Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson

Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light #1)
Author: Sara B. Larson
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: November 5th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

From the acclaimed author of DEFY, Sara B. Larson, SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT is a timeless and fantastical tale of sisterly love and powerful magic

"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 Light and Shadow is such a great read. I was so completely engrossed in the story and how intriguing the world is. The characters and emphasises on family were perfect.

I loved the magic system. What a cool idea to have the Paladins, these people from another world with magical powers. I loved how you have a basic knowledge of the lineage at the beginning of the story but we learn more about them as Zuhra and Inara learn more. Finding about how their power and channeling of magic actually works.

I love the relationships in the story. They are imperfect and complicated. Especially when it comes to Zuhra and Inara’s mother. Even with Sami, who when her history with the family comes to light throws a whole different perspective in. I’m not sure how to feel about their mom even though she is grieving a life lost but it doesn’t excuse her actions she takes towards her daughters. I did love the bond that Zuhra and Inara share, no matter the circumstances, they depend on one another. They accept each other with all their imperfections and they fight for one another, even if it means giving things up. They really have a great bond.

There is a little bit of romance but it really feels like the story stays focused on the bond of the sisters and understanding the world both inside and outside the Citadel. I think this book breaks the surface for the girls to find relationships but also leaves it to be more developed in the next book. Which I did appreciate. You have two people who have not had any contact with men of any kind in fifteen years. Of course what they think should happen and what does happen are two different things.

I loved the writing. I thought it was engaging and fast paced. I loved the story and how unique and intriguing it is. I loved a lot of things but I also do not want to say too much because I liked going into the story pretty much blind. I’m not sure I even read the synopsis besides when I did a while ago to see if I was interested. I like that the soul of this story is the sisters and their bond. I highly recommend it.

Sara B. Larson is the best-selling and critically acclaimed author of the YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology. Her next YA fantasy, SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT, comes out November 5th from Tor Teen. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.

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