It's not until you're broken that you find your sharpest edge.
A brilliant new series from the best-selling author of Prince of Thorns.
'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 10 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.
©2017 Mark Lawrence (P)2017 HarperCollins Publisher Limited
"Dark, passionate, tense, with a female hero anyone could relate to - I was utterly fascinated! This is no pretty, flowery tale, but one of vastly different people struggling to survive when a hostile government comes to power." (New York Times best-selling author Tamora Pierce)
"This is a book very distinct from everything that came before; what it has in common though is a narrative that pulls no punches, and characters that are beautifully, brokenly, repellently, cleverly human." (Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews)
"I had never thought it was possible to find a greater character than the Emperor Jorg Ancrath. I had never even slightly considered that there might be a fantasy world out there toppling that of Τhe Final Empire, and most definitely, I had never thought that I could love a book more than The Night Angel. But here we are." (BookNest)
"Any other author is going to have to smack the ball way, way out of the park to top this read." (Parmenion Books)
I loved this book. So different and refreshing. I could not stop listening. It's my favourite book of the last 5 years. I cannot wait for the next installment. It's meant to be a trilogy.
Only to tide me over until the next installment- which I am very much excited for!
The character introductions and development were one of the many great things about this story. This is no ordinary girl nor convent and these are no ordinary nuns. Listening to them grow up and make decisions (good or bad) was great.
Duff also narrates this with talent. Many characters call for many voices, intonations and she performs perfectly.
The action scenes were expertly told- Lawrence can create slow-motion in your minds eye just as well as a movie screen.
Definitely a joy to listen to, that will leave you twitching for the next installment.
I found this a bit of a slow burner, finding it hard to care about the characters. Perhaps it was the use of Irish and Liverpool accents for the main characters. Once I got used to it I really enjoyed it and the last 3rd of the book was excellent. Can't wait for the next one , It is also this is one of the only fantasy books narrated by a female that I have listened to, which makes sense as the vast majority of characters are female. One scene in particular genuinely upset me which is a testament to the writing and narration .
The book is very slow to get started, but builds up the characters backgrounds well and draws you in to their world.
The setting for the book is unusual and the strength of the females in the story is well told.
I couldn't see this book being made into a film as it would be difficult to keep attention spans from an audience long enough to tell the tale.A slightly less lengthy introduction to the book would help.
The reading of the book was well thought out by the Narrator, the use of a female for this was probably essential. Saying this the accent of two of the main characters is very distracting. The Irish accent is too close to a character called Bernie created by Catherine Tate and therefore spoils any image you can create in your mind of what Nona actually looks like. The scouse accent grates and I feel is unnecessarily strong and harsh to listen to.
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