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This is a 16,000 word short story, primarily featuring Nona, Ara, Kettle, Regol. It should be read between Grey Sister and Holy Sister. Again, I stress SHORT STORY.


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This is a 16,000 word short story, primarily featuring Nona, Ara, Kettle, Regol. It should be read between Grey Sister and Holy Sister. Again, I stress SHORT STORY.

30 review for Bound

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    I've been very vocal about my dislike of romance. In my opinion it's usually just not well done, or at least, done in a way I can't deal with. I don't like how overdone insta love, love triangles or romance that happens five pages into the book are. I don't have time to want anyone to get with anyone. I don't have time to care. With that said, in this novella we get a beginning of romance. No cringy sex scene or anything but just enough for me to start shipping some people. There's more to it, we I've been very vocal about my dislike of romance. In my opinion it's usually just not well done, or at least, done in a way I can't deal with. I don't like how overdone insta love, love triangles or romance that happens five pages into the book are. I don't have time to want anyone to get with anyone. I don't have time to care. With that said, in this novella we get a beginning of romance. No cringy sex scene or anything but just enough for me to start shipping some people. There's more to it, we get a bit of a murder-mystery related to the series but.... I'm shipping them hard now. I'm curious to see how things will evolve in the last book of the series!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark Lawrence

    A kissing story! Out at last. You can read it today. UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bound-Book-A... US https://www.amazon.com/Bound-Book-Anc... More art (& attributions) here: https://thatthornguy.com/fan-art/red-... . A kissing story! Out at last. You can read it today. UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bound-Book-A... US https://www.amazon.com/Bound-Book-Anc... More art (& attributions) here: https://thatthornguy.com/fan-art/red-... .

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 1.) Red Sister ★★★★★ 2.) Grey Sister ★★★★★ “But the fact is that few people are able to see value in the words of someone they truly dislike. Have your own opinions spoken back to you by someone you despise and you will likely begin to find fault.” This short story is set six months after the heartbreaking and harrowing events of Grey Sister! This would be a very difficult short story to review if I couldn’t talk about the even ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 1.) Red Sister ★★★★★ 2.) Grey Sister ★★★★★ “But the fact is that few people are able to see value in the words of someone they truly dislike. Have your own opinions spoken back to you by someone you despise and you will likely begin to find fault.” This short story is set six months after the heartbreaking and harrowing events of Grey Sister! This would be a very difficult short story to review if I couldn’t talk about the events that happened in Red Sister and Grey Sister, so please make sure you are up to date with this series before reading this review! But wow, what an early holiday treat. This was a short story filled with action, suspense, and girls kissing! And, dare I say, perhaps the start of a polyamorous relationship? But this is an amazing little story about a mini murder mystery that involves the poisoning of some very wealthy and powerful people, and the poison is being implemented in a way that is impressing even master assassins. And Ara is just the person for the job to go undercover at a party full of nobles, considering her social status, but she will have the help of Regol. But first, she has to brush up on her kissing skills. And what better partner than Nona? If you’ve read my review for Grey Sister then you should know that I very much ship Nona and Ara together, and I was scared with Regol rejoining the picture, because I know he has feelings for Nona. Friends, I did not expect the polyamorous vibes that Mark Lawrence was serving me in this short story, but it is truly all I wanted for the holidays! Oh, my word, the blessings. “And it’s not like I don’t know how much trouble one little kiss can lead to...” But anyways, Ara and Regol are off to try and solve the mystery, while Nona is able to somewhat tag along because of a special bond she has with Ara. And friends, I have too many feelings right now. I’m soft, I’m weak, and I’m so in love with these characters. This is my favorite short story of 2018, easily. Overall, I’m just so damn in love with this series. I loved getting this small glimpse of Nona and the gang, and I can’t wait for more! At this point, I would commit a minor felony to get an arc of Holy Sister! This really is such a once in a lifetime series, and I really recommend everyone picking it up. I mean, warrior, magical, assassin nuns, who many of are queer? I can’t think of anything I’d rather read. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    People told me I should read this before Holy Sister because there are things that are important to the story and boy are they not wrong!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Petrik

