Audiobook Review: ‘Sisters of Sword and Song’

I fell in love with Rebecca Ross’s writing back when I read an arc of The Queen’s Rising in 2017 and I’ve been a fan ever since. I was very much looking forward to her new standalone fantasy and it did not disappoint!

Title: Sisters of Sword and Song
Author: Rebecca Ross
Series: Standalone
Genres: Fantasy

Goodreads Summary




Sisters of Sword & Song is a story of mythology, of sisterhood and family, of magical relics and of mages. One of my favorite things about Rebecca’s writing are the worlds she builds. Just like in The Queen’s Rising, Sisters comes with a map of the land and its entire own mythology system of Nine Divines and earthly relics they left behind on Earth. She writes such a lush and realistic world I don’t often see in YA books. This world mimics ancient Greece, but it’s so much more than that.

Sisters Evadne and Halcyon haven’t seen each other in eight years, but that doesn’t make their bond any less strong. Their entire family (parents, aunts, uncles, cousins) have such a strong bond, and its shown that when Evadne & Halcyon’s uncle leaves the family unit prior to this story to go search for relics, everyone is heartbroken and upset.

Going into this story, I didn’t know what to expect and as I listened to the audiobook, it wasn’t what I though it would be based on the synopsis. It took upon a life of its own and that was ok with me – I was ok with it being something different than what my assumptions were.

Halcyon returns home a night prior to when she is expected, after eight long years training to be a warrior in the Queens army. She goes to Evadne, who knows something is wrong, and would do anything to protect her sister.

Halcyon then runs away, but is caught and charged with murder – Evadne calls out and asks to take a portion of Halcyon’s punishment and that is when the story truly begins. Halcyon is the warrior, but Evadne is strong in her own right, despite the limp she walks with. She is stronger than anyone gives her credit for.

In this world there are earthly relics which possess magic, left behind by the Divines, with some still unaccounted for and that is a very important part of this story. The mythology is strong in this world and important to every single person. There is also magic cast by mages, and I loved learning about the magic system in this world. It was explained clearly, I wasn’t left questioning anything – the magic by mages is cast by using song.

Another thing I love about Rebecca’s writing is, like The Queen’s Rising, this is another world where there is a Queen who rules, not a King. There is a little bit of romance in this story, but like her previous novels, its not the main focus, and I really appreciate that a girl doesn’t need a guy to “save” her or make her complete. This focuses on the bond of the two sisters more than anything else.

Sisters of Sword & Song is fast paced, not wasting a single second. Standalone fantasies feel like a rarity these days and this felt like a breath of fresh air. I appreciated that I don’t have to wait for a sequel – this book left me satisfied.



I absolutely loved that this story is told in both sisters perspectives, and thus the audiobook has two distinct narrators, one for each sister! They each had a very different tone of voice which helped me differentiate between the sisters when listening. Sometimes narrators sound similar but I was glad these did not. I would recommend this as an audiobook if that is your thing! But the print book has a map…and maps are always gorgeous – so I would recommend looking at the print or ebook version too.

My Rating:



I would recommend this if you’re looking for a standalone YA fantasy. Those are rare these days, and sometimes you don’t want a cliffhanger ending. This ending leaves a little room if Rebecca decided to go back to this world, but it has a satisfying ending and that’s all I ever truly want in a book.



3 thoughts on “Audiobook Review: ‘Sisters of Sword and Song’

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this book too! Sometimes audio is good if you decide to do a reread 😉 But I agree, I love how audio often adds an additional element to a story! Thanks for reading 🙂


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