By Lisa Ickowicz
Sibling relationships can be magical. But they can also be tricky and complex at times. These sets of fantastical siblings take it to a whole new level. Isoka and Tori from Django Wexler’s Ship of Smoke and Steel, coming January 22nd, are definitely an example of sisters that are “sugar” and “spice”. Here’s a list of some other siblings from fantasy fiction that that make your family dynamic seem a whole lot duller.
Isoka & Tori (Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler)
Eighteen-year-old ward boss Isoka uses the magical power of Melos—the Well of Combat—to enforce the will of her criminal masters. This usually involves killing without conscious—a lot of it. But the money she collects goes to keep her sweet and gentle little sister Tori living in comfort, far away from the bloody streets they grew up on. Talk about ultimate sibling love and sacrifice!
Scarlett & Donatella “Tella” (Caraval by Stephanie Garber)
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved younger sister, Tella, live with their cruel and powerful father. Tella will do anything for her sister and she knows Scarlett longs to attend Caravel, a far-away, once-a-year performance. When Scarlett finally receives an invitation to Caravel she is crushed she cannot go because her father has arranged a marriage for her and she dare not disobey. But with the help of a mysterious sailor Tella whisks Scarlett away to the magical show—putting her own life in very real danger to try to fulfill her sister’s dream.
Serina & Nomi (Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart)
Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace—a submissive trophy to stand by the heir to the throne. It’s her chance to secure a better life for her family and her rebellious younger sister, Nomi. Nomi believes that women deserve to be educated and make their own choices about marriage. Unfortunately for Nomi, she catches the heir’s eye, and Serina takes the fall for a dangerous secret Nomi’s been hiding. Now Nomi has to sacrifice her beliefs and surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to save Serina.
Adelina & Violetta (The Young Elites by Marie Lu)
Adelina and her younger sister Violetta are survivors of the blood fever, which claimed their mother’s life. While both girls survived, Adelina was left with strange markings, mysterious powers, and believed to be a malfetto—a bad luck charm for her family. Violetta is thought to be “normal” and is therefore the favorite child of their cruel father and she frequently saves Adelina from his abuse. When Adelina gets captured by the Inquisition for displaying her powers, Violetta tries to save her, risking her own life while coming into her own.
Frey & Rafi (Impostors by Scott Westerfeld)
Frey is Rafi’s twin sister–and her body double. Their powerful father has many enemies, and they live in a dangerous world. So while Rafi was raised to be the perfect daughter, Frey has been taught to kill. Her only purpose is to protect her sister, to sacrifice herself for Rafi if she must. When her father sends Frey in Rafi’s place as collateral in a precarious deal, she becomes the perfect impostor-as poised and charming as her sister. But Col, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her. As the deal starts to crumble, Frey must decide if she can trust him with the truth . . . and if she can risk becoming her own person.
Isabelle & Aurora (Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer)
Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites. Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries. Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. The sisters have always been extremely close, but everything changes with a single drop of Aurora’s blood–and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken. As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.
The Blackthorn Siblings: Julian “Jules”, Tiberius “Ty”, Livia “Livvy”, Drusilla “Dru”, & Octavian “Tavvy” (Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare)
After the devastating events that took place in City of Heavenly Fire, Julian “Jules” Blackthorn was left to parent his four younger siblings at just 12 years old. Now, five years later, he will do anything to protect his family and his parabatai, Emma Carstairs, and the familial loyalty is mutual. The Blackthorns know more than anyone that blood is thicker than water, which is why when they’re given the chance to save their eldest half-brother, Mark, who was taken by the faeries five years prior, they jump at the opportunity, no matter the cost.