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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  350 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!


  39. Sean Kilburn
    December 16, 2018 at 11:20 pm

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

    My first Mark Lawrence experience was Prince of Thorns. I was in the Tempe Library and just scanning the shelves and I saw the spine of PoT -the art made me think of Assassin’s Creed somewhat and my daughter, being a massive AC fan and having mentioned the novelizations, has spurred me to check out the latter.
    Once I pulled the book off the shelf I knew it wasn’t what I thought it was, and after reading the blurbs briefly describing the thing, I found it to be better. Checked it out, and haven’t looked back since.

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

    My preferred read by Mark is essentially everything he has written so far – as these books are part of a longer narrative I cannot simply point at one and exclaim, “Hark! The best is here!” I feel the Broken Empire is more realized than Nona’s planet and cosmology but I just can’t exclude one story by stating another is my favorite.

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

    The most intriguing character I find is a toss-up between the Abbess Glass and Taproot. If I had to choose I would choose the latter. Taproot is a kaleidoscope of different faces to look at – a scientist from our times, and using advanced technology to enable his enduring quest to save the planet from total causal dissolution, his circus master persona is the one we know and I personally enjoy –
    “Watch me!”
    It would be great to see what other personas he has donned in the past.


  40. Imran Ali
    December 18, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    The first book I read was Prince of Thorns, after seeing recommendations on the Fantasy Faction Facebook group.

    My favourite book is Prince of Fools! As I absolutely love Jalan as a character. He made me laugh out loud so many times, when he says “Fu**”, and runs away! After Jorg, I found him more relatable, and entertaining.

    I would love to see a short story involving the Red Queen, and her bloody history. I really enjoyed the flashback with her younger self and the use of the stasis machine, in that war.



  41. Brock Marie Moore
    December 18, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    EEEEKK! I just noticed this contest! I love The Book of the Ancestor ❤

    1) The first of Mark's books I read was Prince of Thorns. It was recommended to me by my best friend in Canada (I joined a gaming clan about a decade ago which has since fallen apart, but I retained two amazing friends, one in Canada and one in the UK). Being so far away, he couldn't lend me his copy, but I trusted his judgement, and fell in love with Jorg's story. (Joe Abercrombie gained a competitor in my heart!)

    2) I can't choose. :/

    3) When reading Road Brothers, I was really hoping for a story about Brother Liar. It just seems like it would be interesting to find out the exact circumstances of his name.. I also would have loved a solo story on Grumlow or Brother Row.

    On Abeth, I'm very interested in the nuns of the past… Sister Owl and such… or Sister Scar! (where DID her name come from?)


    • Brock Marie Moore
      December 21, 2018 at 2:44 am

      Oh oh back it up… For question 3… Sister Pan! In her youth! How’d she lose the hand? Let’s see her Path-walking!!

      (I can’t believe I forgot Sister Pan)

      Maybe just write a short story about every character, Mark! lmao


  42. Sabine
    December 20, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    1. Red Sister. I had it in my goodreads recommendations and it sounded like something I would enjoy reading.
    2. Red Sister too. For me to like a book it has to have a strong/interesting protagonist. And I love Nona.
    3. I would love to read more about Zole (she’s so mysterious).


  43. December 20, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    1. Which of Mark’s books was the first one you read and what made you get a copy?
    A. Prince of Thorns. I saw it lying on the circulations desk at my library and decided to just peruse the first few paragraphs while waiting for the librarian to return. Got hooked, checked it out, read the rest of the series in the next few weeks. And here we are.

    2. Do you have a favourite book by Mark? If yes, what makes it special for you?
    A. Emperor of Thorns and Red Sister are my joint favorites. The first because I never thought that a character like Jorg could make me feel, the latter, because I think not only is the novel impeccable in every aspect, but also I found something both badass and touching about the relationship between Sisters Kettle and Apple

    3. Which of his characters would you like to read about in a new short story?
    A. Kettle and Apple! I’d like to know more about the ‘missions’ Kettle gets off to for the Abbess and how her character and relationship evolves with disarmingly cute Apple.


