The Sisters of Shadow is a young adult fantasy novel written by Katherine Livesey. The first in a series, the book follows the story of two best friends, Alice and Lily. The chapters alternate between their two storylines. When Alice is kidnapped by a powerful witch, Lily must travel through the Shadow Lands to rescue her friend, with many colourful characters being introduced along the way.
I really enjoyed reading this book- every page made me want to read more! The book’s strength lies in its characters and the development of their relationships, which are realistic and endearing. I felt a connection with almost every one of them, and the way the story is told makes it feel intimate and engaging. The fictional towns and landscapes draw inspiration from locations around the UK, including Lancashire where Livesey herself grew up.
I would recommend the Sisters of Shadow to kids 11-16 who like fantasy. Fans of the His Dark Materials series (Philip Pullman) or the Shadow and Bone series (Leigh Bardugo) should definitely give this book a go.
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Reviewed by Josie