Bound - A short story (Book of the Ancestor, #2.5)
Book of the Ancestor #2.5A 16,000 word short story that sits between Grey Sister and Holy Sister in the Book of the Ancestor trilogy.The story focuses on an incident involving Nona, Ara, and Regol with support from Kettle, Ruli, and Jula.

Bound - A short story (Book of the Ancestor, #2.5) Details

TitleBound - A short story (Book of the Ancestor, #2.5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 19th, 2018
Rating
GenreFantasy, Short Stories, High Fantasy

Bound - A short story (Book of the Ancestor, #2.5) Review

  • Mark Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    A kissing story!Out at last. You can read it today.UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bound-Book-A...UShttps://www.amazon.com/Bound-Book-Anc...
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
    more
  • James Lafayette Tivendale
    January 1, 1970
    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.
    more
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    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???!!!
    more
  • Swiffer
    January 1, 1970
    (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.
    more
  • Eon ♒Windrunner♒
    January 1, 1970
    “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 “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…”
    more
  • Jody
    January 1, 1970
    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 H 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 ****
    more
  • Petros Triantafyllou
    January 1, 1970
    More like a missing chapter than a short story. You just *need* to read it.
  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    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.
    more
  • Steven
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Jon Adams
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Mitriel
    January 1, 1970
    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...
  • Mihir
    January 1, 1970
    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.
    more
  • Shae
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
    more
  • Lukasz
    January 1, 1970
    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
    more
  • Marielle
    January 1, 1970
    Great story, how I love to read about Nona. Can't wait for Holy Sister!
  • Steve Kimmins
    January 1, 1970
    A satisfying, enjoyable nugget linked to the Book of the Ancestor series where some of the major characters get involved in an adventure, associated with intrigues in the main series. Short, easy to read through in 2-3 hours. Not like the Road Brothers book which was issued after the Broken Empire series and largely fills out back stories on some of the characters. This one is a standalone adventure and assumes you’ve finished volume 2 (Grey Sister) of this series. If you’re at that point I’d re A satisfying, enjoyable nugget linked to the Book of the Ancestor series where some of the major characters get involved in an adventure, associated with intrigues in the main series. Short, easy to read through in 2-3 hours. Not like the Road Brothers book which was issued after the Broken Empire series and largely fills out back stories on some of the characters. This one is a standalone adventure and assumes you’ve finished volume 2 (Grey Sister) of this series. If you’re at that point I’d recommend this novella.Warning - there is a reasonable amount of kissing involved and brings a new meaning to a threesome at one point!
    more
  • Holly (The Grimdragon)
    January 1, 1970
    "Mathematics filled her with a dread that a handful of flung throwing stars slicing toward her never could. She’d never understood why the equations needed her to solve them. Wouldn’t they be happier left in peace on the pages of dusty books?"If you know me at all, you know I am a massive fan of Mark Lawrence. I am in left in awe of his writing, time and time again. I have never been let down by any of his books. Ever (NO PRESSURE!!) So, when I was contacted by the brilliant author himself to re "Mathematics filled her with a dread that a handful of flung throwing stars slicing toward her never could. She’d never understood why the equations needed her to solve them. Wouldn’t they be happier left in peace on the pages of dusty books?"If you know me at all, you know I am a massive fan of Mark Lawrence. I am in left in awe of his writing, time and time again. I have never been let down by any of his books. Ever (NO PRESSURE!!) So, when I was contacted by the brilliant author himself to review this short story, I jumped at the opportunity of course! I may have squealed a wee bit as well, no big. ::Ahem:: This is a short story set between the events in Grey Sister and Holy Sister, which comes out in April.Somehow, there have been five heirs poisoned in the city of Verity. This is an almost impossible feat, which has alerted the sisters. What comes next is an intense, exciting, delightful adventure featuring more Nona, Ara, Sister Kettle, Regol and others!"It was supposed to be one kiss!"OH LA LA! This was such a thrilling read! The badass nuns that we've come to know and love, bonkers action sequences, Nona's first kiss.. which is one of the most achingly gorgeous scenes in the entire series so far. Just so gut-punchy and lovely and genuine. Oof.Lawrence writes a delicious tale within these sparse 16,000 words. It satiated my hunger for Nona and the others for the time being, yet at the same time made me crave more from the Book of the Ancestor trilogy IMMEDIATELY. If that makes sense. I just love the Book of the Ancestor world so goddamn much!Typically I don't read digitally, but I made an exception for this. It's self-published and will only be available electronically. Please check it out (after reading the first two books in the Book of the Ancestor trilogy!)I'd like to thank Mark Lawrence again for the chance to read this gem of a story before the release date!
