My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“To Sister Cage though, fury was a weapon. She opened herself to the anger she had held at bay. Her friend lay dying. Her friend. There is a purity in rage. It will burn out sorrow. For a time. It will burn out fear. Even cruelty and hatred will seek shelter, rage wants none of them, only to destroy. Rage is the gift our nature gives to us, shaped by untold years. Why discard it?.”
In some dark beautiful twisted way, the characters in the Book of the Ancestor series are all broken and evidently flawed deep down. And that’s what makes it so beautiful and relatable. We all know Nona’s story. Unloved and unlovable, betrayed, hunted, sold to Giljohn, until she finds relief in Sweet Mercy. The convent that is, under the Abbess Glass.
The Abbess herself has her own demons, so does the deadly Kettle. Of course, she survives! Would you have expected anything less? And there’s Regol too. Yes, that deadly Regol in Red Sister. There, I said it! He’s still alive and kicking and sardonic and deadly as ever. He’s full-blood hunska after all. You will love him!
Ah yes, and then there’s Keot! Nona’s demons from her past have carved a living space within her soul. That actually bothered me for a while there. Who or what is Keot? I will admit I tried to read spoilers to get answers to this question. When I go too deep and risked killing the element of surprise, I pulled out. So don’t worry. You’ll get there too. Continue reading “Book review: Grey Sister #2 Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence”