Title: Sisters of Sword and Song
Author: Rebecca Ross
Thank you to HarperTeen for providing me with an ARC!
Sisters of Sword and Song is a fantasy standalone set in world similar to Ancient Greece. It centers around two sisters, Evadne and Halcyon. Halcyon is a hoplite in the Queen’s army and Evadne has been waiting eight years to be reunited with her. However, when it revealed that Halcyon has killed someone, Evadne offers to take a portion of her sentence and serve in the Commander’s house.
Rebecca Ross’ writing is so beautiful. Her worldbuilding was creative and extremely well-done. Sisters of Sword and Song is set in a world based on Ancient Greece, but full of magic and a different mythology system. The worldbuilding in the book was thorough, yet simple and easily understood. It’s very fast-paced which made the story extremely enjoyable.
I really liked both Evadne and Halcyon and how the story was told through both their POVs. Each sister has their own strengths and weaknesses, and it was great to see them grow as characters throughout the story. I also thought the romance was perfectly executed. The slow-burn romance takes a backseat to the rest of the story; it’s subtle, very sweet, and I loved the hopefulness of the epilogue!
I’m always an advocate for more fantasy standalone novels, especially in the YA genre. Sisters of Sword and Song was a wonderfully crafted story about love, friendship, and fighting for good. If you’re looking for a exceptional fantasy story all wrapped up into one book, this is definitely the book for you!