Review: Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson


Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 368 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Tor Teen

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“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.


My Thoughts

What an interesting read! My first experience with Sara B. Larson and I wasn’t disappointed. I think my favorite thing about the story was that first and foremost the sisterly bond between Zuhra and Inara took the front seat of it all.

There is romance inside of this story but it doesn’t overshadow the overall plot OR bond between the sisters.

I heard many compare this to Strange the Dreamer, and while I haven’t read that book YET, I can compare the writing style to Laini Taylor. So if you’re a fan of her altogether, I would say jump into this.

Do you enjoy Laini Taylor?

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