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A lost princess. A mysterious 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,...
A lost princess. A mysterious 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,...
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  • A lost princess. A mysterious 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 Wrath & the Dawn and The Tiger at Midnight.

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  • Sarena Nanua & Sasha Nanua are twin sisters living in Ontario, Canada. Born on Diwali ten minutes apart from each other, they grew up loving stories about twins and magic, and began writing books together when they were nine years old. They are graduates of the English and professional writing programs at the University of Toronto and are also the authors of the Pendant trilogy. You can visit them online at www.sarenasashabooks.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 24, 2021
    Pickpocket Ria has grown up in an orphanage within the kingdom of Abai, stealing food from street vendors to survive. Meanwhile, 18-year-old Princess Rani Singh, Abai’s future ruler, lives in suffocating luxury, surrounded by courtiers and cruelty. When Ria breaks into the palace to steal some jewels, the two girls are stunned by their identicality, and Rani immediately recognizes the potential uses of a doppelgänger. Haunted by the knowledge that her kingdom is on the verge of conflict, Rani persuades Ria to take her place while she searches for a magical stone that could change the tide of the coming war. Though Ria accepts, neither can foresee the far-reaching consequences that the deal will have—not just for them, but for the fate of Abai itself. In their traditional publishing debut, the Nanua sisters (the Pendant Trilogy), maintain distinct voices throughout for their dual narrators. Rich descriptiveness of food and setting plus inventive magical details paint a glamorous high-fantasy world, steeped in intrigue and bolstered by Punjabi cultural touches. Though the swiftness of the plot occasionally sacrifices character development, its pace leaves little room for boredom in this immersive series starter. Ages 12–up. Agent: Peter Knapp, Park & Fine Literary and Media.

  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2021

    Gr 9 Up-The authors draw on Indian and Punjabi culture in this #OwnVoices reimagining of twin-switch tales like the "Prince and the Pauper." Eighteen-year-old Ria and Rani are identical twins who were separated at birth. One grows up as an orphan and the other, a princess. When they meet, at first they only crave the things the other has-for one, freedom, the other, riches. However, as war looms closer for the kingdom of Abai, the twins must learn how to restore their family and, along with it, the balance of magic that has been lost under unscrupulous influences. This book is set in a fantastical realm of snakespeakers and flametalkers, yet woven throughout are the celebrations, foods, smells, and stories of Indian and Punjabi culture. The setting is rich and evocative, and readers will enjoy following Rani and Ria as they unravel the mysteries of their past. VERDICT A satisfying twin-switch tale with a vibrant setting, recommended for readers seeking high fantasy.-Talea Anderson, Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA.

    Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    May 1, 2021
    As their country moves inexorably toward war, a thief and a princess swap places. Dodging conscription is a crime punishable by death in the Raja's Snake Pit, but 18-year-old Ria is willing to do anything to leave Abai--even stealing jewels from the royal palace. Governed by a ruthless king whose bloodline grants him and his heirs the ability to control snakes, Abai is about to reach the end of a centurylong peace treaty with its neighbor, Kaama, and all signs point to the bloody continuation of a feud that began after the ancient battle of the six Great Masters of Magic. When Ria is caught in the palace by the princess Rani, both are shocked to discover that they are identical twins. Rani, who lives in sheltered confinement, seizes the opportunity to prove herself to her father. She convinces Ria to temporarily stay in the palace, where she may find the answers to the twins' separation, so that Rani can sneak out and locate the legendary Bloodstone, a powerful gem that could change the course of history. Themes of fate, identity, and sisterhood intertwine in this lush fantasy that incorporates Indian cultural elements into its worldbuilding. Chapters alternate between two distinct storylines that progress incrementally, following the sisters as they decide how they will shape the future of their kingdom. A fresh take on a classic tale. (authors' note) (Fantasy. 12-17)

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  • AudioFile Magazine Displaying an impressive array of vocal ability, Golden Voice narrator Soneela Nankani does double duty breathing life into the characters Rani and Ria. They are a princess and an orphan who, due to their identical appearance, swap places to save their home from war. Rani's tone is imperious and decisive, while Ria's is softer and more timid. Nankani's spicy inflections of Indian words and names throughout the book immerse the listener in a dangerous, sumptuous world. Particularly enjoyable is the character of Shima, Princess Rani's snake familiar, who quietly hisses equal amounts of wisdom and criticism to her mistress. As the unlikely duo walk the knife-edge of their perilous circumstances, Nankani guides listeners through this sinuous story with all the grace and majesty of a cobra. E.E. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine

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