The Girl And The Stars Give-Away

With many thanks to HarperVoyager UK, I have two Advance Reading Copies of Mark Lawrence’s upcoming novel, THE GIRL AND THE STARS, to offer to random winners of this give-away.


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

1. Which of Mark’s books have you read so far and what did you like about them?

2. What other book(s) did you most enjoy this year? (Published this year or previously.)

3. Where do you most often look for book recommendations and based on what do you decide to buy/read a book? (For example: Goodreads reviews, Amazon reviews, favourite blogger reviews,  recommendations from friends, family or your favourite authors, library, Facebook groups, Reddit, sample reads or listens, book cover, blurb, article about or interview with the author, popularity, just having that feeling upon seeing it in a bookshop, etc.)


The giveaway will end on 19th December 2019 and as usual, I will ask Mark’s  help with randomly selecting the winners.

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

Wishing you the best of luck – Agnes


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Pre-order links for The Girl and the Stars on Amazon US and UK

US cover reveal interviews and more information on the book:

About ‘The Girl and the Stars’ by Mark Lawrence (no spoilers)

The Girl and the Stars US Cover Reveal


  242 comments for “The Girl And The Stars Give-Away

  1. Meny Maitav
    December 4, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    I greatly enjoyed “How Rome Fell”, by Adrian Goldsworthy.
    Not grimdark, but pretty grim nonetheless…


    • Stephen Wallace
      December 4, 2019 at 4:26 pm

      Loved the Broken empire and book of the ancestor series. I read Robin Hobbs and Joe Abercrombie series as well.
      Currently taking a break to read Brandon sanderson ‘Starsight.’
      Love a good yarn that yanks at the heartstrings at times while still offering judicious splashes of bloody action. Also love how a great author helps you know the thoughts and desires of each character. And as a collector of quotes, i love a great turn of a phrase and capturing the sights, smells, sounds to put us into the scene.
      I look at goodreads reviews and web searches for the best fantasy books although i pay attention to my favorite authors recommendations.


      • Mattis
        December 4, 2019 at 9:10 pm

        1. I’ve read The Book of the Ancestor series twice and just started Prince of Thorns. They are probably my favourite books! I love the characters and how clearly you can imagine them! I like how complex Nonas character is and how you get to follow her transformation from the angry baby in the beginning to what is hinted in the prologue. I would die for Nona, Abbess Glass (!!!), Apple, Kettle (especially as a couple), Darla and Hessa! I very much appreciate the whole advanced and sense-making magic system. The plot is awesome and Mark Lawrence actually allows things to be alright for a while before shit goes down. The language of the books is beautiful and I think these books improved my English quite a lot. (Another thing I like is that the main character’s meaning of life isn’t
        some guy she just met, who is not even half as interesting as she is – which most of the fantasy books with female protagonists I have read – include. It’s Nona’s story and Rhaegal is just a tiny, unimportant, but good part of it.)
        2. This year, I haven’t been able to read as much as I might have wished to. But my favourites of this year were: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Norra Latin by Sara Bergmark Elfgren (in Swedish),
        The Raven Rings – Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen (also in Swedish) and
        Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
        3. I often find good books from YouTube reviews and get recommendations from friends. While looking in book stores, I tend to choose the books with the most aesthetic covers and cool titles. I also read books by authors whose other books I’ve read and liked. I found out about Red Sister from my best book friend and fell in love with his description of it!


    • alenazwahlen
      December 4, 2019 at 7:43 pm

      I mostly decide to read books through discovering them on Goodread, recommendations of family and friends or by browsing in a book store and being appealed by the cover and the description in the back. 🙂


    • Jennifer Peffer
      December 4, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      I loved One Word Kill and Limited Wish. Red sister has been on my wishlist for a while so hoping to get to that soon. I love Mark’s writing style ! I have also enjoyed the Rivers of London and the Nevernight series this year. I mainly look to goodreads and amazon uk for reviews but also sometimes YouTube 😁


    • Nola Kelleher
      December 4, 2019 at 9:55 pm

      I throughly enjoyed Darkdawn and Kingsbane this year.
      And I usually take in goodreads reviews and bookstagram reviews for recommendations.


    • Christina Waites
      December 4, 2019 at 11:30 pm

      I have read The Broken Empire trilogy, Red Queen’s War trilogy, the first two Book of the Ancestor books (i have to wait for the paperback. it’s cheaper and the others are paperback), and One Word Kill (yay kindle deal!). I love the humanity and depth of the characters. The world building is amazing. Both beautiful and frightening with little touches that make them standout.
      This year was a slow reading year for me but i enjoyed Nevernight and i read an assortment of Robert Charles Wilson books, which were totally amazing.
      I get book information and recommendations from anywhere. Friends, Goodreads, Instagram, Amazon, Facebook groups, and just perusing the bookstores.


  2. December 4, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    1) I’ve read the entire Re Queen’s War Series as well as the Prince of Thorns and Half (so far) of the King of Thorns (currently reading it). I really enjoyed the world, the way our world is hinted at and the depiction of the gods and other mythical beings in this world and, of course, I enjoyed the relationship between Jalan and Snorri. I also have a fondness for the whole concept of the Wheel of Osheim. However, my favorite work of Lawrence’s is his Red Sister stuff, the world, the characters, the magic system, all of it fascinated me. I love Nona particularly though Kettle and Apple were the coolest and Abbess Glass (rest in peace) was just unbeatable as a character. I’ve also read One Word Kill. I enjoyed his theories on time travel but otherwise I didn’t enjoy it as much as his other books, I’ve been unable to finish the series however, due t a cancer scare recently (though I do still want to).
    2) Other books I’ve enjoyed this year include: Blood of an Exile by Brian Naslund, Rage of Dragons by van Winter, Kin by Snorri Kristjanson, The Proiry of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson, A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes. Mage Bane by Stephan Aryan, the Warrior Moon by K. Arsenault Reviera and I am currently enjoying the Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. Ones not published this year include Necessity by Jo Walton, The War in the Dark by Nick Sketchfield, The Labyrinth of Forgotten Dreams by Carlos Ruiz Zaffon, The City of Lost fortunes by Bryan Camp, The Discoery of Chocolate by James Runcie and Kappa Quartet by Daryl Qilin Yam. Also the Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas the two books preceding the Warrior Moon by K Arsenault Reviera (The Tiger’s Daughter and the Phoenix Empress)
    3) I don’t really know what in recommendations makes me by a book, I tend to browse book stores and make not of names I like and come back for them later when I want to, though I guess I am more likely to read a book if its compared to others I’ve read before or it is praised by authors I enjoy. More often then not, I by a book if it fits the mood I’m in at the time, if it matches what I feel like reading.


  3. December 4, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    I’ve read the Book of the Ancestor series and loved them. I most recently read Prince of Fools. I’m just starting One Word Kill.


    • Bluesy
      December 4, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      I’ve read all Marks books although I still have Dispel Illusion to finish. I’ve read so many books this year it’s hard to remember them all. I really enjoyed Josiah Bancroft which was recommended by Mark and just finished the wings of war books by Bryce O, Connor unfortunately I’m not a big fan of books that go further than a trilogy 4 at the most.
      I normally read new authors based on previous favourite authors recommendations Robin Hobb steered me to Mark.


  4. ombroso
    December 4, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    I read every book by Lawrence, and all in the last 7 months.. I read also the last books from Anthony Ryan and Joe Abercrombie… And… Mhm FB, goodreads, and blogs are good way to find new reading suggestions


    • Andy Noyce
      December 4, 2019 at 2:51 pm

      I read One Word Kill this year. I loved it, was a bit unsure at the start but was soon swept into a brilliant story.


