From the acclaimed author of Defy, Sara B. Larson, Sisters of Shadow and Light is a timeless and fantastical tale of sisterly love and powerful magic
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.
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Since the birth of her younger sister, Inara, 18-year-old Zuhara has been trapped at the Citadel of the Paladin within an enormous sentient hedge with their mother and their caretaker. Inara's magic, inherited from their vanished Paladin father, gives her power over plants, but it also fills her head with a debilitating roar that leaves her with only rare moments of lucidity. The sudden arrival of Halvor, a Paladin-obsessed scholar, prompts the sisters to defy their strict, secretive mother and look for a means of escape, leading them to the monster-infested world of the departed Paladin. After a promising opening and intriguing setting, the story settles into a disappointingly predictable plot. The characters and their relationships, particularly that of the sisters, are insufficiently developed given such a tight focus on a small cast. Larson (Defy) leaves room for a sequel, which will hopefully explore interpersonal dynamics and fully develop plot threads introduced in this volume. Ages 12 up.