Author: Lucy Holland
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publication Date: 27 April 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction / Fantasy / LGBT
Source: ARC from Publisher
535 AD. In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, King Cador's children inherit a fragmented land abandoned by the Romans.
Riva, scarred in a terrible fire, fears she will never heal.
Keyne battles to be seen as the king's son, when born a daughter.
And Sinne, the spoiled youngest girl, yearns for romance.
All three fear a life of confinement within the walls of the hold – a last bastion of strength against the invading Saxons. But change comes on the day ash falls from the sky, bringing Myrddhin, meddler and magician, and Tristan, a warrior whose secrets will tear the siblings apart. Riva, Keyne and Sinne must take fate into their own hands, or risk being tangled in a story they could never have imagined; one of treachery, love and ultimately, murder. It's a story that will shape the destiny of Britain.
Sistersong was an entertaining and gripping read that blended historical drama with magic and folklore. I really enjoyed the way Holland re-imagined the traditional ballad, giving life and depth to its characters. This was a three-POV piece, but for me Keyne's storyline was the strongest as he battled to overcome the misconceptions due to his assigned gender. The pacing throughout was good; although things really picked up in the final quarter as battle loomed on the horizon. The prose was easy reading, so I could fly through the pages, and when I only had 45 left, I stayed up late to finish it. I recommend this book to fans of folklore-inspired stories and retellings and fans of historical fiction with a touch of magic. For me it was a 4-star read.
I received this book as a free ARC from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.