Signed Holy Sister ARC giveaway


On this blessed day of Saint Nicholas I’m delighted to announce a giveaway where you can win a signed (or dedicated) Advance Reading Copy of the much anticipated final volume of the Book of the Ancestor trilogy,




To participate simply comment below this post and answer any (or all three) of the following three questions:


1. Which of Mark’s books was the first one you read and what made you get a copy?

2. Do you have a favourite book by Mark? If yes, what makes it special for you?

3. Which of his characters would you like to read about in a new short story?


The giveaway will end on Christmas Eve, 24th December 2018 and as usual, I will ask Mark to randomly select a winner.

This is, as always, an international giveaway, anyone can enter!

Wishing you the best of luck!




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Pre-order links for Holy Sister on Amazon US and UK

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  244 comments for “Signed Holy Sister ARC giveaway

  1. Nicole larrinaga
    December 13, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    I would love to read a short story about a young Abbess Glass. She’s such a great character as the Abbess but I wonder about what led her there.


  2. Tony
    December 13, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Prince of thorns I don’t know what made me choose to download but I was gripped from the 1st paragraph.
    road brothers beautiful writing and well crafted great characters. Diversity of characters make it such a great read.
    Red kent of course.


  3. Nomad
    December 13, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    1. Prince of Thorns was my first purchase from Mark. Followed by the rest of the Broken Empire trilogy. Ended up buying signed first editions of the series as well. What drew me to the book was my interest in grimdark genre, but the combination of Jorg’s flaws and how his character developed got me hooked.

    3. I would love to read a short about Zole. She is one of the most interesting and intriguing characters I’ve read and because of her silence and lack of emotion, it would be great to learn about her family history and how growing up with the Ice tribes hardened her, making her the young woman she is currently


  4. Emmanuel Borges
    December 13, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    1 – Red Sister because Piera Forde YT reviewed it
    2 – Red Sister because Nona is an incredible character and the world building is fantastic.
    3 – Arabella


  5. Alan
    December 13, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    I’d love to read more about Snorri


  6. December 13, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    #1: Prince of Thorns

    #2: King of Thorns — the susprsingly vulnerable and human side of Jorg bled through in that one

    #3: Jorg has an heir, after all….


  7. December 13, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    The first book I read was Red Sister – I was on a search for a fantasy novel with a female protagonist and boy was I not disappointed.

    After I had devoured all I could of Nona’s story so far I moved on to the Prince of Thorn’s triology and revelled in the delight of such a thrilling read.


  8. Cory Gaudet
    December 13, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    First book I read was Prince of Thorns, king of thorns is still my favourite (I have read all of his recent books I think). I liked the reveal at the end on who was leading the army.


  9. philuk1971
    December 13, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    I first read Prince of Thorns after a friend, who hated it, told me “it’s awful, you’ll love it”. He was right.

    I’ve enjoyed all of Mark’s books since, but my favourites have been Red/Grey Sister.


  10. Paul Brown
    December 13, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    The first book I read was Red Sister.
    My favourite book was Grey Sister, I loved the part Abbess Glass played in court.
    As for a character having their own short story, that would have to be Yisht……so many great back story possibilities there.


  11. Tony Walsh
    December 13, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Prince of thorns was recommended by a colleague at work who new I was looking to stray from my usual historical fiction stuff. Absolutely delighted I did. I’d probably have to give my favourite so far to King of Thorns. Just loved the development of the story in this book. And finally I’d like to read about Apple. A story of when she was a novice I think would be great. I just have this feeling that she would of got up to quite a bit when she was young.


  12. Richard Glanville
    December 13, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    My first book was Prince of Thorns, I think Amazon recommended it. Loved it and followed though the trilogy and then Red Queens War. I was initially put off by the apparent lack of heroism in our hero Jalan, but he came through, rather marvellously, in the end.

    The sisters have been my absolute favourite though, the narative grips me in a way that few books ever have, and I read a lot, often moving me to tears. So I look forward to Holy Sister so I can get my next fix, but know that I will feel a real sense of bereavement when it’s finally over.

