Title: Grey Sister | Series: Book of the Ancestor #2 | Author: Mark Lawrence | Publisher: Ace | Publication date: May 17th 2018 | Num. Pages: 438 | Genre: Fantasy
5 stars – A fantastic installment in one of the best trilogies out there
Many thanks to Mark Lawrence for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sorry it’s so late
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 is the second book in Mark Lawrence’s newest trilogy that is taking the world by storm as Mark’s work tends to do. Red Sister opened up a can of worms that I really didn’t want to see closed in any way, luckily enough (although I had to wait a year for it’s sequel) Grey Sister did not disappoint in any way, shape or form.
Mark Lawrence’s signature writing style drags you in from the outset with talons and it doesn’t let you go. You’re dropped right there besides Nona Grey and it’s almost like you’re feeling everything she experiences throughout the book. There’s a wicked “here’s what’s happened so far” page at the beginning but it gives you this information about something we’ve not yet read.
Keot. Despite his obvious flaws I think Keot as a character is pretty nifty. He grows in this book along with Nona.
In Red Sister, Nona is learning the things she needs to learn to be a good novice and she also comes into herself a bit more. In Grey Sister, Nona has dropped into a new space and become a whole new woman. Rest assured, despite her physical age, she has matured mentally quite a bit. She is ready I’m telling you – but for what I don’t know.
Kettle is back and kicking butt in this book as well. I love Kettle – she’s definitely one of my favourite ladies in this book. Abbess Glass is also a favourite. Both characters are brilliant and are people I would not want to cross.
As the storyline progresses we learn more about the Noi-Guin, about the Sis and about Kettle, Zole, Nona and the other novices. The conversation and dialogue is fabulously balanced with the action and there is plenty of action to go around.
There is absolutely no need to worry that Mark reached the height of the story in Red Sister ’cause in Grey Sister he raises the bar even higher with some really nifty twists and turns in this book and I can’t wait to see where the next book takes Nona.
I have three words: BUY THIS BOOK!