About: Red Sister
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…
Somehow I forgot I got an ARC of this one with an Illumicrate box a few months ago. When I was looking around for something to spend an Audible credit on recently. That said I’m glad I did, because Helen Duff’s narration really lifts this one.
I enjoyed the first two-thirds of the story, as we meet and get to know Nona, her friends and the nuns of Sweet Mercy Convent. These are no ordinary nuns, and no ordinary convent. Schooled in blade and fist, Sweet Mercy turns out highly skilled killers.
As I say, I did enjoy the first part of the book, but I wasn’t sure what I would finally rate the book. Or if I would want to continue the series later on. Oh, it was enjoyable enough, but I have to really want to invest the time in a big chunkster of a book these days. But then the third act kicked in. And… Oh. My. Word. It’s an exciting, heartbreaking (you swine Mark Lawrence!) breathtakingly good conclusion.
That epilogue? That’s how to do a cliffhanger…