ImageImageOld Non-YA cover, New Ya Cover

Title: Sister Light, Sister Dark Book 1 of the Great Alta saga

Author: Jane Yolen

Publisher: Tor Teen

*full disclosure: bought



Raised on a mountainside, Jenna learned the arts of the warrior, and from the mountain women the magic of the ancient lore. But the greatest magic of all was her ability to call forth her dark sister from the depths of the mirror of the land of light and shadow.

Skada was the dark one, able to exist only when the moonlight cast a shadow or lamplight flickered in a darkened room.

This is the story of Jenna and Skada. Sister Light and Sister Dark.

My Review:

… Well I know I’m going to hell for this one…

Jane Yolen is a great Writer, she once came into my college, for a specific class I was taking. I really liked reading Briar Rose but… because there has to be a but… I felt nothing for her characters in this story. I didn’t care what happened to them at all.  The Main character Jenna is adopted by a band of female warriors who prey to The Great Alta, their goddess. Jenna or Jo-an-enna, (yep this is one of these books where everyone has two names and you have to keep track of that otherwise you will get very very confused about who’s talking to who. For a while there I thought Pynt, Jenna’s friend and Marga where two different people -____-) Jenna is supposed to be this prophesied child, who’s orphaned thrice, and is supposed to help save the world. Typically I give stories like these a chance because it’s always nice seeing female leads, I just couldn’t with this novel.

It was so choppy. The story might have been engaging IF there weren’t all these annoying digressions that were comprised of Ballads, Legends and Histories explaining the actual story. Yeah, it sounds cool, and it would have been cool if they had been footnotes OR moved to the back of the book where the OTHER ballads were. Instead these interruptions were completely distracting, they were inserted between every “chapter” (chapters weren’t marked) and didn’t add anything! In fact, it was because of this the story lost all of it’s flow. I remember I was actually getting into the story, (I didn’t even bother reading these “Histories” anymore because I just wanted to be done with the book,) and in the span it took to turn 2 pages to get back to the story, I was disinterested again. -__-

Overall, it wasn’t a terrible story or badly written it just could draw me in and the way it was formatted left the book choppy and annoying to get through…  I won’t be reading the next book.

; __ ; sorry Jane your other stuff is cool.

This is the perfect example of what I would give a solid 4/7 as it says on the sidebar… A 4 is okay…/meh… it was fine but it had some problems if I were to recommend it, I would recommend it with a warning. And my warning is this: definitely not for everyone, the format leaves a lot to be desired and I just really didn’t care what happened to anyone in this story…

Warnings: Violence, Some Language, from memory nothing sexual goes on it’s just hinted at… and uh yeah I think that’s it.

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Old Non-YA cover, New Ya Cover Title: Sister


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