    Thanks Mark


  13. Fran Wong
    December 13, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    I first read Red Sister. I couldn’t put it down! I read it because of Mark talking about it on Twitter.

    Grey Sister was a favourite. I love the book of the Ancestor Series. I like the world they live in and the story that’s woven around them.

    I’d love to see a short story about Zole. She’s so dark. What happened to her before Red Sister?


  14. Ryan
    December 13, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    1. Prince of Thorns was the first book I read – I picked it up at the airport while traveling because I sped through the other books I’d packed much quicker than anticipated. I read it so quickly that I also ended up buying King of Thirns on that same trip too!

    2. I’m not sure if I have a favourite. King of Thorns was probably the one that ‘hooked’ me (pun intended) and I thought it was such a step up from Prince. But I always love a good resolution so Emperor of Thirns and Wheel of Osheim are definitely up there too.

    3. I’d love to read a short story about Jorg’s son as a grown man, just to get a peek further into the future of that timeline. I’d also love a short story from Katherine’s point of view.


  15. Danny
    December 13, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    1) My first book was Prince of Thorns, I bought it because the concept of a clockwork orange type guy in a strange post apocalyptic medieval world really intrigued me. The characters and the beautiful writing style made me love it.

    2) Red sister for sure. After Emperor of Thorns I was excited for Red Sister, but then after reading the first chapter that Mark released on his blog I was unbelievable hyped for it. Needless to say it lived upto the hype. The beautiful mysterious world in its dying days, the way it hook’s you in the opening lines, those three flash forward chapters to the girls in present time and how they become these savage warriors was the standout moments to me. Everything about them was so bad ass, and those chapters were so exceptionally well written.
    I’ve never felt so hooked while reading a book before, and that makes it special to me.

    3) I’d love to read a short story about Zole in her ice tribe days. I’d wanna find out what experiences made her who she is in the main trilogy, but also I’d wanna know about the ice tribes culture and society, and what secrets they might have access to living so close to the old civilisation.


  16. Michael
    December 13, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    1. Prince of Thorns, I’d been recommended it by my brother but it had been on my radar for longer and I was ready to start a new fantasy author, after finishing up Scott Lunch.
    2. Prince of Fools, I hadn’t enjoyed a book that much since reading Robin Hobb. It just grabbed me from its first page, enjoyed Jalan as a character, really well written and a fun story.
    3. I’d like to read a bit more about Snorri.

    Currently reading Grey Sister and if I win this, it should be timed just right to dive into Holy Sister…please, please, please!


  17. Scott Provost
    December 13, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Prince of Thorns, Amazon recommendation.


  18. December 13, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Please, please,please let me win lol

    I would have to say this is definitely one of the most anticipated books I have ever waited for. With how Mark Lawrence stays engaged with his reader base and the consistency with which he writes it really makes you anticipate everything he has coming out and Nona is just one of the best characters I’ve ever read


  19. Brianne Talamantez
    December 13, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    1. I read The Red Sister first, because it was recommended to me. I don’t normally like fantasy (or trilogies), so I was hesitant, but I immediately became obsessed. Nona is such a badass: inner strength, clever, scrappy, tough, focused. Yet she’s still a sweet little girl. The fight scenes are awesome too. I love good fight scenes.
    Thankfully I discovered Mark Lawrence during the summer, or I would have failed all my classes, since I blew through the Prince of Thorns and Prince of Fools series immediately afterwards. I JUST COULDN’T STOP. Holy Sister comes out right near the end of my last semester of grad school, and this presents a problem. Maybe I can incorporate it into a rhet comp thesis…


  20. December 14, 2018 at 12:05 am

    1. Prince of Thorns. I read a review on Elitist Book Reviews.
    2. King of Thorns, just over Red Sister. Jorg was at his most clever, and the story framing was excellent.
    3. Abbess Glass. I find her fascinating.