    more
  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    5 full stars for this short story set in the same world as Red Sister and Grey Sister. I think this changed my mind about short stories. What a fabulous way to let us visit with these characters while waiting for the next book to come out. Nona is such a great character. Typically I think of strength when I think of Nona. But this story let me see her in a little bit of a different light. The kiss she shares and the feelings she experiences show a softer side that I found really intriguing. This 5 full stars for this short story set in the same world as Red Sister and Grey Sister. I think this changed my mind about short stories. What a fabulous way to let us visit with these characters while waiting for the next book to come out. Nona is such a great character. Typically I think of strength when I think of Nona. But this story let me see her in a little bit of a different light. The kiss she shares and the feelings she experiences show a softer side that I found really intriguing. This story was just what I needed after a really awful past few days. Can’t wait to read the next book. Thanks Mr Lawrence for such a great couple of hours reading.
    more
  • Pat
    January 1, 1970
    The only downside to this book is that I want more! Read it!
  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    This was cute. Nona is still as wonderful as ever.When I saw this described as a "kissing story," I imagined something like the girls sitting around a fire playing some truth or dare-esque game where they shyly kiss each other.I don't know what I was thinking.Instead I got a story with murder, assassination attempts, crushes, and kissing. This was great!
    more
  • Bob Pierce
    January 1, 1970
    Mark Lawrence does not disappoint with this short story. I loved having another taste of Nona's story while we wait for Holy Sister to publish. If you have read Red Sister and Grey Sister, you absolutely do not want to miss this one.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Mark, a couple months ago I asked you a very important question, to which you responded that you could neither confirm nor deny. To be honest, I agonized over this far more than I should have. When I saw that you were publishing Bound, I figured this would be the answer. So of course I leapt at the chance to read it as soon as possible. In the most infuriating yet wonderful way possible, this entire short story is still neither confirmation nor denial. This is going to drive me insane, but at le Mark, a couple months ago I asked you a very important question, to which you responded that you could neither confirm nor deny. To be honest, I agonized over this far more than I should have. When I saw that you were publishing Bound, I figured this would be the answer. So of course I leapt at the chance to read it as soon as possible. In the most infuriating yet wonderful way possible, this entire short story is still neither confirmation nor denial. This is going to drive me insane, but at least I’m enjoying it thoroughly while it does so. This was a very cute and unique little tale, and it’s absolutely worth reading. Can’t wait to read Holy Sister!
    more
  • Rabiaah Abdalreda
    January 1, 1970
    Ehhhhh. This was so good and I loved it with my whole heart. I mean by now I’ll basically love everything with Nona and my beloved badass nuns in it. I thought that this will sate my hunger until Holy Sister cones out but NO, this made me even hungrier to read it right now. I want Holy Sister right now!!!!!! I want to know what happens to my babies. Can’t say much without giving spoilers but read it. Some major interesting stuff happens in the book. Also, Sister Pot and Kittle! 😂 And loved Appy Ehhhhh. This was so good and I loved it with my whole heart. I mean by now I’ll basically love everything with Nona and my beloved badass nuns in it. I thought that this will sate my hunger until Holy Sister cones out but NO, this made me even hungrier to read it right now. I want Holy Sister right now!!!!!! I want to know what happens to my babies. Can’t say much without giving spoilers but read it. Some major interesting stuff happens in the book. Also, Sister Pot and Kittle! 😂 And loved Appy educating Ketti.
