Book Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Today I will be reviewing Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own. Thanks to the wonderful people over at Ace Roc Books and Netgalley.

AHHH, were to start on this review? This is a hard book to review for me. A book I was long looking forward to, from my favorite author no less. Unfortunately it was a disappointment. Yes I said it, I still can’t believe it is so. I am not here to bash this book, it was not a bad book, in fact it is a pretty damn good book. I am sure it will be very popular and do very well. It was just not a book for me.

I can hear it now, so explain yourself Mr. MightyThorJRS. So I will try. The first 80% of this book or so was, well, boring for me. It was a struggle to make it through. A monotonous coming of age, Convent/training/studies, outcast/chosen one, type of beginning that had me questioning my will to continue. The cast of characters offered nothing in the way to help keep my attention. No one stood out or demanded I take notice. The world building is well done and the magic system is interesting. The book of course is well written, Mark Lawrence is too great for it not to be. It just did not work for me. The last 20% or so is absolutely fabulous. The action and story finally come to a head and there is somewhat of a payoff for slogging though all the boring in the beginning. Not enough to completely save the book for me, but definitely enough for me to be excited for the next installment. I am truly looking forward to the next book in this series, now that all the boring is out of the way (hopefully) the characters can get down to business.

In conclusion, like I said not a bad book by any means just not a book for me. Mark has written my favorite books and series. He is my favorite author, and will continue to be. This Book is not those books or series. It should not have to be compared to those. Mark has proven he is not afraid to go outside of what people might expect of him. He can’t be expected to stay in others comfort zones of what they think they want in a Mark Lawrence book. I hope me not loving this book does not hinder anyone from reading it. You should read it, form your own opinion. I am sure many will love it. Like I said to another huge Mark fan recently on social media, I will give it some time and reread this book, by the end of the series I will probably be shouting my love for this series. But for now, this book was not for me. Not every book is written for me, or my taste, and I am okay with that.

As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.

I think I will go with 3.5 stars, 3 for the first 80% and five for the last 20%. Does that average out? Ah well!

3.5/5 STARS


Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Is due out April 4, 2017! from Ace books





(Original artwork by Bastien Lecouff Deharme)







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Check out all of my Mark Lawrence reviews:

During the Dance by Mark Lawrence

Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) by Mark Lawrence

Select Mode (The Broken Empire, #1.5) by Mark Lawrence

King of Thorns (The Broken Empire #2) by Mark Lawrence

Sleeping Beauty (The Broken Empire, #2.5) by Mark Lawrence

Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire #3) by Mark Lawrence

Road Brothers : Tales from the Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

Prince of Fools (The Red Queen’s War #1) by Mark Lawrence

The Liar’s Key (The Red Queen’s War Book 2) by Mark Lawrence

The Wheel of Osheim (The Red Queen’s War Book 3) by Mark Lawrence



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BUY HERE:    Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

  • Series: Book of the Ancestor (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (April 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101988851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101988855


The international bestselling author of the Broken Empire and the Red Queen’s War trilogies begins a stunning epic fantasy series about a secretive order of holy warriors…

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In some few children the old bloods show, gifting rare talents that can be honed to deadly or mystic effect. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls.

A bloodstained child of nine falsely accused of murder, guilty of worse, Nona is stolen from the shadow of the noose. It takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist, but under Abbess Glass’s care there is much more to learn than the arts of death. Among her class Nona finds a new family—and new enemies.
Despite the security and isolation of the convent, Nona’s secret and violent past finds her out, drawing with it the tangled politics of a crumbling empire. Her arrival sparks old feuds to life, igniting vicious struggles within the church and even drawing the eye of the emperor himself.

Beneath a dying sun, Nona Grey must master her inner demons, then loose them on those who stand in her way.




Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’.
Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.

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  1. Well, now I feel a little less guilty about consigning it to the DNF pile (as much as I’ve loved Lawrence’s other work). I am so tired of the coming of age/training montage trope that I really struggled with this, and (like you say) none of the characters jumped out at me and demanded I keep reading. Good to hear the last 20% somewhat redeemed it, but that’s a lot of reading for so small a pay-off.


    1. I really wanted to like it but it just did not work for me. The ending was great and I am hoping that propels the rest of the series. Mark is my Fav and I am looking forward to see some progression from this book. Thanks!


  2. Being honest is important. A lot of people will instantly give this 5 stars because it’s Mark Lawrence, but if it didn’t work for you and you have told your followers why then you’re maintaining your integrity as a reviewer. Good job!

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