  21. Mike
    December 14, 2018 at 12:07 am

    1. Which of Mark’s books was the first one you read and what made you get a copy?

    Prince of Thorns. I was looking for something grimdark but what I found was one of the coolest settings in fantasy that I’ve ever stumbled upon, so far. I would like to elaborate but no spoilers. Can’t wait to read Holy Sister


  22. Rabiaah Abdalreda
    December 14, 2018 at 12:12 am

    1- The first Mark Lawrence book I ever read was Red Sister. That was based on recommendations from several book-tubers I follow and trust on Goodreads. I purchased the whole Broken Empire and Red Queens War but still didn’t get to read them as of yet. *fingers crossed*

    2- My favorite is probably Red Sister as we got introduced to this awesome world and equally awesome cast of characters. I mean if someone asks me who’s your favorite, I probably won’t able to answer with one. I love Nona but I also love Ara and Glass and Apple and Kettle. I even love the quiet and less talking Sister Tallow. Oh how can I pick and choose!!!?? I also love the subtle mix of Sci-Fi and fantasy in this book. Also, the villains in this book are real and normal people with motives and agendas that makes them good villains and not those cliches magical entity type of villains. From Remal and Lano to Sherzal and Adoma.

    3- Obviously from my above answer I can’t pick one favorite character. But I’d love to explore more characters from their POV from Book of the Ancestor other than Nona. I’d love to know more about Abbess Glass’s past and how she became this more impressive Dumbledore figure. Or maybe about our favorite two nuns Apple and Kettle. I loved the first chapter in Grey Sister where we got to read from Apple’s POV and would love to read more from her.


  23. December 14, 2018 at 12:27 am

    My first Mark Lawrence book was Prince of Thorns. I read it on the reccommendation of my brother-in-law.
    I also would love to see Abess Glass in her youth!


  24. Paul
    December 14, 2018 at 12:45 am

    1. Prince of Thorns
    2. Enjoyed them all
    3. Once Mark steps behind the eyes of any of his characters you are in for a great ride. Surprise us.


  25. Harry Caudwell
    December 14, 2018 at 12:48 am

    I’d love to read a taproot short story, him juming in and out of SPOILER to view what’s going on. Maybe start at his beginning to give us some juicy precursor detail, a little flavour of what he was up to during the two trilogies then a snippet of events 50/100 years after.


  26. December 14, 2018 at 1:43 am

    My first Mark Lawrence Book was Red Sister, which I got on and loved. I’ve since ordered the hardback for Grey Sister and am looking forward to reading Holy Sister. I’ll almost certainly go back to read the Broken Empire as well since I’ve heard so many great things about Jorg, etc.


  27. kmtalley
    December 14, 2018 at 2:55 am

    First book was Prince of Thorns, recommended to me by people on the official Brandon Sanderson forum.

    Favorite is probably the Wheel of Osheim.

    I’d like to read more about Garius! Though I’m always up for more of Jalan’s misadventures.


  28. December 14, 2018 at 6:44 am

    I’ve owned both Prince of Fools and then Prince of Thorns for some time now. Why the first book of two different series? I don’t rightly know. I just had a feeling I’d be reading all of the novels eventually based on reviews, comparisons, commentary and “feeling”. I still haven’t read them. Then I got Red Sister and read it right away. Sometimes that just happens. Grey Sister came out just 2 months after I read the first and so I carried on, dropping another novel I was currently reading to do so. I was/am hooked. I will read Holy Sister and THEN dive into the other series. These books have been listed and recommended so many times I cannot possibly remember where I first heard of you. I do know that Red Sister was brought to my attention via Reddit and other authors I follow on Twitter.

    My favourite book thus far is Red Sister, not because Grey Sister isn’t as good (it’s riveting), but because Red Sister is the one that finally got me to read your novels and I know now that I have at least 7 more and likely a much higher number! So it gets the winner as the intro.

    There are so many characters in this series I’d love to read more of but if I have to pick one, it’s an easy answer that immediately jumps to me: Hessa. She’s inspiring and ended with so many unanswered questions. I want to, I need to know more. There’s a hole there, where so many other characters get constant interaction and backstory, she’s kind of deliberately left vague… since Red Sister I had a feeling there’d be more to her story. Now that she’s gone with so much left unanswered, I KNOW there has to be more. So that’s what I want.


