Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Sisters of Sword & Song by Rebecca Ross. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club.
Sisters of Sword and Song
by Rebecca Ross
Release Date: June 23rd 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
I really loved the family bonds in this book. Especially the sisters.
Halcyon’s family have been waiting for her to return home after years of training. They have everything planned, but things did not work out so well. The night before she was to return, Halcyon showed up in her old bedroom to speak to her sister, Evadne. Halcyon was on the run and didn’t have much time. Her commander was following and knew he would catch up if she stayed too long. Halcyon was to be charged with murder and then running away. Evadne helped by getting her some food even though Halcyon wouldn’t tell her anything about what she did. She trusted her sister and knew she was good. By morning, the commander had arrived and figured out that Halcyon had been there. When he finally caught up to her, she was to face trail. The family traveled days to be there. Halcyon is sentenced and Evadne asked if she could take half her sister’s punishment. It was finally agreed that Halcyon would serve five years in the quarry and five years in prison. Evadne would serve five years in the commander’s house.
Lord Staton’s son, Damon, is a mage. His magic is powerful, but not much more than average. His aunt, Selene, was extremely powerful. Selene worked for the Queen. Damon needed to have a scribe. When a person has magic, it shows in their writing. The words won’t stay on the page with their dominant hand. Damon asks Evadne do be his. She would no longer serve the household, but they needed to go on a dangerous, secret mission to find a lost relic. The future for everyone was at risk if they failed. There was no way to know if they would both survive the mountain, but Evadne knew she had to try. Her sister was brave and she would be, too. The two traveled to find the relic after they were able to sing the magic together. Damon would need Evadne to sing along, even without magic. It would help him. Both would have to face their greatest fears and fight to make it out alive.
The story goes back and forth between Evadne and Halcyon with some chapters that has both of them. I really enjoy the author’s writing and the pacing was good. There’s a lot of fighting and scheming, but also magic and love. I don’t want to give away anything else from the plot. There are some dark moments and I’ll have warnings below.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5. Thank you to HarperTeen/Epic Reads and Edelweiss for my review copy.
Warnings for talk of killing a dog, a lashing, talk of men attacking women, poisoning, death, loss of memory, servitude as punishment, and blood.
She felt as if she had just crossed a threshold that could never be found and recrossed again.
All this time she had been telling herself to let go, let go. But there was beauty and strength in holding on.
“Fears are intimate. Most of us never divulge what haunts us when we pass Euthymius.”
There is steel within me. I will not bend. I will not break.
“Failure is never final unless you choose it to be,” Bacchus said. “Where there is life, hope can be found.”
Magic for all of its mysteries, was forthright in its choosing. If a child has inherited it, magic would make itself known in literacy.
His name rushed back to her in a shiver. Once, she had knocked him out cold with a perfect punch.
Rebecca Ross grew up in Georgia, where she continues to reside with her husband, lively dog and endless piles of books. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from UGA. In the past she has worked at a Colorado dude ranch, as a school librarian, and as a live-time captionist for a college.
Prize: Win a copy of SISTERS OF SWORD AND SONG by Rebecca Ross + 4 myth cards (The Fall of Kirkos, Ari’s Shawl of Stars, The Entrapment of Pyrrhus, and Acantha’s Crown) [US Only]
Starts: June 17th 2020
Ends: July 1st 2020
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