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Summary

In a magical ancient Britain, bards sing a story of treachery, love and death. This is that story.

For fans of Madeline Miller's Circe, Lucy Holland's Sistersong retells the folk ballad ‘The Twa Sisters'.

King Cador’s children inherit a land abandoned by the Romans, torn by warring tribes. Riva can cure others, but can’t heal her own scars. Keyne battles to be seen as the king’s son, although born a daughter. And Sinne dreams of love, longing for adventure. 

All three fear a life of confinement within the walls of the hold, their people’s last bastion of strength against the invading Saxons. However, change comes on the day ash falls from the sky - bringing Myrdhin, meddler and magician. The siblings discover the power that lies within them and the land. But fate also brings Tristan, a warrior whose secrets will tear them apart. 

Riva, Keyne and Sinne become entangled in a web of treachery and heartbreak, and must fight to forge their own paths. It’s a story that will shape the destiny of Britain.

Sistersong is a powerfully moving story, perfect for those who loved Naomi Novik’s Uprooted and Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale. 

©2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic reviews

"A gripping retelling of an ancient tale. I loved it." (John Gwynne)
 

"A beautiful reimagining of an old British folklore ballad, Sistersong weaves a captivating spell of myth and magic." (Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne)

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Very absorbing!

This is a epic story with many twists and turns. Beautifully narrated, had me gripped and eager to listen!

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Don’t dismiss this.

Was a bit harsh on this to start with, but ended up being a bit disappointed that there wasn’t a sequel. Could really have seen it as a trilogy. A historical novel that’s surprisingly modern, with a pinch of girl power thrown in. Would read another of this author’s novels. Someone is bound to adapt this for TV.

Not the strongest narrator and would have personally preferred different narrators, but perfectly fine.

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Fantastic

Beautifully crafted, intelligent, sensitive, lyrical and heart-wrenching… there wasn’t a single page I didn’t enjoy and each new chapter was a delight. I think this may be my favourite read of 2021. The narrator is absolutely fantastic too -I was convinced there were three different people reading!

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Incredible book

Absolutely incredible book full of magic and power and great queer characters. Brilliant narration too, couldn't stop listening and implore you to do the same!

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Magical!

A simple tale told wonderfully and with magic in every sentence! The characters were complex, likeable and realistic and written beautifully. I would recommend to anyone who likes stories about magic, sorcery and anyone who likes historical novels.
The writer obviously has a lot of knowledge about the time period and interweaves details about the way the people lived and thought very well.
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Brilliant!

I Loved this! Full of magic, twisting interlocking stories, a really captivating listen. Highly recommend