Ross, Rebecca. Sisters of Sword and Song. New York: HarperTeen, 2020.
ISBN-13: 978-0062471413 | $17.99 USD | 458 pages
From the author of The Queen’s Rising comes a thrilling YA stand-alone fantasy about the unbreakable bond between sisters. Perfect for fans of Ember in the Ashes, Sky in the Deep, and Court of Fives.
After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.
Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.
Having loved Rebecca Ross’ Queen’s Rising duology, I was excited to see what she would do next. And the premise of Sisters of Sword and Song appealed to me, centering on the complex relationship between sisters.
I liked both Evadne and Halcyon, and how the story follows them both from their initial position as opposites envious of what the other has, to coming into their own, each in their own right. I also love that, in spite of wishing to be like the other, they are protective of each other, and it’s wonderful to see such a nuanced, yet still grounded sibling relationship in a YA fantasy, as it feels like some of the other books I’ve read lately have featured either only children or fierce, bloody sibling rivalry.
The world building is also immersive, to the point that I was a bit disappointed that it was a stand-alone, in spite of my initial relief. I loved the Grecian feel, but it didn’t feel like it was just “Greece, but with different names.” The magic system is also a lot of fun, with the different gods and associated relics, some of which are specifically noted as “unaccounted for.”
I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves YA fantasy.
Rebecca Ross was born and raised in Georgia, where she continues to reside with her husband, her lively Australian Shepherd, and her endless piles of books. She loves coffee, the night sky, chalk art, maps, the mountains, and growing wildflowers in her yard. And a good story, of course.
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