  5. Chad
    December 4, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve read the Broken Empire trilogy – and enjoyed the quick pace, subtle humor built in and great storytelling. Currently I’m reading Limited Wish (after finishing One Word Kill a few months ago) – enjoying that it’s a completely different world than the Broken Empire series – and one with a more current feel. Looking forward to finishing the series (and it’s a quick read – although I need to slow down and go through the time travel themes a bit more carefully).


  6. stacy
    December 4, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    1. I’ve read the Book of the Ancestor series and it is among my favorites of all time.
    2. The Oremere Chronicles were fantastic, as was the 100 Doors of January
    3. Goodreads, Amazon and friends


    • drarylayne
      December 4, 2019 at 10:58 pm

      So far I’ve only read the book of the ancestor trilogy, though I’m planning to start One Word Kill next, since it was free on Kindle. I’ll probably end up buying them all in hardback though. I fell in love with red sister and even more with grey sister, Marks writing is so god damn dramatic and kept me in a constant state of curiosity, and Helen Duff’s narration is some of the best I’ve heard. Holy sister’s ending was bittersweet, I’m holding out for a spin-off featuring the nuns of sweet mercy in their later years.

      Shadow of the Conquerer: Chronicles of Everfall is a close contender for my favourite novel IP, it has such rich world building with amazing character progression and depth. The writing gets a bit lengthy and technical that some might find boring but it only helped to enhance the main character for me. The author is great, he’s worked hard to refine his writing and it shows, every line had a purpose and every chapter hooks you in until the last word.

      I usually judge a book by it’s cover, if a book catches my eye while I’m browsing social media or blogs then I’ll check the Goodreads reviews and add it to my want to read shelf.


  7. Rhys Evans
    December 4, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    I own all your other books, two of which are signed.

    It would be nice to add another one.


  8. JThorn
    December 4, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    I’ve read pretty much all of them, most recently “Dispel Illusion.” My favourites are “The Book of the Ancestor” trilogy, but I enjoyed the nostalgia I experienced reading the “Impossible Times” trilogy. I’ve read several other books this year, among my favourites are “The Rage of Dragons” by Evan Winter, “The City of Brass” by SA Chakraborty, and the “Paternus” books by Dyrk Ashton. Most of my books are selected based on Mark’s recommendations from his blog, and from the SPFBO lists.


  9. Aurél
    December 4, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    1.) I have read kinda everything that have been printed.
    When I read his books in Hungarian, the world got me, and as Grey Sister came out too slow for me in Hungarian, I got my hands on Red and Grey Sister in English, and by reading in original language, I spotted he writes in British English (full of u), and also that the translation is definitely not him, but something worse..not that it wasn’t good..but you know, original is better
    So in total his writing style and his creativity got me in his books…
    2.) Well..this year I read Bardugo’s Grishaverse books and the Ninth house..
    And honestly I can’t really choose which was the most enjoyable, but I can say, her writing style changed a lot, which was good to be seen..
    3.) I can’t really answer..I find books everywhere, and then I have no idea what to read
    And by the time I get to decide it, a well-known authour releashes a new book of his/hers..
    Therefore it is hard to get to know new series of books…
    So I simply write down every name I see on Amazon or in a facsbook group…
    I’m not sure I answered properly the questions, but at least I wrote something…


  10. Symon Mazereeuw
    December 4, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve read Prince, King and Emperor of Thorns, Prince of Fools and The Liar’s Key, Red, Grey and Holy Sister.

    I think the action and pacing are some of the key factors in what I like about Mark’s work. In each of his books there’s always a interesting cast of characters who I get to learn about, root for, cheer against as well.

    As for where I get my recommendations I tend to browse book stores, libraries, and frequent the r/fantasy subreddit.


  11. Simon
    December 4, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    1. Which of Mark’s books have you read so far and what did you like about them? Most of them I think. I end up falling for the characters and how well written they are, even the morally questionable ones. I just love his writing style. 🙂

    2. What other book(s) did you most enjoy this year? I’ve read a fair few. I think my favourites were Priest of Lies, House of Sacrifice, and Ninth House, though it’s been a good year!

    3. Where do you most often look for book recommendations and based on what do you decide to buy/read a book? I think Fantasy Faction influence me most, though I’m a member of several terrible influences on Facebook. 😉


    • Matt Rosa
      December 4, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      I’ve read all of your books from the broken empire, red queens war, book of the ancestor, gunlaw, and blood of the red. I’ve really loved legends of the first empire by Michael Sullivan. I will often look to amazon/my kindle suggestions for other books or a google search.


  12. Angelia
    December 4, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I think I’ve read just about everything Mark has published (that I’ve been able to find!). He’s an excellent storyteller who gives his characters authentic voices; I never feel like a character is just a placeholder or a stock character. Plus, my teenager also enjoys Mark’s work, so we discuss the books as we read them—because HE wants to talk about them!

    I found Mark through my friend Jon, who always gives me excellent book recommendations. I also get recommendations from other friends, family, and amazon.


  13. December 4, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    1. The Broken Empire Trilogy, Road Brothers, Book of the Ancestor Trilogy, First two (2) in the Impossible Times Trilogy, and Prince of Fools (will be reading the entire RQW trilogy once the omnibus hits). Mark’s prose, in my opinion, is the best in the biz and leads to me reading and re-reading so many sections in his novels. It is just absolutely gorgeous. He also has a knack for writing fantastic characters and allows the reader to instantaneously become enamored with them.
    2. Currently loving We Are the Dead by Mike Shackle and just started The Boatman’s Daughter by Andy Davidson. I could sit here all day and name off books as I have read over 150 so far this year, but the best ones to date have been Recursion by Black Crouch, Wanderers by Chuck Wendig, Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay, The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones, and Dark Age by Pierce Brown.
    3. The book community on Twitter and Instagram. I don’t think a day goes by without, at the very least, adding a book to my wish list or “To Read” on Goodreads.


  14. December 4, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    2. I’ve read All of Mark Lawrence’s fantasy books! I haven’t read Impossible Times trilogy though. What I loved most about Lawrence’s work would be the characterizations and friendships, especially Jalan and Snorri, and Nona and her friends! 🙂

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  15. Mads Damgaard
    December 4, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    1) I have read everything up until and including OWK. In this list I also include Blood of the Red (which desperately needs a reboot!) and a bunch of his short stories. What keeps making me come back for more is the character-writing and world-building as well as the beautiful prose and the clever twists – May she always walk in glory :’) !

    2) I’ve read the entire Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett here in 2019, and was completely caught up in the story from start to finish! With less prolific authors I’ve seen myself forced to postpone starting the series until the last book is released. (George and Patrick YOU DID THIS TO ME!)

    3) Generally I do not look for recommendations, although I have two friends who are happy to give them to me. Mostly I read the goodreads paragraph on a bunch of books and decide whether they would be interesting to me.


  16. Christine Money-Prater
    December 4, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I have read several of Mark’s books and he just happens to be one of my favorite authors. My favorite is Red Sister, no it’s Grey Sister, maybe Holy Sister, no it’s Prince of Thorns. OKAY, honestly I like them all.


    • RJ Tucker
      December 4, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      Cannot wait for this book! I started with Red Sister and Mark instantly became one of my favorite authors! I’ve reread all of his books Multiple times.


    • December 4, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      I have read Mark’s “Broken Empire Trilogy” and “Red Queen’s War” trilogy.

      While it took me a while getting used to Prince of Thorns, I gradually began to really like the last two books.

      Prince of Fools however I absolutely loved from the start and I loved the following two books even more. To date this trilogy is among by favourite and one of my favourite aspects of this books is Mark’s sense of humor and the comedy elements within it.


    December 4, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    1. Which of Mark’s books have you read so far and what did you like about them?

    I’ve read Red Sister, Grey Sister, and Holy Sister. I loved the concept of the sisters and their respective orders, as well as the interactions between the characters. I was especially happy with how Mark was able to change my mind about some characters (Zole, for example.)


