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Sword Sisters: A Red Reaper Novel

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Publisher Note: This Rogue Blades Entertainment edition is no longer in print. The current edition is published by Ragnarok Publications.

Cast aside by her mother, tormented (literally) by her father, feared by humans and despised by most of her own kind, Aella is determined not to care. Not to care what they think, not to care if they like her, not to care about anything o
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 11th 2013 by Rogue Blades Entertainment (first published December 7th 2013)
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Jason M Waltz
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantastical, fun, heroic, own
An entertaining and inspiring read of one woman's heroic search to find herself in a world she doesn't quite fit into and that isn't quite sure it wants her. For the daughter of a demon and a witch nothing is certain but anger and that the tip of a sword can solve most things. This is a story about learning self-confidence and self-control and earning friendship and trust. It's also a pretty darn good rip-snorting action adventure :)
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a good sword-and-sorcery novel, the fun kind of book that Gardner Fox used to produce that you could zip through for an afternoon of fun. The young heroine, Aella, half-human and half-demon, is funny, flawed, and quite entertaining, and her sidekick, Amelia, is also well-drawn. It's a fine adventure set in a well-developed fantasy world with strong female characters that rock without being dogmatic about it. It's also a good story with some genuinely funny bits. For example:

Amelia looke
Apr 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
My first two reviews were pretty scathing. I know. I was pretty harsh on them, and that’s because I was reading outside of my comfort zone in both cases. So let’s get back in the zone, and read something that I should like.

For more totally unjustified snark, check out my review blog here!

I picked up Sword Sisters on audible purely by chance. I was looking for something else, but noticed that Alex Bledsoe was a co-author, so couldn’t stop myself. I read and loved Alex’s Eddie LaCrosse series (sta
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this book, but it had some issues.

Penned with established author Alex Bledsoe, this novel apparently serves as a prequel to actor/screenwriter Tara Cardinal's indie film The Red Reaper. I haven't seen the movie, and as a result when I finished the book I felt a bit like I has missed out on something. It wasn't that the setting and characters were poorly explained, it was rather the opposite; the first third of the book details a very interesting premise and, unfortunately, the main plo
Dellani Oakes
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Aella is the last of the Reapers—a race who are a hybrid of demon and human. All products of violence, Reapers stand together to protect humans from demons. Aella's job, according to prophecy, will be to protect the new king. Only thing is, he hasn't appeared yet! She spends her days in training, being chastised and bullied by the very people who should be nurturing her, the Reapers.

Growing up in the clutches of her demon father, Aella has known torture—both physical and emotional. Despite that,
Seth Skorkowsky
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just finished Sword Sisters and loved it. It's a very fast read with great action and very fun dialogue.
The hero is a wonderfully strong, and flawed character. She's fragile as she is savage. I enjoyed it, immensely.
Joy Cronje
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down, and devoured it in two days. The characters were great, and my biggest qualm was that it was too short, which means there's not all that much to complain about. The world build is fantastic, so different from anything else I've read.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminist
Fiction with a nice feminist twist. If you loved wonder woman as a kid, you will enjoy this interesting twist on humans vs celestial beings.
C.T. Phipps
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, grimdark
What if Red Sonja wore clothes?

This is an odd way to begin the review but it's what I thought about when I read this book. Red Sonja, for uncultured HEATHENS out there (or people who have just never heard of her), was an adaptation of a Robert E. Howard character to Conan the Barbarian's Hyborian Age created by Marvel comics.

The character is infamous for creating the chainmail bikini outfit while also, perversely, being one of the strongest female characters then in print. Her dichotomy of bei
Nobody Loser
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Does the name Tara Cardinal sound familiar? If not, you may as well familiarize yourself with it. Her rise is inevitable. What does she do? Oh, just film, books, comics, everything we love. This fangirl is an indie everything, and she's quite good at it. Tara Cardinal is an actress, director, martial artist, sword master, and humanitarian. A saddening but also triumphant fact is that her work is based on her own childhood struggles, and her story delivers a strong message about female empowermen ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Fanboy Comics .

In a world where Demons previously roamed, a new species arose from the sexual assault of human women by the demon hoards. These demon-human hybrids combine the strength, ruthlessness, and rage of their Demon fathers with the soul and heart of their human mothers, but they can easily sink into the cruel nature of their Demon sides. They are known as Reapers, and those with only one-quarter demon blood have chosen to use their superior strength
S.E. Lindberg
'Coming of Age’ of a 'Chick-in-Chainmail’
This is a tale of Aella, a snarky, special teenager who starts exploring her independence. She may not wear chain mail, but her attitude fits that of the historical chick-in-chainmail. Her lineage grants her the ability to become superhuman (demonic). Aella resembles Tara Cardinal in appearance, which happens to reflect that of red-haired warriors of the Sword & Sorcery genre (Agnes de Chastillon, Red Sonja, Jirel of Joiry). Indeed Tara Cardinal is th
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, own-it
I have not read much in the area of fantasy lately, so I was not sure what to expect here. Suffice it to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this first effort from actress, director, producer, and now author, Tara Cardinal from the very first page. A well constructed story that serves as the prequel to Tara's current feature film, The Legend of the Red Reaper. A rousing good sword & sorcery tale that is heavy on the sword play and rather light on sorcery. That, for me, is a plus. Lots of tension b ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This fantasy book, which ties directly into the movie by the author, Tara Cardinal, "Legend Of The Red Reaper", is a fast (very much so) and well paced read. The world building is strong, and a very unique setting. The characters are all engaging and have arcs that we want to follow. The fact that Sells, or main character, is so complex and flawed, but still badass and tough is a wonderful and awesome thing- as she is quite different from a lot of fantasy female heroes, because there is so much ...more
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aella, last of the Reapers (half-human and half-demon), is a witty, humorous, well-rounded character whom you can't help but love.

Told from the first-person point of view, you really get to see Aella's character and motivation. Being a teenager myself, I defiantly enjoyed this. Plan on having time to sit down and read the whole book in one sitting, because once you pick it up it's hard to put down.

I hope there's more to read in the future :)
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this book as part of a prize pack and what a great surprise. I don't usually gravitate toward Sword & Sorcery books, but they won't be overlooked by me anymore. I thoroughly enjoyed the story of the Red Reaper, I loved the characters and the fun dialog, it was filled with action and emotional turmoil. I had a really hard time putting the book down and was disappointed when I reached the end of the book because I wanted more.
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A pleasant, light read. I look forward to seeing more of Tara Cardinal's books in the future because I know these can only get better.
R Scott Steele
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! Now how can I see the movie?
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars. Thin story and thin characters
Sveto Manev
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sword Sisters is the first novel in the Red Reaper series by Tara Cardinal and Alex Bledsoe. It’s a fast-paced and action-packed story of friendship, responsibility and growing up, which will definitely appeal to fans of young adult literature. The characters are sympathetic and well drawn out while remaining rebellious, angst-ridden teens. The plot twists and turns with thrills and surprises, and the villains are almost Lovecraftian.

Sword Sisters tells the story of Aella, a young girl whose fat
Apr 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The 2 writers really need a good editor to catch all the errors, this is more like a rough draft. I loved the concept of the book but it fell flat.

The lead character has a miner case of haphephobia (dislike of being touched by people) unless she is horny then it all ok. She is a reaper (half human, half demon) with the stated age of 16 reaper years old and 96 in human years and looks like a 16 year old, in chapter 1 she has a flash back to when she was 12 (guessing in reaper years) and a human
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