Hi guys, a bit of a stranger one!
I’m going to write up my review for Grey Sister when I haven’t yet reviewed Red Sister, the first book in the series! Oups! I recently finished reading Grey Sister and I just need to get all of these awesome feelings off my chest.
Red Sister synopsis:
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…
Year Of Publication: April 2018
Publisher: Harper Voyager UK
My rating: 5 stars
I loved the Red sister, but Grey Sister is out of this world amazing! Mark managed to capture the dark atmosphere and bring it up to a whole new level. There is literally not a single bad word that I can say about this sequel. Definitely not suffering from middle book syndrome (why do I believe this is a trilogy? don’t know…).
All of the awesome characters from Red Sister take centre stage in this sequel and truly come alive. I remember being 100 pages in and struggling to put the book down because it was THAT GOOD! I also love Mark’s writing style, he has a unique voice and the ability to summon characters and settings to life, to make you care. I was also impressed by his ability to not only write about girls but also understand them. The world building and magic system are so well done it makes logical sense and drags you into the story and doesn’t let you leave.
As I’ve already said, there isn’t a thing that I can fault this book which is probably my favourite fantasy book of 2018 and of all time. There is no denying that Mark Lawrence is a god!
Have you read Red sister and/or Grey Sister? What did you think? A few of my friends loved it, some of my friends didn’t, so feel free to share your comments. Reading is subjective and we’re all entitles to our opinions as long as they’re respectful!
Lots of love,