Grey Sister

Grey Sister

by Mark Lawrence


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The second novel in a brilliant fantasy trilogy from the international bestselling author of Prince of Thorns.

Behind its walls, the Convent of Sweet Mercy has trained young girls to hone their skills for centuries. In Mystic Class, Novice Nona Grey has begun to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the convent, Nona must choose which order to dedicate herself to—and whether her path will lead to a life of prayer and service or one of the blade and the fist.

All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the designs of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a knife, and the vengeance of the empire's richest lord.

As the world narrows around her, and her enemies attack her through the system she is sworn to, Nona must find her own path despite the competing pulls of friendship, revenge, ambition, and loyalty.

And in all this only one thing is certain: there will be blood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101988886
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Series: Book of the Ancestor Series , #2
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 124,286
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Mark Lawrence is the author of the Broken Empire trilogy, the Red Queen's War trilogy, and the Book of the Ancestor trilogy, and a former research scientist working on artificial intelligence. He is a dual national with both British and American citizenship, and has held secret-level clearance with both governments.

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Grey Sister 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding. Storytelling at its finest. Kudos to the author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure Genius
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mark Lawrence continues to tell great stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great ride. Loved the characters and this visual world of words. Can't wait for next book! Don't make us wait too long, Mark Lawrence!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing writing!
NovelKnight 6 days ago
After reading Red Sister, I had mixed feelings about the series and was hesitant going into Grey Sister. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the first book a lot, but it also took a while to reach that point and if I hadn't listened to it, I have a feeling things would have been different. So I decided to stick with audio for the sequel and I'm glad I did. Grey Sister had some serious second book syndrome going on. Book 1 introduced me to a world of warrior nuns and unusual magic and plenty of action and mystery. Book 2. . . kind of continued that but was missing the shock value that Red Sister had. In truth, I felt like there were two different book here, mashed into one but not quite woven together. On the one hand, there's Nona's story. Her attempts to track down her friend's killer consumer her life and her storyline is composed of her interactions with the demon riding beneath her skin and the other girls at the convent. It became very high school, underdog beats the bully, and I felt like I lost Nona's uniqueness a bit in the mix. In contrast, we get Abbess Glass's perspective now with a separate storyline involving treachery and schemes and it was interesting, but took forever to come to fruition. The back and forth between Glass and Nona (with a few other perspectives tossed in) served to drag the story out more than anything. I didn't feel the build-up to something bigger because there wasn't any tension. Even when the action picked up, it seemed more for the sake of action than what the plot actually needed. Honestly, I was bored by this book. It took me forever to get through even the audiobook and I struggled with the same points I did in Red Sister. I'll likely read/listen to the final book Holy Sister for the sake of completion but the writing lost me on this one. It's a shame because these books have something unique to them that makes me want to love them if not for the writing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mark Lawrence is a rare storyteller indeed. To exceed the excellence of the wonderful Red Sister is no mean feat. And yet has been accomplished. The continuing story of Nona Grey is fascinating. As well as the character arcs of those around her. This story has great vision and heart. Truly a treat!
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literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Grey Sister reads as a stand-alone novel although you will enjoy it more if you read its prequel, Red Sister. Intense is the word that most describes the character and plot development in both novels but more so in Grey Sister. Nona Grey is at the stage of her convent (No, not like any convent experience you’ve read about or experienced!) experience where she must choose to permanently become a member of the Martial Sisters (red), the Sisters of Discretion (grey), the Mystic Sisters (blue) or the Brides of the Ancestor (black). Nona is still trying to figure out in which place she fits. She has extraordinary physical abilities, enhanced by her experiences on the Path which are fueled by her phenomenally rage when inspired by some wrongdoing experienced directly or indirectly. So great is her fury that the power that emanates from her can take down concrete walls and buildings! It’s hard to believe there are other Sisters