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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 p 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.


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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 p 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.

30 review for Sisters of the Snake

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "His executions are more painful than a sword through the chest. The royals use snakes. They twist their fangs in your gut and don't let go." What a fun adventure this was! As someone who thoroughly enjoys reading books based in cultures outside of my own, it was refreshing to submerge myself in an Indian YA fantasy and learn about the food, the setting, and all the other glorious cultural details along the way. Even though this book is fantasy fiction, I felt like I learned so much from the auth "His executions are more painful than a sword through the chest. The royals use snakes. They twist their fangs in your gut and don't let go." What a fun adventure this was! As someone who thoroughly enjoys reading books based in cultures outside of my own, it was refreshing to submerge myself in an Indian YA fantasy and learn about the food, the setting, and all the other glorious cultural details along the way. Even though this book is fantasy fiction, I felt like I learned so much from the authors' inclusion of their own voices. It's about time that we got a Prince and the Pauper type of retelling featuring diverse characters, and I cannot wait to continue on with the story in the next book and learn more about the magic system. Also? This cover is stunning! *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    ↣ digital copy received via edelweiss↢ March 15, 2021: Who has an early copy of one of the most anticipated south-asian releases of this year? ME. ME. ME. AH. October 06, 2020: DID YOU SEE THAT COVER??? DID you see the gorgeous illustration? Do you see my heart swell with so much happiness OMG August 21, 2020: I mean, any fantasy that's Indian-inspired is ON MY LIST so yeah, you can see me excited for this twin getting separated and one is a street thief and one is a princess YES IT SOUNDS SO G ↣ digital copy received via edelweiss↢ March 15, 2021: Who has an early copy of one of the most anticipated south-asian releases of this year? ME. ME. ME. AH. October 06, 2020: DID YOU SEE THAT COVER??? DID you see the gorgeous illustration? Do you see my heart swell with so much happiness OMG August 21, 2020: I mean, any fantasy that's Indian-inspired is ON MY LIST so yeah, you can see me excited for this twin getting separated and one is a street thief and one is a princess YES IT SOUNDS SO GOOD

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sasha Nanua

    UPDATE 07/20/20: WE HAVE A TITLE CHANGE!!! SISTERS OF THE SNAKE is coming to a bookshelf near you, Summer 2021! *insert snake hiss here* ----- 01/08/20: Ria & Rani is our Indian-inspired twin-swap YA fantasy book that we've been working on for 3 years! If you're a fan of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, or THREE DARK CROWNS, then be sure to check it out! UPDATE 07/20/20: WE HAVE A TITLE CHANGE!!! SISTERS OF THE SNAKE is coming to a bookshelf near you, Summer 2021! *insert snake hiss here* ----- 01/08/20: Ria & Rani is our Indian-inspired twin-swap YA fantasy book that we've been working on for 3 years! If you're a fan of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, or THREE DARK CROWNS, then be sure to check it out!

  4. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷₈⁷ ♠

    so this is basically a fantasy retelling of The Prince and the Pauper?? Got it and want it

