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

Pre-order links for Bound, a Book of the Ancestor short story on Amazon US and UK

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  1. Prince of Thorns was the first book I read. I had added it to my amazon cart to hit the one day delivery minimum. I was hooked from the first page and in the last week of 2017 through end of Jan 2018, I read everything Mark had released! At least I didn’t have to wait long for Grey Sister when I was done!


  2. The first one I read was Prince of Thorns but my favorite is is Red Sister. I’m not even sure why it’s my favorite but I couldn’t put it down.


  3. 1) First book was Prince of Thorns and the reason I picked it up was I was devouring anything and everything grimdark at the time and it was getting good reviews.

    2) My favorite book is Red Sister. It was hard to pick but I just love the world and setting and characters in it.

    3) No preference. just more please.


  4. 1. The first one I read was Prince of Thorns and I picked it up because I was at the bookshop looking for a new series to start and it looked promising

    2. For now my favorite is King of Thorns because I really liked the narration fractionated between different timeline and I also liked how Jorg hit rock bottom (he was at his best and his worst in this book).

    3. I would really read more about Miana.


  5. The first I read was Prince of Thorns. I was rediscovering my love of fantasy and bought a lot of series that I could binge read.


  6. First was Prince of Thorns that I picked up at random at a bookstore.
    My favorite was King of Thorns because the split story made the payoffs really rewarding.
    I’d like to read a story or two about Makin.


  7. I would love to read a short story or a longer story about Abbess Glass who is an amazing character or a prequel to The books of the ancestors that follows how the world ended up the way it did before the corridor was so narrow.


  8. First book I bought was Red Sister. Because I saw the good reviews on goodreads. My favorite book is Grey Sister, so awesome! And as a short story I would love to read more about sister Apple and her lovers and early life. And lost of all I can’t wait for Holy Sister!!


  9. 1) First one was Prince of throrns, found it interesting after reading a review of it.
    2) King of thorns, beacuse of the story and the multi-timeline storytelling.


  10. 1. The first book I read was Prince of Thorns, and I picked it up because a friend recommended it to me.
    2. My favorite so far is Red Sister as the writing and characters just really resonated with me in a way that I haven’t experienced in a while.
    3. I’d love to read more about Sister Apple.


  11. First read was Prince of Thorns, I bought it on a whim and am so glad I did.
    The Wheel of Osheim and Emporer of Thorns are tied for me, seeing the culmination of growth of Jal and Jorge always gets me.
    I’d love to read a political intrigue centered around Abess Glass.


  12. 1) Prince of Thorns with a group of friends on a buddy read.

    2) Prince of Fools or Red Sister.

    3) More Jalan, always more Jalan.


  13. First read was Prince of Thorns – Amazon recommendation based on other books I’ve read
    Red Sister – absolutely love the subtle misdirection to the reader throughout the book – Sister Thorn, the chosen one, etc
    I would love a short story on Regol and his training/fighting that takes place at the Caltess – or I would like a short story on Tarkax “the Ice-Spear” and the ice-tribes


  14. Prince Of Thorns, Grey Sister, Nona, I want to read many more stories about Nona so please don’t kill her OK? also Jalan 🙂


  15. 1) Prince of Thorns was the first book I read when the cover art drew my attention & the summary on made me buy it.

    2) My favorite book is the Broken Empire omnibus because it’s the whole series in one.

    3) I really like Nona Grey and would love to read more about her.


  16. 1) My first was Red Sister! I found it in the library, and I’d seen loads of media about it, but it was the whole warrior nuns thing that made me actually take it out. I read till my eyes hurt then slept a few hours and got up early to read some more!

    2) I couldn’t stop reading Grey Sister – I loved Nona and Ara and Sisters Apple and Kettle and it was really cool seeing a little more of the role the sisters played in the political maelstrom.

    3) I love Sister Kettle and Sister Apple so I’d always be up for reading more!

    Happy holidays!


  17. First read: Theft of Swords
    Favorite book: Theft of Swords, because I still need to find time to read the rest of his books.
    Character: I won’t limit it to any one. I’ll take them all.


  18. 1. Prince of Thorns. If I find I can get passed the first two pages in the shop, I buy the book. I read the first chapter before I realised…

    2. A tie between Red Sister and Grey Sister, though the latter has some great action sequences.

    3. Abbess Glass, especially given the few hints about her past…


  19. 1. Prince of Thorns. Loved the cover art and summary was right up my alley.

