Nona Grey’s story reaches its shattering conclusion in the third instalment of Book of the Ancestor.
THEY CAME AGAINST HER AS A CHILD.
NOW THEY FACE THE WOMAN.
THEY CAME AGAINST HER AS A CHILD. NOW THEY FACE THE WOMAN.
The ice is advancing, the Corridor narrowing, and the empire is under siege from the Scithrowl in the east and the Durns in the west. Everywhere, the emperor’s armies are in retreat.
Nona faces the final challenges that must be overcome if she is to become a full sister in the order of her choice. But it seems unlikely that Nona and her friends will have time to earn a nun’s habit before war is on their doorstep.
Even a warrior like Nona cannot hope to turn the tide of war.
The shiphearts offer strength that she might use to protect those she loves, but it’s a power that corrupts. A final battle is coming in which she will be torn between friends, unable to save them all. A battle in which her own demons will try to unmake her.
A battle in which hearts will be broken, lovers lost, thrones burned.
HOLY SISTER completes the Book of the Ancestor trilogy that began with RED SISTER and GREY SISTER. A ground-breaking series, it has established Mark Lawrence as one of the most exciting new voices in modern speculative fiction.
‘An excellent writer’
George R.R. Martin
‘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’
#1 New York Times bestselling 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’
‘Any other author is going to have to smack the ball way, way out of the park to top this read’
About the author
Mark Lawrence was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, to British parents but moved to the UK at the age of one. He went back to the US after taking a PhD in mathematics at Imperial College to work on a variety of research projects including the ‘Star Wars’ missile defence programme. Returning to the UK, he has worked mainly on image processing and decision/reasoning theory. He says he never had any ambition to be a writer so was very surprised when a half-hearted attempt to find an agent turned into a global publishing deal overnight. His first trilogy, The Broken Empire, has been universally acclaimed as a ground-breaking work of fantasy, and both The Liar’s Key and The Wheel of Osheim have won the Gemmell Legend award for best fantasy novel. Mark is married, with four children, and lives in Bristol.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The final instalment in Mark Lawrence’s Book of the Ancestor trilogy is shocking, bloody and incredibly hard to put down. Holy Sister is split into two timelines: the moments immediately following Grey Sister, and the ‘present day’, approximately three years later. As fans will expect, there are battles, blood and magic aplenty, alongside characters we’re sorry to let go—particularly the bold, fearless and loyal Nora, who we’ve come to know and love throughout the brilliant character-driven series. While we’re sad that it’s over, we couldn’t be happier with the conclusion to this complex, excellent fantasy series.
Lawrence disappoints with this pallid conclusion of his epic fantasy trilogy (after 2018's Grey Sister); uneven prose and stock characters, including a spiritual leader given to convoluted pronouncements ("There might not be a meaning to the world, or in it, but that does not mean that what we do has no meaning"), diminish interest in the story of a special teenager, Nona Grey. Nona lives on Abeth, an ice planet whose sun is dying, and is a rare "triple-blood," descended from three of Abeth's original four tribes. Much of the plot focuses on Nona and her friends' attempts to escape a clich d villain: Sherzal, the emperor's sister, who is seeking to recover a shipheart, an object "of disputed origin that may have powered the ships that brought the tribes of man to Abeth." Nona's friend Zole has stolen the shipheart and is the target of Sherzal's quest. The action drags, modern colloquialisms sound out of place (one character refers to another as "the big bad"), and death scenes pack no punch. Lawrence is very imaginative, but the execution here fails to live up to the series' promise.
Absolutely sensational series
A dark fantasy world, hints of lost technology, lashings of magic, and a brutal bucketload of blood, but all woven together with politics, deceptions, and strong bonds of friendship.