January 12, 2020

#BookReview: Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light #1) by @SaraBLarson

Synopsis: 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.


Rating: ★★★★
My Review: Well me and this book had a time.  I started out wanting to DNF it and I am so glad that I didn't.  By 80 pages I was hooked and I couldn't put it down!! This book is told by one POV then splits to both sisters which was a wonderful way to tell the tale.  I loved knowing what was going on in both worlds and I wouldn't change it for the world. It was like at the end of each split chapter something would happen or be revealed and I just could not stop reading.  

I would love to have another title about the other world where the Paladins come from etc.  I think that would be an epic tale to read about.  This one gave me the feelings of Tower of Dawn by Maas and I loved every page. (that is after those 80).  The sisters were glorious and their bond was one I won't soon forget.  It reminded me when twins feel each other's pain.  

The worlds that the author created I loved and I still hope that we get to learn more about the other world though the door.  I need a movie of this one my goodness I loved it.  

Overall, this one might have a slow start but by 100 pages if you aren't hooked then man I don't know what to tell you.  Fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo will fall for this one hard.

Go Into This One Knowing: Family, Cliffhanger (light)

“Packed with fascinating relationships, pulse-pounding romance, and breathtaking adventure, this story held me captive to every page.”―Kathryn Purdie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Burning Glass
"I was completely swept away with this fierce magical story of broken family, and sisters trying to survive a mysterious past. Romance, betrayal, gryphons, forbidden doorways, and devoted sisters had me flipping the pages to unravel the secrets of this dark world where no one is who they seem to be. Larson has created a spellbinding world that has all the elements I love―magic, mystery, romance, and sisterhood! I can't wait for more!"―Mary E. Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of The Kiss of Deception

"What a stunning gem of a story. Fans of gorgeous, emotional, action-packed fantasy are going to want to snap this up. I loved it so much, I read it in one sitting!"―C.J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author of the Ravenspire series
“Larson’s bold and imaginative tale of sisterhood, magic, and monsters is a deft exploration of loneliness, family, and friendship inside a citadel hedged by lies and blood.” ―A.G. Howard, #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of The Splintered Series 
Sisters of Shadow and Light is a rare beauty that will grip your heart and steal your breath away. I adored this book!"―Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor's Game

“Fantasy readers will become absorbed in the world-building and strong relationship between the sisters.” ―Tara Williams, English teacher, Glade Spring (Virginia) Middle School, recommended, School Library Connection

“Fans of the author’s earlier work, as well as that of Kristin Cashore and Rachel Hartman, will enjoy this story. Purchase for those who love fantasy novels and Larson’s other books.” ―School Library Journal

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