    2. Prince of Thorns – Jorg. He’s the most intriguing character. So grey, heroic and demonic all at the same time. Am a little in love. Though Red Sister comes a close second with Nona.

    3. Chella. She just rocks and is an amazing antagonist. Little in love with her too. Loved the short story of her sister. Would love to get her background. Abbess Glass would be a close second. There is a lot more to that woman I’m guessing. Actually Regol would be interesting too. He feels like a very powerful character when he come to play.


  20. Outside of the forever wait for The Winds of Winter, I am already on the edge of the seat of my sofa waiting for the grand finale that is Holy Sister – been hooked ever since the first prologue…


  21. 1.First book read was Prince of Thorns.

    2.Red Sister. I enjoyed the different world he created and the new Central Character.

    3. Short story. So many choices. I’d go with Nona’ s father and his trips under the ice.


  22. 1. Which of Mark’s books was the first one you read and what made you get a copy?
    The very first book of Mark’s I read was Red Sister, and honestly? I just heard assassin nuns and I requested an ARC! And was so lucky to receive it, and I quickly fell completely in love!

    2. Do you have a favourite book by Mark? If yes, what makes it special for you?
    For sure Red Sister is the book that is most special to me. It is the one that made me fall in love with not only Mark’s writing, but also his characters. It is so wild to me how much I love not only Nona, but the entire (large) cast of side characters. I think that’s something that’s really hard for many authors to accomplish, especially in grimdark, but Mark does it with ease.

    3. Which of his characters would you like to read about in a new short story?
    I would commit a minor felony for anything that fully surrounded Apple and Kettle. Anything!

    Thank you so much for the opportunity, Agnes! And I hope you’re having the happiest of holidays! 💖xx

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  23. Hi Mark!

    1. The first book of yours I read was Prince of Thorns – I was searching for some new authors to dig into and your name kept popping up on my searches – I’ve now read them all!

    2. My favourite book (which might get dethroned by Holy Sister) is The Wheel of Osheim. I loved the Red Queens War and thought it was a thrilling conclusion to the series.

    3. I’d love some short stories about the older Sisters – Apple and Kettle maybe?


  24. My favorite book would have to be red sister because it deals with subject matter that if someone were to tell me a book about training preteen nuns in a post-apocalyptic type landscape that have strange powers not quite magic and it also deals with science fiction elements of traveling through the Stars I would never have thought it would have been one of my all-time favorite books to read but there you go it has been..


  25. I started with Prince of Thorns after it was recommended to me by a friend
    Favorite book is a tie between Emperor of Thorns and Prince of Fools
    I would love to read more of Jalan or Sister Kettle


  26. Prince of thorns was first but only after seeing the cover for emperor and wanting to start at the beginning. Need a short or longer on the brotherhood before the dungeon and another on the Nuban. And i cant wait til Holy Sister finally comes out..


  27. The first book I ever read by Mark Lawrence was Prince of Thorns. I was searching the Amazon Kindle store and chose it based on the description. I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the writing, and devoured the rest of the series. I think my favorite Mark Lawrence book is Prince of Fools, though I am hard-pressed to say which I actually have a preference for, I can read any of them at any time and enjoy it. I’ve already read the Prince of Thorns series 3 times and Prince of Fools twice. I’m very much looking forward to reading Holy Sister upon publication, whether I win the copy or not. Just know, Mark, you are appreciated as an author and storyteller!


  28. First book was prince of thorns
    Favorite is prince of fools, Jalan is just a great protagonist and the prose is exceptional.

    Wouldn’t mind a story about the day before the thousand suns, from one of the workers PoV


  29. 1. Prince of Thorns was my first book, I read this article on titled, Five books about deeply-flawed despicable people. Prince of Thorns was the one that caught my eye.

    2. My favorite book is King of Thorns, because of the mountain motif, if that’s the right word. It was extremely inspiring, and was written extremely well. Also seeing Jorg overcome the impossible odds against him was great.

    3. I would love to read a short story about Snorri. He’s my favorite character Mark has written.


  30. First book I read was Prince of Thorns, saw it for free on Kindle and liked the write up. My favorite is Emperor of Thrones, because Jorge is still around. I love all the characters but Jorge is still my favorite, so I’d love a short story with him😁


  31. 1. Picked up Prince of Thorns because the cover looked tasty and I’d read anything in the Fantasy section.
    2. Prince of Thorns. It was my first ever Grimdark novel, I had no idea the subgenre existed and now it’s almost all I read.
    3. Oh, Apple and Kettle please! I’d read an entire series about them.


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