Title: The Sisters Mederos
Author: Patrice Sarath
Publisher: Angry Robot
Publication Date: 3 April 2018
Format: eBook - EPUB
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Two sisters fight with manners, magic, and mayhem to reclaim their family’s name, in this captivating historical fantasy adventure.
House Mederos was once the wealthiest merchant family in Port Saint Frey. Now the family is disgraced, impoverished, and humbled by the powerful Merchants Guild. Daughters Yvienne and Tesara Mederos are determined to uncover who was behind their family's downfall and get revenge. But Tesara has a secret – could it have been her wild magic that caused the storm that destroyed the family's merchant fleet? The sisters’ schemes quickly get out of hand – gambling is one thing, but robbing people is another… Together the sisters must trust each another to keep their secrets and save their family. (Goodreads Synopsis)
The Sisters Mederos has an interesting premise, which is what prompted me to request it on NetGalley. Overall, the idea does work. I liked the characters of Yvienne and Tesera, and the world building for the world of Port Saint Frey was good. However, there were a few things that let down the story for me. Tesara's magic is never fully explained, and although it is introduced as a major plot point, it ends up having very little bearing on the story. Meanwhile, after a long build-up, I was disappointed with the ease and swiftness of the tale's resolution. Nonetheless, there is plenty of swashbuckling action and enjoyable games of manners, so if you enjoy those things, coupled with two strong female leads, you are bound to find something to appreciate in this book. I did also like the fact that Sarath didn't feel she had to concentrate on a romance angle, and showed the sisters able to act without boys/men being the be all and end all. 3.5 stars.