  18. Bill
    December 4, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    1. I own all of them that have been released in print. My favorite thing about them is the emotion that the characters have. Anger from Jorg. Lust, cowardice and scorn from Jalan. Affection and hurt from Nona.

    2. Other books ive read this year are:
    Doctor Sleep
    (Stephen King)
    The Tower of Living and Dying
    (Anna Smith Spark)
    The Grey Bastards
    (Jonathan French)
    Kings of the Wyld
    (Nicholas Eames)
    To name a few.

    3. I get book recs from Goodreads reviews, a multitude of helpful groups on facebook such as:
    Fantasy Faction
    Literary Snobs of Fantasy
    Grimdark Readers and Writers
    Mark Lawrence himself often promotes
    books, he is how i heard about
    Jonathan French. Much to my


  19. December 4, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    I absolutely can’t wait to read this book!!!! Please don’t make me wait ro read this book. Ok I’ll wait patiently to raff this book. I can’t believe JNDRouse commented before me.

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  20. Patrick Desrochers
    December 4, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    I am currently enjoying Gideon the Ninth.


    • Renee
      December 4, 2019 at 3:16 pm

      1) I’ve read everything by you sir. While I love the worlds and the characters, what really gets me, what really makes you my favorite author, is your way with words. Now I know that sounds cliché, but you write like no one I’ve ever read before. Your first trilogy is my favorite in regards to this. Simply amazing!


  21. G curry
    December 4, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Yep. I want this! It shall be mine!


  22. Daniel Spicer
    December 4, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I’ve read all of the books, with the exception of the series with One Word Kill in it.

    I really enjoyed Rage of Dragons.

    I find book recommendations on Good Reads, from You Tube Book Reviews, and the Grimdark FB group.


    • Natalie
      December 4, 2019 at 5:24 pm

      I’ve read Mark Lawrence’s Book of the Ancestor series and it kind of gutted me. I loved that I was so emotionally attached to the majority of characters, and I cared about them and their survival (still really sad after Holy Sister, but it was well-written and a good ending regardless). I also just really enjoyed the structure of them and how seamlessly the timeline was described throughout the three books.
      Otherwise, this year I’ve gotten back into Robert Dugoni’s ongoing Tracy Crosswhite series, some of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series (they’re fun), and “Zack” by Mons Kallentoft which was definitely one of my favorites.


  23. Brittany
    December 4, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Where do you most often look for book recommendations and based on what do you decide to buy/read a book?

    – Honestly. I usually just browse the bookstore looking for books. I will spend forever in there if you let me. But will sometimes check Goodreads and see what other people are reading. I only buy a book if it sounds interesting, or if it sounds like something I would like. I rarely read books set in modern time or place. I love fantasy worlds and that sort of thing.


  24. Helen Dart
    December 4, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    I’ve read all of Mark’s books. I love his characterisation and the way he sucks your emotions in!

    Hmm.. I’ve also loved.. a lot of books. I’ve had a lot of 5 stars this year. Jenny Lyons was good.

    I get recommendations from Goodreads and friends.


  25. Bob
    December 4, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    1. The Broken Empire, The Red Queen’s War, Book of the Ancestor. For me, it’s the characters that drive the stories, and the darkness that makes them so compelling.

    2. 5-star reads this year for me included The Dragon’s Legacy, Seraphina’s Lament, The Priory of the Orange Tree, The Ruin of Kings, and The Name of All Things.

    3. Goodreads & Blogger reviews are huge for me. Since I tend to read a lot of ARCs, Amazon reviews don’t play into it because they’re usually aren’t any yet.


  26. Emily Lind
    December 4, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    1. The Broken Empire books and The Books of the Ancestor. The Broken Empire series was my favorite. I love the characters so much. I like Mark’s dark sense of humor.

    2. The Starless Sea, Gideon the Ninth and Wanders were my faves this year.

    3. I get a lot of book recs following authors on twitter. If the description grabs me, I will give it a go.


  27. Ben Brown
    December 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I’ve read the broken empire trilogy and loved them. About to start on prince of fools.

    Other books I’ve really enjoyed this year are we are the dead by Mike shackle and dark dawn by jay kristoff.

    I look at Twitter reviews, goodreads reviews and fantasy book reviews.


    • Ghazal
      December 4, 2019 at 3:44 pm

      1). The Broken Empire
      Red Queen’s War Series
      The Book of the. Ancestor
      Impossible Times

      What’s not to like:). I like that there is variety in the stories as well as the characters. Everything about them engaging, I’m probably most tuned into how the characters evolve and their emotional and psychological inner workings more than needing something to constantly ‘happen’ in a book and your stories more than satisfy.
      Many series these days have too much fluff in them, maybe to just have more books? Yours just seems to have the perfect balance, although I do confess that sometimes I get too invested in the characters and just want the story to never finish.

      2) I have very much enjoyed The Stormlight Archive by Branson Sanderson

      3) Sometimes I just go to the local library on book sale day and browse in the fantasy section (not too many so it’s manageable).
      Other times I look up who (authors I’ve already read their books) is recommending what.


      • December 4, 2019 at 5:05 pm

        1. All of them, really love the differences in main characters across the three main trilogies so far. Nona, Jal, and Jorg are all so interesting in their own ways.

        2. The Winter Road by Adrian Selby

        3. Twitter or r/fantasy


    • Raffael LeFae
      December 4, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      1) All of them. Even making my way through the WordPress ones. I didn’t mean to like Mark Lawrences work. I actually didn’t when I picked up Prince of Thorns in a Costa once. It kept coming up for me so I got it as a free download in a promotion from Audible, it was free, nothing to lose. Turned out I loved it and bought the rest. Moved into Red Queens War and really enjoyed that too. Before I knew it I’m a fan and was buying the back catalogue and preordering forth coming titles.

      2) I re-read, or rather listened to The Book of the Ancestor series when Holy Sister came out on Audible. I also preordered a hard copy.

      3) I am a member of several book groups on Facebook and we often recommend books to each other. I also Facebook stalk authors and get their recommendations too.


  28. December 4, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    The Book of the Ancestor trilogy *just* beats out Impossible Times for me – both on my top reads of this year list, along with Ninth House, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, and Walking to Aldebaran. Hadn’t tried Mark Lawrence’s work before that, but am now delighted that I have so much to backtrack to 🙂 I take book recs from everywhere – you just have to mention enjoying a title and I’m there! 🙂


  29. Eleni
    December 4, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    1.All of them and I enjoy the world building the prose and the characters
    2. Enjoyed a lot of books Crowfall, Holly sister, the first law Trilogy and the Gentleman Bastards trilogy
    3. Mostly Facebook groups and recommendations from authors I like


  30. Sethia
    December 4, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    I’ve read The Book of the Ancestor series, the Broken Empire trilogy, and the One word kill trilogy. I completely fell in love with Nona’s character. Book of the Ancestor was my favorite, though I enjoyed everything I’ve read by Mark!


    • Rebecca Horner
      December 4, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      I have read the Red Queen’s war trilogy, the Broken Empire trilogy, Book of the Ancestor trilogy and One Word Kill and Limited Wish. I’m a huge fan of these books and am currently collecting them all in hardback edition. Book of the Ancestor has been my favourite so far, particularly Grey Sister where we got to know Nona and the other ladies at Sweet Mercy better. I am very active on Instagram/Bookstagram and get most of my recommendations from there (as well as recommending and sharing the books I love).


    • Gregory Ray
      December 4, 2019 at 11:18 pm

      1. Read every book you’ve come out with except road brothers and absolutely loved them
      2. Favorite book has to be the lies of Loch Lamora just because I finally got around to reading it this year
      3. Mostly get my recommendations from word of mouth, a couple of Facebook pages, and the audible recommended books.


