Originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Tasha LeighThe 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 Originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Tasha LeighThe 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 side, there is a cute romantic interest to tide the reader over until the hit the final third where all the big things go down.Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily 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 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 described and we have no idea what it could be Yes, that sounded like something I wanted to read and something I wanted to knowof.After reading this one, I can understand where Mo s love of this author comes from I m ready to scream my love of this book from the rooftops.Alright, I m not quite where to start I guess I ll start with the world Wow, it was something to behold It s absolutely gorgeous, in a soft feeling kind of way There are dark parts and there are evil things that are apart of it Gods trapped beneath mountains, a mage who sends phantoms to protect the mountain, and some people who are horrible Still, the beauty of it shines through Halcyon and Evadne s home is in a grove with olive trees and it has tons of sunshine I honestly thought it was just really beautiful.And this world has mages and scribes and warriors, and I just found everything about it so brilliant I loved every part it of, from mountain with evil in its depths to the city where Evadne has to go to serve part of her sentence It fit the story really, really well and it shined through.I also really loved the characters Halcyon and Evadne were so different Halcyon is a warrior and she wants to fight Evadne is softer, but no less fierce She craves magic, but does not have any So, she finds other ways to help and her own ways to fight The sisters love each other so much and they are willing to do anything for each other Their bond was so strong and I loved seeing how much they loved each other It felt really special.The familial relationships were also something really amazing I love seeing parents who adore their children Evadne and Halcyon have a big family, and they all live in the grove together I loved all of them and I loved seeing them interact They all cared so deeply for each other.Even the characters who weren t related by blood, but shared that familial connected was something I really loved There was pain ingrained in these relationships I have to be vague because of spoilers , and situations that had no right answer to them But there is still love underneath everything I really, really liked seeing those relationships play out and how they developed It wasn t something I ve seen in a lot of books before, but I really liked see it It was complicated and it was painful, but it was also full of love.There is also a male main character that I seriously adored He was so kind He wasn t kind to make people happy or anything like that, he was kind because that s the kind of person he was I dunno, but it felt really special to me He was a really solid guy, because that s who he was at his core He was kind and I know that seems like a small word, but it felt really big to me Plus, it created the sweetest romance and some of the things he said made my heart want to explode out of my chest.I also loved how magic and the gods were integrated into this book They weaved themselves into the plot I don t quite know how to describe them other than they were fascinating.Alright, maybe I should take about the actual plot haha IT WAS VERY VERY GOOD It s cloaked in secrets and filled with that complicated pain And there are so many plot twists There was one near the beginning and even then I was shocked I loved how information was withheld from the reader to build suspense It didn t feel frustrating, it felt like a very calculated move and it created a feeling that I couldn t turn the pages fast enough It was really smart.The plot was big and was something that felt world ending But, this book is a standalone I feel like it could have beenthan one book, but I also like that it wasn t It s packed full of so much, but not in a way that feels overwhelming Everything that happens has it s place Plus, I liked that everything was wrapped up in the end Ah, I can t say enough good things about this book There were magical relics, hidden alliances, complicated pain, familial relationships, an amazing male character, amazing female characters, magic, scribes, mountains with evil within them, and so muchI really, really loved this book It was so good 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 FivesAfter 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 MurderThough 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 My classical heart just can not because this looks so good sisters ancient Greece magic and myths girls in bronze armor olive gardensancient Greece 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. 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.CHARACTERS 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 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.CHARACTERS 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 the other, Halcyon envies Evadne for the affections she receives and for the life free of pressure she has Evadne envies Halcyon for her confidence and ability to be strong enough to make her dreams come true, for how easy in her mind life is for her.Throughout the story both sister go through an amazing evolution arc, Evadne learns that strength comes in all kind of shapes and that her opinion matters Halcyon journey israw and heartbreaking her journey is about forgiveness and faith The bond of sisterhood is beautiful these two people care so much for each other and are willing to do anything to protect one another form the evil of the world The romance was very much on the background but it was very nice and well executed, the love interest s personality is as layered and complex as the girls ones also another big theme of the book is family, in all the shapes and kinds it can come.WORLD BUILDING AND PLOT The story takes place in a fantasy world that takes inspiration for its society and cultural style from Ancient Greece.The magic system revolves around artifacts left on earth by a pantheon of deities, each with its own ability related to the what the god or goddess can control.The plot is a wild adventure and relics treasure hunt to prevent the villain from becoming a megalomaniac tyrant The story is full of dramatic fights and revelations, heartfelt moments and shocking betrayals.a tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time.WRITING The writing was smooth and nicely paced, with well thought out dialogues and scenes full of emotional impact FINAL NOTEA wonderful story about sisterhood, friendship, love, forgiveness and inner strength 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 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 Incredibly lovely. I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.AND THE WINNER OF THE PRETTIEST COVER GOES TO 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 divinesgods 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 I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.AND THE WINNER OF THE PRETTIEST COVER GOES TO 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 divinesgods 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 grants enchanted healing to its bearer 2 Irix father god of the sky the Sky Cloak grants power over weather and elements 3 Ari goddess of the night the Shawl of Stars grants protection to its bearer is impenetrable and rebounds weapons 4 Nikomides god of war the Devouring Sword grants dominion over enemy weapons, turning them into dust also cuts down enchantments 5 Acantha goddess of fate and knowledge the All Seeing Crown grants its bearer protection from enchantments and enables them to see the past, present, or future of the one they look upon 6 Euthymius god of earth and beasts the Golden Belt grants animal allegiance to its bearer 7 Loris goddess of water and sea the Pearl Earrings grants the power to breathe underwater 8 Pyrrhus god of fire trapped beneath the earth the Ember Stone grants fire effortlessly when the stone is breathed upon 9 Kirkos god of the wind fallen god the Winged Necklace grants flight to its bearer The story revolves around two sisters from Isaura the hoplite, Halcyon and the scribe, Evadne Halcyon is a fierce warrior, who serves under the command of Lord Straton in his legion until she is accused of murdering his son and her fellow hoplite, Xander Straton demands punishment for her crimes, and Halcyon is sentenced to five years working in a quarry, five years in prison, and fiveyears in service to Straton s household Not wanting to lose her sister for 15 years, Evadne agrees to serve the five years in Straton s household on her sister s behalf It turns out that Halcyon s crimes are not a simple as they seem and she and Xander had undertaken a secret mission to uncover one of thepowerful relics As Halcyon tries to survive the quarry, where she s surrounded by enemies and those who desire information from her by any means possible Evadne and Xander s younger brother, Damon, who is a mage, have decided to see the mission through And they face muchpowerful mages than themselves, mages who want to possess the relic for the powers that it grants the user Both sisters find themselves in very dangerous situations and find strength in the love they have for each other It s been a while since I ve come across such a wholesome sibling relationship in a book Halcyon and Evadne s love and devotion to each other was so strong and they were willing to do whatever it took to protect each other It was so lovely to see, and I d love to seebooks in this wonderfully constructed world view spoiler I also loved Evadne s slow burn romance with Damon It was so cute and they were so gentle with one another I don t know why, but I love the anticipation leading up to slow burns It makes when they finally get together all thesatisfying hide spoiler I highly recommend picking this up when it releases in June I absolutely adored it and sincerely hope that Rebecca Ross is not finished with this world that she s created There are so manystories that she could tell But even if she doesn t, this standalone had a very rewarding ending and it s been quite some time that a book has made me so happy I love books with interesting family dynamics