Review: Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

Review: Holy Sister by Mark LawrenceHoly Sister by Mark Lawrence
Series: Book of the Ancestor #3
Published by Berkley on 9 April, 2019
ISBN: 9781101988916
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

The third installment in a brilliant fantasy series from the international bestselling author of Prince of Thorns.

As a young girl, Nona Grey was saved from the noose by the Abbess of Sweet Mercy. But behind the convent’s walls she learned not a life of prayer and isolation, but one of the blade and the fist. Now she will serve as the convent’s fiercest protector as the emperor moves to destroy the last bastion that stands against him.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

drey’s thoughts:

Holy Sister continues Nona’s story after Red Sister and Grey Sister, with escalating urgency and the requisite bloodshed as a group of warrior nuns (and their trainees) try to save a world with a dying sun. Forced by icy cold into a 50-mile wide corridor around the planet’s equator, various factions fight for supremacy – because winning is more important than surviving. *insert sarcasm font* Obviously. *end sarcasm… for now*

Grand larceny, treachery, intrigue, and tests that can kill are all in Nona’s path – I guess some things never change. As Nona and her sisters-at-arms plot and plan, she learns that some things are worth fighting for and others – while never forgotten – need to take a backseat to all that she has to do. And kill.

There were more than a few times I wondered if Nona would live through her trials. She certainly has powerful enemies for a peasant child from a no-name village – and the personality to gain even more! Good thing her audacity and loyalty has gained her a few fans (and friends!), or she wouldn’t be able to pull off her hi-jinks (because sometimes “plan” is too optimistic a description).

Does Nona survive the coming storm? You’ll have to read Holy Sister to find out, because I’m not spilling…

Note: I have to admit, Holy Sister was difficult to read (for me), because it jumps from timeline to timeline, and I had trouble keeping track of what was happening, when. After inhaling the book, I did go back and read all the “past” chapters and then the “present” – and boy did it go better for my poor brain!

drey’s rating: Excellent!

Have you read Holy Sister? What did you think?

About Mark Lawrence

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Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’.

Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.


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