- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Ace Books (3 April 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101988886
- ISBN-13: 978-1101988886
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.4 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 96 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,140,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor) Hardcover – 3 Apr 2018
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Praise for Grey Sister
"Vivid worldbuilding and fast-paced action...Readers who loved Red Sister will find this second series outing even more compelling."--Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for Red Sister
"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."--Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Battle Magic "The lyrical excellence of previous books is present in full force here and it's fair to say that Mark Lawrence has evolved into a master of his craft. In Red Sister he has produced a novel that is as thought provoking as it is entertaining, and as poignant as it is ferocious. Highly recommended."--Anthony Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Legion of Flame "In this stunning, action-filled series launch, Lawrence ('Broken Empire' trilogy) establishes a fantastic world in which religion and politics are sharp as swords, with magic and might held in the hands of wonderful and dangerous women. Impatient George R.R. Martin fans will find this a pleasing alternative until the next installment in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" saga arrives."--Library Journal (starred review)
About the Author
Mark Lawrence is the author of the Broken Empire trilogy, the Red Queen's War trilogy, and the Book of the Ancestor trilogy, and a former research scientist working on artificial intelligence. He is a dual national with both British and American citizenship, and has held secret-level clearance with both governments.
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I won't post any spoilers, suffice to say that I absolutely loved the story that Lawrence weaves. The setting is really interesting, and the second book uncovers new information about the world and origins whilst hinting at more.
There are similarities to Lawrence's first two trilogies (both 5* series as well, don't be shy, take the plunge with the Broken Empire series too then work your way to the Red Queen's War trilogy, as they are sequential series) in that the world has fallen from some significant technological age. In the first two trilogies that world was Earth of the future, in this one I don't think that is the case. It makes for a more interesting setting than the typical feudal/medieval trope.
I loved this book and cannot wait to revisit the Sweet Mercy abbey for the next instalment. I find myself hoping that this becomes a series that stretches beyond a trilogy, as I have enjoyed both this and Red Sister so much.
This time, the last half of the book is a bit like a video game within which Nona and her pals slaughter there way through, literally, an army of opponents. As Nona is coming into her powers ever more forcefully, this novel has a lot more 'magic' in it than the previous book and, were I to have a criticism, it would be that, with such power making her virtually invincible, the sense of jeopardy to the central character is diminished.
It's difficult to describe any of the action or the story without spoilers; so I won't. Suffice to say that, if you enjoyed 'Red Sister' then you'll love watching Nona mature into a vengeful killing machine in 'Grey Sister'. I did.
A logical follow on from the first book, but I found it harder to put down between reading sessions because of its intensity. As usual with this author it’s very well written. It is in the Grimdark sub-genre of Modern Fantasy but especially unusual for being female dominated. A welcome and interesting change. Probably my favourite fantasy read of the year.
Also the book starts with a précis of the action from the first book, which is welcome giving the approx. one year spacing between the books in the series. If only other series would do that more commonly.....
I cannot wait for the concluding book in this series!
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