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Red Sister

por Mark Lawrence

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"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"--… (mais)
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3.75 stars, I guess???

I'm having trouble with my rating on this one because I enjoyed myself a lot while I was listening for the audiobook for this one and I thought the world-building was amazing. However, even now right after I've finished there's not a ton that really stands out to me with the plot and I'm already forgetting details. I also didn't find the ending to be that satisfying and it didn't really make me want to pick up book 2.

I enjoyed the characters in this book. They felt fully realized and the idea as nuns as the warriors in this world was pretty fun. I liked Nona as a main character but I didn't really understand why she was so young in this book. I believe that she was eight when it started and a couple years past over the course of the story so she never got that much older. I thought this was just an odd choice because she doesn't act how any eight year old would act. I know part of this story is about a school and I understand why you would want younger characters for that but that means the actions and attitudes of the characters are oddly discordant with their age. Please correct me if I'm wrong about the details here or if I missed an explanations. As I said, some details fell through the gaps for me.

I think I will probably read the rest of the books in this series eventually. I liked the world a lot and I would be interested in following the characters more. I definitely think this can be a really good series and I am interested to see where we go from here and what more we learn about the world and the characters abilities. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
***WHY NOT***
I was already hesitant based on the many reviews I've read/saw. I didn't know if the way it was written would mesh with my taste. And there are many male authors who can handle criticism. I don't need this story.
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
I absolutely loved this book. Zero complaints. Grab a copy now and start reading. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Started the audiobook but I couldn't absorb the story properly. I did a re-read using the Look Inside on Amazon. It was great. I could re-read sentences or go back and look at names. The scenes became clearer. I will drop the audiobook and get the physical book. Unfortunately I'm not sure when because none of my local libraries have it. (ETA: ty Mrs. Claus, I have a mmpbk copy now)
  Seayla2020 | Aug 22, 2021 |
A definite 3.5. I didn’t love it enough to give a 4 😔

This series has literally taken over the fantasy readers community by storm and I heard so many of my favorite bloggers and booktubers gush about it, that I thought I would give it a try. I really love reading about female assassins, so Red Sister already had that going for me; but it’s also on a more darker side than I usually read, so my expectations were reasonable. I have to say that this book really surprised me in places, while not holding my attention for parts - but I will try to articulate what I actually thought about it.

The writing took some getting used to. I haven’t read any of the other popular series by the same author, so his writing style and way with words felt unfamiliar and I had to reread sentences sometimes to get the gist of it. However, the story also has one of the best / most memorable opening sequences and I just knew I had to read further. The world is also not fully realized from the beginning - we only get to know tidbits about the empire, it’s history, it’s enemies and the power hierarchy through some conversations and incidents that occur. This makes me feel like I still don’t know much about this world but I’m sure the author will expand it in the next one. We do however get a lot of information about the four tribes which practice magic and I’m quite excited to see more displays of the power in the series. The story also mainly features the training that occurs within the Sweet Mercy convent - which involves a lot of lectures on religion, spirituality (or the Path as they call it), hand to hand combat and other forms of fighting and academics - but it takes up almost 70% of the book, so it felt quite repetitive and sometimes maybe even boring.

What makes up for the slightly repetitive story is the eclectic group of women in this book. Nona is probably around the age of 10 when the book starts, but we already know that she is a survivor and has seen too much for her young age. We see flashbacks from her earlier life and we realize why she doesn’t think that she deserves love or acceptance, because she considers herself a monster. This makes her very very secretive, keeping everything very close to her chest, only divulging them when the time is right. However, despite being sold as a child and then almost executed for murder, she is truly very loyal and considers the bond of friendship sacred. The convent is full of other young women, some allies, some rivals, some bullies - everyone training together and when anyone attacks their faith from the outside, they all fight together too. Their teacher nuns are also a diverse group - caring to indifferent to maybe cruel to even fanatic - but the one thread that holds everyone is sisterhood.

The essence of this book is the strength of sisterhood, friendship and found family. All of these women - young and old - despite their differing ideas or alliances, will always stand by each other and that comes through in every interaction. And that’s why one particular instance really came as utter shock and I can’t wait to read more about the repercussions. The world is also casually diverse and it’s not made a big deal about - we have one f/f couple among the teachers and Nona is hinted at being bisexual, so it would be nice to see this explored more in the next books.

Everyone seems to love this book a lot, so I don’t think I need to recommend this one. It has strong characterizations, the absolute best opening, middle and ending action sequences and the plot is interesting enough to make me want to read the next book. However, I got a little bored in the middle and I would have loved to know more about the world. Let’s see what Grey Sister has to offer. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
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"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"--

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