I am sure you did not hear me so far screaming how much I love this book series, but I LOVE THIS SERIES!! So now I am in fragments after reading the conclusion of this series, HOLY SISTER destroyed me like no other series finale. I am not gonna be coy and say it straight: if there would be a fire and I would only have time to grab a book or a series, I would grab The book of the Ancestor series by Mark Lawrence (and yes, someone asked me that question in work and I realized that it would be a book series that I could not live without).
Genre: fantasy, adult
Year Of Publication: 4th of April 2019
Publisher: Harper Voyager
My rating: 5 million stars
Thank you to Mark Lawrence for a copy of this novel and the publishers for the promo materials.
I do not remember, like with all good things, how I got to read Red sister last year; maybe I heard of it on booktube, maybe it was fate… Somehow I found my hands on it, borrowed from the library and I was utterly enchanted and now I am addicted forever to the writings of Mark Lawrence. Why? Because this year he’s also publishing One word kill which is a completely different ballpark and I still adored.
I can hand on heart say that Mark is a genius, he has the talent to write and write well, he understands that characters and motivations are the pulsating heart of the story so he pours his own in it. He understands females and they feel alive on the page, with dreams, expectations, fears, and emotions, they are badass in their own way regardless if they’re 10 or 100 years old. I swear the man knows threadwork because he made me laugh, cry and be at the edge of my seat. Yes, you heard that one right… I cried, or better said… I sobbed my heart out whilst reading Holy sister and it still brings tears to my eyes thinking about it.
But his characters don’t live in a random place, his world is vivid, you can feel, touch, smell, but most of all he loves to put his characters through hell so when they will never be the same. The plot is full of twists and turns, but it does now lose the reader, it takes the reader on a journey of discovery, full of adventure and passion because it is “do or die”.
There are a lot of finer points of this novel, there are many great things about it that I fleetingly touched upon because otherwise, this will be a very long review. And I don’t even want this to be a review because I want to talk about how it made me feel, I think that’s much more important, but if you insist… great characters, excellent magical system, amazing world-building, intriguing plot, diverse characters, and beautiful writing.
Basically, all you need to know is that you must read this series! I recommend this to anyone out there with a pulse.