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Holy Sister

(Book of the Ancestor #3)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  2,046 ratings  ·  343 reviews
The third installment in a brilliant fantasy series from the international bestselling author of Prince of Thorns.

As a young girl, Nona Grey was saved from the noose by the Abbess of Sweet Mercy. But behind the convent’s walls she learned not a life of prayer and isolation, but one of the blade and the fist. Now she will serve as the convent’s fiercest protector as the emp
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Berkley
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Starrisa I am the GReat Stealer of Young Souls. If you offer your first and second borns to me, I will consider granting your wish...MWAHAHAHAHAH
James I finished the Thorns series, but I couldn't get into RQW. Thorns is a lot darker than the Sister series. A fair amount of literal raping and…moreI finished the Thorns series, but I couldn't get into RQW. Thorns is a lot darker than the Sister series. A fair amount of literal raping and pillaging, and more violence too, if such a thing is possible. The hero is much more of an anti-hero than Nona, who is fundamentally quite likable.(less)

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Mark Lawrence
Jun 26, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Out today in the USA!

The draft blurb:

In Holy class Nona faces the final challenges that must be overcome if she is to become a full sister in the order of her choice. The ice still advances, the Corridor still narrows, and the empire is under siege. Scithrowl have invaded in the east, Durns in the west. Everywhere the emperor’s armies are in retreat. It seems unlikely that Nona and her friends will have time to earn the habit of a nun before war is on their doorstep.

Abbess Glass has played the l
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing

ARC given to me by my amazingly kind friend - Alexa at Alexa Loves Books!

“When they put us in that cage we never really came out of it again.”

Good Lord, Mark Lawrence has truly created a once in a lifetime series that I will cherish forever. Holy Sister is the third and final book in a series that will go down in history as one of the brightest shining lights in SFF history.

I very much implore you to read Bound after Grey Sister, but before Holy Sister because it really works as a much-need
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I love you, Nona!

There’s me done then. Damn, I wish the book was longer. I didn’t want to cry today.

Thank you for a great trilogy, Mr. Lawrence.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Coming-of-age fantasy fans
ARC provided by the publisher—Ace—in exchange for an honest review.

Holy Sister is an incredibly powerful and satisfying conclusion to one of the best trilogy I’ve ever read.

I won’t lie, a week ago I started rereading Red Sister mostly for the purpose of satisfying my completionist nature and eventually putting Book of the Ancestor into my “completed series I’ve read” list. However, the incredible of rereading Red Sister made me incoherently excited to continue with the series and here I am now.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler free review! 🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡 ****OUT NOW****

When writing about a book that’s the third and final in a trilogy, there’s only so much that can be said without edging into spoiler territory. So this review, if it can be called that, is done with the lightest touch, hopefully just conveying some sense of the range of feelings the books evoked in me.

More than almost any other series I’ve read, the three novels which form the Book of the Ancestor feel like one continuous story. Perhaps this is a reflect
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher. While I am thankful for the gift, the giving of it had no impact on this review. All views below are completely my own.

Holy Sister keeps you on the edge of your seat from the first page. It’s an incredibly smart conclusion to a standout, action-packed series, with heartbreak and triumph mingled on nearly every page. I can’t remember the last time I felt so satisfied upon finishing a
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Growing up can be tough. One day you’re sneaking home past curfew from a sexy rendezvous with your partner, and the next day you’re being hunted across a frozen wasteland carrying a relic that’s trying to poison your mind. We can all relate. But just in case you can’t, then the concluding entry in Nona Grey’s story will bring you up to date. In Holy Sister, the third and final entry in his Book of the Ancestor series, Mark Lawrence has crafted a powerful and heartbreaking ending to Nona’s story. ...more
Petros Triantafyllou
Six times.
This book made me cry six times.
One of them was two whole days after I finished the damn thing.

It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size. For Nona Grey, Lano Tacsis brought two armies and eight Noi-Guin, the deadliest assassins on the face of the earth. And of those eight Noi-Guin, one of them, the Singular himself, was rumored to be more deadly than the other seven together. Nona has two options. Fight, or run. But where can one run, whe
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-sff-faves
* I was sent this for free from the author in exchange for an honest review *

I am so very glad that this final book was so brilliant, I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, but I would have to say that this is my favourite one and it's a superb ending to the series. I found it so easy to get back into the story and pick up where I left off, and I actually ended up binge-reading the entire book in one sitting! If that's not a sign of how engrossing it was I can't say what is!

The story p
Feb 16, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
Then why do I have to wait a year between each book!! (cries silently in the corner)
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I have spent the last year and a half waiting to read 2 series. This one and The Nevernight Chronicles. Honestly I'd love to see Nona and Mia team up! Back in 2017 I read Red Sister. What a freaking revelation. Not only a gal who kicks butt, "actually, the whole nunnery" but also a "for me" different take on the Epic fantasy trope. This trilogy not only opened my eyes to slightly different fantasy, but also led me to Grimdark. I'll admit that I now have a great fondness for Mr. Lawrence, and hav ...more
Megan ❀

ARC provided by Berkley Publishing Group via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts and review.

This defied every single expectation I had. I'm honestly in awe of how incredible this was. But before you pick up Holy Sister, I HIGHLY recommend you pick up Bound, a short story that takes place between the events of Grey Sister and Holy Sister. Not only is it a hell of a fun time, but it has some details that make the events of Holy Sister feel more well-rounded.

After absolutely LOVING Red Sis
Sincerest of thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Mark Lawrence, you've done it. You've created a high-ish, dark-ish trilogy that not only was executed perfectly, but also helped restore my faith in the fantasy genre. I don't read a lot of fantasy, mostly because it's long-winded, overly descriptive, and just plain boring (at least in the past I've felt it so, mostly because my mood for fantasy had long-since died). But, over the pas
The Book of Ancestor says that for everything there is a season. This was a time to reap. A time for death.