  5. 5 out of 5

    gauri

    check out the full review along with an aesthetic on my blog! Sisters of the Snake is an impressive debut of twin sisters written by twin authors. If you're looking for a quick read that reminds you of Barbie movies with magic, found family, rich Indian inspired atmosphere and a fast paced fantasy, this is the one! check out the full review along with an aesthetic on my blog! Sisters of the Snake is an impressive debut of twin sisters written by twin authors. If you're looking for a quick read that reminds you of Barbie movies with magic, found family, rich Indian inspired atmosphere and a fast paced fantasy, this is the one!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Review: 3.5 stars Sisters of the Snake appealed to me for so many reasons. I love books that have plots about two identical people switching places and have read so many great books with this premise. Sisters of the Snake is also a retelling of The Princess and the Pauper, and while I don’t know that story well I do love reading retellings. But the main reasons this book interested me were that it’s a cultural fantasy and You can also read my review here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... Review: 3.5 stars Sisters of the Snake appealed to me for so many reasons. I love books that have plots about two identical people switching places and have read so many great books with this premise. Sisters of the Snake is also a retelling of The Princess and the Pauper, and while I don’t know that story well I do love reading retellings. But the main reasons this book interested me were that it’s a cultural fantasy and it’s about two sisters. Unfortunately the bonds of sisterhood aren’t explored much in this installment, but I expect they will be later in the series. Sisters of the Snake is a great example of a book that does two points of view really well. The point of view switches from Rani, the princess, and her newfound twin Ria, who is a thief. The pacing is pretty fast and a lot of the chapters end on cliffhangers, which kept me reading to bet back to one point of view or the other and find out what happened next. Both points of view are written in first person, but it didn’t get confusing since both characters had their own distinct voice and personality. This was a very easy read that I tore through pretty quickly. The plot was pretty fun even though at times it was rather predictable. Rani and Ria lived vastly different lives and when they discovered that they were twins they decided to switch places. It was interesting watching each girl change as they walked in each other’s shoes. Both girls learn ugly truths about the kingdom, but they also get to see the world from a different perspective and it changes both of them. There were two plot lines that both converged at the end of the novel and they were both done pretty well. In books that have multiple plot lines and multiple points of view there is typically one that I prefer over the other, but Sisters of the Snake was really well balanced in this aspect. While I enjoyed this book it wasn’t without it’s problems. One issue I had was that I felt like the romances took up too much of the story line and they felt a little forced. But my main issue with this book was the ending. I really hated the way the ending was written. The villain felt so two dimensional and the happily ever after ending was too hard to believe. Everything came together too perfectly, too conveniently, and it just had me rolling my eyes. If you like your endings all happy and perfect, then maybe this won’t bother you, but I just found it too perfect to be believable. I think Sisters of the Snake would appeal to the younger side o YA readers. It was a fun, fast read and had some great cultural representation. For most of the book I really enjoyed it even though there was a bit too much romance for my tastes. While I felt like this book fell apart at the end you might enjoy it if you love happily ever after endings. This was a fun read, but I won’t be seeking out the sequel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sahitya

    It’s always so much fun to discover desi debut authors and get to read and talk about their books in advance. And that’s exactly my feeling tonight after finishing this book - delight. The author-sister duo really managed to create a very entertaining and engaging story here, which got its hook in me very quickly. Once I started, there was no way I could stop because there’s almost a breakneck pace, and with so much happening in every chapter and with revelation after revelation; all I wanted to It’s always so much fun to discover desi debut authors and get to read and talk about their books in advance. And that’s exactly my feeling tonight after finishing this book - delight. The author-sister duo really managed to create a very entertaining and engaging story here, which got its hook in me very quickly. Once I started, there was no way I could stop because there’s almost a breakneck pace, and with so much happening in every chapter and with revelation after revelation; all I wanted to do was read the next chapter and find out what more was gonna happen. The writing is very easy to follow along and not overly descriptive - the kind of writing style I usually prefer - and I found myself totally immersed. But it is also not without some flaws. We get some history about the magic wielding masters and how the kingdoms came to be in the current state, but other than that there isn’t much world building. However, there is scope for a lot more expansive world as well as different kinds of magic and I’m excited to see how the authors will achieve this in the sequel. While the quick pacing makes for a thrilling read, it also means that sometimes things happen too quickly and without any explanation, leaving us a tad bit dissatisfied. I also thought there were many conflicts in the story that were resolved too conveniently, which might really annoy a more discerning and critical reader than me. But the heart of this book are it’s characters. Rani is a sheltered princess and all she wants is the freedom to live on her terms and also prove to the king that she is capable of ruling. Ria is a thief on the streets whose every day is filled with the struggle for survival. These two sisters couldn’t be more different on surface, but I loved how the authors ensured that we could understand their deeper feelings and realize that they aren’t so different underneath. After they both swap places, they both realize what is it that they actually want to do with their life, how they can contribute towards the welfare of their people, and how it is possible to subvert one’s destiny. I really loved how much they came to trust each other and their bond felt special, but I won’t deny that it was a bit too quick in execution. The side characters also play major roles here, especially in furthering along the characters of the sisters. Through the reserved but sweet Saeed and the absolutely delightful and strong Aditi, Ria learns to see the faults in the palace and also how to trust them enough to form a team and uncover some truths. On the other hand, Amir is a streetsmart thief who gives Rani the feeling of true friendship and more; Sanya, Jas and Irfan all together making her realize the bitter truth about her father’s brutal rule and understand what her next steps should be for the sake of her people. The villain also cut an intriguing figure, not just a caricature but a power hungry person who has only learnt the importance of pain and power through their upbringing and use those too as tools to achieve their deranged dreams. In the end, I was left quite surprised by the ending. It’s not exactly a cliffhanger but it’s a cool twist and I’m sure the next book will be interesting. And if you are someone who loves YA fantasies with good friendships, budding romances, a strong sisterly bond, and a world where magic may be the doom or liberation - then I think you should give this debut a try. It’s not a complicated story and might even feel too simplistic at times, but it is nevertheless very captivating, and you will enjoy your journey through these pages.

