The Sisters of the Crescent Empress by Leena Likitalo is the second book in The Waning Moon Duology, & it continues the incredible historical fantasy twist on what happened to the Romanov family in the early 1900s. The Sisters immediately throws the reader back into the eerie & terrifying setting where the first book, The Five Daughters of the Moon, finished off & leaves the reader on the edge of their seat until the very final page. This book was an incredible way to end this story & I absolutely adored it!
I was sent an early copy of this book by the author as an early birthday present.
This book contains off-page murder.
If you’d like to read my review for the first book in this duology, The Five Daughters of the Moon, you can find it here.
Wow. Wow. Wow. This book was incredible! I absolutely loved the first book, & I raved about it so much in my review that Leena sent me a copy of The Sisters as a total surprise for my birthday! I cried when I opened the package, but I didn’t pick it up for weeks because I was waiting for a time when I could read it in one sitting… in the end that didn’t happen & I read it over the space of a few days, but that didn’t affect my enjoyment at all; Leena finished this story in a perfect way & I can’t wait to re-read the books back-to-back one day.
Okay, so I really loved this book – can you tell? And I loved it so much because it was such an original story, despite being loosely based on what happened to the Romanov children in the early 1900s. For the entire read I was on the edge of my seat (or, bed) because I had no idea what was going to happen to the girls – although the story was very similar to what we think happened to the Romanov children, I still wasn’t sure how Leena would end the story… would she kill them all, like what happened to the real Romanov children? Or, would she find a way for them to survive?! Obviously I’m not going to tell you what happens, but trust me, you will not see it coming.
Whilst reading The Five Daughters I was really impressed by how individualistic each of the sisters were; Leena did a really good job of creating five very different characters, who were all very slightly similar; similar enough for us to believe that they were truly sisters… well! The incredible character profiling continued in The Sisters & in some ways I even think it got better because there was a lot more character development in this book. The suspense in this book was also a lot stronger than in the first & this added so much to the dramatics & emotions of the story. I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK!
As for the sisters themselves… Alina seemed a lot more grown up at the start of this book, than in the first, but she still managed to hold onto her youth & innocence throughout the story. Merile still came across incredibly spoilt this time around & she remained my least favourite sister, but her character grew & developed perfectly throughout. Sibilia was still shown to be the proud sister, & still came across as a bit of a brat, but she definitely grew from a girl to a woman during the duology, & she ended up really surprising me. Elise, probably my second favourite sister (Alina being my first) became even more loving & kind, despite the arguments that occur between the girls, & she also continued to be determined to make the world a better place – I really loved that about her. And Celestia, the new Crescent Empress, grew into an incredibly elegant woman who I was totally in awe of throughout; she was just so obviously royal & powerful, & it was amazing how well her elegance leaked out of the pages.
Uh, I seriously loved this duology & I’m absolutely heartbroken that I’m not going to get anymore of the sisters or this world; I haven’t mentioned it in this review, but the world-building for this series was so original & clever, & it really is a shame that it’s finished with now *sad face* The Waning Moon Duology is definitely one of my favourite series & if I ever get to meet Leena I’ll probably have a panic attack!
You can order your own copy of The Sisters using the links below (check out my review of the first book for purchase links for The Five Daughters):
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