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Author: Mark Lawrence Narrator: Heather O’Neill Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: Book of the Ancestor Series Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781501946400
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The international bestselling author of the Broken Empire and the Red Queen’s War trilogies begins a stunning epic fantasy series about a secretive order of holy warriors

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In some few children, the old bloods show, gifting rare talents that can be honed to deadly or mystic effect. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls.

A bloodstained child of nine falsely accused of murder, guilty of worse, Nona is stolen from the shadow of the noose. It takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist, but under Abbess Glass’ care there is much more to learn than the arts of death. Among her class, Nona finds a new family—and new enemies.

Despite the security and isolation of the convent, Nona’s secret and violent past finds her out, drawing with it the tangled politics of a crumbling empire. Her arrival sparks old feuds to life, igniting vicious struggles within the church and even drawing the eye of the emperor himself.

Beneath a dying sun, Nona Grey must master her inner demons, then loose them on those who stand in her way.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Differences in age are an important part of Heather O’Neil’s portrayal of the primary characters in this audiobook. Nine-year-old Nona, who is rescued from the hangman’s noose, is initially wary of the abbess who saved her and keeps her distance from the other girls at the convent school as well…While the abbess and the other nuns sound authoritarian, O’Neil tempers their harshness, making clear their dedication to the welfare of their young students. O’Neil does justice to the lyrical prose, and provides a bonus: a few notes of the songs that are part of the story. In this first of the Ancestor series, O’Neil builds the relationships among the girls as they learn to trust and rely on one another.”


  • “Dark, passionate, tense, with a female hero anyone could relate to—I was utterly fascinated! This is no pretty, flowery tale but one of vastly different people struggling to survive when a hostile government comes to power.”

    Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author

  • “In this stunning, action-filled series launch, Lawrence establishes a fantastic world in which religion and politics are sharp as swords, with magic and might held in the hands of wonderful and dangerous women. Impatient George R. R. Martin fans will find this a pleasing alternative until the next installment in his A Song of Ice and Fire saga arrives.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Fantasy Narration

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About the Author

Mark Lawrence is the author of fantasy novels, including the Broken Empire trilogy, the Red Queen’s War trilogy, and the Book of the Ancestor series. He is also a research scientist working on artificial intelligence. He is a dual national with both British and American citizenship, and has held secret-level clearance with both governments.

About the Narrator

Heather O’Neill has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway plays. Her audio narration credits include Blessed Are the Cheesemakers, The Accidental, Field of Blood, and The Dead Hour.