  8. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    When Princess Rani and Ria, a street urchin, lives collide everything turns on its head: because Ria and Rani 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. pitched for fans of The Star-Touched Queen & The Crown's Game! Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram When Princess Rani and Ria, a street urchin, lives collide everything turns on its head: because Ria and Rani 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. pitched for fans of The Star-Touched Queen & The Crown's Game! Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    We stan rad twin Canadian authors in this house!! I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this and I am here to tell you it will not disappoint. Look out for this if you want a refreshing fairy-tale retelling!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Raven

    Thank you to Harper Collins for giving me an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for a review. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great fantasy read. It is infused with culture, language, political intrigue, secrets, adventure, romance and magic. A story about twins who didn’t know the other existed and decide to switch places in order to find a magical item called the bloodstone that will stop the impending war. This is a wonderful fantasy and very easy to read. If you are Thank you to Harper Collins for giving me an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for a review. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great fantasy read. It is infused with culture, language, political intrigue, secrets, adventure, romance and magic. A story about twins who didn’t know the other existed and decide to switch places in order to find a magical item called the bloodstone that will stop the impending war. This is a wonderful fantasy and very easy to read. If you are new to fantasy and want to give it a try I highly recommend trying this book out. I found the characters to be very interesting, the plot to be enjoyable with the romance. The only reason it is not a five star for me is because I found the plot pretty predictable and I found the ending not a satisfying. I am hoping that that will change in the next book but I am excited to read it nonetheless.

  11. 4 out of 5

    nitya

    The Prince(ss) and the Pauper retelling I always wanted!!! I am not a twin but grew up watching everything about twin sisters (Sister Sister, Mary Kate and Ashley's entire filmography, etc) and the authors did too. So when they pitched this book as an Indian (specifically Punjabi) influenced fantasy focusing on a princess and a thief who are also twins, I was 100% sold. At nearly 500 pages, this may seem daunting but the writing is very engaging (dual POV), there's lots of court intrigue and twist The Prince(ss) and the Pauper retelling I always wanted!!! I am not a twin but grew up watching everything about twin sisters (Sister Sister, Mary Kate and Ashley's entire filmography, etc) and the authors did too. So when they pitched this book as an Indian (specifically Punjabi) influenced fantasy focusing on a princess and a thief who are also twins, I was 100% sold. At nearly 500 pages, this may seem daunting but the writing is very engaging (dual POV), there's lots of court intrigue and twists, and the tropes are my jam (found family! female friendships! girls saving themselves!!). I did like the world building but also wanted more of it! Perhaps in the sequel... Content warning: child abuse, violence, torture (people get branded), murder (some of it is graphic)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    This is such a great retelling of The Prince and the Pauper!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Raeesah Da'Neer

    Thank you netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a. Honest review! What a delightful read! I wasn’t bored at all through this despite it being a retelling, there were some unexpected plot twists and turns I didn’t see coming! There were some crumbs of romance which I enjoyed. I would have liked to see some more of the sisters bonding I feel like they switched too quick and it was kinda rushed. However this book is fast paced and gets to the point which I appreciated!

