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Sisters of Shadow and Light

(Sisters of Shadow and Light #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,132 ratings  ·  312 reviews
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 t
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Tor Teen
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Sara Larson I have read it, and I don't think it's very similar. Though I will take that as a compliment as I adore Laini's writing and books! <3 …moreI have read it, and I don't think it's very similar. Though I will take that as a compliment as I adore Laini's writing and books! <3 (less)

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Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, fantasy, ya
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 and their caretaker Sami in, either protecting o
Hannah Greendale
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, dnf
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. ...more
ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
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 met...not at all.
Let me start by saying that I al
Sara Larson
May 06, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Blurbs for SOSAL:

"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
Cindy ✩☽♔
Sep 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
As long as there is no love triangle between the sisters, I'm in ...more
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 from another world that came to Vamala (The world th
Oct 26, 2021 rated it liked it
2.5 Meh.#nothingtoseehere #walkonby
I found this pretty boring; it hardly held my interest. The pace and events did pick up but too late for me. The voice of the two main characters was intensely irritating- they’d never seen men before the story begins and they became all swoony the moment they did. The writing was very over written (if that’s a thing!), lots of pounding pulses and aching hearts. The world building redeemed this slightly for me- there was potential for a much better story- who d
Kai Bergen
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arcs, 2019-reads
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 was happy and her family whole, and since then she
Marta Cox
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
Two sisters grow up in an abandoned citadel that once was home to magical Paladin Warriors. For more than fifteen years they’ve 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. Inara’s appearance brands her as half Paladin but many forget that so too is Zuhra and that’s something no one should ever overlook !
I truly
Anna Priemaza
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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 sisters was, of course, the very best part.

I already ca
Katie Gallagher
Jan 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Aug 30, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, reading it was a truly magical experience.
Joanna Bennett
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 didn’t 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 they did were eye-roll worthy. Zuhra was the bigg
Beth Cato
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 Paladin, the entities who built their home and who
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the Dark Breaks the Dawn duology and cannot wait to read Sisters of Shadow and Light! And this cover is gorgeous!!
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 2019
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 the writing style to Laini Taylor. So if you're a
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sisters
Real rating 3.5 stars
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 was drawn to the use of the word Paladin because
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 know what was going to happen next. It's hard to
Erin Arkin
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 Larson’s other books so I didn’t really have any doubts that this would be the same.

Zuhra and Inara are sisters and have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins whic
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, 2021, fantasy
How come I never really heard about this book? I saw it randomly at the library and it looked good, but I haven't heard anything about it. That is pretty sad, because this book was good.

The beginning definitely gave me frozen vibes.


Two sisters basically quarantined (we all feel their pain). Trapped in this castle by a magical hedge that won't let them through. One of the sisters has amazing powers. So definitely similar, but there was also a great uniqueness to the story.

I really enjoyed it. T
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've read several series where there are gates to ot
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A 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.
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Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I 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 doesn’t stop us from feeling that bond for one another.

Zuhra has always taken care of her sister. She’s calmed her during the storms and protected her from the brunt of her mother’s coldness. When they get separated the loss she feels is so strong that all sh
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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 and griffins and magical powers, a fairytale feelin ...more
Jun 22, 2022 marked it as left-in-shadow
Listen. It's hard to take a book seriously when it says stuff like: "In the fiery light of dawn, his eyes glowed cinnamon."
REALLY? is this what we doin?

(and, like, this is has to be the SIXTH time you described his eye color as some sort of food/ingredient and it's just WEIRD.)

Imma head out, folks.

Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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 out how different the world is to what they expec
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 that’s 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 wasn’t really invested in the book and got through it only because I had too. I think that maybe the evolution of the storyline could have been a little more attractive
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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 ...more

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