Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters Series #1)

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An ancient prophecy divides two sisters—one good, one evil.

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, they find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a ...

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An ancient prophecy divides two sisters—one good, one evil.

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, they find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

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In Michelle Zink's debut novel, orphaned twin sister Lia and Alice Milthorpe are yoked together in an ancient prophecy that makes them enemies and could destroy them both. If Lia can break this familial curse, she can not only save her relationship with her beloved boyfriend; she can finally resolve the mystery behind her parents' death. A teen author to watch.
Publishers Weekly
Set in 19th-century New York, Zink's tense and haunting debut novel is narrated by 16-year-old Lia Milthorpe, left in the lurch by the recent death of her father under mysterious circumstances. Lia, who bears the mark of the Jorgumand (a snake devouring itself) on her wrist, soon learns that she and her twin sister, Alice, are fated to play crucial opposing roles in a mystical struggle that goes back to the dawn of time; unfortunately neither girl is temperamentally suited to the role she has been assigned. The author's language, formal and restrained, is appropriate for the setting and gives the chilly scenes between the sisters an especially gothic air (“We are not the kind of sisters who engage in nightly hair brushing or confided secrets”). While Zink relies on the well-used trope of the grand prophecy, the story is anything but clichéd, with flawed and fragmentary translations, misinterpretation and methodical but inspired deduction complicating and enriching the tale. The result is a captivating tragedy immersed in a world of spells, Samhain and twisting family allegiances that stands on its own while leaving room for sequels. Ages 12–up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
Twins Lia and Alice could hardly be more dissimilar. Quiet Lia's favorite retreat is her father's library, while sparkling Alice earns comparisons to their late mother and thrives in society. The sudden, mysterious death of their father—found in the house unmarked, save for an expression of abject horror—forces Lia to confront just how vast that chasm has become. For Alice seems not to be grieving, but preparing. For what, Lia does not know, save that it involves midnight rituals, frantic searches through her father's library—where previously Alice never set foot—and a brooding, palpable sense of danger suffusing the house. When she stumbles upon an ancient copy of a prophesy involving twin sisters, one the "Guardian" against, the other the "Gate" for the vindictive spirits of Hell, she realizes what Alice has been searching for. Now, the question is, which is she? And for how long can she hold out against her own twin? Zink sets her novel in late-1800s New York, and one can hear the echoes of Walpole and Poe in the biting wind, bare tree branches, and drafty passages of Lia's world. In fact, the novel exhibits nearly every characteristic of Gothic fiction—ancestral curses, the supernatural, suicide, etc.—and, as such, could make a successful modern addition to a lesson on this genre. For those simply in search of thrills, chills, and surprises to accompany hot chocolate on a rainy evening, though, Zink's book also is sure to delight. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
VOYA - Alissa Lauzon
Lia and her twin sister, Alice, have never been particularly close. After the sudden and strange death of their father, the girls find themselves pitted against each other as part of an ancient prophecy. This prophecy, if fulfilled, would bring about the downfall of the world and release an evil that has been contained for the generations of the prophecy. Lia must rely on her new friends, Sonia and Luisa, to help unravel the secrets of the prophecy and figure out how to end it before her sister is able to defeat her. Zink's dark, haunting debut, the first of a planned trilogy, is an intense and captivating story that gives a whole new meaning to sibling rivalry. The intricate plot is full of twists and turns, some expected but others will not be seen coming. The story begins slowly, but as the secrets of the prophecy are revealed, readers will find it difficult to put down the book as it races towards its conclusion, where they will be left wanting more. Lia's narration enables readers to connect with the range of emotions she experiences firsthand. Her grief, frustration, and fear are powerful and help drive the story. Zink masterfully combines compelling characters with an interesting nineteenth-century setting to create a Gothic tale certain to appeal to fans of Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy. Reviewer: Alissa Lauzon
VOYA - Mary Boutet
The Prophecy of the Sisters reminds me of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy with its compelling characters who pull you into their lives, a plot line that keeps you glued to its pages, and writing that is so powerful at times that it takes your breath away. This book has everything that a reader can ask for in a novel—romance, friendship, mystery, suspense, sadness. You experience it all and yet want to read more. Lia and her friends grab your attention from the very first page and don't let go once throughout their story. There had better be more to this story because I am waiting for the next installment. Reviewer: Mary Boutet, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Lia and Alice buried their father on a rainy day in the fall of 1890. His death was sudden, and strange happenings are keeping the twins from resuming their wealthy, well-educated lives. Lia begins to dream of flying and Alice, while reserved, does not appear to mourn her father. Lia's boyfriend, James, uncovers an ancient tome that cryptically tells of two sisters, one the Gate and one the Guardian. One has the power to return Satan to Earth, the other the responsibility to keep her sister in check. As Lia investigates the prophecy, a fortuitous trip to a fortune-teller, Sonia, unlocks new doors. With school friend Luisa joining in the adventure, the cast of characters is complete. Lia, Sonia, and Luisa band together to solve the riddle while preventing the increasingly malevolent Alice from discovering their findings. Zink's choice of first-person present sadly emphasizes her lack of character development. None of the perils the heroines face invoke fear or sympathy, as they are all half-explained and resolved too quickly for real concern to set in. Pass this title over for better historical fantasy fare.—Cara von Wrangel Kinsey, formerly at New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Everything changes for 16-year-old Lia Milthorpe when her father dies under mysterious circumstances, leaving her orphaned along with twin sister Alice and younger brother Henry. Hours after her father's death, a mysterious mark appears on her skin, which she recognizes as the mythical Jorgumand-a snake eating its own tail. Thus begins the unfolding of the Prophecy of the Sisters: Lia learns that she and Alice are the Guardian and the Gate-one good, one evil-who will either prevent evil Souls from entering the world or bring about the end of the known world. Which twin is meant to fulfill which role? She is uncertain whether to tell her beloved bookseller James about her suspicions. She narrates her tale in a late-Victorian voice, describing the enigmatic adults who help her and who have their own roles in the Prophecy. From dangerous seances with deadly consequences to coldblooded sibling murder, this tale is extremely dark, but Zink's methodical unfolding of events will draw readers in. The ending primes for an anticipated sequel. (Fantasy. YA)
From the Publisher
"Eliza Dushku has an appealingly husky voice, and she narrates with clarity and feeling. Her even-tempered performance keeps the listener engaged in the sketchily plotted tale. Occasional background music announces dramatic moments, and the purr of Dushku's voice carries listeners right to the cliffhanger ending."—AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316027410
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Prophecy of the Sisters Series, #1
  • Pages: 343
  • Sales rank: 449,120
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Zink

