Good morning all, and Happy Saturday! Today’s my stop on the Sisters of Shadow and Light Blog Tour, and I’m excited to share my review, some great quotes, and give you 1 of (10) chances to win a copy for yourself!
When I first heard about Sisters of Shadow and Light, I was a little skeptical. It sounded really good, but because I’m almost exclusively a fantasy-reader, more often than not, I find myself coming across familiar plot lines, and meeting carbon copies of the same types of characters and relationships.
I’m happy to report that – not only was Sisters of Shadow and Light unique and full of twists – it was super addicting! The beautiful writing captured me at page one and didn’t let go until the very end.
Besides the lush and expressive writing (check out some quotes below to see what I mean) this book really shined because of the strong and beautiful relationship between the sisters: Inara and Zuhra. Even though the mythology surrounding the paladins was fascinating, and a particular romance – swoon-y, the love and dedication between the sisters is what stole the show for me.
~Some quotes I wanted to share~
“No matter the weather – drought or floods, heat or cold – the hedge never faltered, never wilted, never grew. The wall of greenery hid thorns as long and sharp as fangs that ran along every inch of the branches and vines beneath the lush leaves. Anyone intending to try and pass through it quickly learned of the threat beneath the beauty. An elegant, deadly prison warden”
“Moonlight filtered in through the two-story-high windows that flanked shelves even taller than Halvor, illuminating the hundreds of books that stood like small sentinels in rows upon rows upon rows all round us, guardians of knowledge – right there, so close – and yet impossibly distant because I couldn’t read most of them.“
“The only thing that distracted me from the growing anxiety was training – sparring – pushing myself so hard physically that there was no room for thought, or fear, or panic.“
Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light, #1) by Sara B. Larson
Published by Tor Teen on November 5, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Romance, Sisterhood
"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.
About the author
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.