Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

GoodReads Summary:
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.
Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #2)Review:
I’m realizing that I did not like this second book as much as I did with the first one. There’s quite a bit more action in Grey Sister, but there were some odd time jumps and I just wasn’t sure about a few things.
Nona was still the best. I adore her in all her violence and wildness. I think Zeot was a weird addition and even weirder that it wasn’t mentioned at the end of Red Sister. I think he was an interesting way to give some mysterious history about the world, but it seemed odd how it was just there and then him leaving was pretty anticlimactic. Anyway, Nona was my favorite. She will kick and punch and snarl until she wins or dies. I love her determination and ferocity. I can’t wait to see how her story ends in the final book.
Abbess Glass is a character I really came to appreciate in this book. I liked her in Red Sister. She was always stood up for Nona and the other Novices. But in Grey Sister, we really learn more about her background and her motivations. I loved it. Glass is always up to something. Even when I thought it was all over for her, she managed to change the situation. It was very impressive.
All of the supporting characters were good, but I would have liked to see more. I guess part of me just missed the setting of the Convent. Also Hessa, I miss Hessa. Ara and Zole and Darla were my favorites. They’re loyal and fierce and unafraid to stand up for what they believe in. Also Sister Kettle. I adore her. She’s badass and I loved her perspective.
Overall, I still really enjoyed this book even though I liked the first better. I’m interested to see how this series is going to end in the third and final book. I’m interested to see what politics we will get to learn more about and what other parts of the world we may explore.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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