Thank you so much to Harper Teen and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of Sisters of the Snake! This book came out on June 15th, but because of work and life getting in the way, I didn’t finish reading it until yesterday. I recently have read so many more Indian or Indian-esque books, and I’m kinda loving it.
Sisters of the Snake 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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 really liked the whole twins separated at birth due to a prophecy switching places aspect of this book. I also liked that we got the dual points of view and chapters from each twin- I definitely liked Ria’s chapters more than Rani’s because it felt like they were more interesting and more was happening, but I’m sure others will like Rani’s chapters more. I thought the whole magic system was super interesting and I loved Shima (the snake familiar) so, so much! Both of the love interests were good too and I liked how they were already there when each twin took over the other’s life. I thought the villain was interesting and there was a good lead into book 2. This book was very basic though, so make sure that you know that when you go into it and you’re not looking for a complex, intense fantasy book. The simpleness of it doesn’t make it bad or ruin any of the fun while reading it, but it does lead to some plot holes if you look too closely and super simplistic solutions to some problems (again, not a bad thing).