with as intense powers, but there are! Nona’s quest in this novel of the series is to figure out the secrets of the Universe and who controls them. This is a world of ice and cold moons that are controlled by devices, one of which has been stolen. While the quest continues to find that device, Nona continues to study shadow-making, potions for poisoning, thread-weaving, sword battle and physical battle. She certainly has become better in each one, but the challenges she most pays attention to are that of silent meditation and a type of balance walking that is almost impossible to complete in one attempt. Who is trying to control Nona or even kill her? Her old nemesis is dead but after that event a spark of evil named Keot (almost like an animal spirit) is now inside Nona and often contradicts what Nona decides but is an ever-present advisor. Action abounds throughout this novel, rising and falling with death-defying conflicts. The Noi-Guin are a series of warriors who want Nona dead. The other nuns in training are one minute fully helping Nona and then threatening her very existence. A secret lies in the deepest recesses of ice-cold caves below the convent, a place in which they are forbidden to enter. The ending of this particular novel is quite spectacular. Readers who love mystery, rocking adventure, various levels of the fantastic, physical and mystical battles, etc will love this series beyond description! Although sometimes the end goal is unclear, it still has enough clues to satisfy any reader sharp enough to capture them when they appear. Nicely crafted, Mark Lawrence! Looking forward to third novel in this intriguing series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep them coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had never read any other book by this author, but really liked the sample. It’s a real page turner, with many layers and textures to the story. I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He did an excellent job of building upon the solid foundation set in book one. I have high hopes for book three.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great follow up to Red Sister. Can't wait for book 3 to what else Nona can do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was woebegone after reading the second of the Kingkiller books. I thought I might never again find a series that was such a delight to read. Then I stumbled onto Mark Lawrence’s Sweet Mercy Sisters. Who knew nuns could be such bad asses? I love these characters and the tiny, narrow strip of a world they inhabit. The first two books of this series are incredible. I can’t wait to see what happens next! L. Goodner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading all 3 series. Well done, Mark. Funny, exciting and sad in all the right places. The kinda book that leaves you disappointed at the end.... because it is over and you want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nona Grey is my hero!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read!
David Walters More than 1 year ago
First off, I want to thank the publisher and Lawrence for an ARC of Grey Sister in exchange for an honest review. This is no way influences my review or the tears I shed during my time in Nona's world. It isn't often that you come across a sequel that is better than the original. The 2nd book in a series typically lags, or is just filler for the action-packed finale; maybe it just doesn't live up the promise set in Book 1 or the hype/expectation overshadows reality. Well, let's just say Lawrence doesn't disappoint at all with Grey Sister. In fact, I believe he is still continuing to fine tune his writing to the point where he may get better with each and every release. This should make for a very fine future in the world of fantasy. Taking place approximately two (2) years after the events of Red Sister, one of my Top 20 Reads of 2017 (just outside my Top 5), we find ourselves back in the Convent of Sweet Mercy. To say not much has changed is a fabrication. Our characters are older, have experienced traumatic events typically reserved for older generations, and are now moving further along in their training which will become more grueling as the ice reaches ever closer. As Nona is set to prepare for her trial, one that will define the order she is to join, an Inquisition arrives on Sweet Mercy's doorstep. Sisters will be questioned, blood will be spilled, and demons will rise to the surface. Nona must make a decision as to which order she will join and, in turn, determine what path she will take. I don't enjoy going into too much detail with reviews because the whole basis of a review is to tell you WHY I believe it should be your next read, or at least one of your next few. Lawrence has a way of weaving different elements into a story and intertwining them so perfectly that you find yourself immersed in his writing. From character development to world-building, Grey Sister has it all. The magic system employed has all types of layers we once thought peeled back in Red Sister, but are more fully revealed this go-round. We understand more about the power of the great shiphearts, though to wield one can cause great corruption and contamination, and we plunge into the thread-weaving abilities of some sisters which I thought was definite highlight in the story. Nona was our major focal point in Red Sister, and while she is still our main POV in Grey Sister, we are given a few more sets of eyes with which to see the world from. Abbess Glass feels like Olenna Tyrell from Game of Thrones, what with her stern wisdom and ultimate badassery in Season 7. Then you have Sister Kettle, sweet at heart but deadly with a knife. Though all three (3) characters take different paths to the culmination of Grey Sister, each POV is necessary to the overall storyline in ways unimaginable. Grey Sister is emotionally fraught and dramatically intense, and is worth every second stuck in its world.  