  44. Tessa
    December 20, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    1. Prince of Thorns. I love books with an edge and this one definitely had it.
    2. Red Sister. I scrappy characters who we get to watch grow to be skilled and capable.
    3. Yisht


  45. Alex
    December 20, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    1. Prince of thorns was my first – was intrigued by the story and liked the cover 🙂

    2. Favorite is still Red Sister – the opening is probably the most engaging I’ve read.

    3. Is love a short story that explored the 4 tribes


  46. Melinda
    December 21, 2018 at 2:18 am

    1st and favorite book is still Prince of Thorns. Always on the hunt for a brilliant anti-hero, the word “thorns” caught me up and never did let go.


  47. Jummai
    December 21, 2018 at 2:56 am

    1.Red Sister was the first Mark Lawrence book I read and I picked it up because killer nuns are hard to resist. Violent, female protagonist with brain engaged is my bread and butter.

    2.Red Sister is my favourite Mark Lawrence book, I wish I had a signed copy. It was my introduction to a world I really enjoy. I recently re-read it again and although I already knew I
    loved it, you kind of forget, or don’t really realise it holds a special place until you read it again and still get the same enjoyment and excitement you did the first time.
    I always end up thinking, I wish this was the approach they would’ve taken when making wonder woman. Focused on Themyscira, the politics and the girls training/coming of age.
    A group of women and girls isolated form the world can still make for an epic and exciting tale and it would’ve been the perfect set up for a sequel!

    3.The ones that come to mind, straight away, are Apple & Kettle; they seem like an unlikely pair and love stories are always interesting, especially when the couples seem different. It
    makes you wonder how it started.
    Markus, I’m curious about his journey and how he’ll turn out. (Also I thought he was going to be the romantic interest).
    Zole, I’m curious about how she views the world. She’s orphaned and I don’t imagine being Sherzal’s ward is pleasant, especially as she makes no pretence of caring for Zole. She
    has the burden of being the chosen one. It must all be incredibly lonely. It would be interesting to see things from her perspective.


  48. December 22, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    1. Prince of Thorns. The cover I think is why I picked it up
    2. King of Thorns. The structure and how it unfolds is just beautiful.
    3. Snorri


  49. Jessica
    December 22, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I haven’t read any yet, so why not start here? I started following because of #SPFBO and am excited to give your books a try.


  50. Edea Baldwin
    December 22, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    First one I finished was Prince of Fools, then Red Sister. My favorite so far is Red Sister. My favorite character so far is Nona, and is always like to read more about her.


  51. December 22, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    The first I read a Prince of Thorns, it got me back into epic fantasy and I was recommended it by a few friends on goodreads and Kobo kept flashing it at me.
    My favourite book would have to be Red Sister, I just love Nona, the Red Queen trilogy would be a close second. Jalen what more needs to be said.
    I would like some shorts from Jalen and Snorri, I do miss those two.


  52. December 22, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I picked up Prince of Thorns after entering last year’s SPFBO. It was enthralling. My favorite book of Mark’s is still King of Thorns. Phenomenal book. And I’d love to read more of Jorg (though I haven’t picked up Road brothers yet).


  53. RogueGoulash
    December 22, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    1. Red Sister. An ex-colleague with a great taste in fiction recommended it after I noticed it on his shelf.

    2. Red Sister. Nona’s personal development in this book and the way it ties in to the story as a whole is fantastic.

    3. Sister Pan is one of the most interesting, but under-explored, characters in the Book of the Ancestor. We need to hear more about her.


  54. Brian
    December 22, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Prince of Thorns was the first book of his I read. I had just moved and decided to try to get into reading and the cover of his book caught my attention.

    Prince of thorn was also my favorite. I was new to grimdark fantasies and the first book just had so much excitement that I was experiencing for the first time.

    I would love a short store of Clera from Red Sisters. Her greed and ability to betray her friends combined with her natural talent make her an interesting character.


