Warriors of Wing and Flame – Sara B Larson – Sisters of Shadow and Light – Tor Teen – Published 27 October 2020
The doorway between the magical Visempirum and the human world has been reopened. Paladin are once more living in the citadel where Zuhra and Inara grew up completely isolated by the magical hedge that trapped them there. Amidst the brewing conflict between the Paladin and humans looms the threat of Barloc, who has stolen Inara’s immense power and continues to elude the Paladin who are desperately searching for him.
In this sequel to Sisters of Shadow and Light, Inara and Zuhra must navigate the treacherous paths of self-discovery, their love for each other, and for the boys who have captured their hearts. Together, they search for the strength within themselves to bridge the divide between the two worlds they inhabit, even as war threatens to destroy everything—and everyone—they love.
Warriors of Wing and Flame is the second and last book in the Sisters of Shadow and Light duology. I very much enjoyed this conclusion to the series, enjoyed the mix of fantasy action (big battle scenes) and character growth.
Zuhra has returned home, bringing with her her long-lost father and teams of Riders with their gryphons. But they must now face the devastation they found upon their return. Inara is reeling from the loss of her powers and the Paladin are desperately trying to track down the man who stole them and who now poses a risk to both worlds and both Paladin and humans. Everything the sisters have finally gained could be threatened if they don’t act quickly.
I love that there are only two books in this series – I’m not a huge fan of big series and so often the second book of a trilogy just feels like a placeholder. In this series, you get action and romance and world building throughout both two books. They are exciting and lots of fun to read.
The gryphons are awesome -so magnificent and I loved that we got to hang out with them and their riders a bit more in this second book. They suffer some pretty significant losses, so animal lovers be warned.
I really loved what was done with Inara’s storyline. I really enjoyed her chapters – the book alternates between Inara and Zuhra each chapter – as she learns to experience her world. She is also grieving the loss of her powers and trying to be as brave as her sister. Her character growth and strength was surprising and was my favourite part of the book – except for maybe the kissing. Two romances (1 was a surprise and was so awesome – loved that match-up) make for some swoony kissing scenes.
All in all, a great fantasy series for those who love magical worlds, magical creatures and strong characters with strong romance.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Category: Young adult fiction
Themes: Magic, magical creatures, magical powers, gryphons, sisters, family, romance.
Reading age guide: Ages 12/13 and up.
Advisory: Violence – death, injury, death of animals, fantasy battles.
Published: 27 October 2020 by Tor Teen.
Format: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook. 384 pages.