Mini Review | Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Hi Readers!

Welcome to another mini-review, I hope you all are having a great week!

Now you’re probably wondering why I’m publishing this on Tuesday rather than Monday, which is what my usual schedule is for Mini-Reviews. Well, you see this review was initially supposed to be a normal review rather than a mini one. So I have intentionally scheduled It for Friday.

However, I was a little bit careless and forgot to change the schedule dates from Friday to Monday. Hence, why I’m scheduling it today rather than Monday.

Also the reason why I’ve posted it on a 6:30 pm rather than 12:00 am is because (1) I will actually be able to comment and engage with you guys instead of posting my post and falling asleep when you guys comment; (2) it’s a lot easier for me.

I was supposed to mention it on last Sunday’s update but I got my days mixed up and put it in this week’s update. So apologies for all the mix-up and delays, hopefully, everything will go smoothly this week.

Now without further ado, let’s get into the review!

Title: Red Sister | Author: Mark Lawrence | Publisher: 2017 by HarperVoyager | Pages: 500 | Format: Physical

Rating: 4 Stars


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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

The best thing about this book was definitely the world building.

Set in a cold and dreary planet called Abeth, the reader gets thrown into this sinister world with the main characters of this book. Mark Lawrence has really created such a vast and well-developed world that the reader could fully immerse themselves in.

Throughout this book, you will encounter historical and geographical details about the planet and its inhabitants. Mark Lawrence has worked out every minute detail from the school system that is run by the Coventry to the magic system and the four main clans. 

Speaking of the magic system. In this world, it centres around these four magical tribes, each possessing a specific trait. The easiest to distinguish are the Gerant, who distinguished by their strength and their enormous heavily-built size, and the Hunska, are determined by their astonishing speed.

However, certain traits are a lot more harder to determine as these will often manifest later in an individual’s life. They are the Marjal, who are distinguished by their ability to tap into lesser magic, and the Quantal, who have the ability to work greater magics.

You can really see how these traits are the centre of this world and even possessing one, let alone all four traits, is considered a rarity. Which, also plays in the plot of the story.

Another thing that I loved about this book was the way he had written the characters. Especially our main character, Nona Grey. I just absolutely fell in love with her character. Strong, resilient, yet at the same time hopeful, loyal to a fault and desperately tries to see the good in people especially when the worst is starring her right in the face. Her story was absolutely captivating throughout the books.

Mark Lawrence not only portrays her character really well, but to many amazing, strong female characters such as the ruthless, yet endearing Sister Apple to the cunning Abbess. It was just phenomenal. #girlpower

I just can’t help but gush over the way Mark Lawrence has written this story. It was so detailed and creative!

The Issues

As much as I love the whole premise of this book, there were some issues that made it miss the 5-star mark.

One of the main issues that I had with this book was the pacing. I really hated the pacing in this book.

Essentially, the pacing could be described as being on a kids roller coaster, where NOTHING was happening most of the time. You had the occasional excitement but most of the time it was explaining the school system that the nuns were running.

It also fell into that flaw that most fantasy books have where they do an information dump and give the reader so much information that they can’t process what they’re reading. Which probably resulted in causing the pacing to be excruciatingly slow to the point where the reader starts getting bored and uninterested in the story.

However, with that being said.I really did love this book in general. I loved the creativity and the attention to detail that was provided in this book. Although fantasy book, such as these, do have a bad rep on being to slow and overly informative. I still love them. Its like travelling to another world and immersing yourself in it. Which is what this book did for me.

Is Red Sister in your TBR list? What’s you’re favourite fantasy book?


Until Next Time,

Jaz xoxo


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