Review: Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson

Sisters of Shadow and LightAuthor: Sara B. Larson
Series: Sisters of Shadow and Light #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Released: November 5th, 2019
Rating: 4 kitties

I received a copy of Sisters of Shadow and Light through Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Sisters of Shadow and Light is the first novel in an all-new series by Sara B. Larson. It’s the tale of two sisters, and their very strange and unexpected lives. They’ve been abandoned, and worse, trapped within a citadel. That is, until everything takes a sudden change fifteen years in.

These sisters lived in a world in which Paladins used o be commonplace. They were the magical warriors set to protect them all. Until they disappeared. Now there are none. None, unless you count Inara, a half Paladin born with the light of the stars in her eyes.

Zuhra is a loyal and loving sister. For the past fifteen years, she’s loved her sister where their mother would not. She treasured her sister’s rare moments of lucidity. She also knew what her mother’s plans were for her, and what she believed to be her destiny.

Inara is only half-human. Her other half is Paladin, even if her mother would never truly admit that. Inara loves her gardens, and her sister. And she doesn’t seem troubled at all by her lack of maternal care.


“We were in the citadel, so we didn’t see the night sky, didn’t witness the pulse of darkness that obliterated all light – including the stars – at the moment my sister cried and turned her burning eyes on my mother for the first time.”

Spoiler Warning

Sisters of Shadow and Light was a beautiful and heartwarming tale, full of mystery and lore. It has a little bit of something for everyone. There’s some romance, devoted sisters, betrayal, mystery, and magical creatures.

I’ll confess that it took me a little bit of time to get into this one. I wanted to like it right from the start, of course. But it took about three or so chapters for me to find myself invested in what was really happening. So if you find yourself struggling, try giving it an extra chapter or two before you give up.

Sara B. Larson’s writing style was absolutely brilliant. It flowed wonderfully and was reason enough to make me want to keep reading it through to the end. I know that this isn’t Larson’s first novel, but it’s the first one that I’ve read. And I’ve clearly got to check out the rest of her works!

This was the start of a series, and I’m more than a little bit curious to see where the next novel is going to take us. I hope to hear news about it sooner rather than later. But like I said, at least I have a decent backlog to work through in the meantime.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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