Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1) by Mark Lawrence

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)

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 ...


Details Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)

TitleRed Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)
ISBN9781101988855
Author
Release DateApr 4th, 2017
PublisherAce
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Adult, Magic
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Reviews Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2016-09-28
    It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy Convent, Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men. Man, what a hook.This is classic Mark Lawrence in that it's extremely violent, unflinchingly bloody, and gives no fucks, which may be bad for anyone who isn't really fond of brutality involving children (seriously, the first chapter starts with No child truly believes they will...
  • James Lafayette Tivendale
    2017-01-05
    I received an advanced copy of Red Sister from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to announce my gratitude to Mark Lawrence, Ace and Berkley Publishing Group for this opportunity. Throughout this narrative, we flaunt within the mind of and follow the actions of Nona. Our protagonist is a young girl who we are introduced to initially whilst she is awaiting execution via the gallows for killing a renowned pit-fighter. Luckily ...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2017-11-19
    Do not mess with these nuns . . . It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of Sweet Mercy Convent Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men No child truly believes they will be hanged. Even on the gallows platform with the rope scratching at their wrists and the shadow of the noose upon their face they know that someone will step forward, a mother, a father returned from some long abse...
  • Emily May
    2017-04-03
    Ah, this is going to be a hard book to review. I have a lot of mixed feelings about Lawrence's latest work and I'm going to try and organize my thoughts as best I can.What I love most about Lawrence's writing is the fact he's - to be frank - dramatic as fuck. He knows how to create a nail-biting, bloody, on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of scene. Red Sister opens with an army coming to kill a nun: It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that ...
  • Melanie
    2017-03-06
    ARC provided by Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. “A book is as dangerous as any journey you might take. The person who closes the back cover may not be the same one that opened the front one.” This story surrounds a young girl, given away by her mother and village after a frightful night. Yet, even being given away, our young protagonist, Nona, proves that there will always be room in your heart to love. The children t...
  • Petros Triantafyllou
    2016-10-05
    It had never crossed my mind that I would read a greater story than that of Kvothe the Arcane. I had never thought it was possible to find a greater character than the Emperor Jorg Ancrath. I had never even slightly considered that there might be a fantasy world out there toppling that of Τhe Final Empire, and most definitely, I had never thought that i could love a book more than The Night Angel. But here we are. Nona, a young girl of eight, or...
  • Petrik
    2016-11-01
    ARC provided by the publisher—Harper Voyager—via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Buddy read with these Sisters: Sarah, TS and MelanieBloody, consecration, philosophical, multitude of female casts, lesbian relationship and badass warrior nuns, Red Sister has been a wonderful surprise for me. After the struggle I had with the first 25% of the book, it’s a wonder how the rest of the book could made me love it but oh nun (ha ha ha) i...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2017-03-06
    Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsFirst of all, b/c I've already been asked numerous times, YES, this is an entirely new trilogy, unrelated to Lawrence's previous works. So if you tried to read PRINCE OF THORNS and DNFed it b/c you couldn't tolerate that little shit of an MC (I've been assured that he gets better around 40%, but I haven't personally made that determination for myself), now's your chance to give Lawrence another shot.Second of all, even aft...
  • Emma
    2017-02-13
    When I started this I was a bit worried. Actually, it wasn't the start, the prologue was heart-thuddingly, pulse-poundingly exciting: It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size.That opening sentence... Seriously, could you resist the lure of that dark promise??Then the first chapter.No child truly believes they will be hanged.If I could do that scream emoji on here, picture that. It's the kind of beg...
  • ☽Luna☾
    2017-03-30
    Full review now up!4/5 "Or burn bright, take up arms, and fight the bitch.” This ARC was provided by NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. Release date in Australia is 6th of April 2017I went into Red Sister with apprehension, because I didn't love this authors other series Broken Empire. So automatically knowing this was a YA I thought I'd hate it. However I got it completely wrong, I actually really enjoyed reading this book and it ...
  • Bookwraiths
    2017-02-10
    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 2.5 stars.Red Sister is a novel which has (rightly so, in my opinion) been dubbed the new Harry Potter for young adults. And, without a doubt, it follows the familiar pattern of children growing up and being trained by wise teachers at a specialized school for youth; the narrative fully embracing the whole coming-of-age and Chosen One mythos for good measure. Our main character’s unfortunate past ...
  • Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
    2017-03-22
    Your death has not been waiting for your arrival at the appointed hour: it has, for all the years of your life, been racing towards you with the fierce velocity of time's arrow. It cannot be evaded, it cannot be bargained with, deflected or placated. All that is given to you is the choice: meet it with open eyes and peace in your heart, go gentle to your reward. Or burn bright, take up arms, and fight the bitch.” I'm not going to quote the open...
  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2016-10-01
    Well this was a marvellous conglomeration of all that is stabbtastic and bloody. Although, after reading Prince of Thorns, I actually expected this to be darker than it was! I'll try not to be...disappointed (???) about that so you can maintain the illusion that I am a well-adjusted and normal young human creature who doesn't delight in dark epic fantasy.(Okay totally lies. I ADORE dark epic fantasy.)Basically this book has a checklist of all tha...
  • Haïfa
    2017-04-12