  31. Bev
    December 4, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    1. I’m pretty sure I have read everything you have written and made public.
    2. The books I have enjoyed most this year are, Holy Sister, The Impossible Times Trilogy, Transcendence Rebellion (the finally in a 14 book multi SP series by Michael G Manning), Age of Death (read 3 times; beta, gamma, and kickstarter ebook release), Low Town series by Daniel Polanski, The Wolf’s Call by Anthony Ryan.
    3. I don’t look for recommendations but I find it interesting to read the posts by others who ask for recommendations or who recommend a book they have enjoyed. I will sometimes jot down a title or author to look at.


    • December 4, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      finale, not finally. 😐


  32. Daniella Rodrigues
    December 4, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    I can’t wait for this book! I’m so excited!


    • Alex
      December 4, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      I’ve read the Book of the Ancestor series and Impossible Times by Mark. Another series I really loved this year was the Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb. Absolutely engrossing! And I rely on bookish friends or go on goodreads for reviews and recommendations


      • Alex
        December 4, 2019 at 6:19 pm

        It appears I replied to another comment the mobile site is a little confusing ! 🙈


  33. Mackenzie
    December 4, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I loved loved loved The Broken Empire trilogy. I cried reading the third one, a lot. I objectively know Jorg is kind of bad person but that didn’t stop me from getting attached to him!


  34. Julia
    December 4, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    All Ancestor books read 2x! Tess of the Road fantastic! NPR book suggestions are always great. Fingers crossed for a win.


    • demoniax13
      December 4, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      I’ve read Broken Empire, Red Queens War, Book of the Ancestor, Impossible Times, During the Dance… I loved the Grimdark Aspects of the Broken Empire series, Red Queens War was lighter and I loved Jalan and Snorri. I just love 😍 everything Mark writes and his versatility in story telling.

      I’ve read around 120 books this year and I suppose the ones that stand out the most right now are probably The Kane Series by Karl Wagner and True Bastards by Jonathan French. Also my re-read of Malazan book of the fallen.

      I get most of my recommendations from social media and from friends on the Malazan Discord server. I usually just buy/read books on a whim, whatever sounds good to me at the time.


  35. December 4, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    1. Book of the Ancestor-trilogy plus the Broken Empire. Looking forward to reading the rest this Christmas!

    2. I re-read Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome-series – that series is just so good! I hadn’t read them in over a decade. Her style of writing is a bit different than mainstream writers nowadays, but I like it.

    3. Goodreads, Amazon, but mainly books recommended by friends.


    • December 4, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      1.) I love the Red Queens War Trilogy and the Book of the Ancestor trilogy.
      2.) I’ve read quite a few good books this year, A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie probably being my favourite as I’m quite a big fan of the First Law Trilogy. I’m currently two chapters in to the Black Hawks by David Wragg.
      3.) I mainly base how I decide if I want to buy a book based on either the cover of a book, the books blurb, or if its an ebook or audiobook based on a sample of the book.


  36. Dav
    December 4, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Prince of thorns! I loved the world and Jorg. I hated the kid but wanted him to win so badly. All the Broken empire is great and Prince of fools being set in the same world opens up so much more of the lure.

    Another book I recommend is hollow chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse by Robert Rankin. Crazy story mixing fairy tale fantasy and 50’s murder detective.


  37. Ross
    December 4, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    What I look for in a book to make a decision honestly depends on the genre, fantasy and sci-fi have so many different subgenres that I enjoy that usually all it takes for me to give something a try is a good Amazon or Goodreads review. When it comes to other stuff like mysteries or thrillers though, I usually have a bit more discretion and I have particular styles that I enjoy more than others.


  38. December 4, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    What an exciting give-away! It’s almost like Christmas!


  39. Ahmed
    December 4, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve read red Sister fell in absolute love, then I read Grey sister fell in deeper, now I’m reading holy sister, what I love about the books are the ideas they are soo different in my opinion and soo amazing he portrays them beautifully and his writing is just the best I’ve seen from any fantasy writer! I usually go to my local library and just look at the books but, for most of my books my sister recommends me books and her recommendations have never let me down.


  40. Simon woods
    December 4, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    1. All of them! Jorg won me over in the broken empire as someone who was so different to a standard farm boy chosen one story, despite him doing some horrible things you were always rooting for him!
    2. Daughter of smoke and bone trilogy, the ember blade by Chris Wooding.
    3. Mainly Facebook groups – SPFBO, fantasy book discussion. This introduced me to various blogs whose opinions I trust.


  41. K Sizemore
    December 4, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    1. In the last year, I’ve read the Book of the Ancestor series, Prince of Thorns, and Prince of Fools. I like the interesting characterizations the best. The characters are complicated, not black and white, that makes the story less predictable and more interesting to me. So far my favorite is Prince of Thorns, and I plan to finish that series before moving on, but I always like to add priority books to my TBR.


  42. Jay Schiller
    December 4, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I’ve read them all. He’s one of my favorite authors. The most interesting fantasy series I’ve read this year, The Books of Babel by Josiah Bancroft.


    • hairytom
      December 4, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      I have read all of Mark’s books to Grey Sister’s, and I’m planning to read all. I loved to read The name of the wind this year. Goodreads is my to go when I need some info about new books.


  43. December 4, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    1) I’ve read One Word Kill, The Broken Kingdom, and I just finished The Liar’s Key! I’m starting on The Wheel of Osheim now! I ADORED ALL OF THEM! I really liked the retro feel of One Word Kill (even though I wasn’t even alive in the 80s) and I’m a huge sucker for unreliable and shady characters, which Jorg and Jal are! I’m so into it. I own all three Book of the Ancestor and can’t wait to get to them! (I HAVE to read in order.)
    2) I haven’t read a lot of new releases this year, but I really enjoyed Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.
    3) If I’m looking for reviews on a specific book, I use Goodreads, but I find out about a lot of books through Instagram/bookstagram! It’s a great place to get book recs!


    • December 4, 2019 at 8:46 pm

      Ugh. Broken Empire *** Idk why I always want to say Broken Kingdom 🤨


  44. December 4, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I think I’ve read everything you’ve written outside of Road Brothers and Dispel Illusion, loved them all. I love the range of narrative voices, the plotting.

    I get most of my recommendations from friends or groups on Goodreads plus a few Facebook groups (Grimdark R & W, plus a couple series fan groups).


  45. Julia Rivera
    December 4, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    1. It’s probably easier to say what books I have no read by Mark, Impossible Times series. However, I will soon! I love Mark’s writing style, it’s a unique flavor. I love the main characters and how they are morally gray (or black, gotta love to hate to love them). I also love that the side characters are prominent as well so you grow attached to them too. I nearly cried about many character deaths.

    2. I read a lot of Mark Lawrence this year actually. Especially after receiving my signed copy of Road Brothers which in so grateful for! I also delved into Leigh Bardugo and enjoyed Six of Crows.

    3. For book recs I look at Goodreads, and Instagram mostly. However I have such a big TBR that I’ve been staying away! I want to finish Mark’s books, Jay Kristoff, Leigh Bardugo, and start Joe Abercrombie.

    Thank you Agnes and Mark!! I love the giveaways and engagement. You two were also amazing when my book got lost in the mail, and then the 2nd one ended up with one of Mark’s friends. You both still got it to me in the end!


    December 4, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    I’ve read all of mark’s books, I like his style.


  47. Kate Spencer
    December 4, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    1. I’ve read all apart from dispel illusion which I have on pre-order.
    2. Hard to choose just one book I’ve read this year, but I’ll got for, ‘To be read if fortunate,’ by Becky Chambers which got me on to her books too.
    3. I tend to pick up what I like the look of from random bookshops as well as looking online for recommendations (google searches, fb posts and amazon).


  48. December 4, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    1. Which of Mark’s books have you read so far and what did you like about them?