Michelle Zink lives in New York and has always been fascinated with ancient myths and legends. Never satisfied with simply reading them, she usually ends up asking, "What if?" Sometimes asking only leads to more questions, but every now and then, when everything falls into place just right, a story is born. Prophecy of the Sisters is one of those stories.

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

    Just finished it...and I bought it in July.

    First off, the concept and plot was interesting and I appreciated how nonfictional elements were incorporated to create a story that felt both worldy and unwordly. Now I'm not usually a slow reader when I have the time to read leisurely without a deadline, but the story did not pick up until much later (in the 200 pages or so), which made me feel like I would stop reading at any moment. The characters (with the exception of Sonia) were quite plain and boring. Alice I think is of an orthodox evil and I think "evil" in her sense could have been taken to a completely different level. The dialogue, despite the decade it takes place in, was stiff, felt unnatural to read, and added to the monotony of the slow story climax. Overall it wasn't what I expected when I read the early plot summary before the release. The storyline has a lot of potential and I hope that the sequeal, if there is one, can avenge the not-so-glamorous prequeal.

    18 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    I Don't Care

    Lia and Alice Milthorpe are twin sisters that just became orphans. Their father has died a mysterious death, just as their mother did many years earlier. Following this tragic incident, Lia finds a tattoo-like mark on her wrist, her first clue that she is entangled in a mysterious prophecy that has a history of turning sisters against each other. Lia finds herself doubting whom to trust and what her role in the events shall be.

    You know that quote "the opposite of love is not hate; it's indifference"? Well, that's how I feel about this book. I just didn't care about it at all. The book wasn't bad. When a book is bad, it works up negative feelings for me, and I end up with a ranting review of several pages. This book, however, was "meh" to the extreme.

