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Red Sister

Book of the Ancestor, Book 1
Narrated by: Helen Duff
Series: Books of the Ancestor, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (425 ratings)

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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.

©2017 Mark Lawrence (P)2017 HarperCollins Publisher Limited

Critic Reviews

"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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Brilliant... Again

There is always that one kid that stands out in your memory, through out your education, who had an amazing talent for something. A talent well beyond you know what others will strain their whole life to achieve and barely make the edges of.

Mark Lawrence has an amazing talent for word smithing, able to weave you into a story, the meat of it is palatable between the teeth of your imagination, the juice, staining your minds eye and all from the first paragraph.

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Red sister on a red path

I was totally drawn into this story from the first words of the narration .
Helen s performance was magic. The story hints of the potential scope that could unfold and I can’t wait to see where it go’s. Apocalyptically martial arts intensity, spiritual , Religious and political , all threads drawing the listener into an icy world .
Pure dark , mystical and bloody masterpiece.









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Captivating main character

I really enjoyed the main character and her development throughout the story. The weaving in of past and present throughout was cleverly done. The narrator was brilliant and faultless in her portrayal of the different characters and her use of different accents. I found I did have to speed up the narration otherwise it was as a bit slow.

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Really dull

Was not engaged by story, setting or characters Constantly found myself having to rewind to follow the story as it was far to easy to become distracted by anything going on in the real world

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Awesome Listen

Loved it from start to finish. Heroic fantasy at it's best. If you like David Gemmel, Robin Hobb etc you'll love this.

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Fantastic story & excellent narration

With this story Mark Lawrence, had me just as enthralled as when Jorg Ancrath first carved a vivid red path through my imagination. The excellent narration made this a perfect listener experience.

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Another brilliant story from Mark Lawrence!

Red Sister is a fantastic book with excellent characters and the world in which they live is fascinating. It's a fast paced book with action, gore, betrayal and just plain awesomeness!
Nona is a badass, she rocks just like I hoped she would. I love her bravery and most of all her loyalty. So great for the protagonist in a gritty harsh world to value loyalty so highly.
5/5 stars. Download it, buy it however you can, you won't regret it if you love fantasy and awesome stories in general.
Helen Duff was a great narrator too.

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Best Narrator ever, coupled with a very good book.

I'm sure the narrator is Australian, the variety of accents from South African to Britsh sound amazing and keep the mix of female characters separate. This book is amazing, but i think the story could be very confusing in the dialogue if not for the skilled narrator. The story is great with good character development.

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Brilliant Narrater

Helen Duff is actually magical. Just amazing and does great justice to the a wonderful story

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Brutal but intriguing, Worthwhile

I struggled to get into the story for alot of the time but I was glad I persevered! It turned into an interesting story about 3/4 of the way through and I cant wait to continue the story in book two now. It's brutal but intriguing, definitely unlike any other story I've ever read. Feels like Game of Thrones meets Wolverine.

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  • Rogerio Vitiver Soares de Souza
  • 06-05-2019

You'll never want this story to end

This is a book that, once you start it, grips you with iron hands. My only criticism is the narrator. She has terrible articulation. She merges words and is hard to understand some phrases.

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  • Janus Hansen
  • 09-06-2019

Good start not carried through.

It began quite well. Good buildup of characters. But then it becomes too much a YA book and the girls start making childish plans (making life and death decisions without involving adults) and the main character hurriedly gains insights from nowhere.
That said, I'm going to try the second book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-05-2019

Interesting world and great action

Very nice story. The kind with which you sometimes stay extra time in your car to finish a chapter.
The world is interesting. The characters are flawed superhumans (a great combination). The action is wonderful with excellent "bullet-time" descriptions.
My only issue is with some the main character's decisions, which kind of serve the narrative in a forced way.
The narration is lovely and rich. well acted. But I sometimes had trouble making out the words. And I felt too many of the characters got a "special" accent.

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  • Peter du Preez
  • 04-04-2019

great story

Amazingly crafted piece of fiction. Entwined in the gut wrenching turmoil of a world gone wild. Enjoyed thoroughly. Thanks Mark for great and careful work.

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  • Sofie Hildegard Ryen
  • 01-12-2018

Excellent fantasy story!

Story and performance is in point! The audio is a bit low for some reason, but not so low that you can't hear it when turning up the sound on your phone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-11-2017

Amazing!

I love it, the narrator was fantastic and the story intense. I am so glad that the main character, a small girl, was allowed and even encouraged to be angry.

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