Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light, #1) by Sara B. Larson

Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light, #1)

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 blu...

Details Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light, #1)

TitleSisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light, #1)
Release DateNov 5th, 2019
PublisherTor Teen
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

Reviews Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light, #1)

  • Hannah Greendale
    DNF at page 82. Sisters of Shadow and Light has major Strange the Dreamer envy but is a pale phantom of the exquisite tale crafted by Laini Taylor.
  • Toni
    I was hooked from the very line: "The night my sister was born, the stars died and were reborn in her eyes" and literally couldn't stop until I finished it. It has a wonderful, original magic system, a gripping plot, and, above all, it is about sisters whose bond is stronger than any kind of spell.The book has a soothing fairy-tale feel. There is a semi-abandoned Citadel, and a mysterious hedge that keeps the sisters ZUhra and Inara, their mother...
  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    I believe there are no bad books...just books I don't enjoy, but someone else does. The reason why I avoid to rate a book less than 3 stars is because I do not want to discourage the author from improving, however, If I gave three stars to this one I wouldn't be honest. In fact, if I solely would rate it for my enjoyment only than would be less than two stars. This was the first book I completed this year. Unfortunately, my expectations were not ...
  • Cassie James
    I have read and loved every single book Sara B. Larson has written including this one.Sisters of Shadow and Light is a brilliantly imaginative and lush world full of magic, wonder, love, sisterhood, family and action.Sisters, Zuhra and Inara were raised in a Citadel walled by a magical giant hedge that keeps the outside world away and them in.The Citadel is all that remains of their father's kind, the Paladins. Beings with great magical powers fr...
  • Kathleen Bergen
    This was amazing! I was hooked from the first page. The characters were flawed and real and the world was so immersive. Ahhhhh I need a sequel immediately
  • Jackie
    Reading almost like a long lost fairy tale, this book takes us on a journey of self discovery, the power of forgiveness and the lengths two sisters will go to save one another and I enjoyed every second. Sisters of Shadow and Light follows two young women hidden behind a hedge that threatens anyone who tries to enter, or more importantly leave. Zuhra remembers little from the night her sister was born other than it was the last time her mother wa...
  • Marta Cox
    Two sisters grow up in an abandoned citadel that once was home to magical Paladin Warriors. For more than fifteen years theyve been trapped behind a sentient, deadly hedge until a young man is mysteriously allowed through. Zuhra has always protected her baby sister Inara but the hope of escape and possibly love is something that burns brightly within her. Inaras appearance brands her as half Paladin but many forget that so too is Zuhra and thats ...
  • Anna Priemaza
    SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT is about two sisters who have been trapped in an abandoned citadel with their mother and nurse for fifteen years--since the night the younger sister was born and their Paladin father disappeared. Then a stranger shows up and everything changes. I loved this book. The magic was mesmerizing, the romance realistic and swoon-worthy, and the twists completely unexpected but perfectly logical. And the bond between the sister...
  • Katie Gallagher
    DNF at the 60% mark. I swiftly lost interest at the one third mark, when the character is shut up in her room by her mother. There is very little plot and endless internal monologue, most of which is inconsequential. Very sad not to have liked this, as the first few chapters were absolutely riveting.
  • Marissa
    I loved the Dark Breaks the Dawn duology and cannot wait to read Sisters of Shadow and Light! And this cover is gorgeous!!
  • Joanna Bennett
    I was really looking forward to this one. I literally started it the day I was approved and yet it took me a lot longer to read than it normally takes. I found myself not wanting to pick it up again for a couple reasons. Finally after a few days of not reading anything, I picked it up once again. Unfortunately, it didnt get better for me.One of the bigger issues I had with this book was the characters. They were just okay and a lot of the things ...
  • Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
    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 ...
  • Beth Cato
    I received this galley from the publisher via NetGalley.Sisters of Shadow and Light twists around many traditional fantasy tropes in ways that feel fresh and fun. You have a mysterious castle, isolated by a sentient hedge. A family lives inside, though some may consider them monstrous. A mother, a servant and friend, and two teenage girls. Zuhra and Inara have never been beyond the hedge. They dare not. Inara was born with the glowing eyes of a P...
  • Erin Arkin
    Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson is the first book in the series of the same name and if you know me at all, just by reading the summary you know this story is exactly what I look for in my books. I was so excited that I was able to get my hands on an early copy of this book because of that reason but also, I have loved Larsons other books so I didnt really have any doubts that this would be the same.Zuhra and Inara are sisters and h...
