by Mark Lawrence
Series: Book of the Ancestor #2
In Mystic Class Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service.
All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the ambition of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a blade, and the vengeance of the empire’s richest lord.
As the world narrows around her, and her enemies attack her through the system she has sworn to, Nona must find her own path despite the competing pull of friendship, revenge, ambition, and loyalty.
And in all this only one thing is certain.
There will be blood.
Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence is the second novel in the brilliant Book of the Ancestor series. Once again Lawerence transported me to the Convent of Sweet Mercy where Nona must choose her path. Captivating, well-developed and engaging Mark Lawerence is a mesmerizing and skillful storyteller.
“Never be so focused on picking a lock that you forget kicking down the door is also an option.”
I thought Red Sister was brilliant from the dying world to the magic and orders, but it pales in comparison to Grey Sister. After the climactic ending of Red Sister, we are back at the Convent of Sweet Mercy. Nona is shadowless and attending Mystic Class where she immediately makes an enemy.’
I was impressed by the amount of world-building we see at the beginning of Grey Sister. For some, this may slow the pace, but Lawerence’s prose and attention to detail bring Nona, her friends, and the world into brilliant color. Nona is faced with having to choose her path, dealing with her perceived failure for not saving her friend, and dealing with politics and the Inquisition shaking the foundation of all that she has committed herself to since pledging to the sisters.
The characters are well developed, and Nona and her friends have become tight. Each offers something unique and their interaction, sneaking about and faith in each other and the sisters made for compelling reading. With the convent, magic, and hierarchy this is Harry Potter for adults. We are introduced to a new character who added a little humor named Keot. I won’t tell you anything more..enjoy!
The first one-third of the novel focuses on Nona, her friends, and convent life. The second part has the Inquisition arriving, and the focus moves to Abbess Glass and the disturbances within the kingdoms. We then face a climactic scene that forces Nona to leave her friends and let me tell you, from that point on I could not set this book down. I lived, breathed and thought of little else. The action-scenes, struggles and dungeon scenes held me spellbound. The final part of the book brings characters together for nail-biting scenes like those in power makes plays for control, the Sisters make decisions with lasting effects and blood is shed. It was incredible to me how vivid the scenes were, without being wordy Lawerence delivers powerful prose as characters are tested.
The ending allowed me to catch my breath but left me anxious for the final book. I plan to do a re-read of this series on audio before the final novel, Holy sister releases in 2019.With the convent, magic, and hierarchy the Book of the Ancestors trilogy is Harry Potter for adults. #NewRelease Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence #mustread #fantasy Click To Tweet
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