ARC Review: SISTERS OF THE SNAKE by Sarena & Sasha Nanua

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: 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.

Can we first talk about the cover because it’s simply so gorgeous?? Brown skinned girls on book covers make me so happy, Ria and Rani are absolutely slaying it there.

I read Sisters of the Snake back in January and it is my easiest read of the year so far! It follows the story of Ria — an orphan thief surviving on the streets and Rani — the princess stuck in her palace. On a fateful day they switch places and embark on an adventure to discover past secrets and hidden gems.

In this desi reminiscent of Barbie Princess and the Pauper, I loved the Indian culture imbibed into the story be it the food, the clothes, the honorifics or the setting. Everything felt so familiar and lovely to read. In the opening scenes with Ria and Rani I truly felt as if I was transported to the bustling streets or the lush palace. We don’t get to see my culture in fiction much so I really appreciate this book!

Though simple, the authors gave a new take to the magic system which was interesting to read. Especially the snake magic. Sima’s presence is a delight. It’s light hearted as far as fantasies go, filled with adventure and magic. With an easy to follow writing, the plot is fast paced and the worldbuilding clear.

Ria and Rani’s POVs brought out the differences in their upbringing. They have different perspectives and ideals. On switching places and discovering secrets, they realise what they both really want to do, how they’re going to use the circumstances to their benefits and how they’re going to write their own destinies. I really enjoyed seeing their development, how they formed a truly strong sister bond.

The side characters also play a significant role in progressing along with the sisters and add to the found family and romance aspect of the story. Each twin had a supportive friend group by the end.

I’d like to see more light thrown on the magic system in the next book. While I liked the puzzles leading up to the ending, I felt as if some of the conflicts were wrapped up too quick. Those are my only critiques as the book was fairly enjoyable overall.

If you want a story of twin sisters written by twin sisters about magic, found family, colourful Indian representation and a fast paced fantasy I recommend Sisters of the Snake! I can’t wait to see how the story wraps up in book 2.

Thank you Edelweiss and Harper Collins for the ARC!

❛Names and power are dangerous things, and in some ways synonymous, like two halves of one stone. Twins.❜

Sisters of the Snake by Sarena & Sasha Nanua releases June 15th 2021

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CW: colourism, death of a parent (before the book), skin branding, poisoning, domestic abuse, child neglect, emotional manipulation.

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