Grey Sister / Mark Lawrence

Title / Grey Sister
Author / Mark Lawrence
Publication Date / 2018
Series or standalone / Trilogy
Page no. / 416
Overall Rating / ★.5

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This is the second book in the Book of the Ancestor trilogy. Two years have passed since the events of the first book, Red Sister. It is a multiple perspective story. A brief recap of the first book is provided, which I found really useful as it had been a while since I read it. As this is a sequel I will not be going into detail about the plot to avoid spoilers.
After really enjoying the first book, I had high hopes for this sequel and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed this book. I did have a few issues with it but overall I thought this was a great instalment to this trilogy. Firstly, I enjoyed the direction of the plot, although it did drag a little in places for me. While the plot still focuses a lot on Nona’s time at school, this instalment also sees political manoeuvring play an important role in the story. Lawrence does a good job at balancing these elements of the plot and weaving them all together. Things did get a little convoluted at times but overall the plot of this book was great.
Although I think the characters are all well written, I do feel that they are a little lacking in development. I think Nona is a fantastic protagonist but I wanted to see her grow more in this instalment. To me, Nona has two main qualities, her anger and her loyalty, but she is much more than that and we don’t really get to see it. She does seem older in this instalment, however not much else has changed in terms of character growth. Having said that I do think she is a well written character and I can’t wait to see what happens next for her. I loved the addition of Kettle’s and Glass’s perspective to the story, as it adds a wider view of the events of this book and gives us an insight into these characters.
It was great to be back in this world and the expansion of it in this sequel is very well done. Lawrence builds on what we know from the first book and gives us a better understanding of it in this instalment. We get to explore more of the world in this book, especially in the second half, and I really appreciated that.
Overall I thought this was a great continuation of this trilogy and I can’t wait to see how things wrap up in Holy Sister, the third and final book. Have you guys read this book? I’d love to know what you thought. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.
Pippa

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