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Holy Sister

Narrated by: Helen Duff
Series: Books of the Ancestor, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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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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  • Kaz
  • 28-11-2019

Excellent!

A beautiful story arc for this book, an excellent end to the series arc, and a perfect endpoint for the character arc of Nona. I thought the previous two books were very good (I gave them both 4 stars), but this one deserves 5 stars. it ticked all the boxes, making my mind wander around some of the pseudo-science, my gut clench in trepidation during some of the battles, and my heart both cry and celebrate in equal measure. Well done, Mark Lawrence. And well narrated, Helen Duff.

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  • Sam
  • 25-10-2019

Good conclusion to series

Really enjoyed the final book in this series. Again the performance by Helen Duff was excellent. Good use of time to build the story to a strong finish. Really enjoyed the more complex I se of ‘magic’ and the development of romance. By the end of the book you really connect with all the characters, are drawn into each relationship and really care about everyone!! Wish there more more books to come in the series.

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devastated I've finished these books already!!

I've loved this trilogy so much! couldn't stop listening, awesome characters, wonderful narration😀 wish there were more books in the series

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Another fantastic job by my favourite author

Thanks Again Mark
I love the way you portray your unique style of fantasy that has a perfect balance of futuristic sci fi but rooted in real world grit.
I’m no author, and I’m trying to compliment you on your fine work. So please forgive my clumsy review.
I’m a big fan of your broken empire trilogy and own both “Prince of Thorns” and “Prince of fools”.
Thanks so much for your efforts and I am excited for your next project.

Prince of thorns was SO GOOD. If you can find a way to resurrect him or find time for some more prequels, that would be awesome. Such a ballsy ruthless character. And the narrator was BRILLIANT

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A wonderful story

The narrator did an amzing job of each character. She brought them to life for me. I will make an effort to listen to other narrations she has done.
A wonderful tale of growing up, making life changing decisions and the consequences that inevitably follow each other.
The series was engrossing and I was sad to leave Nona and Sweet Mercy.

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Satisfying conclusion

A satisfying conclusion to the 3 part series. Very well narrated by Helen Duff. Well worth checking out more from the author and narrator

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Great story

All three books tie together in an amazing way. Wonderful narration. Looking for other works by the same people.

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Complex yet satisfying

What a great wrap up to the series! There were a few moments in the plot that could have had more explanation but overall a great story line and character development. Really enjoyed it

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Would be so much better without the time shifts<br />

Trys to make the story better and add mystery by jumping forward and backwards in time but it's really just annoying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-2019

A great finish

Thoroughly enjoyed this edge-of-the-seat finish to a very satisfying series. Great character and plot development. A few tears as well. Nona and the nuns of Sweet Mercy are a fantastic creation.

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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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  • S. D. Howarth
  • 06-11-2019

Here lies the threads - well knotted.

This series marks a jump in writing quality and it wasn’t as though the others are shabby in quality.

There is a weight to the prose that seems to make the story linger, without rushing headlong, or being dull.

This is where the threads come together and it doesn’t disappoint with an almighty character arc, tweaked by events and opportunity with enough turns to keep you guessing and await with anticipation.

If there was to be a gripe it would be that you are kept at arms length to the opposing forces with the conclusion. You may get a sword in the face, but nary a glimpse at who or what are driving the armies and Emperor’s sister.

Abbess Glass provides a beat touch to oppose war, without the need of Nona to become a Jorglike smarta***, which was especially neat.

That distance and in keeping events close allows Nona to fight and discover herself with a very deft touch. Other characters in the various trilogies may appeal more, but none are as well written, or cone from the page with the audio presentation.

A cracking series - and well finished in a not unexpected way.

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  • Andrew Mulready
  • 05-11-2019

Incredible journey through another broken empire

Loved every minute of the series even the second time around. Cannot recommend enough

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-2019

Took a while to follow via audible but....

It was well worth listening to this book but it did take a while to follow all the various story lines for the various characters.
I'm glad I persevered, but reckon it would have be easier to read.

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  • J. H. Hillman
  • 18-10-2019

Superb enda, a great series

A wonderfully well crafted journey from behind to end. A very well crafted world with some great characters and superb story. A lot to love. Narration was brilliant, some superb accents possibly the best i heard so far.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-09-2019

Awesome trilogy!

Can't wait to hear / read some of Mark Lawrence's work now ! ! !

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  • Samuelson Obigbesan
  • 08-09-2019

It's definitely worth your time.

A puzzle made of sharp glass pieces, that’s how I would describe the ending in the final instalment of the ‘Book of the ancestor’ trilogy.
A tightly woven plot and with as many unexpected twists and turns, it was full of moments of illation, sacrifice, revelations, characters that made hard choices and despite of the cost would make them again, and of course, bloody action.

The narration by Helen Duff was nothing short of excellent, though I loved her voice for Nona, Clera still remains my favourite.

I’ll finish off with a quote from ‘Red Sister’ that kind of summarises how I felt.

"A book is as dangerous a journey as any you might make. The person who closes the back cover may not be the same as the person who opened the front."

This was a 4.5 stars for me. I really really liked it.

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  • Alex
  • 08-09-2019

Another brilliant book

I love this series of books. They keep you hooked all the way through and this book is no different. would highly recommend.

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  • Mair
  • 25-08-2019

Disappointing

After a blistering part 1 and a less wonderful part 2 the 3rd part of this trilogy was a great disappointment. The plot is too fantastic to allow suspension of belief and whilst he seemed to have an understanding of the girls as they grow to maturity it is lost. I was very disappointed.