Red Sister

  • by Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by Helen Duff
  • 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's not until you're broken that you find your sharpest edge.
A brilliant new series from the best-selling author of Prince of Thorns.
'I was born for killing - the gods made me to ruin.'
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices' skills to deadly effect: it takes 10 years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.
But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder - guilty of worse.

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What the Critics Say

"Dark, passionate, tense, with a female hero anyone could relate to - I was utterly fascinated! This is no pretty, flowery tale, but one of vastly different people struggling to survive when a hostile government comes to power." (New York Times best-selling author Tamora Pierce)
"This is a book very distinct from everything that came before; what it has in common though is a narrative that pulls no punches, and characters that are beautifully, brokenly, repellently, cleverly human." (Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews)
"I had never thought it was possible to find a greater character than the Emperor Jorg Ancrath. I had never even slightly considered that there might be a fantasy world out there toppling that of Τhe Final Empire, and most definitely, I had never thought that I could love a book more than The Night Angel. But here we are." (BookNest)
"Any other author is going to have to smack the ball way, way out of the park to top this read." (Parmenion Books)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Missed at your own expense!

I loved this book. So different and refreshing. I could not stop listening. It's my favourite book of the last 5 years. I cannot wait for the next installment. It's meant to be a trilogy.
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- Amazon Customer

Excellent story + skillful narration!

Would you listen to Red Sister again? Why?

Only to tide me over until the next installment- which I am very much excited for!


What did you like best about this story?

The character introductions and development were one of the many great things about this story. This is no ordinary girl nor convent and these are no ordinary nuns. Listening to them grow up and make decisions (good or bad) was great.

Duff also narrates this with talent. Many characters call for many voices, intonations and she performs perfectly.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

The action scenes were expertly told- Lawrence can create slow-motion in your minds eye just as well as a movie screen.


Any additional comments?

Definitely a joy to listen to, that will leave you twitching for the next installment.

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- Sophie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2017
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited