So the first part of this review is going to be SPOILER FREE because I need to convince as many people as I can to read this book. The second part of the review will have SPOLIERS. I don’t normally write my reviews this way but I just have to gush about how much I loved this book and I need other people to talk to me about it to! Don’t worry the spoiler part will be marked so that you don’t accidentally read any spoilers for yourself!
I have to say that this is up there with my favourite series of all time. I honestly don’t think I have been as excited for a series in such a long time. And the wait for the second and third book might just kill me. But I need everybody to read Red Sister so that you can come and DM me about everything!
Part 1 – Spoiler Free
I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.
But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.
Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…
So this book has already made its way onto my favourites shelf. I never wanted to put it down. I was really annoyed as the past couple weeks I have been busy with uni and moving back home and such. But I didn’t want to be doing any of that, I just wanted to read this book.
I will start with the plot. The story follows Nona, a poor little girl from a poor little village who then finds herself in a convent. But not just any convent, a one with deadly killer nuns… I don’t want to say too much about the story because I don’t want to ruin it. However, what I can say is that there is never a dull moment. I never wanted to put this book down because there was always something happening and always a twist just around the corner. If you’re looking for something that is adventurous, new and witty then you will love this! Also the world was so interesting and learning more about the history and the lore was fascinating! I could read an entire series about the history of Abeth. *Hint I need this series Hint*
The characters within this book are just so well written and diverse. It is mainly girls in this book due to it being set in a convent but guess what?! No random girl hate! I was so scared that with this many female characters it was bound to happen, but it was nowhere to be seen! I found the characters to be so refreshing and funny I can’t think if a single character that didn’t have a purpose and that I didn’t like. Apart from the ones you’re supposed to dislike of course! The character development that can be seen throughout the story is just amazing. It is as you are watching these young girls grow up right in front of your own eyes.
And our main girl Nona. I would die for Nona that is how much I loved this character. I personally found her very relatable, obviously not the killing part but the other parts… I think due to the range and diversity of the characters that others could also see themselves in the characters of the story, which I think is very important. Also romance does not play a big part in this story, although there are hints and suggestion about romance which I am dying to see where that goes!
How I would describe this book is a young girl looking for friendship and her place in the world finds it in a convent, where she is surrounded by others who share her passion for friendship and killing.
5/5 Would highly recommend this book to anybody and everybody! Also Grey Sister (book 2) is coming out very very soon! YAY
Also just look at how many tabs I used while reading!
Part 2 – The Spoilery Part. Please do not read if you do not want to be spoiled!
Now this is the part where I am going to just gush about everything I loved about this book. Starting with Nona.
Nona values friendship so highly because she herself has never had friends growing up. One of my favourite things about this book was watching Nona grow up and find friendships and happiness and seeing her grow into an amazing girl surrounded with love. Just thinking about who she was at the very beginning and who she becomes later on when she has entered Grey Class makes me want to cry. The character development is stunning and I am all here for it. Also one thing I got very excited about was hints at Nona’s sexuality. Although I enjoyed the fact that the book didn’t focus on romance I loved the little hints that Nona could be interested in girls. This is a reason I personally found her relatable. Also the fact that literally nobody in the convent bats an eyelid about like half the nuns or girls being gay, I approve. More gays nuns is what I want to read about.
Finally finding out Nona’s true story of why her mother sold her was really heartbreaking. The juggler was her friend all along and I just could not take it. I loved the fact that so many things were kept secret until the very end. Such as the possibility of Nona’s mother selling her for her own protection, knowing that the guards would not bother with a girl in a cage. This just changed everything.
There is a certain plot point that needs to be spoken about:
There is one thing that annoyed me. POOR FOUR-FOOT. He deserved better. My mind won’t change.
I just need to know what happens next. I need to know why Nona still considers Clera a Sister and friend after everything! What is her plan? Where is everything going? Also is Ara going to be okay?! (Even tho Nona is my main girl I love Ara too). I NEED TO KNOW!
I want to thank Mark Lawrence for sending me this book. It has broken me in so many ways and I love it so much. Also I want to share with you all this gem of a tweet which is the first thing I ever saw about Red Sister: