Review : Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

𝐓𝐨 𝐬𝐨𝐰 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐩 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐤𝐞𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐮𝐧𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞

  • Release date : April 9th 2019
  • Publishing house : Ace books
  • Series : Book of the Ancestor
  • Pages : 353

Spoilers ahead

If you want to read my reviews for the first two books, head here and here

Character :

Nona Grey : Over the series, Nona has matured a lot. During the two first books, she had trouble controlling her bloodlust but thanks to Abess Glass, she has been able to see the bigger picture and that killing may not be the only solution. When she is offered the choice to join one of the three orders, everyone thinks that she is going to the fighting order or at least the assassination order but she surprises everyone by choosing the holy order as per Abess Glass’ request.

The application of knowledge could unlock doors that her flaw-blades couldn’t so much as scratch, and it could bring down those so mighty that no feat of arms would stay their hand.

There were several relationships I liked during the book and in the series. For instance, Zole and Nona’s as they went from enemies to close friends. I’ve loved how Zole slowly opened up to Nona by smiling, by joking and so on. Ara and Nona’s relationship is another one I’ve liked. Nona thought switching places with her to allow her to guard the convent while she went to war would see her safe but the attack on the convent almost killed (and Clera’s betrayal). She rushed to her rescue and killed dozen of men to protect her and the novices/sisters.

I haven’t reached the Path in twenty years because in all that time I have never left it

Story :

The story is divided into two timelines : right after the events in Grey Sister when Zole and Nona are fleeing on the ice and three years after when Nona is completing the end of her training. Unlike in Grey Sister, we only follow Nona’s point of view even if we can know what is happening to her other friends thanks to the bond they share. Queen Adoma’s army has been rampaging across the empire and is now closing in on Verity.

As we discovered in Grey Sister, Abess Glass was such a brilliant mastermind. I was quite sad to read about her death and everyone’s reaction of her death was also sad. She knew whom she could rely on to secure some kind of peace and asked them – Nona and Zole – to follow her instructions to make it happen. She was always several steps ahead of her enemies and knew how some people would react so that she could think of some countermeasures (like for Sherzal).

I also loved the fact that Nona withdrew some important information from almost everyone else (us too) as only her, Zole and Abess Glass were in the know. Abess Glass knew that telling their plan to too many people could endanger it.

Moons might rise and fall, empires wax and wane, even the stars come and go, but there are constants too, and though the story of our kind is ever-changing it is also always the same.

I’ve always loved Mark Lawrence’s talent to create a wide array of believable characters, each one with a distinct past, personality and desires. Nona’s development is one of the best I’ve read about. She has become an inspiring person you would want to follow. Her future may be grim but I know that she will keep pushing on with her friends. The only tiny issue is that it was a bit short compared to the first two. Maybe we could have had the fights of some important characters who died off-page.

Note : 4.5 sur 5.

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