Red Sister by Mark Lawrence | Mini Review

I was kindly sent a review copy by Harper Collins Australia. This in no way impacts my thoughtsThank you, Harper Collins Australia. 

DNF @ 50%

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: April 12th, 2017

Pages: 496

Goodreads Review: here

Goodreads blurb:

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…

M I N I    R E V I E W

A mini review? What can this be? Well, since I was sent this book for review. I figured I have to put a review up for it. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish Red Sister so this leaves me unable to speak about the book as a whole. So, this whole review will be the ramble section of my usual reviews. Honestly, it was at no fault of the book either. Mark Lawerence has an excellent and exciting way of presenting the plot.

Mark Lawerence has an excellent and exciting way of presenting the plot. I was captured completely until I wasn’t. I think I fell into a slump with this book which sucks because our main character is the perfect mix of Arya Stark from the TV show Game of Thrones and Mia Covere from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. Pretty much my perfect idea of a character. For some reason though, I could put this down and forget about it for long periods of time. Unfortunate, honestly.

It took me a month to reach 50%, something pretty much unheard of in my reading career and at that point I knew I had to put the book down. It was also incredibly graphic. At one stage a horse is murdered incredibly brutally and I felt sick to my stomach, something that doesn’t often happen during books.

I really did enjoy the parts I read and I will be picking this up again. That is why I gave it three stars instead of the two I usually choose to give books I DNF. I highly recommend this book, despite my thoughts. It lacks stereotypes, romance (completely) and features murder. It’s a tad slow of a novel, but without a doubt worth your time if you are able to commit to the story.

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