  55. December 22, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    1. Prince of Thornes
    2. Red Sister
    3. Love today read a short story about Kote, maybe he’s “infected” someone else or what happens to him after he’s left Nona.


  56. Chris
    December 22, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Prince of Thorns – saw a copy in a used bookstore. Read it that night and bought everything else same day.

    My favorite has been the Liars Key. I enjoyed the growth of Jalen and Snorri as friends and characters.

    I’d like to see more from Jorg’s family.. after he’s gone, what are they doing, etc


  57. Nate Bridges
    December 22, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Just here for the giveaway and the comments.


  58. Brazos
    December 22, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    I read prince of thorns because I thought the premise sounded interesting. I also commented about it on Twitter and mark found the tweet and liked it. I was embarrassed because I typoed the title. Ha!


  59. Mike McDonnell
    December 22, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    I read Prince of Thorns and Prince of Fools. Then Red Sister shows up and I’m like, YEAH! I’m reading this!


  60. Elaine Marie Walker
    December 22, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    I was standing in a bookstore in the fantasy section and ended up talking to a young man about half my age. He commented on the books I was selecting, and he thumbed through your section until he found the Prince of Thorns books. “If you want to read something that will knock all of your beliefs about fantasy out of your head, read this”. I bought it, and I’ll admit I was not sure. Grimdark was not my thing at the time. But I can honestly say that reading your books has encouraged me to move far beyond my typical reading. Right now, vampire romance that is called fantasy. Yea………right. This is what I am reduced to as I wait for another of your books. As to favorites, Red Sister, by far. My vote for best book I read all year.


  61. December 22, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    1, I first read Prince Of Thorns. The boy on the cover intrigued me

    2. I love all of Mark’s books for different reasons but I’d have to say Prince of Thorns. That story found me at a time when I really needed to hear it

    3. Kettle and Apple. I’d definitely love to know more of their history.


  62. Bettina Hegedüs
    December 22, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    1. The first book I read was Prince of Thorns. I got a copy because I was looking for something dark and this trilogy had promising reviews.

    2. I don’t really have one favourite book, but the whole The Broken Empire trilogy. It means a lot to me. After I read ASOIAF by GRRM a few years ago, I fell into a deep bookhangover. I loved it so much that no matter what I tried to read, nothing could satisfy me that much. Then I found this amazing trilogy by Mark Lawrence which quickly became my favourite series and Mark is my favourite author. And I can read a lot again. 🙂

    3. I would love to read about Sister Apple!


  63. Bridgette Rallo
    December 22, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Prince of Thornes was my first Mark Lawrence read and it blew me away! I’ve read everything he’s published since.


  64. Sean Conley
    December 22, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Prince of Thorns was the first book by Mark Lawrence I ever read. I blind bought it because of reviews I had read talking about the questionabilty of the protaganist’s moral center. As a life long fantasy reader, I’d been growing tired of the “good vs. evil” tropes of so many fantasy series. Even ASoIaF has begun to fall into regular fantasy trappings. The Broken Empire was such a breathe of fresh air. All I could think reading it was, this is what ASoIaF should’ve been.
    My favorite, however, is without a doubt, Red Sister. To me, it’s the perfect blend of the usual high fantasy trappings and Mark’s signature injection of sci-fi. Nona is one the most fully realized characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. The school story is just different enough to separate itself from Harry Potter and The Kingkiller Chronicles. Holy Sister is without a doubt my most anticipated book of the year. (Close second, The Thorn of Emberlain)
    I can’t wait to see how Nona’s journey ends and I hope to further explore Abeth (and the solar system around it!)


  65. D. Rouse
    December 22, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Red Sister. Because my friend and everyone in a Facebook group recommended it.


  66. December 22, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    The first book I read by Mark was Red Sister! I watched one if my favorite booktubers (Piera Forde) review of it and knew I had to pick it up!


