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

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, Book 1)

By Mark Lawrence

  • Release Date: 2017-04-01
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 5
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From 44 Ratings
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Description

It's not until you're broken that you find your sharpest edge

"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.

Reviews

‘Dark, passionate, tense, with a female hero anyone could relate to–I was utterly fascinated! This is no pretty, flowery tale, but one of vastly different people struggling to survive when a hostile government comes to power’ – #1 New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce

‘This is a book very distinct from everything that came before; what it has in common though is a narrative that pulls no punches, and characters that are beautifully, brokenly, repellently, cleverly human’ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

‘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’ BookNest

‘Any other author is going to have to smack the ball way, way out of the park to top this read’ Parmenion Books

About the author

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, and both Emperor of Thorns and The Liar’s Key have won the Gemmell Legend award for best fantasy novel. Mark is married, with four children, and lives in Bristol.

Reviews

  • Red Sister

    5
    By Bodrx
    First to last a truly amazing creation. A child whose logic terrifies becomes a warrior from her inception to the last page she commands awe. Bernard Donovan
  • When's the next one out?

    5
    By Friedabongo
    Could not put this book down, just loved it. Brilliantly described with fascinating characters and a world that my imagination wants to explore. One of the most gripping stories I've read in a long time. Can't wait for the next book....please let it be out soon!
  • Excellent, engaging, epic!

    5
    By Shraga78
    Mark Lawrence's writing has continued to grow and find new levels of depth and vitality. In Red Sister his ability to create a deep and engaging dystopian reality is delivered through the eyes of a young girl with great skill and care. The energy, magic, fear and friendships throughout are vivid and enthralling. Five stars.
  • Great fun

    5
    By justonepig
    Great fun

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