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Book Review: Sisters of Shadow (Sisters of Shadow #1) (ARC)

Expected publication: September 30th 2021 

Author: Katherine Livesey

I don’t know who you are, or why you need me, but you hurt her again and I will make you pay…

Alice has lived in the forest on the fringes of Alder Vale ever since her parents abandoned her. Alone, exiled, and feared by all. All except Lily.

Nature has always been Lily’s tonic, and she never feels more alive than when she’s amidst the trees. It was Alice who first called them the sisters of shadow, Lily the sunshine to her moonlight, for neither can exist without the other.

But something is stirring beyond the mountains. Whispers of spectres stalking the moors, women of unfathomable power luring children into a cult that has haunted local lore for a generation.

When Alice disappears, Lily knows she must rescue her or risk losing her forever.

Because the rumours were true all along…

Exile.

Monster.

Witch.

Sisters of Shadow is the first novel in a series of the same name. I believe it will be a trilogy if my memory serves me correctly. The story follows two girls, Alice Blackwell and Lily Knight, and the adventure that surrounds them. Alice lives on the outskirts of town in the woods, while Lily lives in town and loves to be out in nature. Lily visits Alice all the time and the two of them are not only best friends, but together they are the sisters of shadow. Alice comes from a long line of witches and believes that she could have similar magic within her. When she receives a mysterious letter, she eventually ends up with a coven of witches. She initially believes that she is finally among those like her, but the leader seems to have sinister intentions. When Lily discovers that Alice has disappeared, she sets out to rescue her. The story is told from both the perspectives of Lily and Alice as they try to find their way back to each other.

Even though the two characters go through two different experiences in the story, their friendship connects them. Along each of their adventures, the two main characters uncover secrets and go through their own journeys of self-discovery. Lily is on a quest where she must overcome her fears as she travels alone whereas Alice must find a way through the betrayal as she thought she was on her way to learn from a coven. There are two potential romances on the horizon for the two characters. Lily stumbles across a boy, Jem, on her journey and the two of them become closer. Alice meets Grace, who connects with Alice and wants to protect her. The two romances are very sweet and I cannot wait to see how each develops.

The pacing is a little slow at first, to me, as it took me a few tries to become fully immersed in the story. Once I was there, I could not wait to see what happened next. As with most series, it is very disappointing to get to the last page and know that you will need to wait for the sequel to see what happens next. For me, the writing was on the younger end of the YA spectrum so I may not be the intended audience and a younger reader could appreciate this story more than I could. The magic and characters are all interesting and I wanted to learn more about them. As this is the first novel in a series, I hope that these are further explored.

Overall, this series has a lot of potential for what to expect in the sequel. While this intro novel is not quite for me, I believe it will get better over time, like a few other series out there. I enjoyed the playlist at the end of the novel and actually listened to some of the songs while reading and the two of them went very well together. This was an enjoyable story about romance, friendship, magic, and mystery. I cannot wait to try the sequel, Sisters of Moonlight!

**I give a special thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter, for the opportunity to read this enjoyable novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**

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