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Sisters of Sword and Song

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,522 ratings  ·  652 reviews
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
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by HarperTeen
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Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i did not expect to enjoy this as much as i did, so what a surprise gem this turned out to be.

what i had the most fun with was the world building. i was so into the ancient greece vibes, the olive groves, the legions, and the gods. the characters are easy to root for and their cause is exciting.

also, i appreciate that this is a standalone. most YA fantasy stories come in the form of a series and sometimes (aka most of the time) i dont want to commit to multiple books (hence the many series i ha
Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.



I loved this so, so, so much!!!

This beautifully-written standalone takes place in an alternate Ancient Greek world with its own unique mythology. Each of the nine “divines” (gods) left behind an earthly relic for humankind, some of which were never recovered, and each relic has its own magical properties:

1. Magda (mother goddess of the sun) – the Sunstone Ring
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
3.5 Stars

Ahh this was so tender and sweet and gentle and lovely! LOL. It felt like a hug and letting out a sigh of contentment.

The main characters were underdogs who possessed the strength and courage that of a lion. These were whom they reminded me of:

Evadne → Maia Tamarin from Spin the Dawn
Halcyon → Helene Aquilla from An Ember in the Ashes
Damon → Silas from Sorcery of Thorns

Their rather soft demeanor made me crave for one of those tropey characters who was sunshiney, full
Jun 04, 2020 marked it as to-read
I love books with interesting family dynamics
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
ARC received in exchange for an honest review ⚔️

Evadne’s older sister Halcyon has spent eight years away from home, serving in the queen’s army. She’s the shining star of her family, the descendants of a fallen disgraced God, and they’re incredibly proud. So when Halcyon appears on the eve on her return, looking anything but the proud daughter returning home, Evadne knows something is wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder. Halcyon’s punishment for such a c
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful stand-alone fantasy read, immersive, entertaining and with unlikely heroes.
Here is how the story goes...There was once an enchanted queen turned puppet by people who meant the kingdom harm. Then there were two sisters, who loved each other very much, the older sister, Halcyon was a trained warrior, and the younger Evadne, a humble farmer. They all lived in a magical land where powerful mages were the bad guys... the fate of the sisters got intertwined with the people trying
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Spoiler free*

I originally sort of pushed this book to the side. It sounded good, but something I would get to in the future. I'm not sure what pulled me back to it, but I decided I really wanted to read it. My friend is a huge fan of this author (hi Mo!), so I knew I wanted to at least give it a try. Plus, I'm finding that I'm really drawn to sisters stories. And one of the sisters takes on part of the other sister's punishment? And its a fate worse than death? But the punishment isn't describe
Francesca ❆
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much HarperTeen (HarperCollins) for providing me a free copy through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

3,5 (rounded to four) stars for this wonderful tale about two sisters that will do anything for each other.

The main protagonists, sisters Evadne and Halcyon, are the complete opposite: one is timid, with dreams too big for her and a bit of a wallflower, often living in the shadow of her big sister; the other is confident, skilled and dedicated.
Each mildly envy t
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2020
Ross is a masterful storyteller. Her writing is descriptive and immersive - the gods, missing relics, selfless sacrifice, slow burn romance and hidden strength.

I seriously couldn’t get enough of this story. There are some incredible reveals, but they didn’t steal the show by overpowering the story.

Highly recommended. A fantastic and well-crafted fantasy.
buddy read with Laysa and the lovely Karen in the Buddy Reads group!

ahh i'm glad i finally got this off my TBR list, it was such fun! the sisters had the CUTEST relationship and the magic was brilliant, my only disappointment was the romance, but honestly i could overlook that for the gorgeous relationship between Hal and Eva!

i'm so glad i finally read this and i'm so glad it was a buddy read!! thanks babes :))
Intisar Khanani
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A love letter to sisterhood. Plenty of twists, betrayal, and sorrow, alongside magic, divine relics, and... did I mention sisters? Recommend!

Actual rating: 4.5
Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)
Well, now I have a brand new shelf titled: Something of Something and Something.

Seriously, stop! The book world would be a better place if these YA formulas ceased to exist. I'm taking a lonely crusade against these Something of Something and Something titles.
It's getting old and I need a new source of entertainment!

✧ jules ✧
ancient greek world? close bond between sisters? slow burn romance? rebecca ross is serving.
Party Poison
Jul 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
The last time I was drawn to a book because of its pretty cover, it sucked. Hopefully this one doesn't. ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is probably more of a 4 star book but im rounding up because of that ending 😭😭

Evadne, my heart. My chorus. I would sing with you until the end of days. I would sing with you until my bones turned to dust.