    Everything was dry, lifeless as a limp noodle. I could tell it wanted to be a gothic, A Great and Terrible Beauty-like tale, but it wasn't. Not in the least. There was no drama or tone or action. Lia had no personality and her narrtive consisted of telling rather than showing. All the characters did was sit and talk, walk and talk, ride horses and talk.

    Alice was supposed to be a big bad sister that Lia was once close to, but I didn't get that impression. Alice and Lia were already distant by the beginning of the book, and perhaps if Zink had started out with them close, that would have created more tension.

    There is also a love interest that doesn't even deserve mentioning.

    And the Prophecy was all too easy to figure out. I was ages ahead of the characters and felt like a girlfriend tapping her foot, waiting for her boyfriend to catch up with her at the mall. There were several "surprises", but I wasn't particularly surprised.

    I rarely don't finish a book. I believe in giving a book a chance. Well, I got to page 250 of this novel, and I couldn't care less about the ending. Huh. You know a book is flat when I say "couldn't care less". I hate that expression. There was this girl in middle school who said that about everything and I just wanted to punch her in the face. Anyway......

    This book is a definite miss for me, which is kind of disappointing. The premise seemed intriguing, but as I didn't even finish the book, I doubt I will be reading the sequel. I am still astounded as to how people gave this book such good reviews. How did I miss that spark? Alas, my favorite thing about this book remains the cover.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Borrowed the book from a friend

    My friend looked for months to find me this book. I only made it up to page three though. The book was boring and it seemed like the author was trying too hard to be good. I don't know if 20 years from now, just out of curiousity sake I will give the book another try but I definitely know it wont be nagging me at night. The book just didn't capture my full attention and I felt myself drifting into space. I returned the book an hour after I got it telling my friend, "I CAN'T TAKE ANYMORE OF THIS BOOK." She nodded in understanding and said, "yeah I know what you mean."

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

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    The Prophecy of the Sisters

    The Prophecy of the Sisters is a tragic story of betrayal, magic, loss, and love. It is a tale of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, and the incredible journey of four young girls locked in an ageless battle to defend humankind. Michelle Zink brings something new to the table, something that will leave readers screaming for book two. Lovers of gothic fantasy will not be disappointed in the slightest, and those looking for romance are sure to get their fair share. Prophecy of the Sisters had me riveted to one spot, immovable for six hours until I had finally finished. The mysteries and riddles are sure to keep clever minds churning, while the twists and romance are sure to stop the heart. Michelle has created a classic tale of ancient evil and endless good, and she has done so with a skillful grace.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

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    I have to disagree with the people who give it a low rating. It was the kind of book that took off right away and keeps you wanting to know more. It's mysterious and I honestly haven't read such a good mysterious book in a while besides the PRIVATE series. I love the setting of the book too. There were some twists in this book too so it keeps you guessing and I'm excited for the sequel. I'm not even done with the book and I can tell you all this.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Lia Milthorpe's birth had to be a mistake. Her mother had complications so Lia was born first instead of her twin sister, Alice. If only Lia hadn't been the eldest, she wouldn't have the strange mark on her wrist that appeared after her sixteenth birthday, or have a circle around her bed for protection, and she certainly wouldn't have her younger sister fighting to let the Souls into our world. Finding a strange book in her dead father's library starts the battle of Good and Evil . and the battle against each other. Maybe Lia was born first for a reason. Filled with chance, romance, and the fight to keep loved ones safe, this book dominates.

    Prophecy of the Sisters is songlike, compelling, and enchanting with each step further into the book. It was just a tad bit unrealistic which is the perfect amount for a captivating and greatly intelligent story.

    Each chapter gets more intense and each character is continuously revealing more of their true selves within the pages. The book started out with the best possible scene, where all the emotions begin to change. I appreciate that the author did such a thing. The first words of a story are a big part of how I judge the book altogether. I'm confident enough to say that it didn't let me down.

    Author Michelle Zink twists the words used in daily language and makes it her own. It shows the world she is explaining and the lives she is telling about. I've used the phrase 'the best writing' in only one of my other reviews but now I take it back. I must say: this is the best writing I've ever had the pleasure of reading (and I'm not exaggerating).


    *intense and scary moments that wouldn't be handled well with kids under 13
    *fictional evil spirits and talk of Satan (portrayed as bad)

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

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    Prophecy of the Sisters was not what I a good way!

