Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

April 3rd, 2018 Kimberly Review 46 Comments

3rd Apr
Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence
Grey Sister
by Mark Lawrence
Series: Book of the Ancestor #2
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
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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.
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There will be blood.

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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.

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About Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence was born in Champagne-Urbanan, Illinois, to British parents but moved to the UK at the age of one. He went back to the US after taking a PhD in mathematics at Imperial College to work on a variety of research projects including the ‘Star Wars’ missile defence programme. Returning to the UK, he has worked mainly on image processing and decision/reasoning theory. He says he never had any ambition to be a writer so was very surprised when a half-hearted attempt to find an agent turned into a global publishing deal overnight. His first trilogy, THE BROKEN EMPIRE, has been universally acclaimed as a ground-breaking work of fantasy. Following The Broken Empire comes the bestselling RED QUEEN’S WAR trilogy. The BOOK OF THE ANCESTOR trilogy, in an entirely new setting, commences with RED SISTER in 2017. Mark is married, with four children, and lives in Bristol.

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46 Responses to “Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence”

  1. verushka

    I just discovered the Grey Sister, so wasn’t sure quite what to make of it, but I can totally work with Harry Potter for adults lol!

  2. Cindy

    Ok wow! How have I missed these books??!!? I cannot wait to find time in my busy TBR/ARC schedule to start Book Of The Ancestor series. What a great review and many thanks for bringing these books and author to my attention 🙂

  3. Debbie Haupt

    I totally agree with your thoughts on Grey Sister Kim it was amazing. I’ll be featuring it tomorrow and will include my editorial review. And you’re so right about the world building in book one of an epic fantasy like this. I just adore Lawrence and have been devouring his novels since Prince of Thorns. Fantastic Review Kim and exactly what I would have said if I didn’t have to limit mine to 200 words LOL 😉

  4. Nadene

    My appetite has been whetted. I never read Harry Potter,( I know shame on me ), but you make me want to read this series.

  5. Lorna

    New to me series and author. I am not a fantasy reader, but this does interest me a bit. How old are these girls? And they are in a convent school? Each book features a different sister, I take it? 5 stars has me really wondering. Fantastic review!

  6. Heidi

    I am completely drawing a blank on this series??? I read another brilly review for this last week and the line where you call this HP for adults has me wanting to head to the library and get the audio of book one. I must read this.

    • Kimberly

      I think this would be fun on audio. Yes, the school teaches all kinds of classes and gave me a magical HP vibe but darker 🙂

  7. Kristin @ AddictedtoHEA

    The second book actually surpassed the first??!! WOW! I have the first book on my TBR but I haven’t bought it yet. I’m kind of waiting for a price drop 😉 So stupid stingy with my gift card, huh? But I added the second book to my TBR so now I won’t let this series slip by 🙂

  8. Lily

    harry potter for adults huh? 😀 Oh now I am even more curious, this looks like it can be a lot of fun, love the sound of this world and characters

  9. Daniela Ark

    OOOOOOOHHHH I’m still trying to finish Red Sister but going slooooowly becasue I’m in a mini slump right now but I AM SO HAPPY to hear there is a 5-start ARC treasure chest is waiting for me at the end of that loooong 470 pages rainbow!

  10. Cricket

    I just looked to see if my library has book one and it’s billed. :/ This sounds like a world I could get lost in and I can’t wait to read them.

  11. Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

    I haven’t started this series but by the sound of this book, I should start reading them. I am a bit behind in my reading tho. You just keeping making my TBR list bigger! =) I love it tho thanks for having such great reviews for me to want to read more books and expand my library!

    Mary

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