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Red Sister Audiobook

Red Sister: First Book of the Ancestor

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Publisher's Summary

From the international best-selling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy comes the first in a brilliant new breakout fantasy series. A searing novel set in a brand-new world, this series follows a young girl who enters a convent where girls are selected to train in religion, combat, or magic. Nona is selected to learn combat and finds herself at the center of an epic battle for empire on the outer reaches of a dying universe.

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    nanakjk Wichita, KS, United States 04-11-17
    nanakjk Wichita, KS, United States 04-11-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Mark Lawrence Work of AMAZEMENT"

    I loved this book. It was definitely a different flavor of Empire from the Broken Empire series, but it had the same combination of elegance and edginess. I'm only disappointed in the fact that I've finished it and the next installment isn't available yet.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    jdykes33 Alabama 04-15-17
    jdykes33 Alabama 04-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story supported by great narration"

    An excellent offering from Mark Lawrence, one in which he departs from the brooding grimdark tone of the broken empire setting in favor of a lighter (though still dark) coming-of-age story about a young girl, Nona, with extraordinary abilities that she doesn't understand. The writing is consistently excellent, capturing the world of Abeth with wit and often colorful strokes of language.
    The middle section of the book drags slightly, but is punctuated with spurts of action to support the emotional character development that goes on between the girls. If anything, I enjoyed the book even more because of the middle third's more relaxed pace and emphasis on the daily lives of the young novices contrasts nicely with quick beginning and dramatic ending of the story.
    As for the narrator, don't listen to the people who say she ruined the book. The narration fits perfectly in tone and delivery. Each main character has a distinct voice and mannerisms. The narrator's performance of Nona deserved much praise, and I adored her Irish accent. As anyone who listens to a lot of fantasy audiobooks can tell you, the generic male British narrator gets old, and Heather O'Neil's colorful performance enhances the text and makes it vastly more memorable.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this audiobook. Engaging and well-performed, the story of the Sweet Mercy Convent will stick with you long after the final line is delivered.
    9/10

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    John Giles III 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolute Bliss"

    Ill start by saying Ive read a literal ton of books and I almost never leave reviews. I loved the hell out of this book! Well, I love all of his books, but still! I think this was by far the best writing he's done yet and I can't wait to see what unfolds in the next ones.

    It's reminiscent of both Blood Song and Name of the Wind, but only in that it's a framed narrative and the warrior-monk coming of age bit. It's still very much it's own story with a very unique world whose people seem to have a rich history. Subtly post-apocalyptic, concise yet poetic prose, and an interesting yet mysterious (even to the reader who's in her head) main character; this book is a winner. 100%

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    D. P. 04-21-17
    D. P. 04-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome start to a new trilogy & a talented reader"

    Red Sister is a fun read, not too dark but certainly not PG either. The setting is rather unique, I'm definitely intrigued and can't wait to see where it goes. I don't like to give too much away about plot but I will mention one thing that I appreciated. Our hero is no Mary Sue. She is nonetheless deadly and rather awesome. Lawrence did a great job of finding that balance.

    I was really impressed with Heather O'Neil as a narrator. Along with a nice reading voice she used distinct but believable voices for each character. I really hope to hear much more of her work!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 04-09-17
    Matthew 04-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This was so good. Loved everything about it"

    To me this felt like Anthony Ryan's Blood Song series but with girls. Loved everything about it.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Harwood 04-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best narrators I've heard."

    Just a few thoughts-

    This is different than Mark Lawrence's other series. It doesn't have as many references to old world technology and has a more midevil feel to it imo.

    For me, it's my favorite book 1 of Mark Lawrence's previous books. I LOVE fiction. about battle clerics. And the sisters of sweet mercy are extremely badass.

    Lastly, I thought Heather O'Neil did an amazing job. I always have a transition period when I listen to new narrators, but once I got used to Heather I really appreciate the picture she painted.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    cj0679 04-10-17
    cj0679 04-10-17
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    "Fantastic"

    Classic Lawrence. Not as dark as his previous works, but just as good. He is a phenomenal writer each new book he writes seems to surpass his last.

    A bit slower and more methodical than either broken empire or red queens war (must reads if you're new to Lawrence) but equally enjoyable. Highly recommended.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Zachary 06-23-17
    Zachary 06-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Doesn't live up to the hype"

    A lot of people raved about Red Sister, but honestly I wasn't that impressed with it. The opening, middle, and end are one story arc, with the rest of the book a second arc that was supposed to catch you up. While the idea was neat, the diller story couldn't match it. The intro of the book far outweighed the rest, to the point where I almost quit reading.

    The main issue I had with Red Sister was the jumps in the timeline. Maybe a physical copy doesn't have this problem, but with the way Red Sister was read I had a hard time discerning when Nona was reflecting or if the story was continuing on. Furthermore I found the character development jarring and inconsistent. A lot of time was devoted to inconsequential characters while the protagonists were often ignored.

    I wish I hadn't gotten my hopes up reading other reviews because I believe it left me more disappointed in the end. As of now I don't think I would invest in the second book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Damon San Francisco, CA, United States 06-27-17
    Damon San Francisco, CA, United States 06-27-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Not As Great As His Others"

    It pains me to say that this book didn't grab me like Lawrence's others, but it's undeniably true, and I think it should be said because many other reviewers seem to think this is his best work. I'm not one to question a reviewer's opinion, and I'm glad they all loved the book, but my opinion is more lukewarm. Lawrence is a great writer, and as some have noted, this book suggests he continues to increase in skill, but to me, the story just wasn't particularly interesting, and it seemed awfully familiar. One reviewer called it Anthony Ryan's Blood Song, but with girls, and I have to say it's an apt comparison. I really hope my mediocre view isn't due to the main characters being female rather than male, but I did find some of the girlish dialogue tiring. Reminded me of the Wheel of Time and the hours of female-only interactions, which also wore thin. Ultimately I think I must prefer more of a mixed cast (all guy books are equally problematic), and I really missed Lawrence's bizarrely twisted writing found in the prior series. It would likely be inappropriate here, as the book focuses on young girls, but I guess that's the problem. Or my problem. Still, it's a solid book, and I could see the next in the series being better, as the protagonist is definitely interesting and super badass, so the next installments could be more like his other books. As for the narration, she seemed solid to me. Strong voice acting, and despite what one reviewer said about stilted pauses, I think her pauses were perfectly timed to represent the flow of the dialogue.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 08-16-17
    Christopher 08-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Ignore any review less than 3 stars..."

    This book isn't perfect, but it is well worth the listen. Its pacing is a little unusual and for some may feel a little drawn out, but it's not confusing or plodding.

    More than anything it's well written and well performed. I'm sick of books that people give 4 and 5 star reviews to in spite of poor narration and poorly crafted or edited writing. Similarly it's frustrating to find a listen that has 1 and 2 star reviews whose worst flaw is that it's not a non-stop fantasy romp.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but initially I hesitated to spend the credit due to negative or ambivalent reviews. If you like your fantasy with a little sci-fi and unique magic systems and are patient enough to engage with a story that takes its time to develop I think this one is well worth the credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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