The critically acclaimed author of The House at the End of Hope Street combines love, mystery, and magic with her first foray into bewitching fantasy with a dark edge evocative of V.E. Schwab and Neil Gaiman.
Once upon a time, a demon who desired earthly domination fathered an army of dark daughters to help him corrupt humanity . . .
As children, Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea dreamed of a strange otherworld: a nightscape of mists and fog, perpetually falling leaves and hungry ivy, lit by an unwavering moon. Here, in this shadowland of Everwhere, the four girls, half-sisters connected by blood and magic, began to nurture their elemental powers together. But at thirteen, the sisters were ripped from Everwhere and separated. Now, five years later, they search for one another and yearn to rediscover their unique and supernatural strengths. Goldie (earth) manipulates plants and gives life. Liyana (water) controls rivers and rain. Scarlet (fire) has electricity at her fingertips. Bea (air) can fly.
To realize their full potential, the blood sisters must return to the land of their childhood dreams. But Everwhere can only be accessed through certain gates at 3:33 A.M. on the night of a new moon. As Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea are beset with the challenges of their earthly lives, they must prepare for a battle that lies ahead. On their eighteenth birthday, they will be subjected to a gladiatorial fight with their father’s soldiers. If they survive, they will face their father who will let them live only if they turn dark. Which would be fair, if only the sisters knew what was coming.
So, they have thirty-three days to discover who they truly are and what they can truly do, before they must fight to save themselves and those they love.
Disclaimer: I received a physical copy of the book from Harper Collins International in exchange for an honest review! However due to lockdown I have been on an audiobook kick, so I listened to the Audiobook via Storytel App. However, the thoughts, opinions expressed in the review are entirely my own.
The Sisters Grimm was an absolutely unique and a dark fantastical young adult story that surprised me and ended up being more gripping than I had actually expected it to be!
Just a note – although I had access to my physical Arc by the wonderful people at Harper Collins International; I somehow have gotten into the habit of listening to audiobooks; and The Sisters Grimm was one of the first audiobooks I listened to on Storytel and to be honest one of the few fantasy books I have listened on the audio format!
The Sister Grimm has a very unique plotline (which is a feat unto itself, when almost all the fantasy reads seem similar!) – here four sisters, each representing an element – Water, Air, Fire and Earth – meet each other in their dreams, in a magical land of Everywhere. Here, in Everywhere, these half sisters; daughters of the Devil connect, to develop their own magical powers; powers they don’t know yet, but would need to when they reach the age of 18 years. They are, however ripped apart when they are 13; forgetting each other; and everything about Everywhere.
They have a destiny to fight each other; for the love and respect of their father – but as they grow closer to the age of 18; they also slowly but surely understand that they have distinct powers and would need to grow into their full potential to fulfil their destiny!
Before, I go any further; I should tell you; The Sisters Grimm is one of the few fantasy novels that I have been entranced on the audiobook format – and the credit goes to the wonderful narration style as well the lush descriptions + the talent of the author.
The Sisters Grimm creates an understated narration point – each Sister with their own distinctive personality with their own issues and special circumstances to deal with – you will not like all the sisters; this is definitely not that kind of story; each have their own quirks, selfish attitudes and excuses for their own behaviour – but this plotline is a definite nod to a pure feminism and empowerment against the anarchy of a father who believes he needs to worshiped blindly.
The plot is told in multiple POVs – you get all the sister’s lives; and then their visits to Everywhere – so jumping between these multiple POVs tends to get a bit jarring – and one that even as you get through the book you wouldn’t get used to.