First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to enter this give-away. There are 416 comments on the post, which is undoubtedly a new record and I wish I had more ARCs to send out. I read all the entries and was very touched by the dedication and support on display. Even if you thought your answer might have sounded boring, stating that the reason you picked up Red Sister was simply that Mark wrote it and that you will just read anything written by him, let me assure you that it was still wonderful to read and I’m sure a great reassurance to Mark at a time when he once again is writing a new trilogy that is very different to his previous works.
I asked him to randomly select an entry and the lucky winner is:
Many thanks once again, everyone, for the lovely feedback. I copied over just some of those I personally liked a lot. Hope you all enjoy Grey Sister in a few months’ time. Spring is coming! 🙂
January 30, 2018 at 11:35 am
A friend told me about some new book that I had to read immediately . Told him I already had a huge backlog. All he did was send me this quote:
“It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size.”
The rest is, as they say, history…
January 30, 2018 at 6:29 pm
I have seen so many recommends of Red Sister on Goodreads and Fantasy Faction FB group I am reading it now! Feel like murdering my boss today, so this is a great substitute!
January 31, 2018 at 7:27 am
I picked up Prince of Thorns one day in 2014 when was 11 (and just beginning my love affair with books) but I fell in love with the book and Mark Lawrence’s writing. When I came across Red Sister on Goodreads last year I was, let’s just say a bit more than excited. It probably wasn’t, but I felt like the book was made for me. It had a really cool and creative magic system (one of my favourites), it was written from the perspective of a girl (like me! But I’m nowhere near as cool, unfortunately), it was written by Mark Lawrence (quality assured), and most of it was set in a school/classroom (I have a thing for magical schools, probably because of my love of magic and well, school). Once I had the book in my hands I devoured it and that probably didn’t help with my exams but it was worth it.
Speaking of school, I really hope that somewhere in these comments is one of my lovely friends, since I won’t shut up about the book. Even my little sister read it and she loved it!
January 22, 2018 at 8:02 pm
Picked up Prince of Thorns in Tesco of all places years ago. Wasn’t even looking for a book for myself, was in need of something for the kids. Hooked on his work ever since.
January 22, 2018 at 8:53 pm
I got Red Sister in a book subscription box, and I’m ashamed to say I left it for a while. My tbr was long, and because I’d never heard of it(again, I’m sorry) I didn’t prioritize it. THEN I decided to bring it on a trip home for a funeral (que soppy story) and I devoured it. It took me out of the shitty reality I was in, and I managed to process my own sorrow somewhat by reading it. I read a lot of books last year, but Red Sister stayed with me, it didn’t have any plot points that seemed meaningless, it wasn’t a romantic twist that would have annoyed me to no end, it was just a really well developed fantasy book that gave me exactly what I needed at that point. I’ve told so many of my friends to read it, I’ve praised it at work, at home and wherever I could find people I felt would appreciate it. And I also just really want to read the rest of the series as soon as possible!
January 22, 2018 at 10:16 pm
I am catholic and attended a catholic boarding secondary school with priests and sisters around us. The thought of sisters training an elite assassin squad was intriguing and it was easy to like Nona Grey. I finished the book quickly and can’t look at reverend sisters the same again. My aunt, Sr Vivian may be a Mistress Razor for all we know LOL!
January 23, 2018 at 6:52 am
I read Prince of thorns on a whim after seeing it in a sale. I then proceeded to read every published Mark Lawrence book in about a month!
I need Grey Sister in my life!
January 26, 2018 at 2:34 am
I approached the sales clerk at our local Chapters, with my son in tow. He’s 7. I explained to the clerk that my son wanted to buy me a Christmas present (single dad) and that I had selected 3 books for him to choose from. She took my son, and the 3 books to the counter, he chose one and she wrapped it paper so no one could see which book it was. A friend of mine helped him wrap it that afternoon and it was under the tree.
January 28, 2018 at 8:48 pm
Well the reason is because Mark Lawrence is one of the best authors ever. How could I not read it when I read the Broken Empire trilogy 8 times and the red queens war trilogy 3? I actually always carry a copy of Prince of Thorns around in case I get bored (therefore I really know every sentence). So looking forward to new releases!
January 30, 2018 at 3:28 pm
Around the time my teenaged niece had just actually come out to me! We spoke for a while and she mentioned that she was disappointed that it was hard to find LGBT+ representation in works of fiction that didn’t completely focus on that fact (most of the TV/film/books out there are coming out stories and/or are more adult/sexual stories – which of course all have their place and are all important too, but in this case, my niece was looking for something that had LGBT characters but their sexuality wasn’t a big deal). So I stumbled upon a post on good ‘ol tumblr praising Red Sister and their natural inclusion and depiction of LGBT characters, among many other things, and of course I had to check it out for my niece. It’d be great to find something for her! I read it and fell in LOVE with it myself, then I told her about it, she gobbled it up in a week! And my heart became full, knowing that this book brought some much needed comfort in her life, that she was able to see her self represented and have it feel normal and not as an extraordinary event – plus the world & characters Mark created are so compelling and feel so real despite it being a fantasy world, it was an incredible overall experience for the both of us.
January 31, 2018 at 12:55 am
I had never read any of your books before I came across The Red Sister at the library. Our library keeps a shelf of relatively new books, and yours stood out. I liked that there were girls who learned to think and fight and care for each other, and the community that was built around them. Nona has that “spark” too, the same that all great characters have.
When I finished it, I read about Jorg and Jal (and company). Now I’m Team Mark Lawrence, eagerly anticipating more.
January 22, 2018 at 7:21 pm
I asked for Prince of Thorns last Christmas, and since receiving it as a gift have been voraciously reading all I can of That Thorn Guy’s work (including Red Sister!). The books helped keep me sane in a tough year, and I can’t wait to read more.
January 22, 2018 at 7:38 pm
Broken empire made me forget about my depression for a good week, thanks a million!
January 9, 2018 at 6:07 pm
It was hard to top prince of fool’s series. But it did. It turned out to be my favorite of all your books which is crazy considering how much I liked all the other ones.
January 9, 2018 at 6:08 pm
Have read all Mark’s books -first on kindle -then worried that aliens would attack and destroy all electronic media- bought them all as real life books. If my favourite authors work so hard to produce good fiction so regularly, the least I can do is support them!
January 9, 2018 at 7:16 pm
I didn’t plan to pick it up, as in didn’t much like prince of thorns. But 5 people messaged me just how awesome and different red sister was, so I gave it a try anyway. And feel utterly and completely in love!
January 9, 2018 at 7:17 pm
Really? You had to ask why I picked up ‘Red Sister’? It says Mark Lawrence right there on the cover. I’d read a prep school romance if he wrote it.
January 10, 2018 at 4:36 am
I keep on meeting this suspicious Agnes character at book signings and other events in London so I thought I’d better read Red sister before she got too offended! Glad I did though, fantastic stuff!