Men don’t cry. We clench teeth, block emotions and rationalize. And yet Holy Sister hit me hard. Really hard. It draws most arcs to a world-shattering conclusion only a few will survive.

Feel warned and be prepared. Just don’t set Mark Lawrence’s house on fire as I’d love to read more books from him.

I could, probably, and only when pressed, highlight flaws of the book, but I have no desir
Will.J.R. Gwynne
"It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size."

This book was an incredible ending to a trilogy that I have truly loved. It finished in a brilliant culmination of events that was extremely satisfying and unexpected with the largest and most epic conflicts of the series so far taking place and the consequences of defeat exceeding those of before with their severity.

Each and every great aspect of the previous two books in the series was present within thi
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-own, signed
I'd like to thank Mark Lawrence for sending me an early copy of Holy Sister in exchange for an honest review.

"I am Nona Grey and if you come against me I will make a ruin of your life"

Well that about sums up the book... I truly loved this final installment of Book of the Ancestor, it made me smile and it made me cry. Again Mark Lawrence took me on a journey to Abeth and made me experience Nona's story. It's fast paced, unpredictable, action packed and so beautifully written!

Holy Sister gave me a
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"The sound of a battle can be described as a roar, and sometimes it truly is. When a thousand warriors charge, a roar precedes them and swallows up all other noise. But in between charge and counter-charge there is the screaming of those too wounded to hold their peace and not yet close enough to crossing the Path that they fall silent. There is the clash of weapons, most often on shields, for tight-packed conflict is an ugly, graceless thing and there are few parries made. There are the despera ...more
J.A. Ironside
I was invited to read and review this title by the publisher. Many thanks to Emma Pickard and Harper-Voyager for the ARC - you made my day, week, year...possibly lifetime!

It's no secret that Holy Sister is one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. Mark Lawrence's books have been an automatic buy since I read Prince of Thorns. I'm pleased to report that Holy Sister does not disappoint, either as a book in its own right, or as the conclusion to an epic trilogy. This is the sort of female led f
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
All leaves must fall in time […] The lives we lived fall away from us, but something remains, something that is part of the tree.

I’m not a fan of Mark Lawrence, however, this trilogy is one of the best. Is not an epic fantasy but a mix between a grim-dark coming-of-age story with tinges of sci-fi. I usually do not like the blend between the two genres, but somehow, Lawrence does a great job mingling them.

Holy Sister is the final installment in this series and an excellent one. There are two time


I just now realized that there's a blurb!💖

Okay, I'm seriously not liking the tiny lil "lovers lost" part at the end, sounds hella ominous
Pls don't hurt Apple and Kettle, haven't my babies suffered enough already?! ;_;


So, if The trilogy was finished 8 months before Red Sister’s publication. (your words, Mr. Lawrence, not mine) then why do I have to wait for one more year to read this book??!!
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

“A warning to the people,
The good and the evil,
This is war.

To the soldier, the civilian,
The martyr, the victim,
This is war.

It's the moment of truth, and the moment to lie,
The moment to live and the moment to die,
The moment to fight, the moment to fight
To fight, to fight, to fight!

To the right, To the left
We will fight to the death!
To the edge of the earth
It's a brave new world
From the last to the first

To the right, To the left
We will fight to the death!
To the edge of the earth
It's a brave new wo
Holden Johnson
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My only complaint is that there isnt more.
More pages. More books in the series. More mysteries revealed.

Another work of art by a Man whos books have changed me. This will stay with me for the rest of my days.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review below. Thirsty for Sister Apple? I have you covered over at The Fantasy Inn.

And so it’s time for me to say goodbye to Nona and Sweet Mercy. I held off reading Holy Sister for over a month after I received it, in the way we do when we want to both have our cake and eat it too. But was the having better than the eating?

I haven’t quite decided.

And by that, I don’t mean that Holy Sister was a disappointment (far from it), more that as much as I had anticipated the conclusion, I wasn’t qu
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

And so another fantastic trilogy by Mark Lawrence has come to an end. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, though—there is something genuinely remarkable about The Book of the Ancestor, and not just because it felt like such a departure from the author’s previous trilogies. While this one might not be my favorite of his, nor do I think it’s as contentious or impactful as The Broken Empire or The Red Queen’s War, I do
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
A beautiful and staggering finale to one of the most remarkable series I’ve ever read - Review to come
sofia (sam willows)
this is without a doubt one of the best books i’ve ever read. wow.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I don't usually write reviews, because I'm not good at it. But since I had the amazing opportunity to read this book in advance I feel I should say something.
First of all, I won it in an internet contest so I wasn't required to write a review, but I love this series, so I want to share my excitement for this last chapter!

This book follows two different timelines: while one starts exactly when Grey Sister left us, the main one is three years after those events, and it's only at the end that we g
Douglas Meeks
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well Amazon won't allow me to post this but HOLY SHIT! I spent 2 years waiting for this book and it started getting stressful about 150 pages from the end and never let up or gave you any clue as to what might happen until the end, then the author gives you a chapter and an epilogue to get your mind back intact.

The REALLY great book/series are the ones that almost leave you in tears because you have been so deeply immersed in this world (I read the whole trilogy as a marathon) and you realize th
Sherwood Smith
It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size.

This third installment of Mark Lawrence’s series Book of the Ancestor brings the storyline home like an air-to-ground missile with a heart-wringing concussive aftershock.

Readers not familiar with the series should know first-off that this is not the book to start with. Really, begin with the first book. Not a scene is wasted. The only way to see who laid very long plans and why, who changes and why, is to w
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