Book Review: Red Sister – Mark Lawrence

Release Date:
 4th April 2017
Pages: 469
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Find it on: Amazon. Goodreads.
Source: Mark very kindly sent me a (signed!) copy of this book. Thank you so much!


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…



Can I give a book six stars? Is that allowed? Mark Lawrence is up there with my all time favourite authors so when I got the chance to read a proof of Red Sister I jumped at the chance and waited eagerly by the letter box for it to arrive. When one of your favourite authors releases a new book you always have that little bit of nervousness, what if you don’t like it? What if it doesn’t live up to your expectations? After just a few chapters I was completely hooked and Red Sister blew me out of the water.

As always the writing is captivating, drawing you in so that I found myself sitting for long periods of time completely absorbed in the book. I neglected my dissertation and any house work in order to get back to reading this magnificent book. It’s a wonderful first instalment, and I cannot wait to see what happens next. The book is predominantly set in the Convent of Sweet Mercy, and Lawrence really brings to life the sights and sounds of life in this fascinating setting. This convent is of course no ordinary place, and these nuns can kick some serious butt.

Red Sister focuses on Nona, a young girl who is saved from execution and brought to stay at the Convent of Sweet Mercy. She is the most wonderful protagonist and I loved watching her grow and train to become a deadly assassin. She’s a fiery heroine and I instantly liked her. Lawrence has concocted a really bright and daring main character, and I know fantasy fans will just adore her.

Much like The Broken Empire Trilogy and The Red Queen’s War, Red Sister has plenty of action and plenty of blood and gore. There’s magic, fighting, mystery and just pretty much everything you could want. The book is dramatic, and definitely had me on the edge of my seat a few times. If you’re a fantasy fan or you’ve read previous books from Mark Lawrence, you are bound to adore this book. Your only problem will be waiting for Grey Sister to be released next year.

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