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Grey Sister

Book of the Ancestor, Book 2
Narrated by: Helen Duff
Series: Books of the Ancestor, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
5 out of 5 stars (372 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The second novel in the brilliant new series from the best-selling author of Prince of Thorns.

In Mystic Class, Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy, Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service.

All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the ambition of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a blade, and the vengeance of the empire’s richest lord.

As the world narrows around her and her enemies attack her through the system she has sworn to, Nona must find her own path despite the competing pull of friendship, revenge, ambition and loyalty.

And in all this only one thing is certain. There will be blood.

©2018 Mark Lawrence (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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I NEED MORE

I can't wait for the third instalment, such a great book...i hate that this book ended

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Great female-focussed adventure

My favourite thing about this series is that it's quite gritty SFF with a range of female leads; both heroes and villains, and the characters are well-drawn and complex. There's also a whole load of epic action scenes, which is always fun to listen to on a dreary commute. Grey Sister picks up where Red Sister left off; you definitely need to listen to the first to understand the sequel. The girls advance into grey class, and the convent comes under threat; although as always, the abbess is making plans and weaving webs. There's a majorly expanded role for Sister Kettle, and she and Abbess Glass both get POV chapters, which is great.

The narration is excellent; completely enthralling, with a range of accents used to delineate characters (although, they all make sense in the context of the story and aren't jarring). Definitely worth getting into the series if you like epic/high fantasy (this book has some SF elements but has more of a fantasy "feel") and characters who are willing to fight to the bitter end for what they think is right.

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Story picks up pace

Loved the second book & totally hooked now! The characters are complex and distinctive. Keto was a great addition to the story line, I'm hoping he'll be back! Strong friendship themes, nasty villains, tricky situations and an interesting magic source make this a great fantasy series! Well thought out plot, Well done Mark Lawrence 👏🏼🌟

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remarkable storytelling

Second time I've listened to this book. So
enthralling that the rest of my life became the interruption until I had finished it.

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Extraordinary! The best book I’ve read in ages.

I absolutely loved both books and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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Marks best work yet

Really enjoying this one, mark is a writer that flings phrases you just want to grab a pen and scribble down when read .... fantastic story so far !

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sisters unite

i was there through each battle both won and lost , nonnas character lives secretly in each of us... good verse survival

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I've listened to "red sister" and "grey sister"
and both books are an epic tale full of character growth, adventure in an amazing unique and wonderful world full of magics, gruesome violence, back stabing, mindgames and political monopoly. Mark Lawrence has continued to get better and better in his already remarkable writing ability.
Helen duff is a great narrator, perfect for the characters in this book. she allows you to slip away into the world smoothly.
cant wait for holy sister to come out!

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A great fantasy series

Love it! cant wait for the 3rd book! If you enjoyed the Wheel of time, Name of the wind or the Stormlight series, I'm confident you will enjoy this!

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much better than the first

it started strong but second half very weak, it became confusing like the first book, don't know if I'll continue with the series

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  • Tina
  • 02-03-2019

Yes!

Absolutely loved it! The narration is especially good. Helen Duff does an amazing job. The story is enganging and easy to follow. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Isk
  • 27-10-2018

Entertaining but predictable

Loved the first book, and the second one is still "good", but I found it rather predictable and the character development wasn't as good as in the first one. If you like the universe that the author created I can still recommend it.

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  • Jonas
  • 22-08-2018

Good sequel

Still a good story, although halting a little bit compared to the first book. Must read if you liked the first.

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  • Kristian hetland
  • 10-05-2018

++++++

great book and a fantastic voice for the setting. probably the best i've heard in some years

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  • Michiel
  • 19-04-2018

Better than Rd Sister

Where does Grey Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best book I'resd listened to this year.

What did you like best about this story?

Lawrence introduces new interesting characters and give more substance to now ones.

What does Helen Duff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Duff's ok for women voices but a bit "flexible" for the men

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Hard to put down

Any additional comments?

Normally the 2nd book is a bit weeker than the first. this is not the case for Grey Sister. Keeps on getting better

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  • Robyn
  • 16-05-2018

Another cracking instalment

I have read Red Sister and Grey Sister in quick succession - they are excellent. The world which Mark Lawrence has built stacks, the plot is good, and the characters are well-developed and interesting. Am now feeling bereft at losing my connection to these characters while I wait for book 3.

Book one and two have flowed seamlessly, and what I really appreciated was the introduction to book two where a recap is given - thereby avoiding unnecessary and contrived references to book one's events. That said, the first 10 minutes of listening made me think I had missed a bit of the first book as a new character is introduced who I didn't recognise.......needn't have worried as it all became clear within the first few chapters.

The foreshadowing that has "topped and tailed" these two books is also an interesting angle - it's totally set the scene and anticipation for the final reckoning that is surely coming in book 3. If the energy and intrigue continues at the same pace, it promises to be a good one.

Narration is good, although the variation in accents for the different characters isn't as extensive as my favourite narrators' (eg; although I do enjoy the Aussie accent, it felt like the narrator's only / "go-to" alternative accent), but it doesn't detract from the story.

If you are into the fantasy genre, then this should tick all the boxes.

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  • William
  • 24-09-2018

simply wonderfull with an excellent narrator

brilliant sequel, the narrator possesses a remarkable skill involving switching meticulously between challenging British and irish regional accents, simply a delight to listen to! the story was damn riveting as well

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  • D. Mothersdill
  • 21-10-2018

A lazy second book

I had waited for this ever since being absorbed by Red Sister however was left disappointed. The storyline lagged a lot and when it finally got going it was unimaginative with predictable situations and outcomes. Mark Lawrence is still an excellent author though and it is by no means poor, I just expected more from him.

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  • Gert Bob
  • 06-10-2018

Quite disappointing for a Lawrence book

I usually really enjoy Mark Lawrence's book, including Red Sister, but I found this one to be the weakest and a bit of a let down. Felt like a lot of the story beats were recycled from Red Sister and his other books (or just downright clichéd) and that character development/conflict didn't really drive the story. It was also hard to follow sometimes and I had to rewind to work it out.

On the plus side the narrator Helen Duff does another great job with some brilliant voice work

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-03-2019

brilliant

an excellent book got better all time. can't wait for final book. Lawrence keeps getting better

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  • Mrs.
  • 13-03-2019

Amazing

Characters I truly care about. A storyline that left me listening well beyond a sensible bedtime. I can't wait to hear what happens next. Nona, a believable, amazing creation of the imagination and she's not even my favourite!

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  • T
  • 26-04-2018

Great Story, dodgy production

The ultra long pauses between sentences had me reaching for the phone to often. Presumably that’s down to the production team rather narrator.

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  • Keira Whitfield
  • 25-04-2018

amazing

Helen Duff is such a talented narrator! Seriously, I think she's my favourite, this was so skilfully performed.

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  • MamaDragon
  • 13-10-2019

great book.

really good book loved it can't wait to read holy sister fabulous read greatly enough

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  • jack
  • 06-10-2019

Thoroughly enjoyable 2nd instalment!

Left me eager for the final instalment! Will definitely seek out other books by this author!