by Rebecca Ross
Published by HarperTeen
Release Date: June 23rd 2020
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Format Read: eBook
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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.
Rebecca Ross is for sure one of my favorite authors of all time. And this book went beyond anything I expected.
After reading both this and The Queen’s Rising duology, I can clearly see her style in themes and writing, and I am becoming a huge addict to both.
This book really astonishes with the power of good worldbuilding. The world felt so solid and well done, it truly came to life on the page even when we didn’t get to see all of it since it was a standalone. And yet it felt just as real and even more than a lot of series I’ve read.
The characters really felt unique and different from each other, and they were so dimensional they all came alive out of the page. The love story is beautiful, with an amazing development and build, just like Rebecca Ross always makes them. These are two people that grow with each other and individually, and it’s a joy to see them fall in love.
But aside from the love story, there are so many relationships in this book that develop and are just as good and important and brilliantly done. Family bonds, both found family and blood family, are a huge part of this book. And especially, the sister’s love for each other. That relationship is the foundation of this story, which is no surprise to anyone who read that title. Rebecca’s love for sorority and women support was woven in her stories back in Brienna’s duology back the Queen’s Rising, and it shines even more in this book, where the story is about actual sisters. That love and strength they both give each other was so empowering and wonderful to read.
I got to read Sisters of Sword and Song, but I also listen to this book in audiobook format at the same time. I have to give huge props to the narrators because they were truly amazing. They made the story so much more enjoyable for me, and it’s one of my favorite audiobooks I’ve listened to, not that I listened to a lot in the first place.
As for the plot, that also gets five stars from me. From beginning to end, it hooked me in and I couldn’t stop reading (or listening, in this case). The beginning does not have a super fast-paced plot but it still a solid start. And from there it just gets better and better until the point of no return. It is amazing, and the story pulls every single emotion out of you. I cried, and laughed, and loved, and I one hundred percent recommend this novel to every fantasy fan out there.
Asis is a Mexican girl whose life changed at the age of six when her father read her the first chapter of Harry Potter. Ever since that night, the book world sucked her in and she’s never been seen amongst mortals again.
I am a professional Translator-Interpreter, currently working as an ESL teacher at an elementary school. I have a passion for languages and an imagination that works 24/7. I am a romantic at heart, and my favorite genre is fantasy.
I’m incredibly obsessive towards anything I like, I can’t just like something, I always end up obsessed with it.
I love Scotland, musical theatre, beautiful places and I love stories in all formats.
Stories are a refuge for me and they’ve always been, they are also the one thing that makes me feel, that makes me interact and truly live. Stories can change everything.
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