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Publisher's Summary

The second novel in a brilliant fantasy series from the international best-selling 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.
©2018 Bobalinga Ltd. (P)2018 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Scott Simons on 04-19-18

It Shouldn't Be Great, But It Is

We have all read books like this before. A child from some forgotten town is discovered to have some power or gift. Swifted away to some school or monastery to learn their powers before galloping off on a quest to save the world, collecting friends and tropes to help, protect, and die along the way. The heroe's powers gather as he/she battles the the forces of evil, a corrupt church, or corrupt monarchy.

Grey Sister, and The Books of the Ancestor series, follows along this path we have read many times before. You would think that would be the recipe for a average story with no hope of originality. So how does Author Mark Lawrence manage to weave a great story within the confines of a well used fantasy theme?

It starts with the main protagonist Nona Grey, the heroin of this story. Nona is not your common farm girl/boy who discovers that she has some awesome power bestowed to her and feels the need to do right and save the world. Nona's loyalties belong only to her desire for revenge, and the need to protect the only friends she has ever had. Nona is no pure hearted savior with any feeling of obligation to be humanity's protector, she is angry, and the heat of that anger drives her. It is this that makes Nona almost a anti-hero, the opposite of the usual noble savior of all that is good type protagonist that is the norm of this type of fantasy story. This is what separates The Books of the Ancestor series most of all. Nona Grey drives this story, and although she may not be the virtue of saintliness usually required to save the world, you can't help but feel she will accomplish it just the same.

The narration from Heather O'Niell seemed to improve for me this time around. I'm not sure if that is because she actually improved, or if I have just become used to her as the voices of these characters. She still remains a bit screechy for some male parts, but I enjoyed the performance.

Overall, Grey Sister is one of my favorite books so far this year. Maybe not a new theme for a fantasy series, but definitely a familiar setting shined up to make something wholly better. Can't wait for the next book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ethan on 04-04-18

Middle child

First of all I just want to state that I loved this book. If you enjoyed the first one this one will be no different. My only complaint is that it slightly suffers from “book 2 syndrome” being that plot points are left dangling for the future, cryptic messages are stated at the literal end, and the climax occurs to close to the end of the story instead of easing you out.

I know I went heavy on my explanations of the negatives but on a whole I really did love this book, I just hate how long I’ll have to wait to get the next one

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