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Holy Sister

Narrated by: Helen Duff
Series: Books of the Ancestor, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
5 out of 5 stars (192 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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 groundbreaking series, it has established Mark Lawrence as one of the most exciting new voices in modern speculative fiction.

©2019 Mark Lawrence (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"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." (Number one New York Times best-selling author Tamora Pierce)

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Fan-bloody-tastic

I loved the pace, the battles, the story, the gore and the hidden romance. So much fun. As satisfying as the end was, I just wanted it to keep going.

Thank you Mark Lawrence!

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Fantastic characters

Strong female characters that are an inspiration, and great magic powers in this world, awesome

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Great story great narration

Will be hoping for more fantasy/sci fi from Lawrence in the near future as he seems to be getting better and better. Really enjoyed Duffs narration and will be looking to listen to more of her work.

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Great end to an fascinating trilogy

loved the story and the characters.
each book was an adventure
great narration
recommended listening

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holy sister

fantastic culmination of the series.great character development,all the threads come together perfectly, with some very unexpected twists and turns

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Such a good ending to a fantastic series.

This book closed out the series well with all major plot points closed off (most of them at least) and an ending that made sense while still being amazing to listen to. Would recommend.

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Great Ending

everything you could want in an ending! can't wait for more great reads from Mark Lawrence.

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  • Daniel
  • 06-06-2019

Quick conclusion but good

I think I am becoming jaded with fantasy as i have overindulged however Mr Lawrence's adventure has been a good tale to bring me hope in world building and original magics.

Holy sister is the culmination of the series and is a fitting ending. Even though I felt it could have been expanded upon as the world is so interesting. I see more books coming.

The characters develop well & their own lives are a good tangle making for decent surprises.

I would recommend this as a book and a series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-2019

The series has been sci-fi-fantasy brilliance

First things first: the narrator is absolutely superb. Genuinely good, clear accents, emotive delivery ... just fantastic. I'll be looking out some of the other stories they've narrated.

A narrator is nothing without words to speak, though. These are some of the best words. I was in tears for about the last third of this book. The whole series has been engaging, and I can see so much possibility in the world/universe that Mark Lawrence has created - both past and future, to make more epic forays into the world of Abeth.

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  • Big Mad Jez
  • 30-05-2019

Great Ending

Can’t believe it’s over! Great book, worthy of any bodies time! Will miss the sisters of sweet mercy and Nona; all leaves must fall!

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  • JPA
  • 15-07-2019

Absolutely fantastic finale.

My fave Lawrence book after The Red Queens War trilogy.

Action packed, entertaining, funny and very clever indeed. Thoroughly enjoyed. Also loved the narration.

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  • Sophie
  • 01-07-2019

Wonderful, powerful end to the trilogy

Helen Duff adds another wonderful performance and brings the world of Nona and Sweet Mercy to life. I will miss these characters but loved the whole journey with them! If you’ve read the other 2 books, don’t miss this one!

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  • Michael Loryman
  • 29-06-2019

outstanding

a fitting final chapter to the preceding books with a compelling plot and characters to invest in, all narrated brilliantly.

I can't decide if i preferred the plot or the seamlessness by which the narrator moved between characters in the intense dialogue throughout the book.

absolutely wonderful and highly recommended

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  • Keira Whitfield
  • 22-06-2019

Outstanding

Cannot words. This was too epic, and stunningly narrated. I can't believe it's over! 9999/10

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  • forest
  • 17-06-2019

Holy Sister

Beautifully written, intriguing story line. The imagination of this writer is phenomenal, just when you think you have worked it out along comes another twist. Loved every minute of it.

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  • A. G. Carter
  • 16-06-2019

Great conclusion to the story

This third part admirably concludes the story. Full of great plotting, characters that in spite of the amazing setting come to life and for who we can only feel sympathy. A great story expertly told.

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  • Matthew
  • 16-06-2019

Brilliant!!

Great story from start to finish, couldn't stop listening. The perfect conclusion to an amazing series.

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  • Monseman
  • 13-06-2019

Way below par for Mark Lawrence

Seems like a rush job, or possibly just too many threads to wrap this series up in a passable way. This is run of the mill generic fantasy. I wish I had abandoned this trilogy after red sister