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Sisters of Shadow and Light

(Sisters of Shadow and Light #1)

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"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
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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)
Sara Larson I wouldn't classify it is a romance, necessarily. It's about so much more than that, especially the bond between the sisters. BUT there is DEFINITELY…moreI wouldn't classify it is a romance, necessarily. It's about so much more than that, especially the bond between the sisters. BUT there is DEFINITELY romance in it! For more hints on what it's about, check out the blurbs I just posted on my "review" for SOSAL. :-) (less)

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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.
Toni
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, ya, fantasy
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
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ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
May 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)
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
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Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
As long as there is no love triangle between the sisters, I'm in
Kathleen 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
Cassie James
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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
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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
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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
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Jackie
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2019-reads, arcs
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
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Marissa
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!!
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
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Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya-fantasy
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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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
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The Clever Reader
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
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Madison
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 ...more
USOM
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
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Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper.

“I didn’t 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 sounded like a perfect book for those cravings, and
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Vidhya
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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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Vidhya
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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Kat
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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.
Kathryn Purdie
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Packed with fascinating relationships, pulse-pounding romance, and breathtaking adventure, this story held me captive to every page.
Leah
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 that’s 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, Zuhra’s perspective. Then, after a pivotal moment, the remainder of the book alternates between her and her younger sister, ...more
Yolanda
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Review will be posted on my blog on October 17, 2019**
**4.5 Stars**

Thank you to Tor Teen and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.

I had been reading so many books lately about witches (because tis the season) so reading about Paladins and their magic was so refreshing. Zuhra, her sister Inara, and their mother are trapped in the citadel that they call home. A magical hedge outside of their home keeps them from leaving. Zuhra’s father was a Paladin but he is nowhere to be found,
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Desiree
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. The detail in Larson’s writing made me feel everything the characters felt. She weaved the perfect story of family dynamics, the need for love, and the hunger for power. This story is told from two different perspectives, alternating between Inara and Zuhra. I could feel Zuhra’s love for her sister from the beginning. After being trapped in the citadel and losing the husband she thought loved her, their mother is completely broken and unable to care for them as a mother ...more
Aly (In Wonderland)
I was super interested and invested until the 40% Mark where I just completely lost interest.
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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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