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The Sisters Mederos

(Tales of Port Saint Frey #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Two sisters fight with manners, magic, and mayhem to reclaim their family's name, in this captivating historical fantasy adventure.

House Mederos was once the wealthiest merchant family in Port Saint Frey. Now the family is disgraced, impoverished, and humbled by the powerful Merchants Guild. Daughters Yvienne and Tesara Mederos are determined to uncover who was behind thei
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Angry Robot
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Imogene I think YA. The characters are teenage, there is no sex or gore. The parents are ineffectual, leaving all the driving force of the narrative within…moreI think YA. The characters are teenage, there is no sex or gore. The parents are ineffectual, leaving all the driving force of the narrative within young hands(less)

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I received a free copy of this book from Edelweiss

In hindsight, this does have quite a few overused tropes and maybe wrapped up a bit too quickly at the end, but I had a lot of fun reading it and I loved Tessa and Yvienne so I think that is what bumped it up from 3 to 4 stars for me. Overall it was a really fun story about two very different girls working together to investigate and clear their family name. If you're looking for a fun YA fantasy read that focuses on family over romance then I wo
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a historical fantasy about two sisters from one of the most prestigious houses in Port Saint Frey who decided to fight back and reclaim their family name after the Merchant Guild took everything from them. One turns to thievery and the other to gambling while they look for information as to why their house was targeted by the Guild. I was wary going into this because Im not the biggest reader of historical fiction, but I wanted to try something different.

The little world building I did g
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Full spoiler-free review now on my blog

This story ist mostly set in a harbour city called Port Saint Frey and there is little to no explanation about its exact location or the world surrounding it. While this irks me a lot in other fantasy novels because I'm a huge fan of intricate and immersive world-building, it surprisingly didn't bother me in this case. The story is very character-focused and we follow the Mederos family only for a little while in their life, so there are no epic adventures
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Fantasy / Historical
*Rating* 3.5


The Sisters Mederos, by new to me author Patrice Sarath, is a twisted tale of two sisters, Yvienne and Tesara Mederos, who try to bring their family back from the brink of destitution with cunning, daring, and through counting on one another as they face challenge after challenge. The Mederos' are considered one of the founding families of Port Saint Frey. They were once the wealthiest merchant family in the city as well. Then s
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was immediately interested in this book because it’s a fantasy of manners which is one of my favorite sub-genres of fantasy. I enjoy stories about folks navigating society, especially if they also point out that society’s constraints and issues there may be within it. I was not disappointed as The Sisters Mederos does a great job at both of these aspects of the genre.

This is very much a character driven book. In it we have two point of view characters, sisters Tesara (the younger) and Yvienne
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, library, ebook
Really enjoyed this. Am attracted to stories where unruly gifts are part of the tale. Two strong young wome, sisters, bound together in their efforts to restore their Merchant House to its proper place.
Having just finished the next in the series I upgraded my score to 5 stats. No need to be miserly with a story I really enjoyed!
Lynn Williams
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 of 5 stars
I have to say from the outset that I had good fun reading The Sisters Mederos. This is a fantasy of manners with two sisters, raised with privilege, whose family loses everything, and who, using their wits and determination seek to reinstate their family’s good name and fortune.

There’s not too much to go into in relation to the plot (don’t intend that to be disparaging btw). The Mederos family was one of the most influential and wealthy merchant houses in Port Saint Frey until the
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

While I enjoyed THE SISTERS MEDEROS, I feel the description might have oversold it a tiny bit - while there are definitely manners and some mayhem, there is way less magic than I would have hoped. The historical nature is in feel only, as Port Saint Frey, where nearly the entire book takes place, is a fictional place, and no year is ever given. But don't let that stop you, as THE SISTERS MEDEROS is an enjoyable fantasy of manners with interesting chara
Simi Sunny
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
As much as I wanted to be happy that I bought a copy, I was not thrilled by the story line. From the prologue, I was intrigued and ready for more. But somehow, as I keep going, I was no longer feeling elated as I used to be.

When I read the title "Th Sisters Mederos," the title could've tweaked it, but I have thought that maybe two sisters will work together and do something. But to my dismay, there was not much interaction between the two until towards the very end. Although, I do like their ch
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
*I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Cool, so this was a disappointment.

