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Holy Sister

Narrated by: Helen Duff
Series: Books of the Ancestor, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (117 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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  • Daniel
  • Joburg, South Africa
  • 06-06-19

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
  • 06-01-19

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
  • 05-30-19

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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  • Mair
  • 08-25-19

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.

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  • Mr. CP Davies
  • 08-21-19

genuinely original

I love the whole series. Would definitely recommend this if you find you need an original idea well-written and with depth.

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  • Peter
  • 08-07-19

Absolutely fantastic. Can't get enough!

Loved every minute of it. brilliant author and memorable characters. looking forward to his next work!

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  • M. Oyede
  • 08-05-19

Enjoyable

I enjoyed the world building, I enjoyed the complexity of the characters, they were well thought out.
Although the progress in the final book felt a little strange, the over all pace of the trilogy was well laid out.

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  • LB
  • 07-31-19

Great ending to good trilogy

Really enjoyed the trilogy, the characters developed well and the story arc was paced perfectly.

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  • Ivan Fodor
  • 07-28-19

GREATEST FANTASY EVER!

I have just no words for this book.
It is absolutely astonishing!
Enjoyed every second of it.
It doesn't have any faults.
LISTEN IT!
Won't regret it.
Cheers Mark Lawrence!

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  • JPA
  • 07-15-19

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
  • 07-01-19

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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  • Mathew Rauicava
  • 07-02-19

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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  • Sunset Ridge
  • 08-25-19

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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  • Mary
  • 08-21-19

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-09-19

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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  • Karen Mason
  • 07-27-19

Spellbound

Loved listening to the final book as the story unfolded to its final conclusion. Mesmerizing.

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  • Jess Gale
  • 07-27-19

Brilliant

This series was wonderfully crafted with characters you could feel a deep resonance with.

The plot was compelling, the concept original, and the character development engages the reader into not just the story, but the lives of each character to sense their motivations, fears, and beliefs.

The performance of this work was possibly the finest I have listened to. The consistancy of pronunciation and accents was perfect. The subtle inflections on speech added to the clear definition characters and made for an enjoyable audible experience.

I have no criticism of this work.

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  • Kat Mager
  • 07-16-19

Fantastic characters

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

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  • James
  • 06-13-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-13-19

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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  • love to read
  • 06-07-19

holy sister

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