Book Reviews

Book Review: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (2017). Book of the Ancestor – Book 1. 


There was a reason I couldn’t wait to read this book and as soon as I began I realised why! Mark Lawrence has out done himself with his latest creation – Red Sister. An amazing book, making it impossible to put down, Red Sister begins with story of Nona, and how she finds herself caged in the clutches of a child-taker after being given away by her village. Mark Lawrence spins an amazing tale for this character and builds her into a person the reader barracks for throughout the novel. 

Of course Nona is not the only character of the book, and she is eventually joined by others when she reaches her destination. She finds herself housed by nuns and befriended by girls she had only dreamt of meeting. Friendship being of utmost importance to Nona, and she shows this numerous times throughout the novel. 

With her sisters, Nona finds herself in a variety of predicaments and adventures. Some of them adding to her learning as a Red Sister, others adding to the bonds of friendship. The most strongest friendships being forged with Clera, Ara and Hessa. Together they learn their trades of magics and fighting with and without weaponry. Each girl showing their own special talent. 

The novel is full of thrilling adventure, love and death. Each page holds the answers to the questions of the pages before and all together form a wonderous story that has the reader glued throughout. Mark Lawrence has revealed his Own form of magic in creating this novel, producing words that create a tale to be remembered long after the last page has been turned. 

I have loved every chapter and every page of this book. From chapter one I have been engrossed in the world the author has created for some amazing characters that can easily be seen in the minds eye, they are written so real. I recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy of the age of young adult onwards. I have given the book a rating of 10/10 stars. Thank you Mark Lawrence for giving us the most exceptional novel I have read so far this year. 

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Providence of Fire, by Brian Staveley (2015).

This is the second book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn authored by Brian Staveley which has been a fanastic continuation to a hectic adventure of war and magic. Adare struggles to be the best queen for her people, even though it has always been a male upon the throne, she feels that she is still the best person for the job, especially since her brothers, Valin and Kadden are either missing or unable to perform the tasks needed.

The threat of war from the people beyond the kingdoms borders is becoming more real and the inevitable battle closer each day, and the realm is in turmoil in either repetition for disaster and war or fleeing for safety.

This has been a fast paced adventure with some interesting characters and the inclusion of magics really make the story intriguing. I found this book quite good overall although I did find myself very confused in a variety of areas, although after a few rereads was able to get back on track. I will continue on with the series, but I do hope I can figure things through a bit better with the next instalment. Even saying that, I did enjoy the overall storyline.

Overall I believe this book has been well with the read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels that are in the “Game of Thrones” type genre. I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.

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