Published by Tor Teen on November 5, 2019
Series: Sisters of Shadow and Light #1
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Source: eARC from Publisher
Also in this series: The Light at the Bottom of the World, Warriors of Wing and Flame
"The night my sister was born, the stars died and were reborn in her eyes…".
Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world―including their Paladin father the night Inara was born.
On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out―leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother.
For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.
Sisters of Shadow and Light is the first book in a new young adult fantasy series of the same name by author Sara B. Larson. I loved Defy by Sara B. Larson, so I was really excited to read another series by her. Sisters of Shadow and Light will appeal to fantasy lovers young and old. It is reminiscent of classic fairy tales, and the story still manages to feel fresh and unique. I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait for the next book in the Sisters of Shadow and Light series.
In Sisters of Shadow and Light we meet our main character Zuhra and her sister Inara. This book felt magical right from the very first chapter, which depicted Inara’s birth. I felt Zuhra’s love for her sister from the very beginning, and I loved that. Sisters of Shadow and Light is a story of adventure, magic, friendship and the bonds of sisterhood. Sara B. Larson does a fantastic job of making the story feel sweepingly epic and magical. I love Sara’s story telling abilities. She always makes books that draw me in and capture 100% of my attention. Sisters of Shadow and Light was no different. I was transported to a world where two sisters were hidden away from the world. They were kept separate by a hedge surrounding their house. I loved that even though Zuhra was accepted, she always kept her place next to her sister Inara, who was no where near as accepted as her “normal” sister Zuhra. They soon set off on a journey that reveals plenty of twists, turns and surprises that kept me flipping the pages as fast as I could. When I got to the end of this book, I was so sad that I didn’t have the next book. I would have jumped right into the sequel immediately after I finished this one.
The romance in Sisters of Shadow and Light was completely unexpected and delightfully swoony. I expected the journey and story to be focused solely on the two sisters, and while their bond was a huge part of the story, the author did manage to weave in a great romance, which is always a welcome treat for me. If you are a fan of Epic fantasies, then Sisters of Shadow and Light is a must read for you. I loved the writing, I loved the world and I really loved the two sisters. This book was great, and I cannot wait for the next installment in this series!
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