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23 April 2018

Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

THIS BOOK MAN. Red Sister is incredible and gets all of the stars from me. Since I first picked it up I haven't stopped raving about it and recommending it. It is the first in the Book of the Ancestor series and will absolutely blow you away.

Red Sister by Mark LawrenceAdd to Goodreads
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…

Source: Review Request

5 Words: Friendship, belief, stabby, power, fantasy.

I think I may have a new favourite character.

This book is one powerful line after another. Each chapter opens with a punch to the face, a line that grabs you. The writing is dramatic and epic and I absolutely loved it.

Nona is not just a Female Assassin. She is loyal and fierce and twisted and secretive. I loved how she kept secrets not only from everyone around her but from herself. This secretive side to Nona makes her a pretty unreliable narrator, and her past is one story after another and you're never quite sure what to believe. The journey her character takes as the book progresses is amazing.

Red Sister is brutal. It's gory and harsh and hard. It's bloody and painful.

Some people might say that the middle of the book is slow - but it was packed with so much character development that I absolutely loved it. And it made the contrast between the action at the beginning and end have a much bigger impact.

And also, can we have a shout out for the gal pals? I loved that they just all shared beds and nobody batted an eyelid, that it was normal. THANK YOU. And they were just girls being girls, no slut shaming, HURRAH!

This was my first Mark Lawrence book but now I can't wait to get my hands on Grey Sister and get started on the Red Queen's War books. Nona is the stabby Hufflepuff fantasy deserves.

Who's your favourite female assassin?


  1. Yessssss!! I loved it so much too and I literally can't cope with how good it was. I struggled so much writing my review for it because I just wanted to write about everything and anything! I loved Nona so much and also Ara! Ahhh this series is just amazing!

  2. Oooo, this sounds interesting! Great review, as always! Reading your book reviews always make me think that's another book I need to read, haha. This is another book to go on my list :D


  3. What a fabulous review! This book isn’t my usual genre but sounds like a fantastic read. Thanks for sharing 😃

    Melanie |

  4. I've been wanting to read this for ages. Definitely going to have to buy a copy asap!

  5. It's got a feisty looking girl with a weapon on the cover...I'm sold already

  6. This sounds like such an amazing book and I'm glad it also has great character development too. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, amazing review x

  7. Sounds exactly like the type of books i'd read! I am finishing the throne of glass series at the moment and will for sure move onto red sister!


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