Author: Mark Lawrence
Published by: Harper Voyager
Publication date: 6th April 2017
Source: Netgalley ARC
"A book is as dangerous as any journey you might take. The person who closes the back cover may not be the same one that opened the front one."Oh my gosh guys!
This book is immense.
It has danger and fighting and adventure and magic and mystery and intrigue and swords and poisons and ice and powers and friendship and bravery and nuns.
What more could you ask for?!
You could ask for nothing more.
The story follows Nona as she is given away by her mother and eventually ends up at the Sweet Mercy convent training to become a Red Sister.
But Red Sisters aren't your average type of nun.
While at Sweet Mercy Nona and her friends learn how to fight with fist, blade, arrow and spear.
They learn about the world and all its mysteries.
They learn how to brew poisons and create the antidotes all while trying to avoid being sneakily poisoned themselves by their teacher.
They learn how to connect to the Ancestor and in turn learn patience, clarity and serenity.
They learn how to weave shadows and pull the threads that connect all things.
And they learn about The Path.
I want to become a Red Sister.
Nona and her friends face many trials and dangers throughout this story and it never once got boring.
The whole book sped along in one big heap of awesome!
The story and world were completely fascinating; I was hooked from the very first page.
All of the characters we meet are so varied and interesting.
Nona herself is incredibly likeable and easy to empathise with. She's brave, fierce, wild, and a true friend. Yet she's also scared, untrusting, secretive and violent.
I loved her.
In this story we have fierce friends, kindly teachers, terrifying enemies, sneaky liars and everything in between.
You'll find no catty girl-girl hate here. Which is so refreshing!
We see a flicker of some towards the start, but both parties quickly realise they're being stupid and decide to be friends instead.
YAS! Thank you Mark Lawrence!
There are also no signs of any heterosexual relationships. Though there are plenty of lesbian ones (a convent full of lonely girls? Yes, this would definitely be the case) and also some hints that our main character Nona may also be gay. Which I desperately hope to be the case!
The world we are thrown into felt so real and fleshed out.
From the cities and convent buildings where lessons took place, to the freezing wilds of the Corridor and dark underground tunnels. It was written amazingly well and now my life's goal is to gain admittance to the Sweet Mercy convent.
I want to learn from the Sisters, have warm steamy baths, try to walk the whole of the blade path, visit the library with Sister Kettle, and go out on a ranging in the icy winds.
Why is this world not real?!
"They're my babies. My old leathery babies. And I have a very unpleasant poison from Sister Apple for anyone who so much as folds a page." - Sister KettleI love my old leathery babies too Sister Kettle.
And my new papery babies as well.
I would totally poison anyone who harmed my books!
Sister Kettle knows what's up!
I am desperate to dive back into this world again as soon as possible.
The sequel can't come soon enough!
"Your death has not been waiting for your arrival at the appointed hour: it has, for all the years of your life, been racing towards you with the fierce velocity of time's arrow. It cannot be evaded, it cannot be bargained with, deflected or placated. All that is given to you is the choice: meet it with open eyes and peace in your heart, go gentle to your reward. Or burn bright, take up arms, and fight the bitch."