, because when you love something unexpected it just feels better. Does that make sense?

    I found your blog via the Bloggers Commenting Back that you started. I was trying to click on other links from the list, but most of those blogs are inactive, a phishing scam, or simply don’t exist anymore! I love the idea behind it, though. Thanks for starting something like this! I’m following you on Bloglovin’ now!

    Best,
    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?
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    • Alise

      It is pretty dark but more in a cruel way as opposed to a horror novel way haha. Yeah that makes sense. Thanks! It sees a lot of traffic so it’s hard to keep up with in terms of cleaning up the list. Also some blogs tend to come back after a few months (even us) so I give a year grace period.

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