  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    Mystery surrounds Zuhra and Inara. Secrets whose answers seem just out of reach for Zuhra who so desperately tries to take care of her sister, Inara, and gain the approval of her mother. Zuhra carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. I could feel her longing, isolation and her discouragement in the beginning.After a slow start, this book gained momentum and I was pulled deeper and deeper in. By the end I was reading so fast, desperate to...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    DNF at 37%I really couldn't get into it. When I hit Part 2, I couldn't picture myself finishing the book so I've decided to set it down.
  • Kat
    #SistersofShadowandLIght#EdelweissA beautifully written novel about the love between two sisters and the lengths that we will go to protect and keep that bond.Sara B. Larson has a fantasy novel that will make you feel emotional about how we love our family.
  • Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
    This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library.To be completely honest with you (and that's the only way to be when writing a book review), I requested this book for review from Netgalley because I mistook the author for someone else: someone whose books I had previously enjoyed and whose other books were on my to-read list.I was so wrong. I've never read a Sara B Larson book before this one.Apart from the case of mistaken identity, I...
  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT is a book that takes readers back to ancient history and a fantasy world found through a gate. The characters are likable and easy to relate to, with complex relationships between family, friends, and love interests. Then there's the story, which is full of tension, loss, pain, love, determination, and magic. A book to easily get lost in from the beginning to the very last page. Highly recommended to fantasy readers!I'...
  • The Clever Reader
    Check out full blog post at am so close to my sister so reading this book and the bond Inara and Zuhra have for each other really hit close to home. My sister and I may be 5,000 + miles apart but it doesnt stop us from feeling that bond for one another.Zuhra has always taken care of her sister. Shes calmed her during the storms and protected her from the brunt of her mothers coldness. When they get separa...
  • Madison
    What a beautiful book. Sisters of Shadow and Light is everything I love about fantasy novels. It actually reminds me of a grown-up version of The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine, one of my all-time favourite fantasy novels. Sisters of Shadow and Light has so many elements woven together: a sisterly bond that is incredibly strong, a family torn apart and devastated by grief, a barrier between worlds, a magical world with monsters a...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Sisters of Shadow and Light is a story that grows in complexity. At the beginning we aren't sure what keeps them trapped. Why the magic seems to have turned against them. Like Inara and Zuhra, trapped in isolation, we as readers are confused about what has happened. Therefore we are able to empathize with these sisters as they find...
  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper. I didnt know would probably never know. That not knowing was like an itch beneath my skin, unreachable and, at times, unbreakable. This was the first time I read anything by Sarah B. Larson, and I have to say I was pretty impressed. I was so intrigued by the premise of Sisters of Shadow and Light, because I tend to really enjoy books that tend to focus on sisters relationship, and this sounde...
  • Vidhya
    First of all - Thank you to netgalley for giving me an arc in exchange for a review!This book does not start slow. There is so much going on from right at the beginning and thats what I liked about it. Definitely not slow paced! I liked the relationship between the sisters and the story and plot was actually really good! But- I wasnt really invested in the book and got through it only because I had too. I think that maybe the evolution of the sto...
  • Vidhya
    First of all - Thank you to netgalley for giving me an arc in exchange for a review!This book does not start slow. There is so much going on from right at the beginning and thats what I liked about it. Definitely not slow paced! I liked the relationship between the sisters and the story and plot was actually really good! But- I wasnt really invested in the book and got through it only because I had too. I think that maybe the evolution of the sto...
  • Krysti
    Ive been a fan of Saras work for a long time, and this is my favorite of her books yet! I loved the main characters: sisters Inara and Zuhra! Their relationship was beautiful and relatable and loving. The story itself is gripping. I didnt want to put it down, and the world Sara has created is absolutely enchanting. Also, the romance! SWOON!!! You know I can never get enough romance, and in this dual POV novel, you get double the love interests! ...
  • Kathryn Purdie
    Packed with fascinating relationships, pulse-pounding romance, and breathtaking adventure, this story held me captive to every page.
  • Leah
    The writing is very much like a fairy tale, slow and introspective with a tiny touch of magic. It feels like a book much bigger than it is, but thats not a bad thing. There is a lot of reflection, but it fills in blanks and drives the story forward. The first 100 pages or so are a particularly slow, but not entirely dull. These first pages are told from the older sister, Zuhras perspective. Then, after a pivotal moment, the remainder of the book ...