If you want me to tell you the absolute truth, you should read Grey Sister because Mark Lawrence is a genius, one of the best readers today, and top 5 in my all-time list. The prose alone is the reason I read every book he writes, but his characters continue to hold special places in my heart. Although it is not necessary to read 'Red Sister' in order to enjoy 'Grey Sister', thanks to the author being kind enough to write some catch-up notes, I do implore you to read it. If you are like me, you'll fall in love with Nona and want to spend as much time with her as
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I real page turner! Love the characters!
S_White_1218 More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review! Mark Lawrence, you've done it again. I raved about Red Sister (ps, thanks for sharing my blog post on your Facebook page! I got a bunch of views! WOOHOO!), well, because it was deserved. Like I said in my review for that, I struggle with high/epic/dark/true fantasy because it tends to be slower and harder for me to get into... and harder for me to forgive overused tropes and predictable plots. So I said in my Red Sister review that Lawrence created a pretty easy to understand world (still true), a cast of characters with personality, depth, and vitality (he kicked that up another notch!), a cool magic system (gets even more badass)... and he does all of these things again in book two... all the while basically destroying the world he created in book one and building a new reality for our characters. This one, unlike the first, doesn't involve being safe inside the walls of the convent. This new world is DANGEROUS and full of enemies. I also loved that we got chapters from the POV of Abbess Glass, and got to see her story unfold alongside Nona's. All in all, to those who ask if this is "better than the first," I'll have to reply it's equal. I can't compare the two because it's so different, it so completely demolishes the world of the first book and deeply affects Nona to her very core. That ending though? Mark, you're killing me here. Write faster. I need to know ALL THE THINGS. RIGHT NOW. *GIMME*
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence is the 2nd book in his wonderful Book of the Ancestor series. In Grey Sister, Nona Grey continues as our young powerful heroine, and most of the wonderful characters we loved in the first book are back. Once again, Mark Lawrence gives us another fantastic story line, with continued world building and an intense mind-boggling action packed thriller throughout the book. Two years have passed since we left off with Nona killing Raymel Tascis, and saving the Sweet Mercy convent. But since she killed Tascis, Nona inherited a devil inside her, which makes life difficult. Nona is now in Mystic Class, learning the next of 4 paths, which is described very well in the description (the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the black of a Bride of the Ancestor – life of prayer and service). Nona misses her friends in the Red, especially with some of the snobbish girls in Mystic, who look down on her. Jolei is the leader of the Mystic group, and she makes it known that she is will do anything to get Nona out. The beginning concentrates on Nona having to fend off the attacks from the Mystic group, with her Red sisters trying to help her. Just when Nona manages to be one step ahead, her quest to find information on those behind the death of Hessa (first book) and the stolen shipheart; she makes a mistake that will bring dire consequences. Nona will have to run to save her life, and travels back to where it all began. While Nona is on the run, Abbess Glass is also in dire straits, as she is being threatened by the inquisitor, who plan to torture and remove her from her position. Sister Kettle, is also missing, as she decides to find Nona and try to help her. What follows is an amazing, violent, intense, dark & action packed adventure that will put all of their lives in danger from a corrupt empress, who controls those in power. Nona is such a fantastic heroine, and I absolutely love her loyal friends, especially Ara, and her new powerful friend, Zole. Nona suffers so much, yet her powers grow, as she continues to learn how to use what she has been taught. Sisters Glass and Kettle have much bigger and important roles in Grey Sister. Lawrence also gives us some terrible villains, besides Joeli, Tascis father and son, the inquisitor, and the empress. You cannot help but hate them all, as we root for Nona and friends to defeat them. The last half of the book upped the ante that left you holding your breath as Nona, Ara, Kettle, Glass, Rego faced danger & death defying situations. They will also learn more about Nona, and her abilities as they struggle to survive. What a fantastic climax to a wonderful story. There was an epilogue that has us waiting with bated breath for the next book in this series. If you enjoy a well written fantasy, in a unique intriguing world, with a fabulous heroine and other wonderful characters, you must read Grey Sister.