**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.**
Title Sisters of Sword and Song
Author Rebecca Ross
Release Date June 23, 2020
Description from Amazon
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.
I was super excited to be chosen for this tour. I actually had a copy of an e-ARC of this book before I was chosen because I was a member of Rebecca Ross’s street team for this book. I absolutely loved the premise and was eager to dive into reading.
Some Things I Liked
- Mythology within the story. I can’t express enough how much I loved the myths created for this world. I would love to read more stories set in this land and about the various gods.
- Roman and Greek inspiration. Again, I really loved the inspiration from history that Rebecca Ross drew from to create this world and the characters. I can’t think of too many books that are inspired from these elements and I loved the unique spin she put on these familiar themes.
- Dark themes. This book had some dark parts. Murder, torture, lack of self-worth, etc. I thought the darkness was very well balanced with the light and all of the characters were well rounded despite the hardships they had to overcome.
- Dual POV. I loved that not only did we get chapters from Halcyon and Evadne, we also had a few chapters of both sisters together with scene changes showing their parallel emotions in different settings. I thought this was a feature I hadn’t seen before and I really enjoyed it.
- A pinch of romance. I liked that there was romance in this story, but it was by no means central to the story. I liked that the core of the story was about sisters and each girl discovering herself and the power she had inside herself.
Favorite Minor Character
I need to mention how much I loved Gregor. He was the perfect doting father and I loved the nicknames he had for his daughters. If there is a sequel, more Gregor, please!
I am obsessed with the setting of this book. I’d love to read more books set in this world. I think that Halcyon’s story is far from over and I’d love a spin off or sequel about what she goes on to do after the events of Sisters of Sword and Song.
I read this book all in one sitting. It had a really interesting premise and I was completely captivated by the story and characters.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson – if you liked the mythological inspiration as well as a plot about sisters who’d do anything for each other, try this duology.
- The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte – again, if you liked the sisters element as well as the murder, but, you’re looking for a more sci-fi setting, try this standalone by Astrid Scholte.
- The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross – if you liked the writing style here and you enjoyed the elements inspired by history, try Rebecca Ross’s duology inspired by a fantasy version of France.
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Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rebecca_Ross_Sisters_of_Sword_and_Song?id=wVuxDwAAQBAJ