Red Sister is the first instalment in the Book of the Ancestor series. And it is just incredible! Character arcs are intricate and wonderful, the plot is unguessable, and the prose is incredible.
"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. Treat them with respect."
I read this series a few months ago and absolutely loved it! Red Sister was the first book I read by Mark Lawrence, and he instantly arose to being one of my favourite authors. It is a brilliant book, filled with action and intrigue, and warrior nuns, and a training school. What else could you ask for?
It has a consistency fast pace with a constantly developing plot and a well balanced spread of character building and plot.
The prose of Mark Lawrence is fluid and easy to read. While being compatible for all readers, there is a poetic edge to it that is brief and beautiful. Definitely one of my favourite writing styles that I have encountered.
Each character is unique with an interesting and diverse personality which disallowed any dull moment, varying from Abbess Glass, the cunning leader of the Sweet Mercy Convent. To Nona Grey, the young girl who features as the main character of Red Sister. I girl with mysteries and questions following her to the last page.
"Trust is the most insidious of poisons. Trust sidesteps all of your precautions."
Red Sister was a definite five star rating for me due to the combination of every fantastic aspect that immersed me into this fascinating world with incredible characters and stunning prose. I found that my mind kept wondering to the plot when I was parted from the book, and for me, that is the mark of a great book.
I assure you that Grey Sister and Holy Sister are as good as if not better than this introduction to the series. Any lover of fantasy should read this series!