For about the first 15% of the book I had trouble with the writing. Something about the formal style made me keep having to reread sentences. And I would say that it took me until about halfway through to actually start enjoying the plot more than I was bothered by the blandness. This book and I just were not clicking, despite how much I wanted to love the setting and Yvienne's nig
Rebecca Schwarz
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sisters foreva! A fascinating historical fantasy about a merchant family that has been brought low. The sisters must untangle the mystery of who is truly at fault for their desperate situation. Lots of adventures and plenty of lovely world building. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

We all know I came for the sister relationship. I am such a sucker for books that deal with sisterhood and the relationship between them. I was not at all disappointed by them! (And while we're on this, look at the cover - it is the perfect cover for this book!). But furthermore, this book is also about family and what we will do for justice.

characters: 4 plot: 4 writing: 3 world
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I received this book also as an advanced reader's copy and from beginning to end, this was an adventure that was worth not putting down. The relationship between Yvienne and Tesara was intriguing to follow and the whole story of the Mederos family was one to remember. I picture it as Adams Family meets beautiful creatures in the City of Bones. This will definitely be an option for our young adult section in our library. 5 stars!
Rike @ RikeRandom
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The Sisters Mederos" is a dashing cloak & dagger / fantasy of manners novel about the eponymous Mederos sisters who are seeking revenge after their family fell from grace.

The story is told from the switching perspectives of the two sisters and there are some flashbacks - which were not my favourites, mostly because they were difficult to distinguish from the rest of the story. But I quite liked the writing, even though there were some strange colloquialisms here and there, that didn't reall
Maria Anneliese
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, fantasy, netgalley
2.5 stars. The setting and characters were so charming and fun that throughout reading I knew I was going to give it at least four stars. Trade wars, scheming nobility, domestic spies, murdered journalists, a Dickensian vibe, and good, confident writing made me sure it was all going to come together beautifully.

But the book overpromises and under-delivers. In the last 20% it rushes to try to tie all its developments together and sort of does but only by offering really simplistic explanations (o
Gabrielle Mathieu
There is something almost sweetly Victorian about the new fantasy novel by Patrice Sarath, which concerns two young sisters enduring misfortune. The opening chapters reminded me of the childhood classic, The Little Princess, published in 1905. Yvienne and her magical sister, Tesera, daughters of a once rich trading family, are sent to a school for paupers, when their family is accused by creditors hungry for their downfall. In the traditional of some YA novels, Yvienne and Tesera’s parents are i ...more
The plot was a little half-baked, honestly, but I can forgive anything when the protagonists are as cool as Tesara and Yvienne!

Full review to come.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
There are a lot of exciting elements in The Sisters Mederos: a game of cat-and-mouse with a shadowy enemy, wild parties, double lives and a good old-fashioned dose of revenge. Unfortunately, these elements don't manage to blend into a solid story.

The story opens with the girls being packed off to boarding school as the Merchants' Guild break into the family's home to charge them with trumped up crimes. We then flash forward to the girls' return home. Thanks to persecution from the Guild, they no
Sadie Forsythe
This started out well and had a fine ending (though the epilogue seemed unneeded), but it felt like the middle dragged quite a lot. I appreciated the two strong female leads, one of which was disfigured and one brainy, and the writing was perfectly functional. But I felt like things came a little too conveniently for the girls and the ‘mystery’ was a bust. The villain was so obvious as to be painful. Lastly, I thought the cross-dressing ‘mistress’ was just queer-baiting. All in all, not bad, but ...more
Richard Rogers
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love finding a book like this. In addition to this series starter, I see the author already has a completed series and a stand-alone novel. All of it sounds great. I'm sold.

I knew I liked this book and the author in the first 40 pages. In an alternate world that is well-developed but not over-explained, with a pair of main characters that read like determined and adventurous Jane Austen characters (which made sense when I saw that the author's stand-alone novel was a sequel of sorts to Pride a
K.J. Harrowick
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Why I picked up this book:

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When I first read the description, it sounded like a fun adventure book. Couple that with Angry Robot as a publisher, I was certain it would have some fantastic adult themes. At least, that was the hope.

This review may contain spoilers.