    I’ve read the Broken Empire books, the Book of the Ancestor books and One Word Kill (have the other two on my Kindle, eagerly anticipating the Christmas break so I can finish them off). In general I like how different they are, what I enjoy about Mark as an author is that he doesn’t tell the same story again. All are excellent in their own right.
    I particularly enjoyed the Book of the Ancestor books mainly because of the badass nuns and strong (and flawed!) female characters.

    Jorg was also a fantastic character and needless to say I am very much looking forward to The Girl and the Stars
    2. What other book(s) did you most enjoy this year? (Published this year or previously.)

    One of my favourite books this year was The Ten Thousands Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. I also loved If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio, and The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons.

    3. Where do you most often look for book recommendations and based on what do you decide to buy/read a book?

    For recommendations I seek out the people I know that have similar taste to me on Twitter and Goodreads (hat tip to Petrik Leo and all at Novel Notions). I also watch BookTube (particularly trust the reviews of Piéra Forde, Emily Fox and Daniel Greene) and am partial to just picking up whatever grabs me in a bookshop.


  49. Runyca
    December 4, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    1 I read the Broken Empire Trilogy and The Liar’s Key. Those are the only books published in Italy where I live. I considered reading more of them in english, but didn’t have enought time. Hopefully the giveaway is the right way to start
    2 The Prince of Thorns, definetly. Still in love with it after a long long time
    3 Goodreaders, friends’ raccomandations


  50. Kile Westerman
    December 4, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    I cant wait for this book to drop! I’ve read all traditionally published books by Lawrence except the last two in the Impossible Times trilogy, which are next on my tbr. I will definitely have them done before the end of the year. I love how quotable Mark Lawrence books are. I tell people all the time that he is the most quotable author I’ve come across. I have a notebook on my reading table that I write down memorable quotes in while reading. It seems over half 9f the are from Mark Lawrence. I dont have a lot of irl people who read fantasy as friends, but I’ve managed to get at least half a dozen people to read The Book of the Ancestor and a couple more to read the Broken Empire. It speaks volumes that I haven’t had any of these people DNF a book or even series, especially considering most of them dont typically read fantasy. I’m out here expanding people’s genre preferences one Mark Lawrence book at a time.
    I get almost all my recommendations from /r/fantasy or Daniel Green’s youtube channel.

    Thanks for amazing content, I cant wait to have more!


  51. khargs
    December 4, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    1. Red Sister, Grey Sister, and Holy Sister. I love the female protagonists and that they feel real to me. The relationships reflect ones I’ve experienced. And One Word Kill because bending the thought of time travel is so interesting!

    2. I recently read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and Rose Madder by Stephen King and loved both.

    3. I get most book recs from my friends or mom. Or I see what’s available/suggested at the library. I often look on GoodReads for reviews too.


    • Kristina Möllmann
      December 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm

      1) i read the first two book of the ancestor and especially Lovehe world building and the friendships and character debelopments in tge book (i am a sucker for a good friendship in books 🙈)
      2) I really loved rage of dragons and fate of the fallen both were amazing 😍 and for books I loved that did not come out this year i have to go with the codex alera series it’s fantastic
      3) I usually read the blurb if I like the cover or have heared a lot of good about the book, if I love the blurb it’s usually an insta read for me if I am not sure about it after the blurb I read goodreads reviews to decide 😊


  52. Thomas G.
    December 4, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    1. I read all four published trilogies as well as Road Brothers and Gunlaw. I greatly enjoy the blend of fantasy and Sci-fi, the reflective prose with dry humour and the characters that are flawed, but also competent at what they do.

    2. Other than Mark Lawrence books I enjoyed reading The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft, Cold Iron by Miles Cameron, Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames and the last 3 books of the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson this year.

    3. I can barely catch up with what all my favourite authors put out and what is already on my TBR pile, but most of my recommendations are from r/fantasy or from twitter by the authors I follow.


  53. Zach
    December 4, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    1. Which of Mark’s books have you read so far and what did you like about them?

    I have read all of them to date with the exception of Dispel Illusion (waiting for hard cover). Started with Jorg, then Jalen, and then my girl Nona. The books are so engrossing and have made me a huge fan. Something about Mark’s writing style – fantastic characters and outstanding plots. The “bad assery” of the characters also have me addicted – they take their hits but they keep on punching.

    2. What other book(s) did you most enjoy this year? (Published this year or previously.)

    I got into Robin Hobbs Assasins Apprectice series and am making my way through the various trilogies. Read the last series first and am now back reading through the initial books (things would have made more sense).

    3. Where do you most often look for book recommendations and based on what do you decide to buy/read a book?

    Several authors that are on my reading lists were recommended by family (John Sandford, John Connolly, Lev Grossman). Surprisingly enough the an Imgur post with a users top book series included The Broken Empire series. Read the first book and soon after the rest of Mark’s catalog. Imgur also inspired the Robin Hobb series for me. People being awesome with their book dumps letting others share the experiences.


  54. James Procelli
    December 4, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    1. The Broken Empire, The Red Queen’s War, and The Book of the Ancestor.

    His characters and their development throughout the series are my favorite part of his books. I could go for a spin off book of the Red Queen in her early days (based on that flashback chapter where she stops/slows time to destroy the besieging army).

    2. Bloody Rose, 16 Ways to Defend a Walled City, the Six of Crows, Vicious and Vengeful, Darkdawn, The Children of Hurin, The Wolf’s Call are all the books I’ve read for the first time this year.

    3. First, I go to Barnes & Noble and just browse the Fantasy section and see if any title or cover catches my eye. Then if I find something I give it a quick Goodreads search just to get the gist of the book. Lastly, I look for book recommendations based on my favorites.


  55. Doug W
    December 4, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    I have read all of Marks books to date. I mostly appreciate his voice and how well he portrays the gritty realism of the world as seen by his characters. Whether his Grimdark stories or not, there is a refreshing lack of “boy hero has a great day and saved the world” – even if those things sometimes happen.

    Most of my recommended books come from author and publisher social media. With no brick and mortar store to browse locally, and online stores being bloated with … well they are bloated… recommendations from social media and being able to interact makes all the difference. Frequently if I enjoy a few consecutive books from an author I’ll buy their backlog and take their reviews and recommendations more seriously.


  56. ScarletBea
    December 4, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I’ve read all of Mark’s books! Well, except ‘Dispel Illusion’ because it’s not out yet (I don’t read ebooks).
    My favourite is still the first trilogy.
    I use friends at the Fantasy Faction forum and a few other sites for ideas about new authors to read.


  57. Marisa-Paige
    December 4, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    The book of the Ancestors series has won its prized position on the central shelf, making it easily visible. Only another few weeks until it’s been long enough that I can read it yet again.
    Mark’s writing is spectacular, his clear vision of the characters and the worlds he creates has inspired me in so many ways.


  58. Leni McCormick
    December 4, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    1) Prince of Thorns + sequels, Limited Wish, Road Brothers, Red Queen’s War.

    I love the characters and how there’s always something relatable in most of them, the geekiness, the action, how well crafted and proofread they are.

    2) Other books I’ve read this year include James O’Brien’s ‘How To Be Right’, Simon Turney’s Marius’ Mules 11, Gordon Doherty’s ‘Son of Ishtar’.

    3) I keep an eye on authors whose books I like, Goodreads recommends, Netgalley review copies, Kindle recommends, and Sapere review copies.


  59. Jennifer Ruth
    December 4, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    1. I have read all of Mark’s books! He was recommended by Robin Hobb and I put his work in the same category as hers – love it all, please don’t make me choose a favorite!

    2. Very much enjoyed The Wanderers by Chuck Wendig this year.

    3. I get my recommendations from publisher sites, good reads, twitter and book bloggers.


  60. Jasmin
    December 4, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve read the books of the Ancestor series. I love the books because Nona Grey is just such a bad ass character. Also when you have word like “it is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring and army of sufficient size.” How could you not love the book!


