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Red Sister Audiobook

Red Sister: Book of the Ancestor, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "Missed at your own expense!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sophie 20/04/2017
    Sophie 20/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story + skillful narration!"
    Would you listen to Red Sister again? Why?

    Only to tide me over until the next installment- which I am very much excited for!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The action scenes were expertly told- Lawrence can create slow-motion in your minds eye just as well as a movie screen.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a joy to listen to, that will leave you twitching for the next installment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    barry 19/04/2017
    barry 19/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Better than I expected, stick with it"

    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 .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. C. White 17/05/2017
    S. C. White 17/05/2017
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    "Another perfect book from Lawrence"

    If you liked Prince of Thorns and The Red Queens Game, but were disappointed by a lack of strong female leads, this is the book for you. As a woman, I mostly buy male dominated books finding those written by and for women often lack grit. Not so with this one, Nona rages and slashes her way through the pages every bit as full of dark vitriol as Jorg Ancrath. If you haven't read those, you're in for a treat and I'm delighted to say that the narration is top notch for all books. Purchase without reservation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Iain Altrincham, United Kingdom 20/06/2017
    Iain Altrincham, United Kingdom 20/06/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Compelling"
    Where does Red Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A great listen, and the best Mark Lawrence book I've tried by far (tried a couple of others, and didn't really like them at all). The most compelling audio book I've listened to since Patrick Rothfuss.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and the world building are very convincing. It weakened a bit towards the end, but I'm still looking forward to the next in the series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Normally I just listen in the car when driving, but this one I carried round the house as well.


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    Ian Godstone, United Kingdom 18/06/2017
    Ian Godstone, United Kingdom 18/06/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Nun better"
    Any additional comments?

    If you had told me that I would be blown away by a book about a bunch of little girls attending a convent then I would have called your sobriety into question. However from the second I started the book to the very end, I was hooked.

    It's a little bit like the book Blood Song by Anthony Ryan except it is infinitely better. The basic premise is about a young girl who, after some unpleasantness with a child taker and a gallows, finds herself training to be a nun. Thankfully for me at least, the nuns are the fighting kind not just the praying kind. There are some prophesies, some interesting magical systems and a strange world to explore, all linked with an almost poetic writing style.

    I particularly liked the sci-fi element of the worlds origins. Apparently, although the world is the usual medieval type affair, the people on the planet were carried there in space ships hundreds of generations before to escape a dying sun.

    If I were to try to find a problem with it, it would be that it takes a while for the reader to understand all the magic and the nature of the world. However as the main character is a child and doesn't understand these things herself I guess it makes sense.

    I'm fairly certain that, once the next book comes out, this series will sit in my top 5 fantasy series alongside,The Kingkiller Chronicals, the Codex Alerea, The Stormlight Archive and the Riftwar Cycle.

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    "a great start to a new serie"

    I really enjoyed this book full of action and an interesting world that raises a lot of questions. I thought the narration was good. Can't wait for book 2.

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    Clare 12/06/2017
    Clare 12/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Book"

    Brilliant and different novel. I didn't know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. I look forward to finding out what happens next!

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    Iain 12/06/2017
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    "outstanding."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. excellent narration, and well written. it skirts close to but defies tired tropes and is fascinating throughout.

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    Paradrew 09/06/2017
    Paradrew 09/06/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Nice Find."

    Good little story, very well narrated. Interesting three dimensional characters and It's magic system is also interesting and well fleshed out. Worth a listen.

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