This book was seriously a breath of fresh air. Don't be fooled by the slow start - it does not go where you think it will go from reading the synopsis. I loved the simplicity and originality of the narrative. The world is built on what is a fairly basic set of rules, and yet it vibrates
Isabel Ibañez
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly lovely.
Uma    | Books.Bags.Burgers
(A huge thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for the eARC of the book)

The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross is one of those books that took me by surprise. I hadn't expected it to love it so much but I did and I think the author's latest book makes me feel so too. It definitely exceeded expectations and I read it in almost one sitting.


~Underdog protagonists who will make you feel and root for them~

Something I've loved in the author's previous duology i
Emily Murphy
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I will read anything Rebecca Ross writes. Her writing, characters, worlds, and relationships are so lovely.
The Nerd Daily
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tasha Leigh

The worldbuilding and imagery associated with Sisters of Sword and Song was very good and draws the reader into the world that Ross has created. It has a beautiful but simple cover that draws the eye and intrigues the mind. The map is relatively plain but provides a reference to which one can refer when attempting to understand where everyone is throughout the narrative. While the majority of the characters were a little on the dull s
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jewel by: Uma | Books.Bags.Burgers
I would recommend "Sisters of Sword of Song" to you if you love:

1.) inspiring sisterly bonds - As much as I appreciate a good romance, I want to read more books with awesome sibling relationships as the driving force. As an only child, I'm crazy about this trope so this book was such a joy. Even though Halcyon and Evadne had very different strengths and envied each other at times, I felt the unconditional love between them. The way those two brave girls supported each other was the most heartwar
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A tale of two sisters and their journey to save the kingdom from evil forces. It was full of magic, dangerous adventures, tough challenges, and sweet moments.

This book exceeded my expectation. I knew that this book would be excellent because I’ve read one of Rebecca’s book before called The Queen’s Rising, and it was an excellent book. I had no doubt this one would be the same too, and turns out I was right. She’s back at it again writing a wonderful story, and delivering it in a fabulous way. I
Madison Mary
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Failure is never final unless you choose it to be."

*4.75 - ARC provided by HarperTeen on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own*

Rebecca Ross has done it again, a stunning standalone fantasy following two sisters who discover their voices with a world set against them.

It has been eight years since Evadne's has seen her older sister, Halcyon, who is a fierce warrior in the Bronze Legion. When Halcyon arrives a day early, in the dead of night, Evadne kno
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-my-bookcase
Rating 3,5
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Thank you HarperCollins Canada for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.**

Wow. I am so glad that I got to read an advanced copy of this book! I was so excited for this premise, to see a YA book that focuses on familial and sister bonds.

My actual rating is probably closer to 3.5 stars, and I will explain more about that below.

Okay, I want to go over the things that I loved first because they far outweigh the other aspects.
- SISTERS. I was so excited to see that a familial relations
Caryn - iam.caryn
Considering this was a standalone (a rarity in the YA fantasy genre), it’s incredible how Ross created such a lush and rich world. Her prose is captivating and keeps you hooked throughout the entire story.

A story filled with an interesting magic system, a beautiful sister dynamic, and some swooning, I can’t recommend this enough.

The story itself feels complete, but Ross could definitely continue telling stories centred in this world. Or perhaps I’m just feeling greedy because I’m not ready to le
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yay finally a strong standalone YA fantasy that’s not too heavy on the romance and shows there’s more relationships to life than just romantic ones. My heart is happy.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-arcs
This book was such a nice surprise! I don't know why I was surprised to love this book so much since I already read another book by this author The Queen's Resistance and liked it. However I've never read the sequel so here I was glad to discover a standalone. One I enjoyed quite a bit.

In this book, we follow two sisters, Evadne and Halcyon. After eight years where Halcyon had been training in the Queen's army, they are both finally reunited. Unfortunately the circumstances aren't good and Halc
Emma L.
*** This review could contain potential spoilers ***

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5 stars).

At this point, I´ll basically read any book that is about sisters or sisterhood since I am such a sucker for my sister (and also because I too have an amazing bond with my sister who I love dearly). Besides, the moment when I saw that Rebecca Ross had written this, I was just like FUCK YES I AM SO GONNA READ THIS, and so I did. Without much further ado, here are my opinions about this epicness of a novel called sister
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
4 stars!


There is steel within me.

Sisters of Sword and Song had such a great beginning. The world-building in general was very well developed and interesting and I really liked how Ross made use of relics in the story. The pace held steady throughout the entire novel as well and the ending had quite a lot of action. The dual POV of the sisters, Evadne and Halcyon, were also really well written and their voices were very easy to connect to.

I really enjoyed how the plot developed. I
The Story Girl
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, owned
I loved this so much! It was a little slow to start, but after that, I didn't want to put it down! And I need more Damon in my life. ...more
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