  61. Peter Blaze
    December 4, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    1) This year I have re-read The Broken Empire, and finally read all of Red Queen’s War and Book of the Ancestor.
    2) Non-Mark highlights this year have been Oathbringer, The Lies of Locke Lamora, Crooked Kingdom and The Greatcoats series.
    3) For book recs I always go with friends and family recommendations, goodreads, and “bookTubers”.


  62. December 4, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I’ve read most of Mark’s books but Red Sister stands out in my head – it was the right book at the right time for me. This year I’ve been underwhelmed by many books but Holy Sister and the Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb saved the year for me.


  63. Jonathon
    December 4, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    1. I’ve read the book of the ancestor series and really enjoyed the imperfections of the characters. I also thought it was solid throughout, which is seemingly difficult to achieve as a lot of the series I’ve read recently start well but go downhill later.

    2. I’ve read a decent amount of NK Jemison this year and enjoyed the broken earth trilogy.

    3. I typically get suggestions from ranked lists (e.g., Reddit) and then personally research.


  64. Marielle Ooms-Voges
    December 4, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    1. I’ve read Prince of Thorns and it wasn’t for me. Loved the Book of the Ancestor series, fell in love with the prose and the characters. Also really enjoyed Impossible Times 1 and 2.

    2. I haven’t read much this year, bevause of life things. I really enjoyed reading Darkdawn, fantastic conclusion to the series.

    3. I usually get my reccomendations from Fantasy Faction (Facebook) and online book friends who I know have similar taste. Also there are some authors I just buy immediately when a new book is published.

    That’s it, fingers crossed! Thank you for the giveaway either way! 🙂


  65. December 4, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    1. I’ve read the Broken Empire trilogy (including the related short stories), the Red Queen’s War trilogy and the Book of the Ancestor trilogy. I’d say my favorite thing about them all is the characters.
    2. Other books I’ve particularly enjoyed this year would be Ed McDonald’s Crowfall and Stephen Blackmoore’s Fire Season.


  66. Emmerentia
    December 4, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    I’ve read all Mark’s books so far but my favourite story is still The Broken Empire. I just bought The Burning White by Brent Weeks and I am also working on The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Other books I’ve read this last few months include Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares from Laini Taylor, The Wolf by Leo Carew, The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons, Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James, some random bits of Brandon Sanderson and I finally finished The Core by Peter V Brett.

    I usually try out books that my favourite authors recommend or I will go to the book store and browse. I can always pick out the good ones by the cover. I DO judge books by their covers and I am rarely wrong (in my personal opinion).


    • Rana
      December 4, 2019 at 7:36 pm

      When I started the book of the Ancestor, I understood only half of it because sometimes my English is really bad and I got confused, but then I got into the story and was just swept away.
      I reread the books and understood now everything from the beginning on and can say they belong to my favourite books. What I, next to the story and woldbuilding, especially love about them is that the writing style is so strong and full of feelings that everything feels so real. And Nona is probably the cutest character I ever read about. This books will certainly not be the last books I read from Mark.
      I am a slow reader and it is also difficult to find the books I want to read in my country except when I would order and buy them, so I read not as much books as I wanted this year, not to bad for my wallet.
      Other books I read this year and loved: Darkdawn from Jay Kristoff, Ninth House from Leigh Bardugo and Dark Age from Pierce Brown…
      I cant really say how I find the books I want to read, sometimes from reviews or I just go into the book store most time to the English section or I just see the cover somewhere and it don’t gets out of my head or I read already other books from the same author and know that I wanne read every book written from him… the same will it be for The Girl and the Stars…

      Please don’t judge me for my English when some things in the text doesn’t make sense…


  67. Brittany Adams
    December 4, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve read the Red Queens War series and the Book of the Ancestor series. The book of the Ancestor is one of my favorite series I’ve ever read. Holy Sister was probably my favorite book of the year.


  68. Pamela Lupton
    December 4, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    I’ve read the ‘Thorns’, The Red Queen’s War, The Book of the Ancestor series and have just finished One Word Kill (hoping Santa brings me the sequels!)
    I love Mark’s skill in world building and creating believable characters. His books are totally absorbing, I’m a huge fan!


    • Charlie
      December 4, 2019 at 7:01 pm

      I’ve read all Marks books! I love how his characters grow and reveal themselves. My favorite book this year is The Hod King. I find them on Twitter and from friends


  69. Sean Kilburn
    December 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    1) I have read everything Mark has written from Prince of Thorns, and quite obviously he is not afraid to let his characters flesh themselves out, to be real in an unreal universe. Even dark rogues like Jorg remind us we are human first and foremost, and Nona’s intense loyalty to her friends reminds us we are all capable of loive and trust even in the most dire of scenarios.
    2) The Burning White is good so far; Road Brothers totally rocked (Mark Lawrence, der) and all the Impossible Times books I have read so far are most appreciated. The Broken Earth trilogy ranks up there as one of the most imaginative works in several years – it would be great to see Mark Lawrence and N.K. Jemisin collaborate, the results would be stellar!
    3) Goodreads, Amazon reviews, favorite blogger reviews, recommendations from friends, family or your favorite authors, library, Facebook groups, book cover, blurb, article about or interview with the author, popularity, just having that feeling upon seeing it in a bookshop and browsing the library when everyone is gone.


  70. December 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    The cover looks so great!

    1) I’ve read the Broken Empire trilogy. The Red Sister trilogy (my favourite) and am currently reading Limited Wish. I have the Red Queen trilogy but haven’t read it yet.

    2) Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir.

    3) Goodreads. Mostly. The people I follow there and the fantasy group I’m in. Oh and Twitter’s book people.


  71. December 4, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I’ve read the Broken Empire Trilogy and really liked Jorg’s way of dealing with roadblocks. I often just look through the library stacks to see what looks interesting and also dip into classics.


  72. Kinga Váradi
    December 4, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    1) So far I’ve read The Broken Empire trilogy (absolutely loved it), the Red Queen’s War trilogy (you nailed it with Jalan’s character), Red Sister (I’m planning on finishing the trilogy quite soon) and the first 2 parts of Impossible Times (I loved the change in genre, you really are brilliant).

    2) Hmm other books… This year I finally finished all of Brandon Sanderson’s books (yeah fantasy is my favorite genre), but my other favorite was the Arc of a Scythe trilogy by Neal Shusterman, besides fantasy my absolute favorite genre is dystopian fiction. I read 105 novels so far in 2019 but the year is not yet over, who knows what I might find next.

    3) Two things: Goodreads reviews/recommendations and the cover of the book. I know, we should never judge by the cover but it’s a weakness of mine, and I have to say, The Girl and the Stars looks incredible.


  73. Kilian Wells
    December 4, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I’ve read Impossible Times, Book of the Ancestor, and Red Queen’s War.

    This year I loved Dark Age by Pierce Brown and The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter.

    I read a lot of review and “best of” lists and peruse book twitter to decide which new authors to explore next.


  74. Meg
    December 4, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I’ve read the Book of the Ancestor series and loved it. I also finished the Realm of the Elderlings this year and loved every minute of those books. I look for new books on Goodreads, on Booktube, and the good old-fashioned way by strolling through the fantasy section of any bookstore I happen upon. Thanks for the opportunity. Cannot wait for this book!!!!


  75. Lisa Sjue
    December 4, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    1) I’ve read Book of the Ancestor in October this year, and it’s the first time in years, where I’ve finished a series in about a week. After I had read Red Sister, I bought Grey Sister as an ebook, since I needed to read it right away, then continued on with Holy Sister after that. I love the characters in these books, and their friendsship, the action, the world, the magic, the story, just everything! Very excited that The Girl and The Stars will be set in the same world!