  29. Exploderant
    December 14, 2018 at 8:22 am

    I’d like to know more about brother Sims and gorgoth.


  30. richard d evans
    December 14, 2018 at 11:22 am

    More Snorri stories!!


  31. Donna Vandersall
    December 14, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Red Sister was my first Mark Lawrence book, and I think that makes it my favorite (for now). Loved, loved it! I read it while I was on vacation which means my kids and husband got to listen to my exclamations and tears while I read in the hotel room! I immediately had to hunt down a bookstore to buy Grey Sister! Looking forward to exploring more universes from Mark Lawrence!


  32. Joseph
    December 14, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    My first book was Prince of Thorns and I think i bought it because the cover art looked cool and it seemed to be my kind of genre, I had never heard of Mark before seeing that book in the store.

    I think King of Thorns would have to be my favourite. I loved the recounts of Jorgs travel around the world and discovering the secrets of what starts to become clear is the future. I really loved seeing Jorg grow and change into a man rather than just a boy, he was always a charasmatic character but he began to gain a better sense of maturity.

    If a wanted a short series about one of Marks characters it’d probably have to be Jorgs brother. I would love to know how he became the Dead King, what he’s thoughts and desires were when he starts after Jalan and Jorg. He was the overarching enemy in both series and it would be cool to see his side of the events.


  33. December 14, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Impossible to pick a favorite. Everything you’ve written is amazing. I loved the darkness and filth of jorg’s band of rejects. I loved the crossovers with red queen. And I’m so damn excited for more sisters.


  34. Timothy Harden
    December 14, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    1. Prince of Thorns, and I wanted a copy because I had just become fasinated with grimdark fantasy and it was on a list of grimdark fantasy titles with truly evil protagonists.

    2. I do, and it is The Liar’s Key. While Nona is my favorite protagonist out of Mark Lawrence’s books, Jal is a close second, and when you combine his cowardly personality with that of Snorri’s, you have literary gold. I also prefer The Liar’s Key over The Prince of Fools as the reader has become more familiar with their characters.

    3. Yisht. She is more experienced than many of the characters in the Book of the Ancestor, and it would be interesting to learn more about the ice tribes.


  35. Dave Emma
    December 14, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    First book was Prince Of Thorns, because everyone else was doing it!
    My favorite is Red Sister for now, but that really may change based on the events of Holy Sister.
    I would take a short story about any character from the Book Of Ancestor, and would be happy. Hessa, Glass, even Nona…your choice Mark. 😊.


  36. Waad Alshahri
    December 14, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    First I have red the red sister book because someone recommended it on Twitter. Thank goodness for that recommendation:)


  37. Mikaela
    December 15, 2018 at 11:39 am

    1. Which of Mark’s books was the first one you read and what made you get a copy?

    Prince of Thorns! My wife spent a lot of time scouring the interwebs for new books and authors for me (I am a lucky woman!) and stumbled across a LOT of love for this crazy little antihero, so when she ordered a new load of books for my birthday all those years ago, Prince of Thorns was among them!

    2. Do you have a favourite book by Mark? If yes, what makes it special for you?

    Red Sister holds a VERY special place in my heart because while I love Jorgy and his supporting cast, I really connected on a personal level with so many of the characters in this one! The casual LGBT representation made me so excited as well, because it’s so freaking rare to find good representation in ANYTHING, let alone work from someone I already love for completely separate reasons!!

    3. Which of his characters would you like to read about in a new short story?

    ADOMA. I had a dream that The Girl and the Star was about Adoma, and it got me SO excited. For some reason, I’m really drawn to this mysterious woman, and I’d love to learn where she came from and what she wants to do with herself. I can’t wait to hear more about her in Holy Sister!


  38. Philip Kozel
    December 16, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    The first book I read of Mark’s was Red Sister (which is great btw) because I read a very positive review on Goodreads by Neal Asher. I love Asher’s work and if he really enjoyed Red Sister, then I had to check it out, and I am very glad I did! Not sure If I can pick one book as my favorite, but my favorite series is the Book of the Ancestor. Something about nuns kicking some serious ass, plus the awesome world building!


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