Red Sister

Red Sister

Book - 2017
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"The international bestselling author of the Broken Empire and the Red Queen's War trilogies begins a stunning epic fantasy series about a secretive order of holy warriors ... At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In some few children the old bloods show, gifting rare talents that can be honed to deadly or mystic effect. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls. A bloodstained child of nine falsely accused of murder, guilty of worse, Nona is stolen from the shadow of the noose. It takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist, but under Abbess Glass's care there is much more to learn than the arts of death. Among her class Nona finds a new family--and new enemies. Despite the security and isolation of the convent, Nona's secret and violent past finds her out, drawing with it the tangled politics of a crumbling empire. Her arrival sparks old feuds to life, igniting vicious struggles within the church and even drawing the eye of the emperor himself. Beneath a dying sun, Nona Grey must master her inner demons, then loose them on those who stand in her way"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Ace, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101988855
Branch Call Number: Fic Lawr
Characteristics: x, 467 pages ; 24 cm.


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Oct 09, 2020

The story starts with Nona Grey, the main character, about to be hanged for an accused murder. She is rescued by a woman named Abbess Glass and is taken to the Convent of Sweet Mercy. There, she trains to become a killer and refine her powers, which come from sharing blood with one or more of the four tribes of people who originally came to Nona’s world, Abeth. The bloodlines sometimes show up in Abeth’s people as abilities such as speed and magic. I enjoyed reading about a lot of the characters in the book and the rich world-building. However, the story sometimes became boring during the beginning and middle because all Nona would do was attend classes. The action became much more exciting at the end of the story, though. Overall, Red Sister was a great book!

Mar 26, 2020

I have read all three books in the series. There is an additional book called "Bound" that is a novella and is designed to be read after book 2 and before book 3. I could not find in the library but had to buy it for about $3 on Amazon. It is not essential to read it but it does give more information about relationships between characters and gives more information about one of the male characters and his relationship to Nona. The 3 books in this series contain a lot of violence that is described in detail. Some of it is cruel and graphic and much of it given and taken by children/young girls. As a mother, this kind of violence is usually not something I wish to spend my free time with. However, this book is not just about the violence. It has good story telling, a complex story, interesting characters, interesting magic system and unique world.

Mar 05, 2020

Sometimes you wait so long to read books simply because you are not ready for them!! Once you decide to try it again you ask yourself what was wrong with me a year ago!? This was such an awesome read with great character development!! So glad I purchased the entire series instead of borrowing!

Dec 24, 2019

I have not stayed up past my bedtime due to getting lost in an awesome story in so long, I thought those days were long gone. But the right mood and the right book had me hooked until the wee hours of the morning this time.

The first half of this book flew by, it was fascinating and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I did think the second part ended up too choppy and it lost my interest a little, but the concept of The Corridor is clever and some political intrigue with magic thrown in, is making for a great story.

Part of what I love about this author is that he writes his child characters with such capacity for violence and intelligence. I find it really draws me in, though I do love a lot of really dark/evil fantasy worlds in general, so this fits my tastes.

Oct 11, 2018

This was a fast paced book with multiple heroines and a fascinating world to travel in. It has an interesting plot and as the heroines skills and challenges grow, it is suspenseful to see them confront their fears and overcome them.

Jul 23, 2018

“They expect her to run. They know she will run. And she does. But at them.”

This book is an amazing read! Engrossing and action packed, you hang on the edge of your seat ready for battle. This young girls story however is not for the faint of heart.

“Every star, turning in the black depth of heaven, burns for no better reason than that humanity raised its face to look. Every great deed needs to be witnessed. Go out there and do something great.”

Jun 01, 2018

Great book from an up and coming author! The sequel is even better than this one!

May 02, 2018

I simply couldn't put this one down. I found it engrossing from start to finish. The writing is so descriptive, it paints rich images better than any movie. It's character driven so well, you live the part with the main character. The action is superb, if bloody at times. It has something of a Harry Potter feel at times, but in a far more adult way. I can't wait to read the next one. Thoroughly gripping!

Apr 25, 2017

couldn't put the book down. Great character development. Not at all predictable.


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