  14. 4 out of 5

    bookwormbullet

    Thank you so much to HarperCollins Children's Books & Harper Teen for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! 2021 must really be my year of reading amazing South Asian fantasies because Sisters of the Snake was amazing. I loved this retelling of The Prince and the Pauper, which has been one of my favorite stories from my childhood. As the authors mention in their Authors’ Note, this really is a story of sisterhood above all. The magic system and world-building was great too an Thank you so much to HarperCollins Children's Books & Harper Teen for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! 2021 must really be my year of reading amazing South Asian fantasies because Sisters of the Snake was amazing. I loved this retelling of The Prince and the Pauper, which has been one of my favorite stories from my childhood. As the authors mention in their Authors’ Note, this really is a story of sisterhood above all. The magic system and world-building was great too and overall I’d give this 4.5 stars! Sisters of the Snake follows Ria, an ordinary thief trying to make ends meet with her best friend Amir when the King’s soldiers announce a list of names to be conscripted in the King’s army, and Ria’s name is on the list. Amir and Ria devise a plan to break into the royal palace, steal jewels, and then resell them in order to escape the kingdom of Abai forever. However, when Ria sneaks into the palace, she comes face-to-face with Rani, the Princess of Abai, who looks exactly like her. Rani is just as dumbfounded as Ria is about their identical appearance, until the girls discover that they are long-lost sisters. Rani uses the opportunity to strike a deal with Ria to switch places--Rani will take Ria’s place alongside Amir and Ria will take Rani’s place as the kingdom’s princess. Through the deal, the two sisters uncover dangers and plots to destroy their kingdom. In order to save their home, Rani and Ria must work together. Or watch it all fall into ruin. This book was filled with a ton of political scheming and intrigue and I loved how this theme was intertwined with ancient magic and dark prophecies. I loved reading the dual POV’s between Rani and Ria as well. Every chapter ended with a cliffhanger and it made me so invested in both of the sisters’ individual stories. The authors did a great job of unraveling the secrets that were revealed in each of the sisters’ separate journeys and slowly demonstrating how these separate secrets were all connected in the end. This made the book feel much more cohesive even though Ria and Rani were separated for the majority of the book on their own personal journeys. I wish we got to see a little bit more of Rani and Ria together in this book, especially because their character development together as sisters felt a little rushed, but I think this was caused by the very nature of the story of The Prince and the Pauper. I also found Rani’s relationship with Amir and Ria’s relationship with Saeed really interesting. It’s evident that the romance is not the main part of the plot and is more there to keep both Rani and Ria’s story more engaging while keeping the focus on Rani and Ria’s individual growth, but I’m excited to see if their relationships develop further in the second book. I did find Ria’s relationship with Amir and Rani’s relationship with Saeed (i.e. prior to when Rani & Ria meet) a bit underdeveloped as well. For two pairs of people who supposedly knew each other for a while, it seemed that the two best friends and the betrothed couple didn’t know each other that well, which was a little surprising. The magic system, as mentioned, was really interesting too. Since it is established in the beginning of the book that magic is quite rare among the people of Abai, I’m interested to see how the magic system grows in the next book. I really enjoyed seeing Ria embrace her Snake magic and I’m excited to see both the sisters’ powers grow in the second book as well. The South Asian representation was amazing too. The authors did an excellent job of fitting every single detail possible about South Asian cultures, traditions, foods, clothes, etc. I was so pleasantly surprised to see how committed and accurate the South Asian representation was, even in a high fantasy setting. The authors also did a really good job of highlighting how multicultural South Asia is by including a variety of South Asian characters whose names clearly indicate which parts of our modern-day South Asia they’re from, such as Sanskrit, Arabic, and Urdu names. If you’re looking for an ancient South Asian-inspired fantasy like The Tiger at Midnight for YA readers, I highly suggest picking up Sisters of the Snake!

  15. 5 out of 5

    trishla ⚡ | YourLocalBookReader

    3 stars. I will admit this was a buddy read with a few of my other Desi friends. Did we love the rep? yes. did it feel authentic to us? yes. However, this book reads like a first draft of fanfiction. At 14 I would have killed for this, at 23, all I can see are the plot holes. We actually ended up making a google doc titled "I Have Many Questions Sasha and Sarena ". Some of the highlights are below. How were Aditi and Ria in the orphanage at the same time when they have such a huge age gap? Why co 3 stars. I will admit this was a buddy read with a few of my other Desi friends. Did we love the rep? yes. did it feel authentic to us? yes. However, this book reads like a first draft of fanfiction. At 14 I would have killed for this, at 23, all I can see are the plot holes. We actually ended up making a google doc titled "I Have Many Questions Sasha and Sarena ". Some of the highlights are below. How were Aditi and Ria in the orphanage at the same time when they have such a huge age gap? Why couldn’t Ria tell the king that she was the twin? How do the servants bathing Ria not notice that she isn’t Rani? Why does Amir not know anything about his best friend (to the point where he isn't able to see that its a DIFFERENT person)? Shouldn’t Rani be taller, fairer, bigger, and healthier due to her life of luxury? How did Rani get back to the palace in a few hours when it took her a week to go from the palace to the river? Why does the snake not tell them A DUDE IS LIVING IN THE PIT if they knew all along?? Anyways, we found this book highly enjoyable, but if you're looking for a sound, plot hole less book, this isn't it. Head empty, no think, just enjoy this book. Find me on: instagram The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)