What I loved:

Terk the gambler and Mrs. Fayres the mistress were the two most interesting characters in this book. Both had a strong presence and I wish the story spent
Paula Ackley
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
The Sisters Mederos could have been so much more but it fell short of the mark. Two privileged girls are sent to the poorhouse, return to their family after six years and then become badasses to reclaim their family's good name and to discover who caused their family's downfall. Sounds like a fantasy to me. Mother still thinks she is privileged and has become more of a bitch. Father might be the head of the house but he has become ineffectual and spiritless. Uncle has become more of a letch and ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I went into this somewhat hesitantly; "wealthy merchant house has a great fall, daughters seek revenge" isn't, to me, the most instantly promising premise.

In the event, I liked it. The daughters are skilled and determined; they take a lot of risks, but that's a thing that real young people do, and they carry it off. They're willing to brave a lot in order to unwind the mystery and gain their vengeance, though, in the event, the specific ways in which they invest most of their effort (gaining mo
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this Venetian-style adventure of two daughters of a Great Merchant House trying to regain their family's position and honor. The characters were appealing and the world was well drawn. I also enjoyed how they broke out of the gender and social boundaries forced on them.

(SPOILER ALERT: STOP HERE IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK. IT IS WORTH READING, BUT THIS MIGHT RUIN IT) The plot was a little frustrating. It was never clear HOW the girls intended to restore their family's fortunes. And t
Amanda Steinhoff
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2018
I raced through this book, simply because I enjoyed the adventures of the two main characters so much. A pair of disgraced but clever sisters unleash their inner badasses in two very different ways to help clear their family's name after their fleet of ships mysterious sank in a storm.

For characters and overall enjoyment levels, five stars. As I said, I raced through it and it was fun watching these ladies get what they want through their bravery and cunning. I'd love to read more adventures wit
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Patrice Sarath's tale of two sisters is exciting, fun, and intriguing with an interesting developing magic system and fun characters who are constantly up to mischief in order to restore their family name.

This was a fun book. Yvienne and Tesara are wonderful characters with a lot of personality and the adventures they get up to are intriguing and delightful to read about. I loved seeing how they each tried to solve their families problems. Plus, I'm a sucker for books about Victorian women break
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is definitely a character-driven story. I really loved the two sisters, Tesara and Yvienne. They were definitely the stars of the show. I love the differences between them, their relationship and the way that they help each other out throughout the story. I thought the secondary characters were far less developed, and although the world-building had a lot of potential it just missed something for me personally.

The pacing seemed a little off in places. It drags in some areas that maybe didn
Shlomi Harif
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ff
Patrice has written a sweet, exciting, and gradually more thrilling story of the riches-to-rags-to-riches variety. She teases magic throughout, and it appears as but a fillip to an otherwise "mundane" book with a surprising amount of action. The sisters are well-formed and independent POV characters whose actions rotate around one another to bring their family back to "respectability." For the literary fiction reader there's much to enjoy in terms of setting, clothing, and the realities of ~19th ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Much to my dismay, DNF 33%.

I gave this one hell of an effort, but it was such a struggle to read. The premise sounded fantastic, but I'm over a quarter of the way in and nothing is happening, nor is anything that IS happening making sense. I felt so confused, because it was one of those reveals where they try and give you so many little bits here and there that in the end, it amounts to nothing.
The writing style is not to my taste either. The way I can describe it is as the author started writi
Nicki Markus
The Sisters Mederos has an interesting premise, which is what prompted me to request it on NetGalley. Overall, the idea does work. I liked the characters of Yvienne and Tesera, and the world building for the world of Port Saint Frey was good. However, there were a few things that let down the story for me. Tesara's magic is never fully explained, and although it is introduced as a major plot point, it ends up having very little bearing on the story. Meanwhile, after a long build-up, I was disapp ...more
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Patrice Sarath is an author and editor living in Austin, Texas. Her novels include the fantasy books The Sisters Mederos (Book I of the Tales of Port Saint Frey), the series Books of the Gordath (Gordath Wood, Red Gold Bridge, and The Crow God's Girl) and the romance The Unexpected Miss Bennet

Patrice is the author of numerous short stories that have appeared in several magazines and anthologies,

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