"It's a dangerous game to try to rid yourself of weakness. You never know what else you might be losing in the deal."
Perhaps more than any other author I am currently invested in, books from Mark Lawrence seem to fall on a wide scale. At one end, there is Prince of Thorns, headed by the notorious Jorg Ancrath, one of the most divisive fantasy protagonists in recent years. I didn’t like it.
At the other end, there is Red Sister and Grey Sister, headed by the magnificent Nona Grey. Her character. Her story. Her world. I liked them a lot.
Prince of Fools has ended up more towards the direction of the former.
Wow, I loved this book. I thought it would be nigh impossible to equal or surpass the enjoyment I received from Red Sister, I was wrong. Very wrong.
Grey Sister continues all the great aspects of the former book with an intriguing plot, diverse characters and a vivid world, then added a lot more consisting of larger conflicts and countless more twists along with a new group of wonderful and intriguing personalities.
The prose was once again wonderful from Mark Lawrence with a poetic edge that guided me from page to page which had me marvelling at how long I had been reading with absolute concentration on the story.
“Nothing is as cruel as a righteous man.”
The plot developed at an appropriate rate with tension consistently rising throughout and then hitting a peak which was well worth the wait as grand events coincided and the consequences of actions rose dramatically. The twists that were revealed completely shocked me and directed the book into an unguessable future which made the experience even more exciting.
The characters were once again amazing with their variety of personalities which allowed me to despise and love them and to feel their successes and failures. There were a few heart wrenching moments which truly reveal how the characters have come to matter to me.
The ending was fabulous as it produced even more adversaries for the protagonists to face in the last instalment in which I hope they deliver a large dose of deserved vengeance.
“It's when your power is taken, or given, away that you discover who your friends are, brother. There's a lesson for us all in that.”
Grey Sister is a definite five star rating just as its predecessor was. I have read and loved Holy Sister, the finale of the series, as well. Any reader of Mark Lawrence and practically any fantasy fan should read this series! One of my favourite series of all time.