“Nona scanned the forces arrayed before her. She felt her devils moving beneath her habit, their voices crying out for blood, and she found herself in agreement. The Book of the Ancestor says that for everything there is a season. This was a time to reap. A time for death. A time to die.“
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
In Holy class Nona faces the final challenges that must be overcome if she is to become a full sister in the order of her choice. The ice still advances, the Corridor still narrows, and the empire is under siege. Scithrowl have invaded in the east, Durns in the west. Everywhere the emperor’s armies are in retreat. It seems unlikely that Nona and her friends will have time to earn the habit of a nun before war is on their doorstep.
Abbess Glass has played the long game all her life but with everyone reaching for the moon will her planning suffice to steer it in the right direction?
War is coming and even a warrior like Nona cannot hope to turn this tide. 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 where she will be torn between friends, unable to save them all. A battle where her own demons will try to unmake her. A battle in which hearts will be broken, lovers lost, thrones burned.
They came against her as a child. Now they face the woman.
I am Nona Grey and if you come against me I will make a ruin of your life.