    I’ve just listened to Prince of Fools on audiobook too, and it was so much fun, I had to listen to it again right after I finished. I’ve jsut started listening to The Liar’s Key, but then decided to buy the book too, so I’m waiting for it now. I love that Jalan is so different from all other main characters and princes I’ve ever read about, and I love his first point of view. I enjoy following his and Snorri’s journey, and see how their friendship grows!

    I’ve also just bought Prince of Thorns and looking forward to get into that too. I’ve read a little bit of it, and liked it very much!

    2) Another book I’ve enjoyed this year is Educated by Tara Westover. Her story was really interesting and intriguing.

    3) I usually go through Goodreads to look for book recommendations, where I can read the reviews to see what others say. I also use Reddit, where I can ask a little more specific about a type of book I want to read. I’ve just made an account on Instagram too, where I see what books are most popular at the time.


  76. December 4, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Read and loved just about everything, but Nona left a mark. About to start Dispel Illusion.

    Loved the final Brent Weeks – Lightbringer book, and R.F Kuang’s The Dragon Republic.

    Goodreads and Twitter mainly.

    It’s my birthday on Dec 19th incase shameless emotional blackmail helps. 😉


  77. Ama
    December 4, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Red Sister was the first book I fell in l Iove with its my favorite book but then I read the second and I fell in love more and now I will start reading holy sister, my favorite book this year was Circe because it enchanted me, I usually just check book stores out and see what’s up with them and I sometimes check online via book tubers or just random searching


  78. December 4, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    1. I am actually halfway through Red Sister as we speak, and I really enjoy the creative intricacies of the world he’s created. It’s familiar, yet new, with intriguing plot and complex characters.

    2. Oh goodness, where do I begin? I’ll start off by saying Dark Age by Pierce Brown is hands down my favorite book of the year. But others I’ve adored are Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, Vengeful by V.E Schwab, Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, and Pan’s Labyrinth.

    3. My two biggest reading influences are definitely reviews on Goodreads and the book community on Instagram.

    *Thank you for this opportunity!


  79. December 4, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Hey Mark

    1) I read Prince of Thorns. I liked how fast paced it was but it was a little dark for me. I’m a Disney princess at heart and prefer my books to have happy endings and a touch of romance ;). The quality of your writing though is incredible and kept me going!
    I started following you on Facebook because of Robin Hobb’s recommendations and your reputation for Grimdark had initially put me off but I absolutely loved your short stories in the Unfettered anthologies and that convinced me to dive into a proper book. I’d like to try some of your other series to try the waters again so to speak. Despite the darkness I enjoyed it enough to recommend the thorns series to a friend who it suited to a tee! She absolutely devoured the whole series!

    2) this year I did a full reread of Robin Hobbs works from start to finish and also all of Michael J Sullivan’s books including his latest Age of Death.

    3) Lately I’ve been using short story anthologies to find new authors. It’s how I found Michael j Sullivan and what prompted me to dive into your works despite your dark reputation (which was well earned).
    I’ve worked my way through all the unfettered as well as the Gardner Dozois genre anthologies and of course the lengends 1 & 2.

    Thank you for the opportunity, hope this helps you in some way.



  80. Veselin Stanchev
    December 4, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    1. I enjoyed all of Mark’s fantasy trilogies so far.
    2. The Witcher series
    3. I religiuosly follow every new book by the selected Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors that I love.


  81. Kieran Watson
    December 4, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    1) In the last couple of years I have read the Broken Empire trilogy, The Red Queens war, the Book of the Ancestor series and the first two installments of Impossible Times. In all of the series I love the quick wit. Jorgs ruthlessness mixed with Jalans hopelessness. Snorri’s and Nona Greys loyalty to friends and family. Not pretending to understand a good deal of the quantum mechanics explained by Nick Hayes and his friends but enjoying the ride nonetheless.
    2) Loved listening/reading the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks. I think Mark would enjoy the depth and malevolence of some of his characters. E.g. Andross Guile.
    3) Generally Goodreads is my go to. Getting ideas from better read individuals is always a good option.


  82. December 4, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Let’s see. I’ve read all of Mark’s books except for the last in the Impossible Times Trilogy. Love love love Mark’s prose and world building. Jalan is definitely a stand-out character for me.

    Best book I’ve read this year would have to be Assassins’s Fate. Finished it in January and I still think about it all the time. Also read Deadhouse gates which was incredible. Also also, read the Nevernight Chronicles which totally kick butt.

    I usually find my books through goodreads, twitter and reviewers. Sites I frequent: Fantasy Book Review, Elitist Book Review, and Novel Notions. Plus I follow a bunch of authors and read their stuff.


  83. Michelle Hand
    December 4, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    1- I love all of Mark Lawrence’s books but The Book of the Ancestor trilogy is my top favourite of all time along with The soldier Son trilogy by Robin Hobb , they are my top two and it would take something extraordinary to change that , it’s the characters that make me love something, character building that makes you feel like you wish the person was real because they feel so real to you when reading and you feel for them so much and what they are going through , Nona Grey is that character for me , love her so much
    2-Bookstagram and YouTube along with recommendations from friends and my partner who was the one who introduced me to Marks books 😊


  84. Anders from Sweden
    December 4, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    I’ve read all of Mark’s books, including the novellas. Why? Because, in short, he’s awesome. Long answer is, the guy’s the most refreshing, clever, talented writer I’ve stumbled upon for years. I’ll keep buying his stuff even if he starts writing manuals for toasters. Not much for flamboyant asskissing, but then again this didn’t feel like it, since it’s all true.

    I really enjoyed JK Nemesin’s Fifth Season trilogy this year. Also The Burning White by Weeks of course. Anthony Ryan’s Draconis Memoria trilogy was cool too. But the highlight of the year was Holy Sister.

    Mostly get reading tips from good friends that share my taste in fantasy and also from Goodreads and a few blogs, Pat, Werthead etc.

    Keep up the good work!


  85. Juliana
    December 4, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    1. I’ve read the Book of the Ancestor trilogy (including the short story) and I am OBSESSED. Seriously. I tell everyone I know to read these books so I can talk about how it’s one of my favorite fantasy series ever. Cried while reading Holy Sister. I love how female-centered they are, and how the relationships between the characters are complex and compelling. The idea of a world where there is only a narrow band of livable land that keeps getting smaller is super intriguing and I’m so into what that dynamic does to the peoples living within it. Also the magic system is fascinating. I’ll stop now but here’s one last thing: Sister Apple and Sister Kettle are everything to me.

    2. I really enjoyed The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, and The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish by Katya Apekina.

    3. I watch a lot of Booktube so I get recommendations from there, and I read the reviews in Publishers Weekly. Also, if I see a book I haven’t heard of and I’m drawn to the cover, I’m more inclined to pick it up and read the blurb and then read the book if it seems interesting to me. I love walking around a bookshop and just picking up whatever catches my eye.


  86. Eric
    December 4, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I have enjoyed almost all of Mark’s books so far. Broken Empire, Red Queens War, the Book of the Ancestor, and just finishing the impossible times! He is one of the couple authors I usually buy or preorder on the spot.

    Read so many great books this year. Including Evan Winters rage of dragons and looking forward to the end of the lacanius trilogy with the Light Of All That Falls in a couple days!

    I normally scour the internet weather it be amazon, or booktuber Recs. Also enjoy Marks recommendations on good reads and have to credit him with finding the Books of Babel that have blown me away!


  87. December 4, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    1. All of his traditionally published books (except Dispel Illusion). I mostly like the engaging protagonists, particularly Jorg and Jalan.

    2. This year has mostly been devoted to reading Malazan Book of the Fallen. But i’m currently having a break from that to read The Burning White (Brent Weeks).

