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Sister Light, Sister Dark by Jane Yolen
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Sep 03, 09

bookshelves: fantasy, young-adult

This fantasy novel, the first book in a series, definitely presents a feminist’s medieval world, centering around a religious order/sisterhood that raises girls to become warriors or priestesses (and support personnel) who have “shadow” twins who come from a mirror world, but only at night in the presence of some kind of light. The novel is not the typical fantasy, though the plot is pretty typical, dealing with a prophesied special sister who brings disastrous happenings, as well as triumphs, for the order. However, interspersed with the action is the historical exploration, which denies all feminist values and participation (probably a veiled indictment of most “patriarchal” histories). Watch out: the historical accounts mention homoerotic aspects of the order only vaguely hinted at in the actual action of the novel.

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