Sisters of Sword and Shadow

Laura Bates

Sisters of Sword and Shadow
Simon & Schuster Ltd
United Kingdom
3 January 2024

Sisters of Sword and Shadow

Laura Bates

What if the Knights of the Round Table had a female counterpart? An epic Arthurian fantasy reimagining from the UK’s leading and bestselling feminist writer, Laura Bates, for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J. Maas.

'An interesting thing happens when a man is defeated in combat by a woman . . . He tells nobody.'

Destined for an arranged marriage, Cass dreams of freedom. So when a fierce and beautiful leather‑clad woman rides up and offers to take her away, Cass doesn’t hesitate to join her. She is introduced to the Sisters of Sword and Shadow - a group of female knights training to fight, protect their community and right the wrongs of men. Drawn into a world of ancient feuds, glorious battles, and deadly intrigue, Cass soon discovers she holds a power that could change not only her own fate but that of her entire sisterhood.

Introducing Laura Bates' fantasy debut, the first in a breathtaking and sweeping duology, exploring questions about power, courage and the stories we tell about the past.


Sisters of Sword and Shadow is an engaging story that offers a different take on the legends of the Knights of the Round Table. A must-read for teen girls, this Young Adult–Arthurian fantasy is easy to read and follows our main character Cass as she finds herself sworn into a sisterhood of knights who have secretly trained to fight and defend their community. Sisters of Sword and Shadow brings to life a world where women fight to take their place and create their own destiny, even if that means going against societal norms.

With a fun, action-packed premise and a writing style that flows from one page to the next, I will absolutely be recommending this to anyone who is looking for their next great YA read. For ages 14+.

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