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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant fantasy
"Sister Light, Sister Dark" traces the beginnings of a woman hero warrior, the White Anna, the Holy One, whose beginning has been prophesied in legend, and shows clearly the reality which then becomes legend. I love the differences and yet similarities between how the telling has been handed down through time with what actually happened, with Jane Yolen perhaps flirting...
Published on 7 Jun 2011 by Toni L. James

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2.0 out of 5 stars An okay story spoiled
The basic tale is standard, fantasy, coming-of-age stuff, with one or two interesting twists. Any enjoyment is, however, interrupted by the regular and lengthy chapter introductions. These are intended, one must suppose, to add colour and depth to the imagined world, but they succeed only in irritating and can be skipped with no loss of understanding. A better writer...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant fantasy, 7 Jun 2011
"Sister Light, Sister Dark" traces the beginnings of a woman hero warrior, the White Anna, the Holy One, whose beginning has been prophesied in legend, and shows clearly the reality which then becomes legend. I love the differences and yet similarities between how the telling has been handed down through time with what actually happened, with Jane Yolen perhaps flirting a little with a parallel to the birth of Christ. The book is interspersed with what appears to be historical documentation to back up what is happening in the story, although since the story is a fantasy one, most of the scholars dismiss or rewrite the truth to fit in with what they `know'. It is only the `ravings' of one of their fellow professors which actually hits upon the truth.

I loved the account of life in the Hames, the choosing of The Way, the games, the stories, the sayings, the music - everything about this book was interesting, funny, realistic and I read the book again and again. The only reason I cannot say how it struck me the first time is because I have reread it so often.

If you enjoy the first book, there are two more, "White Jenna" and "The One Armed Queen"
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2.0 out of 5 stars An okay story spoiled, 22 Oct 2009
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The basic tale is standard, fantasy, coming-of-age stuff, with one or two interesting twists. Any enjoyment is, however, interrupted by the regular and lengthy chapter introductions. These are intended, one must suppose, to add colour and depth to the imagined world, but they succeed only in irritating and can be skipped with no loss of understanding. A better writer would surely have managed to fill in the background through story-telling and without recourse to this tired device. The plot itself, without being startlingly original, would perhaps rate 3 stars, but I'm not so keen to find out what happens next that I can face wading through another volume of tedious textual padding. My copy is on its way to Oxfam.
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