  67. December 22, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    2. Red Sister is my fave. It’s the first book I read by Mark Lawrence and it won’t be the last. It’s special bc it instantly became one of my FAVOURITE books of all time. I loved the characters as well, especially Nona. I felt like I could actually connect and love the characters in this series while also enjoying all the stabbing and the killing. Perfect mixture of both 👌


  68. Mia
    December 22, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    My comments:

    1. I picked up Prince of Thorns after reading a spectacularly snooty review of it.
    2. Prince of Thorns is my favorite because it was my first.
    3. Abbess Glass.


  69. Sean
    December 22, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    First book I read was prince of thorns. The cover caught my eye and I had been seeing it in local book stores for ages. Opened up at a random page to see what the weighting was like and was captivated by how the characters were interacting. Never looked back since.

    One of my all time favourite books and authors.


  70. Fred Pettersen
    December 22, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    1. I read Prince of Thorns first, after finding it on a list of “Best New Fantasy”. It was a fresh breath, and I’ve been recommending it to everyone online and in real life ever since.

    2. I’d have to say Prince of Thorns again. While Prince of Fools was in many ways a better read, nothing can compare to the rush of finding a new author you know you’ll follow for years. That said, I haven’t read Red Sister yet (though I’ve bought it), since I have a stupid rule that I’m not allowed to start series until the final part is with two months of release.

    3. I would love to see a short story about William Ancrath, following him just after he “awakens”, if you know what I mean…


  71. December 23, 2018 at 1:42 am

    The first book I read was Prince of thorns because it was on every list of great dark fantasy to read and every book he has written that came after that has been awesome.


  72. Marije
    December 23, 2018 at 7:22 am

    1. I havent read anything of Mark yet 😬

    2. I am looking forward to read red sister, i’ve heard a lot of praise about it.

    3. Any anti-hero or female protagonist 😊


  73. Bill Hall
    December 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    1. My first book was Prince of Thorns.
    I had been searching for new authors and found Mark Lawrence around the time Prince of Fools was published.

    2. All of his work is my favorite. No author i have ever read conveys emotion with more skill. Anger specifically. That said, the humor that is in his work i appreciate very much as well. Everything from the title “Mathamagician” to a character barefoot in the desert loudly swearing. Lastly, and by no means leastly, in rare form there exists a wealth of Mark Lawrence short stories. Which are all wonderful.

    3. To the short story question, i will be very eager to devour anything he decides to write. Length nor genre have proved a difficult hurdle for the author. And as a slight aside i am very hyped for the upcoming Impossible Times trilogy.


  74. December 23, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    My first Mark Lawrence book was Prince of Thorns, that was recommended to me by a good friend. I’ve trusted his recommendations ever since and he hasn’t let me down.

    Grey Sister is probably my favourite so far, but hoping that Holy Sister will take the title.

    And I definitely agree with the Abbess Glass comments here. She is probably my favourite character in the series.


  75. Cameron Allison.
    December 23, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    First book was Prince of Thorns when it came out just because I saw it in the bookstore and just decided to grab it, on the spot.

    Prince of thorns is definitely the favourite just because it opened up the world to me and it was different to other fantasies I was reading at the time with the extent of the first person narrative and the idea of the anti-hero.

    Short story would probably be Makin, just being Makin. Trying his best to keep Jorg from doing unpredictable things and failing. Halfway through Road brothers so I just got past ‘No Other Troy’ which was a lot of fun. Second to that would probably be Gorgoth, with a story based on his events during KoT.


  76. December 23, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I first read Red Sister because it was available in my local library. I have since bought his first two trilogies and plan to read them in 2019.


  77. Elesha
    December 23, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I read Prince of Fools first. I was planning to read Prince of Thorns for a while but Prince of Fools happened to be available on my library’s ebook app, so i went for the immediate gratification!


  78. Joe
    December 23, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    First Mark Lawrence Book: Prince of Thorns (because it had a cool cover…)

    Favourite Book: Red Sister

    More Short Stories: A collection of Convent stories / Ice tribe stories / Marjal school stories – basically anything to flesh out even more of Abeth. I love everything about the world.