    check out my full thoughts on my blog~ Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and authors! review Pitched as an Indian retelling of The Princess and the Pauper, Sisters of the Snake reminded me of the Barbie movie infused with Disney vibes and magic. With the twins swapping roles and positions, finding out that they come in a pair, neither of them was ready for what’s to come. The only thing they could do is to lie and adapt. Raised differently, these two sister check out my full thoughts on my blog~ Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and authors! review Pitched as an Indian retelling of The Princess and the Pauper, Sisters of the Snake reminded me of the Barbie movie infused with Disney vibes and magic. With the twins swapping roles and positions, finding out that they come in a pair, neither of them was ready for what’s to come. The only thing they could do is to lie and adapt. Raised differently, these two sisters are distinctive in terms of their opinions of the world and their own personalities. A thief and supposed orphan, Ria grew up in an orphanage where resources are scarce and survival meant everything. Growing up, Ria knows the troubles and personally experienced the life of the poor. This developed into her detest of the raja and the royalties. Dauntless and quick-witted Ria never thought that she would be royalty and a twin. As the only daughter, Rani was raised with an expectation to run the kingdom someday which meant that she needed to be ruthless like her father. Locked in a gilded cage, all Rani desired was to be free of all worries and the title of princess. Switching identity with Ria offered her the opportunity to explore the world and she soon finds out about the peril her people are in. Since the twins are different in nature and character, it’s a surprise that not many people found it suspicious. Ria, never one to back down from a fight, became more vocal when she took over as Rani. While Rani, born in the palace, never had Ria’s proficient skills in thieving and cunningness. The magic system in Sisters of the Snake is intertwined with the history and lore of the Creator, Amran, who made the six Masters of Magic. Each of them has their own powers which are passed down to their descendants. Unfortunately, when the Snake Master deceived the others and obtained the Bloodstone, every form of magic, excluding the snake’s, disappeared. While Rani searches for the Bloodstone with Amir and Ria spends more time with Saeed, the twin sisters started falling for people they shouldn’t. In this aspect, I’m surprised that the switching of Ria and Rani didn’t confuse or even raise more doubts for Amir and Saeed when the sisters are vastly unlike one another aside from their looks. Overall, this Indian-inspired retelling is embedded with rich culture that’s prevalent in the plot, food and clothing. Sarena and Sasha Nanua’s writing created an atmospheric debut novel. This was definitely a fond throwback to my childhood when I was obsessing over The Princess and the Pauper Barbie movie. I loved the South Asian representation in Sisters of the Snake. The plot can be a little cliché but I still enjoyed the authors’ take on the retelling. I’m waiting for book two!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hayden (bookish.hayden)