    more
  • Marleigh
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun short story! I'm not normally a short story or novella reader, but slowly I am changing my mind thanks to works like this. This was like an interlude between Grey Sister and the next book to come out (which I want even more now!). There was kissing, romance, fancy parties and of course, Nona and Ara kicking ass. Showing the girls of Sweet Mercy just being typical kids (stealing booze) and then turning around to do what they do best (murder and intrigue, mostly) in a super condensed fo What a fun short story! I'm not normally a short story or novella reader, but slowly I am changing my mind thanks to works like this. This was like an interlude between Grey Sister and the next book to come out (which I want even more now!). There was kissing, romance, fancy parties and of course, Nona and Ara kicking ass. Showing the girls of Sweet Mercy just being typical kids (stealing booze) and then turning around to do what they do best (murder and intrigue, mostly) in a super condensed form was greeeat.
    more
  • Eric Gaston
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great little story that lets us slip back into Nona’s world. It makes me even more anxious for the release of Holy Sister.
  • Mayticks
    January 1, 1970
    My wife and I were lucky enough to read this story on the night before our wedding (something we chose to do instead of practicing our vows!) AND LET ME TELL YOU !!! It was a thrilling read that highlighted some of my favourite aspects of Mark Lawrence's story telling. Engaging dialogue, action packed fight scenes, interesting and probing character development -- and to my delight -- some kissing. Okay, a lot of kissing ! The kissing scenes are as action packed as the fighting ones and this was My wife and I were lucky enough to read this story on the night before our wedding (something we chose to do instead of practicing our vows!) AND LET ME TELL YOU !!! It was a thrilling read that highlighted some of my favourite aspects of Mark Lawrence's story telling. Engaging dialogue, action packed fight scenes, interesting and probing character development -- and to my delight -- some kissing. Okay, a lot of kissing ! The kissing scenes are as action packed as the fighting ones and this was a short story I never wanted to end, that left me hungry for Holy Sister, as I'm sure it will you !Highlights : Kettle and Apple sassy dialogue, Arabella being a badass, and as the title suggests, an interesting Bind ! I've read this through a few times now and it never gets boring. Thank you for tiding us over until Holy Sister!
    more
  • Jonna Peltokangas
    January 1, 1970
    ”it seemed to nona a terrible crime to lie with one’s body, to hide murder within an act of affection. the quick violence of a fight was something she understood very well, but this slow falsehood, this spider web of deception using all the tools of love and lust … it hurt her heart and left her feeling sad.”a really great addition to a series I’m already in love with! very nice and light hearted when comparing it to the other books in the series (feels a bit strange to call something with murde ”it seemed to nona a terrible crime to lie with one’s body, to hide murder within an act of affection. the quick violence of a fight was something she understood very well, but this slow falsehood, this spider web of deception using all the tools of love and lust … it hurt her heart and left her feeling sad.”a really great addition to a series I’m already in love with! very nice and light hearted when comparing it to the other books in the series (feels a bit strange to call something with murders in it nice and light hearted but for this series it is). great for fans of the series who wants something the fill the void while waiting for the next book to come out, highly recommend!read for the christmas at hogwarts magical readathon (challenge to help hagrid decorate the trees)
    more
  • Peter
    January 1, 1970
    Great story! Make sure you read it before Holy Sister. It's kinda hard to pace out for the release of Holy Sister though, 40ish pages for a 90+ day wait? Why aren't there more words!? Explain yourself!Also, a protip: if searching for this "Bound" on an online bookstore, type in Mark Lawrence too. Just searching for Bound does not give the intended result :|If those are the most popular titles however it does give my plans of eventually writing some fantasy fiction pause. Maybe I should just put Great story! Make sure you read it before Holy Sister. It's kinda hard to pace out for the release of Holy Sister though, 40ish pages for a 90+ day wait? Why aren't there more words!? Explain yourself!Also, a protip: if searching for this "Bound" on an online bookstore, type in Mark Lawrence too. Just searching for Bound does not give the intended result :|If those are the most popular titles however it does give my plans of eventually writing some fantasy fiction pause. Maybe I should just put a sixpack on the cover, include some light whipping and get myself a best seller instead.
    more
Write a review