So, I’m finally getting around to writing my review for the first in the Book of the Ancestor series Red Sister, I did finish this audiobook about 2 weeks ago so fingers crossed I can remember everything I wanted to say!
Let’s jump right in…
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… -Goodreads-
It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Sister Thorn of the Sweet Mercy Convent Lano Tacsis brought two hundred men.
How could I not enjoy assassin nuns?
The characters in this are some of the best that I’ve read, I love the development that they go through over the course of the book. Nona’s character is so captivating, she’s just a young girl when she becomes swept up into the crazy events which begin to unfold throughout the book. It’s so refreshing to have a female protagonist who isn’t portrayed as sexy and can been physically strong.
I do wish that we had a little more world-building as well as explanation for the magic, such as what exactly does it mean to walk the path? Fingers crossed we will get more of this from the second book. I do feel that if I had read this book physically I may have enjoyed this just a little bit more as I often found myself rewinding sections to try and understand what was happening.
I’m so excited to move onto the second book Grey Sister as I can’t wait to immerse myself back into this story and see where the author is willing to take this.
See you in the next one…