    This book was such a fun adventure! Very fast paced, with an interesting story. It was well written, and though the concept isn't super unique per say, the execution was on point. This book is told through dual perspectives, we get both Ria and Rani. The twins are very much opposite, coming from vastly different walks of life. Ria grew up in an orphanage, and then spent her time on the streets. Most of her time in this book is spent in the castle, but it is established that she is a good thief, This book was such a fun adventure! Very fast paced, with an interesting story. It was well written, and though the concept isn't super unique per say, the execution was on point. This book is told through dual perspectives, we get both Ria and Rani. The twins are very much opposite, coming from vastly different walks of life. Ria grew up in an orphanage, and then spent her time on the streets. Most of her time in this book is spent in the castle, but it is established that she is a good thief, and her and Amir are great friends. I would've enjoyed a little bit more set up, but I understand why it was this way. In the palace we see a lot of growth from Ria. She comes into her snake power, and fights for what she believes in. Her love for Aditi was amazing to see, and watching her take control of her past was great. Rani begins as a very privileged character, and I found her character arc a little more interesting personally. Seeing her roughing it and getting to know people outside of the palace was amazing. She really fought for what she wanted to see in her world, and I loved watching her come into her own skin. Both of these lead characters were incredible. They had unique and distinctive voices, their passions and motivations made sense, and they really drove the story forward. For our side characters we have Saeed and Amir. Saeed is Rani's betrothed, and Amir is Ria's best friend. Msot of the realtionship building we saw was between Saeed and Ria, and Amir and Rani. I was not shocked in the slightest by how things turned out with this group, but I also wasn't mad at it. In the palace alongside Ria we have Aditi, a servant girl who is integral to Ria's story. Then the parents who were barely in it, and Saeed's mom who was low key a villain from the start. With Rani we have Amir's sister Sanya, and Jas and Irfan who were super important and very interesting. To be honest: there's nothing unique about the way this story is structured. It's very much the Prince and the Pauper, with a little bit of It Takes Two and The Parent Trap thrown in. Twins who switch places, one is a princess, the other is poor, and from there, our story is born. Both perspectives had really interesting journeys, though there were times where the plot felt very predictable. I was very surprised by the ending of the book to be honest. It seemed like everything was leading one way, but that epilogue just came to FIGHT. The world building was good, though at times I found myself wanting more. I wanted to know a little more of the political side, as it was there but there were a few things I wanted answers to. The history of the magic in the world kind of felt like it needed or deserved more fleshing out, but for the most part everything was great. The writing was lovely, everything flowed so nicely. I loved how descriptive it was when it came to food and clothing, it made me feel so immersed in the book. Overall I really enjoyed this read. The characters were phenomenal, the world was well written, and the plot was fun. I would recommend this to fans of: An Ember in the Ashes, Nocturna, We Hunt the Flame, Three Dark Crowns, and Raybearer.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    3.5* A quick and easy read that definitely gave me some throwback, mid 2010's, YA fantasy vibes (which was so much fun!) I found the story itself enjoyable, the magic interesting and the characters likeable and the world enticing. However, I definitely preferred one POV and storyline over the other and there were a few plot holes that bothered me. That being said, this was an overall enjoyable read and one I definitely had fun with. I have a feeling this would be a great introduction for new fan 3.5* A quick and easy read that definitely gave me some throwback, mid 2010's, YA fantasy vibes (which was so much fun!) I found the story itself enjoyable, the magic interesting and the characters likeable and the world enticing. However, I definitely preferred one POV and storyline over the other and there were a few plot holes that bothered me. That being said, this was an overall enjoyable read and one I definitely had fun with. I have a feeling this would be a great introduction for new fantasy readers or anyone looking for an entertaining, light magical read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I think my biggest issue with Sisters of the Snake was that while the story was so intriguing and I wanted to love it, I kept stumbling across small issue after small issue, thinking "I shouldn't mention it in the review because maybe this issue won't carry over into the final version", then remembered that I wasn't reading an advanced copy, I was reading the actual book. Sibling writing duos are so cool, but I think a lot more needed to be polished between the two narrators. A lot of things are I think my biggest issue with Sisters of the Snake was that while the story was so intriguing and I wanted to love it, I kept stumbling across small issue after small issue, thinking "I shouldn't mention it in the review because maybe this issue won't carry over into the final version", then remembered that I wasn't reading an advanced copy, I was reading the actual book. Sibling writing duos are so cool, but I think a lot more needed to be polished between the two narrators. A lot of things are stated and restated instead of letting the audience see it occur once and figure out the implication for itself and because of that, a lot of page space that could have been used to help world building or fix plot holes felt wasted. This is over 500 pages meaning its technically a tome, but I still ended up with a lot of holes in the world building and confusion about character motives and backgrounds. Basically, skim reading this? Would probably rock. But if you pay a lot of attention, small issue after small issue begins to put a damper on your enjoyment.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Charvi

    Dnf @22% I wanted to like this so much, I truly did! And I think the book started out well, I was enjoying the set up and world-building but I couldn't get on board with the pacing and writing style. I literally have zero interest in any of the characters and I'm bored... Of course my experience doesn't have to be yours, it's just that this book didn't work out for me I received and arc of this book from the authors but my review remains honest and unbiased Dnf @22% I wanted to like this so much, I truly did! And I think the book started out well, I was enjoying the set up and world-building but I couldn't get on board with the pacing and writing style. I literally have zero interest in any of the characters and I'm bored... Of course my experience doesn't have to be yours, it's just that this book didn't work out for me I received and arc of this book from the authors but my review remains honest and unbiased

