Sisters of Sword and Song

HarperTeen. Jun. 2020. 480p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062471413.
Gr 9 Up–An immersive new fantasy based on Greek mythology, and one that readers will want to curl up with. Set in the Kingdom of Corisande, which sounds similar to ancient Greece, is the story of two sisters. When Halcyon is convicted of murder, her sister, Evadne, immediately volunteers to serve part of her sentence. From this moment Evadne’s life is forever changed as she leaves her bucolic life in her family’s olive orchard to enter a world filled with powerful mages, gods, and plenty of royal intrigue. Evadne and Halcyon must use their wits in order to survive and to one day reunite. Evadne has a particularly poignant story, in that she becomes more confident in herself and her abilities while navigating a limp caused by a childhood trauma. A romantic interest, in the guise of a slow-burn relationship, is woven seamlessly into the plot. The history and backstories for the Nine Divines, the gods of this realm, will fascinate and draw in both fantasy readers and mythology lovers alike.
VERDICT This lyrical novel will have an eager, built-in audience in fans of “The Queen’s Rising” duology and will find new readers for Ross as well.

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