Bound (Book of the Ancestor #2.5) by Mark Lawrence

BoundBound is a short story that can be read in one sitting.  As part of the Book of the Ancestor series it sits neatly between Grey Sister and the much anticipated final book of the series Holy Sister, and I definitely recommend that fans of this series pick it up.

This is a deliciously tantalising treat to be gobbled up eagerly before the next instalment drops.

The story begins with Nona and some of the other novices trying to steal some brandy for a dorm party!  This is when they overhear a conversation by some of the nuns in which they discover that random murders seem to be taking place amongst the wealthiest members of society.  From here we have a short adventure that chiefly involves Nona and Ara and helps to highlight the special friendship that they enjoy, a friendship that is enhanced even further after a kiss leads to unexpected entanglements.

I won’t elaborate further on the plot.  It’s an intriguing story and incredibly easy to read.  For me, as with all of Mark Lawrence’s books – the writing is the key to my enjoyment.  His writing is gorgeous and it just hooks me every time.

To be honest, I don’t do romance in books but that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy reading a good story where romance plays a role and that’s certainly the case here.  This is a school for novices learning to potentially become assassins but let’s not forget that it’s also a school of young girls who are becoming adults and in the process sometimes think about other things beyond stabbing and poisoning.  This instalment shows the ever developing friendships between the novices.  A school of girls who are ruthless and yet at the same time completely naive in certain areas of life that other people naturally enjoy.  Ara is being sent out into society and having been absent for some time, and with the realisation that secret trysts may be involved is determined to practice her kissing skills!  This leads to an unexpected turn of events that adds an entertaining sideline to the story.  I won’t say any more because I don’t want to give away spoilers other than to provide a little clarity – there may be a short side order of kissing here but there’s also bloody carnage for the main course.

This is a great addition to the Book of Ancestor series.  Grab a copy, find a comfy chair and experience a brief interlude of reading pleasure.

My thanks to the author for a review copy.