Sisters of Sword and Song is such a stunning novel. Ross has created something beautiful and imaginative, creating her mythology to build the world within the story.
The mythology in Sisters of Sword and Song is fantastic. It is reminiscent of Greek and Roman mythology and has this powerful impact on the story. These gods came to the world and lived among the people, having families, and spreading their bloodline before returning to the heavens. The result of this was creating magic users. For Evadne and Halcyon, while they are descendants of a god, they are descendants of a god who gave up his power and immortality to live among the people resulting in his descendants having no magic. That does not stop these two sisters from being fierce.
However, the mythology does more than just giving the sisters history; it gives the story a strong foundation. There is so much magic in the story and it is all connected to the life Ross has given to her mythology. It is incredible to see the stories come to life for the sisters to see the mythology come to life, and it gives the story such a powerful resonance. These are tales that have their own life outside of this novel, leaving a lasting impact on the reader.
While the mythology gives the story and world a strong foundation, it is the characters that drive the tension forward. Two sisters who are so different are utterly devoted to one another. This bond between them is incredible and highlights the strengths of the characters.
Great Sisterly Dynamics
Evadne and Halcyon balance each other out perfectly. While Halcyon is a warrior, Evadne is just a girl with dreams of grandeur. She always wanted magic and instead settles for her simple life. However, her simple life does not last as her sisters’ web of mystery catches her attention.
The adventure encourages them to go, to see the world they live in differently, to see the magic all around them. Together, without magic, they flip the balance, relying on their inner strength to save the kingdom. Granted, there are times when Halcyon is not wholly unlikeable. When an accident results in the death of her comrade, she goes on the run. This does not seem to fit with how the story sees her or her relationship with her caption and comes off more as a plot device to create tension and push the story forward.
Evadne is the star here. She rises to the occasion and proves to everyone that her devotion and love for those she cares about gives her more strength and magic than anyone. Her journey throughout the novel is, quite simply, incredible. Evadne has to face her darkest fears and discover who she is outside her sisters’ shadow, and that is a journey worth reading.
Sisters of Sword and Song is perfect for fans of mythology, held together by strong characters and an intricately woven plot.
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|Pub Date: June 23, 2020||Page Count: 480pp||Age Range: 14 & Over|
|ISBN: 978-0-0624-7141-3||Publisher: HarperTeen||List Price: $17.99|