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Publisher's Summary

"Sistersong is a beautiful reimagining of an old British folklore ballad that weaves a captivating spell of myth and magic around the reader. Lucy Holland's lyrical prose and powerful storytelling will lure you into an eerie, intriguing world in which enemies lurk unseen, the threat of betrayal hangs heavy and sisterly loyalties are tested to their limit." (Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne)

My sister’s heart broke on the river - and the river took it and bore it away.

In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, there is old magic to be found in the whisper of the wind, the roots of the trees, the curl of the grass. King Cador knew this once, but now the land has turned from him, calling instead to his three children. Riva can cure others, but can’t seem to heal her own deep scars. Keyne battles to be accepted for who he truly is - the king’s son. And Sinne dreams of seeing the world, of finding 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. It brings with it Myrdhin, meddler and magician. And Tristan, a warrior whose secrets will tear them apart.

Riva, Keyne, and Sinne - three siblings entangled in a web of treachery and heartbreak, who must fight to forge their own paths. 

Their story will shape the destiny of Britain.

Inspired by the haunting folk ballad “The Twa Sisters”, set against the rich backdrop of ancient Britain, Sistersong is a dark and lyrical tale of siblings and sorcery from a spellbinding new voice. 

Praise for Sistersong

"​From its opening pages, Sistersong transports you to a time period often overlooked, and spins a tale of family, loyalty, and the triumph of becoming the person you were always meant to be. I was utterly captivated from the beginning to the tragic, bittersweet end." (Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch's Heart)

“Holland delivers an enchanting queer retelling of the English murder ballad “The Twa Sisters”...[her] fast-paced plot and fresh, inventive take on a little-known classic make for a stirring experience. Fans of folkloric fantasy will be spellbound." (Publishers Weekly)

“Holland’s lush reimagining of the ballad is a fantastic amalgamation of historical fantasy and English folklore…[her] storytelling is mesmerising, and Sistersong kept me feverishly turning the pages until the very end." (The Nerd Daily)

"If you like poetic reimaginings of mythology, such as Madeline Miller’s Circe and The Song of Achilles, you need to make sure to pick up Sistersong." (Grimdark Magazine)

©2021 Lucy Holland (P)2021 Redhook

Critic Reviews

"Sistersong is a beautiful reimagining of an old British folklore ballad that weaves a captivating spell of myth and magic around the reader. Lucy Holland's lyrical prose and powerful storytelling will lure you into an eerie, intriguing world in which enemies lurk unseen, the threat of betrayal hangs heavy, and sisterly loyalties are tested to their limit." (Jennifer Saint, author of Ariadne)

"Sistersong is a fresh and gripping retelling of an ancient tale. Set in a realistic, gritty world, the nuanced, compelling characters are the heart of this story about family, love, loyalty, and identity. I loved it." (John Gwynne, author of The Shadow of the Gods)

"A gory, gripping and magically mythic tale of love and hatred, loyalty, and betrayal." (Daily Mail)

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Beautiful Genre-Defying Story

This was an amazing tale. Part adventure, part fantasy, part romance and part LGBT themes. I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't wait to find out what happened. Adeptly narrated. Highly recommend.

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This was an unexpected GEM of a book!

This was an unexpected GEM of a book! Such a powerful story that, while historically not modern and encompasses magic, still resonates powerfully and profoundly with modern day issues such as self-realization, gender identity, constraints of religious groups, sibling rivalry, loyalty, love and family obligations. The characters are simply unforgettable. The narrator is excellent.

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Great Story

I would have been confused if I read this instead of listening as I did. Having each chapter written/spoken in a different sister’s voice was great. I got to hear how each sister’s age was reflected by her words and voice.
I was saddened by the turn of event towards the end, but glad that Constantine was recognized and accepted for who he really is.
It felt that all the characters matured as time went by and truly earned their final spot in the story.

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Achingly Beautiful

Shakespearean tragedy meets Arthurian legend meets modern concerns - or are they so modern, after all? Beautifully written. Narrated to perfection. This Audiobook is magic.

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A solid five stars

The story and the narrator were magic together. Loved the characters, the story, everything about this was wonderful.

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Fantastic exploration of a cultural gem

Sistersong was a million times better than I had even hoped. Great exploration/retelling of a song remade more than 500 times throughout Anglo-Saxon history, traveling from GB all the way Appalachia on the backs of immigrants to the New World. If I could give this more than 5 stars, I would.

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Not enjoyable

I feel the elements were there to make this a good story. The character development was either ALLL over the place or not there at all. Begrudgingly I did finish it. The end was too YA feeling for the dark turns the story took. I wanted to enjoy it, I wish it was better and that I could recommend it to friends.

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Magical story

Although it took me a bit to actually get into this story, once I did, it was hard to tear myself away. The three sisters experience the bonds of their family in an ancient kingdom woven with magic. There is love, war, identity struggles, and overall a great story.

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Are women really so daft?

I was going to give this 4 stars, but then I came to chapter 24. I had taken 1 star off because the youngest sister was so annoying. But now the eldest sister has become so stupid that it’s hard to bear. I may not listen past this ridiculous scene. These characters seem to metamorphose for plot convenience.

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