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Grey Sister

Written by: Mark Lawrence
Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
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Publisher's Summary

The second novel in a brilliant fantasy series from the international best-selling author of Prince of Thorns.

Behind its walls, the Convent of Sweet Mercy has trained young girls to hone their skills for centuries. In Mystic Class, Novice Nona Grey has begun to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the convent, Nona must choose which order to dedicate herself to - and whether her path will lead to a life of prayer and service or one of the blade and the fist.

All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the designs of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a knife, and the vengeance of the empire's richest lord.

As the world narrows around her, and her enemies attack her through the system she is sworn to, Nona must find her own path despite the competing pulls of friendship, revenge, ambition, and loyalty.

And in all this only one thing is certain: there will be blood.

©2018 Bobalinga Ltd. (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • 2021-07-25

The world feels half-baked.

Pros: The narrator did a fantastic performance. she had no problem emoting how the characters felt.

Con: the world is interesting but doesn't feel fully thought out. For instance how are half of the nuns atheists? If so many nuns don't believe in the god why didn't the organization secularize? Sister Glass who was the head of the Inquisition was an atheist. That is nuts. Also why in this world are lesbian relationships not taboo. In a religion that priorities family and ancestor worship I would think that relationships that could not produce offspring would be greatly discouraged. Another thing, where are all the fully trained red and grey sisters. They are virtually nonexistent.

SPOILERS Lastly, in the a grand court hearing of Sister Glass there is no formal protection to stop quantal mind attacks. you think that there would be something done to protect the judges like getting protection runes or something.

Sorry about the rant. I just had to get it off my chest. This book is all about the rule of cool and getting to the action. Just don't think about it and you'll enjoy it more.

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Excellent

An Excellent Story with Strong Female Heroes.
I found the world to be interesting, the magic had new twist and the fighting to be satisfying.

The only things I found questionable was the age of the heroes(15),
I found it to be a little young to do all the things they do,
If they where older and had more training, I would had questioned it less.

But overall this second book in the Trilogy was great
Highly recommended if you like female heroes in a medieval setting with a twist.

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  • J
  • 2019-07-16

An improvement upon the first entry in the series

I wasn't the biggest fan of Red Sister, but Grey Sister was much better. I found Red Sister to be very slow. This sequel picks up the pace and there is plenty of action. Some of the twists at the end of the novel were not well thought out, but they only slightly negatively impacted the experience.

You learn a little more about the world of Abeth in this novel and I hope a lot more is revealed in the final book.

Heather O'Neill was fantastic as the narrator.

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Love this Sequel!

I really loved that this book had the same amount of action and had the characters face new challenges without making them too difficult or levelling the characters up too much. I thought this was a perfect middle novel in a series but I definitely don't want the series to end! I can't wait to pick up the rest of Mark Lawrence's books because if they are even half as good as this, I'm in for an amazing story.

I loved the way that this story started, with Lawrence giving us a recap of the last book so we could just move right along to this one. I also liked the time jump. It felt natural without making us question too much. I think Nona really stepped up her game in this one without being Too Much.

A lot of middle books don't know how to take what was good about the first and make it into something similar but different for the second without losing the interest of the audience. This is not the case here. It was such a perfect bridge between the first book and what I expect the last to be.

I think this is shaping up to be my new favourite fantasy series and I highly recommend it if you want to get into Adult Fantasy.

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Again, Mark Lawrence weaves

a satisfying story. I cannot wait for the next in this series.

Well done sir, well done

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oh just love story

I was not sure at the beginning, but now ...
I can't wait for next book, love the characters,

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