  79. December 23, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    My first book was Prince of Thorns. I picked it up because I like violence and edgy shit told in a good story. So many people suggested the story to me because I love dark fantasy and it made me laugh too.

    My favourite book is probably Prince of Thorns, maybe I am fucked up but its just the even tho Ive read his other series. I love revenge, fallen nobility and principled assholes which are all in original first novel. Not that its not in the others, but that one is the best!



  80. December 23, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    A comment.

    Sorry I’ve been ill, my brain is mush. Would still love to read Holy Sister … after I have read Grey Sister. *sighs*


  81. Kieran
    December 23, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Prince of Thorns was the 1st of Mark’s books I read. My dad brought it for reading on a family holiday. I ended up reading it and brought the rest of The Broken Empire Series, The Red Queen’s War Series and Red Sister over the years since.


  82. M Galbraith
    December 23, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I first got Prince of Fools. I got the audiobook because it was narrated by my favourite narrator, and I heard good things about the series.


  83. Frank
    December 23, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    The first dip I ever took Mark’s work was Red Sister.

    What made me get a copy?

    Well, because I’ve been reading her work for years and I love everything she writes, I follow Robin Hobb on Twitter; back early in the summer, I think, I noticed her liking a couple of Mark’s twitter posts which, as I guess it’s meant to happen, led me checking out his Twitter feed. Figured if Robin liked Mark enough to follow him on social media then it was a very good possibility I’d find his books to be of interest, too.

    Grey Sister was just out at the time but, since it was the second book of the series, I figured that I should probably start with the first. So I downloaded a copy of Red from the Toronto Public Library. However, because newer ebooks are tougher to get a hold of and I figured it would be a bit of a wait, I also put a hold on a copy of Grey. Wouldn’t you know it, the second book came available before I’d finished the first. Needless to say that left me with a problem: Finish Red and let my loan of Grey lapse, or put down Nona’s debut and take up her later adventures. Poor Frankie… tough decision!

    Actually, no. It might have been weeks before another copy of Grey came available, whilst Red was likely to be available whenever I wanted it, so I returned Red for other readers to enjoy immediately so I could read and finish Grey in the moment rather than, possibly, weeks down the road.

    So, while Red Sister was the first of Mark’s book I got, Grey Sister was the first book of his that I finished.


  84. December 23, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    I first read Prince Of Thorns. It was recommended to me on Wattpad. Jorg is always a favourite and Snorri too – more stories with them in would be cool. Even a story with Jalan in it.


  85. Tracy Erickson
    December 23, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    The first book by Mark I read was ‘Prince of Thorns’ because it was getting so much buzz after it came out.


  86. Janet Mckenzie
    December 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    I started with Prince of Thorns – got it after I’d binge-read all of Robin Hobb’s back catalogue and was getting fantasy withdrawal.
    She recommended Mark’s books on her Twitter feed so I thought I’d give one a try, so glad I did!


  87. Kitinari
    December 23, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    The first book I got my Mark Lawrence was Red Sister. I was just looking over the fantasy section in the bookstore I like, and the cover, along with the tagline, really interested me. After I picked it up, the prologue got me hooked. Red Sister also became my favourite (Although I really enjoy the Broken Empire a lot), because I can to a degree associate with the main character. As for characters I would like to know more about in a potential short story is Arabella Jotsis. I think she’s a really interesting character, and knowing more about her would be really cool! ^-^


  88. Roger Henderson
    December 23, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    There were 3 reasons i bought Prince of Thorns. The first reason was the artwork of the cover. I dont know who made it though. The second reason was that it was highly rated by Conn Iggulden who i am a huge fan of. And lastly was that it was in the Grimdark genre which i also love and Mark Lawrence really captured the gritty and dark setting of a medieval world.
    My favourite book by Mark Lawrence is King of Thorns mainly for the reasons previously mentioned but it also kept me glued to the pages from start to finish and i think it also captures Jorg’s more gentle side.
    The character i would like to see more of is Keot in Grey Sister. He is like a spoilt homicidal and largely insane child who was thoroughly enternaining.


