“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.”
Wow. I was simply blown away by this beautifully written series beginner. The first line completely captivated me, and I could not put this one down!
Sisters of Shadow and Light is the story of two sisters, Zuhra and Inara, trapped inside a home and life they have more questions than knowledge about. I found the world so captivating through these sisters eyes. The world-building was wonderful, and I loved the unique magic system. I honestly have read nothing like it, and I’ve read a lot of YA Fantasy, so this was great to read something so original to me.
The characters are deeply flawed individuals who truly only want the very best for those around them and love deeply. I looovve flawed characters. I feel that they are always so relatable and real. They are the kind of characters that leap off the page, and stay with you well after you’ve finished reading. I was so moved by the love and loyalty shown between all the characters, even their mother, who they had a hard relationship with, was a well developed and thought out character who was so relatable on a deep emotional and mental level for me.
The plot and timing was done very well, and I never felt like it was too fast or too slow. I also never felt that anything seemed forced or info-dumpy.
The only thing I am honestly disappointed in is that the second novel in the series isn’t available to read yet 😂 I can’t wait to dive back into these characters when the rest of the series is out!
Special thanks as always to Tor Teen, NetGalley and the author Sara Larsen for the early review copy in exchange for my honest review*