Rachael recently received a e-ARC of Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross from HarperTeen through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Sisters of Sword and Song was released on June 23, 2020 and has a Goodreads rating of 4.26 stars.
Halcyon has been gone for 8 years. When she is finally due to return to her home of Isaura, Halcyon is accused of murder. Right before Halcyon is caught by her commander for running, she visits her little sister, Evadne. While Halcyon isn’t able to explain everything to her sister, Evadne understands the importance of the situation. Evadne volunteers to take part of Halcyon’s 15-year sentence and ends up working in the home of her sister’s commander. It is while Evadne is in the employ of Commander Straton that she learns why Halcyon is accused of murder.
This novel is definitely one to read if you’re interested in intricate magic systems, sisterhood, and mild romance.
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It took me a while to pick up Sisters of Sword and Song and honestly, I’m not sure why. The novel was an amazing read! The story had elaborate characterization, thoughtful world-building, and an intricate magic system. Rebecca Ross even created her own Gods, each with their own backstories. While being a part of her street team, I had the chance to read some of those myths. They were interesting and explained the creation for some of the relics that were mentioned in the novel.
My favorite part was the how Rebecca Ross portrayed Halcyon and Evadne’s relationship. It is very evident that their relationship grows throughout the course of the novel. The sisters were close before Halcyon left for the Bronze Legion and they became even closer after Evadne took part of Halcyon’s sentence. If I’m being honest, I probably wouldn’t do the same for my sister, but it was interesting to see why Evadne did it for Halcyon, even though they hadn’t seen each other much in eight years. Overall, I really liked Sisters of Sword and Song. I haven’t had a chance to read Rebecca Ross’s other series, The Queen’s Rising, yet, but I do plan to check it out.
Like always, we wanted to share some books that are similar to Sisters of Sword and Song. I have read all three of the books below and highly recommend each of them to you. They each have different aspects that are similar to Sisters of Sword and Song.
1. Shielded by KayLynn Flanders (releases July 21, 2020 –> I read an ARC already). This recommendation is great if you loved the magic system and siblinghood aspect of Sisters of Sword and Song. Shielded explores both of those aspects.
2. Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova. Stepping away from the siblinghood aspect of Sisters of Sword and Song, Incendiary has an elaborate magic system that can rival Sisters of Sword and Song.
3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. You might not think this one is similar to Sisters of Sword and Song, but the rebellion in both is similar. Both books want to overthrow a government that is being oppressive and unjust to those not in power.
If you read Sisters of Sword and Song, what did you think of it? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Also, which books do you think are similar to Sisters of Sword and Song? I’m always looking for new books to add to my ever-growing TBR.