    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Note: I upgraded my rating to 5 because it's been days since I finished this book and the story, the atmosphere and Nona are still with me. The more I think of this book, the more I love it ! A solid 4.5 stars read ! Red Sister is the first book of Mark Lawrence's new series : The Book of the Ancestor. If you haven't read Mark's other trilogies (The Broken Empire and the Red Queen's War),...
  • Anthony Ryan
    2017-03-26
    Given the landmark nature of Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire books comparisons with his latest offering are inevitable. However, I feel ‘Red Sister’ deserves to be considered on its own merits as the start of a completely new series. Via a third person narrative we follow the exploits of village outcast Nona who finds herself rescued from the gallows at a young age to be raised and educated as a nun in service to the Church of the Ancestor. I...
  • Eon ♒Windrunner♒
    2017-06-09
    Red Sister ebook is 99p on UK Amazon for a few hours! link4.5 Stars!You remember when you were a tiny little girl and did very bad things and because of that found yourself in a convent being trained as a nun specializing in the deadly arts? Yeah, same thing happens to Nona, the star of this story. ;) "It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy Convent Lano Tacsis ...
  • Philip
    2017-07-18
    4ish stars. This is an adult book with what are, in my opinion, actually some pretty good characterizations of kids and teenagers. It's got my favorite "school of magic" since Brakebills. It's got a fairly complex "magic system" with a lot of potential. And it's about killer nuns, isn't that cool? Basically it's everything I was hoping The Name of the Wind would be but wasn't. This isn't frivolous, jovial high fantasy, but there is occasional hum...
  • Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
    2017-03-02
    Red Sister surprised me in quite a few ways. I’d heard a lot about this author’s Broken Empire Trilogy, and much of the hearsay led me to believe I wouldn’t enjoy those books because of difficult subject-matter. However, when the author offered me a review copy of Red Sister, I decided to accept it… with reservations.As it turns out, I didn’t need any. Red Sister was a really good first installment of The Ancestor series. What surprised...
  • Josiah Bancroft
    2017-03-28
    By and large, I do not enjoy youthful protagonists. They often strike me as either unbelievably articulate (the moral puppets of middle-aged writers) or believably simple but ultimately uninteresting. Red Sister's Nona bucks the trend: she is both realistic in her limitations and relatable in her vision of this strange and often pitiless world. Nona's story is filled with misguided efforts and big-hearted mistakes. She is both unpredictable and s...
  • Mitriel
    2016-07-05
    ***Harry Potter meets Mark Lawrence meets Hayao Miyazaki with a dash of X-men thrown into the mix***If you think Mark Lawrence has stolen your heart before hold on tight now!Update: I talk about the trilogy from a beta-reader's perspective here (no spoilers):https://mitriel.com/2016/08/15/red-si...
  • Nicole
    2017-03-18
    "It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size." I went to a Catholic school for 14 years, nuns were the ones responsible there. Naturally, we disliked them, they were mean, heartless, and too strict. However, after this book, all I can say is wow, I wish that was my kind of school! Because you see, these are no ordinary nuns. I mean who would train the students to poison, kill, and destroy? Of course,...
  • Celeste
    2017-04-29
    Full review now posted!You can find this review and more at Booknest.I was late to the Mark Lawrence game. And I was missing out. Red Sister is Lawrence’s seventh full-length novel, and the first in a new series entitled “Book of the Ancestor.” Reading his other trilogies has definitely made its way onto my agenda, because this book was fantastic. I hope you write quickly, Mr. Lawrence, because I’m dying to read more of Nona’s story.“...
  • Bradley
    2017-08-21
    I'm of two minds with this one. The things it does well is very, very good... but when it came to my own preferences, I got bogged down in a good and nice long rut of boredom. If I was someone else, someone who really enjoyed a lot and a lot of YA school stuff, then I'd probably go ga-ga over this.As it is, I enjoyed the writing and the developments, albeit slow developments, of the story.Sure, it's awesome that it's a school of assassin nuns and...
  • TS Chan
    2017-03-21
    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Buddy Read with my awesome neighbouring friend, Petrik.I have read both of Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire and Red Queen’s War trilogies and appreciated how he tended to write atypical main protagonists. So from a psychopath to a womanising coward, Lawrence surprises again - this time with a young girl being trained into a killer in a convent of badass nuns with kickass abilities. Red S...
  • Dannii Elle
    2017-03-06
    Meet Nona Grey. She is not yet ten years old and is already awaiting her execution. And the man she murdered put her there. As she is poised, ready to face the hangman's noose, her saviour arrives in the form of Abbess Glass. Her salvation is the Sweet Mercy Convent, which transforms young girls into fierce warriors, who fight in the name of the holy Ancestors. Her choices are to swing or to train.She chooses to train. She tries to forget about h...
  • Emma
    2017-04-17
    3.5 stars.I received an ARC of this from the author and am offering an honest review in exchange. Well, guys, my personal jury is out on this one! This is very different from Mark's previous 2 series. The new world is well crafted and unique (show-not-tell all the way with this author) and I'm keen to know more as the series progresses (anyone else wonder if the world has a slight sci fi feel to it?).One of the main differences for me with Red Si...
  • Michael Britt
    2017-08-18
    Actual rating: 4.5 stars. Bloody brilliant! "Jula stepped after her, though stopping short, as if she saw something new in Nona's place. Some wild beast perhaps, with eyes like holes into the night and hands thick with old blood." Red Sister follows our heroine, Nona, and a handful of other girls, as they train to be badass warrior nuns. And it doesn't disappoint. Most of this book is spent in training, but I wasn't particularly bothered by that,...
  • Natalie Monroe
    2017-03-28
    "Choose carefully, Nona. Let the Path lead you to a name."Nona opened her mouth. "Cage," she said. "Let them call me Cage." Red Sister is what you get what you combine Arya's arc from Game of Thrones with Harry Potter.There's stabbing and friendship. Magic and religion. Illicit potions and assassin lessons. Red herring villains and badass mentors. A "Chosen One" and prophecies.You'll notice I put quotation marks around "Chosen One" because it's n...