    Mini-review A lovely Book of the Ancestor short story about kissing and poisons. Bound takes place between Grey Sister and Holy Sister. It took me less than one hour to read. I have said this countless times: I am not a fan of romance in fantasy; it's not because I hate the existence of the romance itself, it's just that most of the time they end up annoying the crap out of me. Bound, however, is one of those rare cases where it actually worked. It was charming, endearing, beautifully written, and Mini-review A lovely Book of the Ancestor short story about kissing and poisons. Bound takes place between Grey Sister and Holy Sister. It took me less than one hour to read. I have said this countless times: I am not a fan of romance in fantasy; it's not because I hate the existence of the romance itself, it's just that most of the time they end up annoying the crap out of me. Bound, however, is one of those rare cases where it actually worked. It was charming, endearing, beautifully written, and it made me smile. Plus, there's a huge chance that the event that occurred here will be important in Holy Sister. Consider this a must read for Book of the Ancestor fans. Also, I can't help but think that the lyric to the song Mr. Brightside by The Killers would fit this short story. Here's part of the lyric that struck me: "Coming out of my cage And I've been doing just fine Gotta gotta be down Because I want it all It started out with a kiss How did it end up like this? It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss"

  6. 5 out of 5

    James Tivendale

    I received a review copy of Bound in exchange for an honest review. I'd like to thank Mark Lawrence for the opportunity. Bound is set in between the events of Grey Sister and upcoming novel Holy Sister and clocks in at sixteen thousand words. It's an excellent bite-sized addition to the already brilliant Book of the Ancestor world that can be devoured in approximately an hour. As it's a short tale I will just compose a quick mini review. In some downtime between lessons, Nona, Ara, and a few oth I received a review copy of Bound in exchange for an honest review. I'd like to thank Mark Lawrence for the opportunity. Bound is set in between the events of Grey Sister and upcoming novel Holy Sister and clocks in at sixteen thousand words. It's an excellent bite-sized addition to the already brilliant Book of the Ancestor world that can be devoured in approximately an hour. As it's a short tale I will just compose a quick mini review. In some downtime between lessons, Nona, Ara, and a few others sneak into the winery to steal a barrel of the nunnery's brandy so that the girls can have a dormitory party. Whilst sampling the wine the winery is entered by Sister Kettle and Sister Apple and the girls overhear about poisonings that are occurring in Verity to very wealthy characters who should be untouchable. Even the sisters or the Noi-Guin would have difficulty performing these assassinations to individuals of this social standing. What comes next is a mini-adventure where Ara, accompanied by everyone's favourite ring-fighter Regol, with the help of Sister Kettle must go to a high society event to hopefully sniff out the poisoner. We learn a fair bit more about Ara and Regol here and Mark presents us with an exciting and completely fulfilling culmination. This is still presented in Nona's first-person perspective and anyone who has enjoyed the previous stories will feel instantly right back at home and completely comfortable in the world of the Ancestor again. I've read numerous amounts of Mark's short stories and he has a deft knack at creating exceptionally exciting tales within a small number of pages. I completely recommend reading this before tackling Holy Sister when that is released in April as it includes two standout moments. One standout moment includes Nona's first kiss and another features a certain bond between two characters which I believe will be truly important for the remainder of the series. The only reason this hasn't got a higher rating is because I don't tend to reward short stories that highly. That being said, this is essential reading for fans of Book of the Ancestor and Mark Lawrence in general. April and Holy Sister cannot come soon enough.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Just a little taste of what we've all been missing as Ara and Nona get caught up in the poisoning of several young Sis. Mark Lawrence calls this a 'kissing story' and it is that... but as usual he makes sure there's a sharper edge- he doesn't do sweet without stabby. And I'm all for it. It's over far too soon though.... ... how long is it till Holy Sister again???!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eon ♒Windrunner♒

    “It is important, when killing a novice, to ensure you bring a force of sufficient size.” Bound is another stabtastic (© Kristoff & Lawrence) story set in the superb Book of the Ancestor series from Mark Lawrence and takes place a short while after the events in Grey Sister. The lowdown is that nobles are being murdered, presumably poisoned, but no-one is sure of the how or why. Arabella hailing from a noble family herself is deemed the perfect candidate for the task, so she is sent together w “It is important, when killing a novice, to ensure you bring a force of sufficient size.” Bound is another stabtastic (© Kristoff & Lawrence) story set in the superb Book of the Ancestor series from Mark Lawrence and takes place a short while after the events in Grey Sister. The lowdown is that nobles are being murdered, presumably poisoned, but no-one is sure of the how or why. Arabella hailing from a noble family herself is deemed the perfect candidate for the task, so she is sent together with Regol & Kettle to infiltrate the nobles and find the killer. What follows is some killing, kissing and kickassery. Not necessarily in that order. It’s a fun story, over too quickly, but it hits the spot as a little something to bide the time while we wait for the release of Holy Sister. (*stares depressingly at calendar) Mark Lawrence has really perfected the art of the killer short story (pun intended) and I find myself demanding more tales in this series. Especially if they are executed as immaculately as this. “And it’s not like I don’t know how much trouble one little kiss can lead to…”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    (Spoilers for Red Sister and Grey Sister below) Who knew a story about catching a serial killer could be so funny and sweet? Mark Lawrence did, and he injects a ton of heart into his engaging and rewarding novella Bound. This story is set six months after the events of Grey Sister. Nona, Ara, and the rest of the novices are back training at the Sweet Mercy convent when Sisters Kettle and Apple discover that someone is systematic murdering young Sis nobles. They wish to recruit Ara to help infiltr (Spoilers for Red Sister and Grey Sister below) Who knew a story about catching a serial killer could be so funny and sweet? Mark Lawrence did, and he injects a ton of heart into his engaging and rewarding novella Bound. This story is set six months after the events of Grey Sister. Nona, Ara, and the rest of the novices are back training at the Sweet Mercy convent when Sisters Kettle and Apple discover that someone is systematic murdering young Sis nobles. They wish to recruit Ara to help infiltrate a formal noble party and discover who is responsible and why this is happening, but Nona is understandably reluctant to let her go. Although there is no way for Nona to be able to attend such lavish parties without being discovered, she just might be able to help Ara by other, unconventional methods... This novella packs a lot of heart and a surprising amount of relevance to Nona’s overarching story. What at first seems like a stand-alone adventure that solely exists outside the Book of the Ancestor trilogy, it ended up having very real character developments and plot progressions that advance the main trilogy’s story in significant ways. This is a fast-paced, tightly written adventure that does a fine job of slaking one’s thirst for more Nona until Holy Sister arrives next April. There are quite a few important surprises within that elevates this story into “required reading” territory for any fan of the Book of the Ancestor series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This was amazing. A short story, yes, but it was as satisfying as a longer work. Fans of Nona and Ara and the Book of the Ancenstor books will love this. It's a self contained story that gives us a snapshot into the lives of these girls, a great teaser for the next book. I'll be reading it again, and it even made me want to go back and reread the first two novels.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jody

    Short, bloody, and brilliant! Mark Lawrence has taken all the qualities from this series and shrunk it down into this novella. Nona's bond with her friends is a central part to this "kissing story", as Mark has labeled it, in more ways than one. “I don’t think you understand how difficult what you’re proposing is. It would require considerable … oral dexterity.” Plus, you can't have a Book of the Ancestor without some blood shed and a little espionage. This really has me looking forw Short, bloody, and brilliant! Mark Lawrence has taken all the qualities from this series and shrunk it down into this novella. Nona's bond with her friends is a central part to this "kissing story", as Mark has labeled it, in more ways than one. “I don’t think you understand how difficult what you’re proposing is. It would require considerable … oral dexterity.” Plus, you can't have a Book of the Ancestor without some blood shed and a little espionage. This really has me looking forward to Holy Sister, and I'm not sure if I can wait until April to get my hands on it. If you have read the first two books in this series, this is a must read that will get you all the more excited for the release of Holy Sister. If you are reading this review and have not read any of this series, then you don't know what your missing. “It is important, when killing a novice, to ensure you bring a force of sufficient size.” Actual Rating: 4 stars ****

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This is a short story set six months after the finale of Grey Sister, and it delivered all the loved filled, kissing angst I wanted from that book. The main plot follows Ara as she's thrown back into the aristocratic world of the Sis families to uncover the killer of a number of Sis heirs. Accompanying her is the devilishly handsome Regol, with Nona waiting in the wings (and minds) following and helping the two from a distance. I liked the set up for this. It showed Nona back in her prime environ This is a short story set six months after the finale of Grey Sister, and it delivered all the loved filled, kissing angst I wanted from that book. The main plot follows Ara as she's thrown back into the aristocratic world of the Sis families to uncover the killer of a number of Sis heirs. Accompanying her is the devilishly handsome Regol, with Nona waiting in the wings (and minds) following and helping the two from a distance. I liked the set up for this. It showed Nona back in her prime environment of the Abbey surrounded by friends, while contemplating the nature of her relationship with Ara. The introduction of a murder mystery (which ironically, given the amount I've read recently, reminded me heavily of The A.B.C. Murders) was a nice touch as it takes the whole story in a new direction and manages to give the whole thing a lighter feel. I also enjoyed seeing glimpses into the wider world of the Ancestor, from a point of view very different to Nona's. It helps to set up the stage for Holy Sister and the complex relationships and political machinations that will hopefully be delved into in greater detail. A nice little story that stands up well on its own, with the background knowledge of Red and Grey Sister, that leaves me anxious to return to this world and these fascinating characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andreas

    It's important when rating a short story that you bring a sufficient amount of stars. For Bound by Mark Lawrence, Andreas brought 3.5 stars. (That sounded much cooler in my mind than it actually was)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Petros Triantafyllou

    More like a missing chapter than a short story. You just *need* to read it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    “It is important, when killing a novice, to ensure you bring a force of sufficient size.” It was so good to be back with Nona and crew even if it was just for a short time. Nona can find ways to get into trouble in no time at all. There have been five deaths of young people in the Sis (upper society) and Ara is given the task of going back to society to try and figure out who is responsible for the poisoning. Nona and Ara have always been close but they are about to come closer and beco “It is important, when killing a novice, to ensure you bring a force of sufficient size.” It was so good to be back with Nona and crew even if it was just for a short time. Nona can find ways to get into trouble in no time at all. There have been five deaths of young people in the Sis (upper society) and Ara is given the task of going back to society to try and figure out who is responsible for the poisoning. Nona and Ara have always been close but they are about to come closer and become thread bound to one another. They will help each other figure out who is to blame and thwart their dastardly plans. But don't put it past Nona's enemies to use this to hurt her. I loved being back at the Abby and seeing some of the sisters again. Apple is one of my favorites as always “Novice Ketti. What brings you to the winery?” Sister Apple enquired in the stern voice she used as Mistress Shade during class. “I… uh…” Ketti’s feet shuffled backwards. “Sorry!” “Novice!” Apple’s raised voice arrested Ketti’s retreat. “Sister Pot here is a guest at Sweet Mercy. I can’t let such a shameful effort go unchallenged. I taught you to lie myself. Now do it properly. The writing was exactly what I expect from Lawrence with some great words of wisdom thrown in. But the fact is that few people are able to see value in the words of someone they truly dislike. Have your own opinions spoken back to you by someone you despise and you will likely begin to find fault. For me this was a must read before Holy Sister comes out and there is one pretty important thing that happens that I didn't want to miss. But you could most likely skip it and be fine, I'm sure Lawrence will find a way to work the happenings into Holy Sister. Still why would you want to.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Dammit, just a splash of the Book of the Ancestor when what I needed was a tidal wave. April can't get here soon enough!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jon Adams

    Well that was an amazing bridge between books 2 and 3. I have a feeling that will have implications on book 3 so you should definitely read it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    This short story in Mark Lawrence's Book of the Ancestor series falls between the second and third instalments of the series and feels more like a few missing chapters in the regular series rather than a side story. Which is to say I do not think this is the sort of novella one can just skip as a few significant things occur that I assume will play a part in the happenings in the third book! This was a short story but it still managed to be quite fun. Five members of the aristocracy have been mu This short story in Mark Lawrence's Book of the Ancestor series falls between the second and third instalments of the series and feels more like a few missing chapters in the regular series rather than a side story. Which is to say I do not think this is the sort of novella one can just skip as a few significant things occur that I assume will play a part in the happenings in the third book! This was a short story but it still managed to be quite fun. Five members of the aristocracy have been murdered so to root out the culprit it is decided to send Arabella back into society to see if she and the presence of a few discreet sisters can root out about the assassin. Nona, not wanting any harm to come to Ara, finds a unique way to get in on the mission! I felt like the story was a fun one that mixed in the usual humour, action, adventure, and intrigue that we are used to from the main series with a bit of added romance! It worked quite well and I ended up enjoying this adventure. It does really help that Lawrence has quite an engaging writing style and that his characters are fun ones. All in all I enjoyed this tale and feel like it has me more enthused than ever to get to the third and final book in the series! Rating: 4 stars. If the story had a flaw it was the fact that it was so short (around 50 pages) that it felt like it was finishing just as I was getting sucked into the tale! No audio for this one which was unfortunate. One would think Lawrence was popular enough that even his novellas made it to audio!

  19. 5 out of 5

    TS Chan

    Read this cool and charming kissing story before Holy Sister, or you'll be missing something.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mitriel

    A strong contender for best Mark Lawrence short story. If you loved Red and Grey Sister you will absolutely adore this one. https://thatthornguy.com/2018/11/05/b... A strong contender for best Mark Lawrence short story. If you loved Red and Grey Sister you will absolutely adore this one. https://thatthornguy.com/2018/11/05/b...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I didn't think I could love the Book of the Ancestor series more but actually it's very possible and that's all thank to this great short story, with more Nona, Ara and others. It was like everything I ever wanted??? (gods, such great storytelling). Bound helped me with my wait for Holy Sister but at the same time made me even more impatient for it. Antidote? Reread this every few days.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Candie

    If you enjoy the Ancestor Trilogy then you will definitely like this. I don't usually like short stories because they are hard to get into, but because this is a side story from the novels, there was enough context with the characters and the world to still connect with it. A very, very quick but fun read with just the right balance of action and romance. The romance was very real too, subtle and not at all cringy. I really enjoyed this.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shae

    A fantastic short story! Perfect Christmas morning read while waiting for my husband and kids to come in from the surf. Bring on Holy Sister!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    A wonderful little taste of the world of the Book of the Ancestor, with Nona's friend Arabella Jotsis on a special mission to uncover a poisoner that's randomly targeting Sis nobles. But there's no way that Nona would sit still while Ara takes on such a dangerous job. This is an excellent teaser for Holy Sister which I'm moving straight on to. A wonderful little taste of the world of the Book of the Ancestor, with Nona's friend Arabella Jotsis on a special mission to uncover a poisoner that's randomly targeting Sis nobles. But there's no way that Nona would sit still while Ara takes on such a dangerous job. This is an excellent teaser for Holy Sister which I'm moving straight on to.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ✨Brithanie Faith✨

    3.5 ⭐'s

  26. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    A very short story set in time between Grey Sister and Holy Sister. I'm not sure if it's a necessary read, but it didn't take very long, so why not?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mihir

    OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS (MIHIR): Bound is a short and snappy story that focuses on Nona and a few of her classmates as they get involved in the mystery of several murders. Nona, Ara, and Ruli are looking forward to some hooch when they overhear sisters Kettle and Apple discussing a series of murders. Things escalate as they usually do and the funnies thing is that it all begins with a kiss. But since this is a Mark Lawrence story so this isn’t your regular romance at all. It deals with love and possib OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS (MIHIR): Bound is a short and snappy story that focuses on Nona and a few of her classmates as they get involved in the mystery of several murders. Nona, Ara, and Ruli are looking forward to some hooch when they overhear sisters Kettle and Apple discussing a series of murders. Things escalate as they usually do and the funnies thing is that it all begins with a kiss. But since this is a Mark Lawrence story so this isn’t your regular romance at all. It deals with love and possibly hate. Nona has matured beyond her years and now knows more about the world than most girls of her age. But in many ways she’s still a young person and has never truly known love. This story explores that angle while providing the requisite amount of thrills and action. The story is definitely set after the events of Grey Sister and while readers can read this story as a standalone. There are quite a few references and events mentioned that would only make sense if you have read the Red & Grey Sister. This story held my attention completely with all of its twists and minute touches to the long-form books. For those enraptured by Nona, the sisters and the weird world that they live in. Bound will be a welcome addition to the Books Of The Ancestor saga and will only serve to who your appetite for the finale in Holy Sister in 2019.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    Finally some fucking kissing.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lukasz

    I don’t know how Lawrence did it, but he made me care deeply for murderous nuns. I’m sure Books of Ancestor will become one of my favourite series ever. Unless, of course, Lawrence messes up everything* in Holy Sister.  Bound happens between the events of Gray and Holy Sister. It is, essentially, the story about the power of a kiss. A kiss can kick-start passion, but in the world of the Ancestor, its powers run much deeper and may turn lethal. Beautifully written, packed with action and mystery, B I don’t know how Lawrence did it, but he made me care deeply for murderous nuns. I’m sure Books of Ancestor will become one of my favourite series ever. Unless, of course, Lawrence messes up everything* in Holy Sister.  Bound happens between the events of Gray and Holy Sister. It is, essentially, the story about the power of a kiss. A kiss can kick-start passion, but in the world of the Ancestor, its powers run much deeper and may turn lethal. Beautifully written, packed with action and mystery, Bound blends moments of sweetness and with violence and bloodshed. I expected nothing else.  Flaws? It only whetted my appetite for more stories in the world and April is still too far away. * Say, for example, he kills Nona. Or Ara. Or Ruli. Or Zole. Or Abbess Glass.  ARC through Fantasy Book Critic

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marielle

    Great story, how I love to read about Nona. Can't wait for Holy Sister!

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