  21. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Sisters of the Snake is one of those books where I was utterly entertained the whole way through. Sisters who discover each other, jewel heists, and magical powers that seem more like curses, Sisters of the Snake is packed with adventure. It's almost like if "The Parent Trap" met magical settings and high stakes kingdom defying odds. This dual POV story allows us to get to know Ria an (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Sisters of the Snake is one of those books where I was utterly entertained the whole way through. Sisters who discover each other, jewel heists, and magical powers that seem more like curses, Sisters of the Snake is packed with adventure. It's almost like if "The Parent Trap" met magical settings and high stakes kingdom defying odds. This dual POV story allows us to get to know Ria and Rani. To see how Rani learns how the gap between royalty and royal practices forms. Or for Ria to be confronted with opulence and luxury, only to realize what matters. One of my favorite themes in Sisters of the Snake, and so many fantasy books, is that history and stories are all about who is telling them. Both Rani and Ria have to examine the stories they were told, the pieces of truth they see, and how they will shape the future. Rani's journey is one where she has to confront her own privilege, the life she has always lived. Ria has to figure out how to speak out and use the situations around her. Ria was my instant fave, mostly because I'm always going to be captivated by a thief. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarina

    This cover is giving me major Chloe X Halle vibes. When sisters have a connection, there’s nothing that can stand in their way.

  23. 5 out of 5

    anna ✩

    5 stars! This was such a classic fantasy story full of twists and engaging characters and an incredible magic system. A wonderful first instalment to a new fantasy series; I genuinely cannot wait to find out more about this world and all the different kinds of magic in it. Rani is a Princess, destined to be Queen. Ria is a thief, living on the streets and stealing food to survive. Their lives couldn’t be more different, but when they accidentally meet each other one very important detail is reve 5 stars! This was such a classic fantasy story full of twists and engaging characters and an incredible magic system. A wonderful first instalment to a new fantasy series; I genuinely cannot wait to find out more about this world and all the different kinds of magic in it. Rani is a Princess, destined to be Queen. Ria is a thief, living on the streets and stealing food to survive. Their lives couldn’t be more different, but when they accidentally meet each other one very important detail is revealed: they look exactly alike. Rani yearns to leave the palace and prove herself to her parents and Ria is desperate for an opportunity to escape the kingdom and start a new life, and so the two of them strike a deal to switch places that benefits them both. This book was such an incredible journey right from the very first page. The dual POV makes for a very fast paced story and the characters are very well developed and interesting. This in an enthralling story that will keep you hooked the whole way through. The use of classic literary tropes really works for this story and made it so amusing and captivating. Reading this book is like diving back into the nostalgia of all the books I wanted to read when I was younger, except now this exists and the characters are a bit older and the stakes are a bit higher. Overall, an amazing fantasy novel that’s definitely worth the read!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Basma

    This was wonderful read! From the very first chapter, I was hooked on this story. It sucks you in immediately, and I became obsessed very quickly. I loved this take on the retelling, and I don't think I've ever read a YA book with identical twins before. Honestly, Ria and Rani's bond was my favorite part of the book! I always get really excited when there's strong family relationships, and theirs's was wonderful, despite that fact that they were separated at birth. The story is extremely well de This was wonderful read! From the very first chapter, I was hooked on this story. It sucks you in immediately, and I became obsessed very quickly. I loved this take on the retelling, and I don't think I've ever read a YA book with identical twins before. Honestly, Ria and Rani's bond was my favorite part of the book! I always get really excited when there's strong family relationships, and theirs's was wonderful, despite that fact that they were separated at birth. The story is extremely well developed, and we see incredible character growth throughout, not just from the main twins, but also from the side characters. I loved seeing each twin have their respective friend groups and watching the stories merge at the end was wonderful! The magic system was very interesting! I always really like the concept of having an animal companion (especially when they've got the mind bond thing going), so I enjoyed Shima's presence. Even though snakes terrify me, I think the explanation of the magic was done very well. My only criticism is while the snake magic was thoroughly explored, I wanted more from the other types of Masters' magic, as well as a touch more world building (view spoiler)[I got a little lost on the journey to get the Bloodstone. (hide spoiler)] . Hopefully, it'll be explored in the next book! I received an e-arc of this title from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erin Pradeep

    *Me sees the gorgeous cover, reads the blurb and notices the line "Indian-inspired Ownvoices retelling* Me: *faints* Neighbours *sees the ambulance outside my house*: She saw another book cover again *Me sees the gorgeous cover, reads the blurb and notices the line "Indian-inspired Ownvoices retelling* Me: *faints* Neighbours *sees the ambulance outside my house*: She saw another book cover again

