Sisters of the Snake by Sarena & Sasha Nanua – REVIEW

A lost princess. A dark puppet master. And a race against time—before all is lost.

Princess Rani longs for a chance to escape her gilded cage and prove herself. Ria is a street urchin, stealing just to keep herself alive.

When these two lives collide, everything turns on its head: because Ria and Rani, orphan and royal, are unmistakably identical.

A deal is struck to switch places—but danger lurks in both worlds, and to save their home, thief and princess must work together. Or watch it all fall into ruin.

Deadly magic, hidden temples, and dark prophecies: Sisters of the Snake is an action-packed, immersive fantasy that will thrill fans of The Crown’s Game and The Tiger at Midnight.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper360.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

“You can be more than what the stars wish for. More than you ever dreamed.” 

I recently read Sisters of the Snake by sister-authors Sarena and Sasha Nanua, a twin-swap story loosely based on The Prince and the Pauper. Long-lost sisters Ria, a thief, and Rani, a princess, meet and swap places on Diwali night. This is as fun as it sounds, exploring themes of identity, family and sisterhood. The diverse rep refreshes many of the well-worn tropes of YA and offers the reader something new.

“They expect us to die, but the best revenge is to live.” 

I especially loved the richly detailed world-building which was steeped in Punjabi culture. Any foodies will delight in all the delicious descriptions of food and drink. I would have appreciated more interaction between Ria and Rani but can understand why it was almost impossible for the purposes of the twin swap. Hopefully, we’ll see their sister bond more in the next book as it was one of my favourite aspects.

“That’s what stories do. They teach us to remember, and to overcome.”

Packed with political intrigue, snake magic, and romance, Sisters of the Snake is a diverse YA fantasy full of potential. I look forward to seeing what the next book brings.

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1 Comment

  1. Yolanda @ Past Midnight

    10 August 2021 at 10:29 PM

    I had the chance to borrow this ebook online but missed it so now I have to wait for it again. Great review and I am very intrigued about the snake magic!

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