  89. ageiser
    December 23, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    I started with Prince of Thorns. It’s still my favorite. I’d like to read about the continuing adventures of Jalan.


  90. Gregory
    December 23, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    First book was prince of thorns. Picked it up because I thought that a friend had told me that it was really good. When I asked them about it they had actually said some other book but I’m really happy that I picked it up and have loved your books since!


  91. December 23, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Red Sister – I saw a review for kick ass nuns and I had to read it! And it was a delight to find out how much MORE there really was.


  92. December 23, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Prince of Thorns. It was recommended to me by a friend.


  93. December 24, 2018 at 12:16 am

    My first book was Prince of Thorns. I finished the series in about a week and have loved everything since then.

    I would love to read some stories about the some of the sisters and their adventures tires before becoming instructors, especially any adventures involving the path.


  94. John
    December 24, 2018 at 3:16 am

    #3 [Spoiler Alert]
    I would love to see William Ancrath be featured in a collection of short stories. Mark was able to make the Dead King seem like such an ominous and compelling figure in The Broken Empire series, but we never really had an up close and personal encounter with him since he always inhabited the margins of the empire (until the very end). It would be amazing to explore William’s story more fully and get a peek into his rise to power in the Drowned Isles and the depths of hell. How cool would it be to read about William traversing his own personal hell like Dante in the The Divine Comedy?


  95. Conner
    December 24, 2018 at 4:56 am

    1. Prince of Thorns naturally. My buddy picked it up a LOOONG time ago and lent it to me and I read it and just couldn’t get enough of something different where the hero wasn’t always the perfect human.

    2. Wheel of Osheim for sure. It’s been a journey to say the least. Fighting in an undead war and your brothers both die is really heavy. Baraqel… the thing from the first. Karl and Snorri it’s just full of excellence. Jalan is also a wonderful bastard.

    3. Any character? I’d have to go with Garyus.


  96. newpraetorians
    December 24, 2018 at 8:12 am

    “I think after Christmas would be better for publication: I am hardly a Christmas present.”

    ― Oscar Wilde, The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde


  97. Adam Gonda
    December 24, 2018 at 8:46 am

    My first book that I read from Mark Lawrence was the Prince of Thorns and after that, I’ve read the whole trilogy. But the question of what made me get a copy, is quite simple, I simply liked fantasy books and the summary was interesting as well, so that was it. The rest of his books, I’ve bought because I knew how good Marc Lawrence’s books are. Although I think that my favorite book from him is the Wheel of Osheim. It brought up the same topic as The Broken Empire trilogy, which is that if we go on like this, we can destroy our whole planet and we will be lucky if we just “fall back” into a level of Middle Ages and not let the whole planet die. And although it has a quite serious message, it is still a funny and entertaining story. And the character that I’d like to read about more for me is Prince Jalan, I would be interested to know what happens with him after the events of “The Red Queen’s War”.


  98. William Franks
    December 24, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    1. Red Sister. I was trying to pick up some new fantasy books, and, after reading lists of several kinds (here relevant: female protagonist and great world-building), decided to try out Red Sister.
    2. Grey Sister. The Broken Empire series is also good (I started to read it after quickly finishing Red Sister and Grey Sister), but I much prefer the slowly revealed world and characters in the Book of the Ancestor. Grey Sister benefits from the introduction of Red Sister and shows us some bigger scale and bigger stakes concerns.
    3. Abbess Glass.


  99. Chanelle Lee
    December 24, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    1 – Prince of thorns. I was intrigued that Mark Lawrence lives in the same city as me and was also in AI academia like me as well.
    2 – Red sister. I love that it’s a fantasy novel about young women and doesn’t feel the need to add in any romance.
    3 – Sister Apple


  100. Atle Norstad
    December 24, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    The first book I ever picked up by Mark was Prince of Thorns, I believe the artwork drew my eye and the description took hold of the rest of me.
    As for favourite book, I’m torn between Prince of Thorns and Red Sister. Both great books that I enjoyed reading very much.


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