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fizah(Books tales by me)

    Thanks to Edelweiss+ and Published for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Sisters of the Snake is promised as an Indian-inspired fantasy. Rani and Ria are twins and princess of Abai. But the thing is Ria grew up in an orphanage and is a thief whereas Rani grew up in Palace. One thing that is common in both is that they are unaware of each other and in Ria's case whole family. It is an authentic story with loads of potential. The world-building was brilliant and it didn't even take one ch Thanks to Edelweiss+ and Published for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Sisters of the Snake is promised as an Indian-inspired fantasy. Rani and Ria are twins and princess of Abai. But the thing is Ria grew up in an orphanage and is a thief whereas Rani grew up in Palace. One thing that is common in both is that they are unaware of each other and in Ria's case whole family. It is an authentic story with loads of potential. The world-building was brilliant and it didn't even take one chapter for me to immerse myself in the world. The magic system was unique and intriguing, the whole bond with snakes is a thing I've never read. The story is told from both Rani and Ria's POV. But both sound the same to me. After 100 pages my attention started to waver. Unfortunately, this writing sounds more like fan fiction and the plot holes were so many and I wasn't able to ignore them. There wasn't anything left to imagine or guessed, everything was told to the audience which made the character development so weak. I didn't feel anything for any of them. I was expecting so much from it and it had all of the potential but the poor writing and one-dimensional characters killed that. I really wanted to like it but...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Graciella Delgado

    *Thank you, NetGalley, for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review* With a pretty simplified writing and dialogue style and a tendency to over-explain plots, relationships and environments, I would highly recommend this Prince and the Pauper retelling to younger teen audiences. This was a refreshing take on a classic story with new magic systems and interesting family dynamics. I appreciate the instinctual distrust between Ria and Rani and how their relationship deviated from the usual insta-bo *Thank you, NetGalley, for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review* With a pretty simplified writing and dialogue style and a tendency to over-explain plots, relationships and environments, I would highly recommend this Prince and the Pauper retelling to younger teen audiences. This was a refreshing take on a classic story with new magic systems and interesting family dynamics. I appreciate the instinctual distrust between Ria and Rani and how their relationship deviated from the usual insta-bond that happens with long lost sister and doppelganger plotlines. I also appreciated seeing the men and romance plotlines taking a backseat to a story centering these two young women and their emotional development as characters. with that being said, the chemistry for the love interest felt slightly off but I didn't read the story for them anyways. I would've loved to see the girls interact more but overall, this was an easy-to-read and quick story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[violence, child abuse, torture, murder, death of a parent (before the book starts), emotional manipulation, poisoning. (hide spoiler)] It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I did, I really liked it! I enjoyed the world and each of the sisters' journey a lot. Full review coming soon :) A million thanks to HarperCollins INTL for sending me an e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurrican Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[violence, child abuse, torture, murder, death of a parent (before the book starts), emotional manipulation, poisoning. (hide spoiler)] It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I did, I really liked it! I enjoyed the world and each of the sisters' journey a lot. Full review coming soon :) A million thanks to HarperCollins INTL for sending me an e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin'

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ameema Saeed

    4.5 stars. A vivid, gripping, lush fantasy, full of magic, mystery, adventure, and compelling characters. I really enjoyed this story, and can’t wait to continue the series! It’s definitely a new favourite, great for fans of Sabaa Tahir, & Renee Ahdieh. I enjoyed the hints of romance - and am personally hoping to learn a lot more about Irfaan in the next book! This book was pretty dense, there’s a lot that happens in it, but it wasn’t overwhelming, and it was enjoyable from start to finish! The ma 4.5 stars. A vivid, gripping, lush fantasy, full of magic, mystery, adventure, and compelling characters. I really enjoyed this story, and can’t wait to continue the series! It’s definitely a new favourite, great for fans of Sabaa Tahir, & Renee Ahdieh. I enjoyed the hints of romance - and am personally hoping to learn a lot more about Irfaan in the next book! This book was pretty dense, there’s a lot that happens in it, but it wasn’t overwhelming, and it was enjoyable from start to finish! The magic system was really interesting, and i’m hoping for a lot more history and worldbuilding as the series continues, because i am thoroughly fascinated!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alex (The Scribe Owl)

    Oh cool! It sounds like a The Prince and the Pauper retelling, but with more fantasy aspects! Super intriguing.

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