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Holy Sister

Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
Length: 13 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (373 ratings)

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The third book in the thrilling and epic Book of the Ancestor trilogy from international best-selling author Mark Lawrence.

Powerful novice Nona Grey must fight to survive in "a fantastic world in which religion and politics are dark and sharp as swords, with magic and might held in the hands of wonderful and dangerous women."

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Well worth the wait

This was as close to the perfect ending I could have asked for, the stakes were high and the action was thrilling. The ending felt earned and not deus ex good or overly depressing. The narrator did just as well this time as the last two so no complaints there.

My only issue was with the flashbacks and pacing. I just personally didn’t enjoy the flash back sequences that much and felt like it spent a lot of time going into detail on parts that didn’t need as much attention. Other than those small issues if you enjoyed the other books this one will satisfy

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A much better ending than I had ever hoped for.

I was extremely surprised with how this ended. I actually learned something and felt that it was more mature than a lot of fantasy out there. I honestly didn't expect that based on book two. I thought it would just be all action and no meaning. I'm glad I was wrong.

I loved the first book with my whole heart. There were so many quotes that were pure gold. I was enchanted by a new world written with beauty.

Yet, something bothered me a bit. If a story has the clichéd "chosen one" theme, then I get a bit upset when the story isn't told from "the chosen one's" point of view. I spend all this time in someone's head only to have someone else steal all their thunder.

That's how I felt at the end of book 2. I had resigned myself to the idea that this series would end up just with an action fantasy thriller, where the main protagonist gets overshadowed by someone greater. Book one stole my heart. Book two still held it, but a poison sank into my beating heart and left me wondering if I might die a slow death. I had little faith that the third book would live up to the first.

At the beginning of the Holy Sister, I thought my fears were confirmed. It felt like it would be a generic story that had an all too predictable end. I had no idea how the story could possibly end with such a short book.

About halfway through, things started to change in me. I felt like I was learning. I began to see that I had only been scratching the surface of ice wall, and that there was 2 miles of ice below me.

This book isn't about a girl who is the best at everything and who does awesome stuff in awesome ways. Though Nona does do awesome things, if you desire only that, and that alone, you will be left disappointed.

This series is about growth and understanding people. It's about dealing with harsh emotions and learning how to channel them towards something besides bitter resentment and destruction. It's about being human and learning what that means.

I didn't understand that until close to the end. I wept, as I felt that I had learned something about myself while figuring this out. I came into reading this book with all the wrong expectations, and it was those expectations that tainted how I saw the story. Once I let go of them, those arbitrary expectations, I saw the heart of an amazing story that teaches you something and leaves you wondering.

Thank you Mark Lawrence for an amazing journey where my heart was touched and my mind was opened and renewed.

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Not worth a full credit

*May be spoilers* Ok, I’m done in. The constant jumping back and forth of this story was too much. Added to the incessant minutiae of the in-between scenes, I’m just done in. I tried speeding it up, but that didn’t work with the jumping back and forth in the timeline. I tried jumping to the last chapter, then the second to last, then the third to last, etc.; again, same old. I kept looking for a major revelation for the series arc, but no, no significant change in the world status except in the atomic threat of peace - they’re threatening the moon against the other two countries. The ice is still advancing, so the world is still where it was at the beginning of this series; except Nona is Sister Blade; Ara came back to be a Sister. We jump from fantasy to sci-fi with the shiphearts and adjusting the moon, then back to Fantasy??? Nope.
Very good narration.
Cannot recommend.

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Wonderful 3rd Book of Trilogy

Each of the "Books of the Ancestor" has been an exciting listen. There are so many twists and turns, I had no idea what would happen next. All 3 books are well written and Heather O'Neill has become one of my favorite narrators. This final book is a thrilling and thoughtful ending. While this trilogy is a fantasy epic, it also has interesting lessons for our current world.

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Good ending

I've enjoyed the trilogy up to this point and I'm a fan of Lawrence in general but I feel like this book didnt live up to the previous two. Nona feels more Mary Sue than ever and there were a few asspulls and gotcha moments that just felt lazy to me. Still worth the read, definitely recommend the series and the author but just a weak book compared to the other two.

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Perfect

No one can do more in a trilogy of books than Mark Lawrence can. I loved this series and this book, and was left wanting more. The ending, without giving any spoilers, left me hoping that Mr. Lawrence will someday return to the characters and world of The Sweet Mercy Convent.

Didn't initially care for the narration of Heather O'Neill, but her voices grew on me as the series went along, and I think the books wouldn't have been as good without her.

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loved this series

I think the other books might have been better but I enjoyed this one a lot regardless

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Brilliant

Loved every minute of it. The narrator was a perfect fit. The way the way all of the plot points came together and resolved so cleanly was majestic and a rare thing to experience. I can hardly wait to see what Mark will cook up next.

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It took a long long time to get going

Struggle to get through the first Half of the book. It picked up after that.

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Excellent end to a captivating trilogy

The various harrowing encounters and narrow escapes are as entertaining and unique as they were in the previous two books so, the reader/listener will stay engaged as they play themselves out. There was some almost farcically fantastic stuff at the end but not too over-the-top. Also, there was a reference from Markus that Nona and him were somehow destined to meet again but, unless I slept through it, I don't recall that ever happening. It's not a major hole but considering what happened between them, it seemed that a bit more closure should have been added. There were also various allusions to some earth-wise, erstwhile human history but that was never fully developed.

Lastly, I see this as a coming-of-age novel rather than a young adult one. The novel major protractors are the sisters and their relationships with each other so there is a significant feminist under-current throughout.