Grey Sister was a *Technicolour* Masterpiece!

grey sister

Yes, I went with that title, and no, it is not an exaggeration. Because I really cannot express HOW MUCH I FRICKIN LOVED this book! I think this probably the best Lawrence book I’ve read to date (and I always love Lawrence books). I was already enraptured by Red Sister, so I knew I had to read this pronto when it came out- and man was I satisfied with this sequel!


Let’s start with what happens before you even read the book- because I think I owe Mark Lawrence a big thank you for the recap! I’m one of those readers who really doesn’t like in-text “we need to remind you what’s going on in case you’ve forgotten things” conversations- especially cos I usually like to binge series. But if it’s a newer release, I most likely have forgotten things. So this worked brilliantly for me! Especially since it was done in such a lovely way and created intrigue for what was to come- I immediately wanted to know who this Keot fellow was.

See what I mean!

The opening itself was nothing short of exquisite. It started from a super emotional point and didn’t loosen its grip on my heart strings for a single second. In fact, it was so good that I read it in one sitting, while I was in the middle of one of the worst reading slumps I’ve had in years. If anything, the reason why this review isn’t longer is because the book is just that good!

It’s beautifully, beautifully written. The only time I paused was to scribble down a particular phrase I loved like “arboreal gloom” or the “headache knifed its way past her forehead” that captured my attention. In between though, there were tiny little messages that I really liked: “My father told me, your weaknesses have more to teach you than your strengths”.

There were many hidden depths to the story, reflected in the striking figure of Nona. What I loved about her depiction in particular was how her black eyes created a sense of her being somewhat primal- from an evolutionary standpoint we’ve developed to have visible whites of the eyes, so that other primates can see where we’re looking and trust us… Nona is an exception and ergo an exceptional character. Lawrence has tapped into this primordial element of humanity and carved a protagonist into someone who feels like a shade of our most feral nature. Her lacking a shadow adds to this, making her unanchored and impossible to pin down. She’s like an inner wildness we all hold and strangely relatable. With our view into her mind, we can witness how misunderstood she is and simultaneously understand why she’s so isolated.

Evidently, I really, really liked Nona, but she’s not the only standout character! When Keot did turn up and was explained it was a *brilliant* addition!!! All the other characters served their purpose and were well drawn- I was particularly rooting for Apple and Kettle in this one. And of course, Brother Pelter cut a chilling figure.

What more is there to say then? I was simply blown away by this book. Just take my bananas already!

Rating: 5/5 bananas


So have you read this? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

30 thoughts on “Grey Sister was a *Technicolour* Masterpiece!

  1. Always love enthusiastic reviews: it makes me want to check something out so much more 😊 But with the huge backlot of books I currently have that will be a while before I do so. Did add it to my to read list. Fantastic post as always 😀😀


  2. Red Sister is still sitting on my TBR pile but seriously put me down for recaps at the beginnings of books! A lot of the time one of my deciding factors for not continuing to read a series is that I’ve forgotten too much of the first. That’s a great idea. And if you don’t want to or remember everything you can skip it 🙂
    Hopefully authors/publishers will take note!

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  3. I am still yet to read Red Sister but have heard so many great things about it and it is on my ‘read one day’ list. I’m happy that Grey Sister impressed you. I love reading your passionate reviews. 🙂


  4. Well, I suspect unless Lawrence pulls something despicable (not outside the realm of possibility, not considering he created a character like Jorg) I’ll be trying this trilogy once it is completed.

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  5. I’ve seen the recap at the beginning before, and I also GREATLY prefer that to the catch-the-reader-up-prose. I feel like it gives the series a much higher re-read value!

    So should I go ahead and read the first book in this series, then?

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  6. I am so glad when a book totally satisfies the person reading it and you can tell from the review! It’s not in my plans to read the series but hey, you never know, right?

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  7. I just read Red Sister and I absolutely LOVED it so I can’t wait to read Grey Sister!!!! And your review has made me want to go out and get it straight away!!! I absolutely love Nona, she is one of my favourite girls. I love that she is straight up stabby, but loyal and compassionate – which we don’t always see in books like this because it’s usually one or the other. Yay, thank you for this review, as usual it was awesome!!!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I’m even more excited to read this series now! I have had Red Sister sitting on my shelf for a while now and I want to get to it so bad!! I have so many books to read but I’ll definitely be picking it up soon. Fantastic review, thanks so much for sharing 🙂


  9. I have not read ANY Mark Lawrence and your review makes me feel like that has been one of my bigger mistakes in life. Red Sister has been on my TBR for a few weeks now but I’m thinking I should ask my hubby to get it for my birthday next week…


  10. Sounds great! I loved how Anne McCaffrey started putting a world recap at the beginning of her Pern books, so I love this idea. Off to look at the first book on Goodreads…


  11. Oh wow, this book sounds absolutely terrific. I knew this series was pretty hyped and well-received by bloggers, but to hear you loved this sequel even more is great news! I mean, I’m not a huge fan of brutal fantasies (as I’ve heard Red Sister is), but if a sequel lives up, that’s a series I’m willing to give a go. Excellent review!


  12. I loved this book too!! And you are so right about that recap at the start – at first I thought it was a bit strange (I was listening to the audiobook so it was a surprising tone at the start) but since it had also been a while since I read Red Sister it was a nice reminder. And I didn’t think about it but you’re right, if you’re binge-reading you can just skip it, like skipping TV show recaps when you’re binge-watching. I actually think it would be nice if more books did this! (Though I imagine it would be hard to do it as well as Lawrence does).


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