    3. Usually if I see a particular book mentioned in reddit comments multiple times i’ll investigate it further on goodreads, then i’ll check out the author’s back catalogue and publishing frequency and take it from there.


  88. Kirsten
    December 4, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I especially liked Red Sister and Grey sister. Great character and world building. I also use Goodreads for book reviews.


  89. Emerald Joy
    December 4, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    I love the Book of the Ancestor trilogy! I was recommended it by my partner so I read it on kindle unlimited but loved it so much I went out and bought myself the hard copies. My ‘to read’ list is massive but all of Mark Lawrence’s other series are now on it. In the last week and a half to two weeks I’ve read the first two Impossible Times books and just started Dispel Illusion last night – I generally go for more fantasy/grimdark type stories but One Word Kill and Limited Wish really kept my attention. Too much reading not enough sleeping lately!


    • Jesse Smith
      December 4, 2019 at 9:39 pm

      I’ve read all of Mark’s books, but I have a soft spot for the impossible times trilogy has been some of my favorite as each book just gets better and better. And I thought the second one was a masterpiece and yet the third is still better than that.


  90. rowan reads
    December 4, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    1) The Book of the Ancestor series is my favourite, but I have the Prince of Thorns trilogy on my TBR.
    2) Muse of Nightmares, Darkdawn, Circe, Kingsbane
    3) booktube or book twitter!


  91. Jonathan Bennett
    December 4, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Believe I have read all of Mark’s books. I am not sure which I prefer between Thorns and Sister both excellent. Like the relationships between characters and plot / story lines.

    The book I have read this year and enjoyed most, other than Impossible Times, is probably the latest Robert Crais Cole and Pike book – A dangerous man – might seem a different genre but the heroic currents flow equally as in many fantasy books, think David Gemmel in particular.


  92. Craig Hofman
    December 4, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    1. Broken Empire series, Book of the Ancestor series, Red Queen’s War, Road Brothers and One Word Kill.
    2. When breath becomes air, Pierce Brown’s Dark Age, Holy Sister (and many more).
    3. Apple Books recommendations and then check against Goodreads reviews. I also look up books mentioned during podcasts. All books are purchased through Apple Books for fiction and I try to purchase physical for reference books (art, health, etc).


  93. Tony Walsh
    December 4, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    1) I have read all his books so far and The Book of the Ancestor is my favourite. Although Brother Jorg will always be a favourite character of mine. The way he can create characters that stay with you is fantastic, and his story telling just grabs you and doesn’t let you go until he’s finished.
    2) I’ve been reading Josiah Bancrofts Tower of Babel series this year. (Took me a while to get round to them) Absolutely Awesome!!
    3) I’d normally rely on the staff in my bookshop because we know each other fairly well at this stage. But I do take the odd author or Goodreads recommendation. When it comes to friends a lot of it would depend on the type of book being recommended. I have different friend s for different genres.


    • December 4, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      I read Red Sister and absolutely loved it – the badass women, the flipping back and forth in time, the assassin school – all so cool!!

      I really loved A Curse so Dark and Lonely and also The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – both so awesome and great characters.

      I usually go with my gut when buying books, but am also influenced heavily by what people I like have read and loved recently on Instagram or goodreads.


    • Demi S.
      December 4, 2019 at 10:34 pm

      1. Red Sister! I love fierce assassin girls and this book gripped me from the first page. The sequels I still have to read but that will change soon.

      2. Seeing my answer above it should be no surprise that I loved to read the Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff as well this past year! Any books with strong female characters in them who do badass things will hook me from start to finish. I also thoroughly enjoyed The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden and The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastly by Stuart Turton.

      3. There is a Dutch online book community called Hebban for whoch I write reviews and encounter all of my favourite reads! I also gladly use Instagram to look for more interesting reads. I know what I like to read, but I’m always open to new stories that sound intriguing – original stories that surprise you are perhaps the best of all! Also, I would be lying if a pretty cover isn’t an important part as well – if I love a cover I will often like the story as well. It doesn’t matter if a book is really popular or not. I will always give a chance to authors I do not yet know!


  94. Jacqueline Wilcox
    December 4, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I’ve only been reading again for the last two years after 25 years away from it. Of the approx 110 books I’ve read since I’ve read 5 of Marks and some of his shorter stories. Probably the most of any repeat author. I have a lot of reading to catch up on. So far I’ve read The Book of the Ancestor series as well as the first two Impossible Times books. I’m also a little way into Prince of Thorns. I have loved each and every one of them.

    One of my favourite books of the year was Holy Sister and I am looking forwards to returning to that world. Grey Sister, OWK and LW are up there too but Holy Sister was the best of an excellent bunch.

    I have also read (and loved) quality writing from Laini Taylor (OMG Strange the Dreamer wrecked me), Neil Gaiman, Aliette de Bodard, Blake Crouch, Arkady Martine, Sophie Green (boy does this woman know how to write about female friendships), Balli Kaur Jaswal, Becky Chambers (loved Long Way to a Small Angry Planet), Alix E Harrow (Ten Thousand Doors of January was exquisite), NK Jemisin, Joanna Nell (the Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker is a gem as is her first novel The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village), and Rainbow Rowell. Not all SFF but all great and some absolutely brilliant.

    Most of the books I’ve read this year have been great actually. Only because I’ve decided that life’s too short to read crappy books. My currently reading section on Goodreads is also full of brilliant books I just can’t get back to.

    I have some friends on GR who like the same as me and I sometimes buy what they like and am rarely disappointed. If I like an author I’ll just buy whatever I find of theirs when I see it cheap. There aren’t many that I buy new from the bookshop except for Marks books (no..really). I wait until most are rereleased a year later in the smaller cheaper form. That’s why I don’t have Children of Ruin yet. It’s still $32.99 and it will come down to $19.99. Still more than the new releases at Big W. Most of the others I can get from Big W on release for $16. Unfortunately they don’t stock much SFF. When I’m at the store buying books I do look at the Goodreads reviews to see if anyone I know has read it yet.


  95. Angelika
    December 4, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    1. I have read the Ancestor Trilogy, Limited Wish, and One Word Kill. Why do I like them? Because I love the way Mark Lawrence tells a story and his stories are so unique and gripping.

    2.other books I have been enjoying are The Lightbringer series, Recurison, just read Ninth House and loved it!!

    3. Instagram, YouTube, peoples blogs, goodreads.


  96. Mike
    December 4, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Dispel illusion was that last book. Cheers mark.


  97. Jason Lloyd-King
    December 4, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    I’ve read book of the ancestor, red queens war and broken empire. Loved the nuns of Sweet Mercy and can’t wait for the story on the ice to continue.
    Currently reading Impossible Times. Loving the change of direction from Mark.
    Books that have grabbed me this year (other than Sisters of Sweet Mercy) would be Ravens Mark – Ed McDonald.
    Looking for books, friends recommendations, Grimdark page on Facebook, Reddit.
    Good cover is a starting point, followed by page count, then a flick through some reviews.
    Cover for Girl and the Stars looks amazing by the way 👍


  98. Aleks
    December 5, 2019 at 12:39 am

    1. The entirety of the broken empire, the red queens war, and the books of the ancestor.
    2. Holy sister and the bell jar
    3. Goodreads reviews by the people I follow and the recommendations by the people I follow on Twitter.


  99. Jeff Grime
    December 5, 2019 at 12:45 am

    I’ve read all of Mark’s books except Dispel Illusion, but I have it on Kindle and Audible just waiting for it to make it to the top. I love Mark’s characters. My other favorite book this year was Gideon the Ninth. I probably get most of my recommendations from authors and friends on Twitter, r/fantasy and from locus online.


  100. Tracy Erickson
    December 5, 2019 at 1:21 am

    All of them.
    A lot of fanfiction to be honest.
    Recs from friends mostly,


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