    I love books that have riddles you have to decipher. This book is filled with hidden meaning and messages. Who is good/evil/angel/demon/gate/guardian? What are the keys, where can they be found? Some will be clear as you read but others will have you shooting up in your seat as you discover them. Also before you read this you should know it is a trilogy. I didn't know that when I started it. The next book is out Aug 2010. I also will warn you that the book takes place in 1890 so the dialog is a little out dated and it may take you a few chapters to get the hang of it. Don't let that deter you because this is a series you don't want to miss!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    I can't wait for the next one

    Lia and Alice Milthorpe are newly orphaned twin sisters living in the late 1800's New York. Their mother died years earlier and their father has just passed away. Lia, Alice and their younger brother Henry live on their estate, Birchwood, with their guardian Aunt Virginia. Lia's boyfriend James and his father have been cataloging her father's library and continue to do so after his death. James comes across a book in Latin that he translates for Lia, a story about two sisters destined to play opposite roles in a struggle between good and evil. After her father's death, Lia discovers a mark on her wrist and she sets out to find the meaning of this and more of the prophecy. But she tries to hide this from Alice, certain she can not trust her sister, who's behavior has become cold and mysterious.

    Lia meets Luisa and Sonia, who play a part in the prophecy and help her search for answers.

    I am really starting to get into YA paranormal since reading Hush, Hush last month. I also have Ruined on my nightstand. The only downside for me is that most of these seem to be trilogies and Prophecy of the Sisters is no different. Now I have to wait, not my forte!

    Lia dominates the story in this novel, so I hope to read more from Alice's point of view in the next book. But it was very intriguing and well-written. I also liked the era in which this was set and I felt Zink really set up a solid platform for this trilogy. I had this book saved to read for the read-a-thon but was so excited I started it early. I was not disappointed and this has only whet my appetite for the next two books. I hope Michelle Zink is a fast writer.

    my rating 4.5/5

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

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    The evil within......

    I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. I will not give it away, the sisters are as different as night and day. I would like to see more from Alice's point of view though. I believe that this will do very nicely as a series. The writers knowlege of and vocabulary have left me with a new search and discover into the mysteries of "certain" myths. So in closing I am very satified and would recommend this book to teenagers as well as adults.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

    in a nutshell

    I loved this book of twin sisters, Alice and Leah. As the title indicates, the sisters play a part in a prophecy. One is the guardian and one is the gate, while it is one sister responsibility to keep the souls of Samil on the other side it is the duty of the other sister to release as many souls as possible. Are you confused yet? Leah was too when she found a mark forming on her wrist which she finds out means that she is a part of the prophecy.

    The Prophecy of the Sisters is very poetic in its style, Zink does an amazing job of using beautiful words to describe every little action of the story. I am sure listening to the audio version of the book something to do with my opinion. The book was read by actress Eliza Dushku and she did a great job but at first it was weird trying to get her face and the characters she plays on TV out of my head. I am a huge fan of hers. Can anyone not like Doll House or Tru Calling?

    The one part of the book that made me rethink the rating was the ending. I HATE books, movies and TV shows that have that to be continued type of release. The closing, for me, has to be complete in some way. It can be open ended or lead to more to come but there should be some sort of conclusion of the action. In my opinion this book didn't give that to me and it made me upset. Otherwise it was fantastic!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    Unusual in the best sense of the word

    Prophecy of the Sisters is unusual in the best sense of the word. The novel begins with twin sisters Lia and Alice's father's funeral on a rainy November day in 1890. The funeral as described by Lia, the novel's narrator:

    "Perhaps because it seems so appropriate, I don't notice the rain. It falls in sheets, a blanket of silver thread rushing to the hard almost-winter ground. Still, I stand without moving at the side of the coffin."

    Such melancholy, poetic description characterizes this Gothic story set at the tail end of the Victorian Era in upstate New York. The two primary settings--Birchwood Manor and its grounds and the nearby town--are fascinating and provide a perfect canvas for the story to play out upon. Just like the landscape, Prophecy of the Sisters is dark and brooding. It's also all kinds of creepy. Dark spirits and unexplained marks, Lia's confusion, and not knowing whom to trust; Prophecy of the Sisters is an intense read. I was hearing bumps in the night and wishing for a nightlight.

    Prophecy of the Sisters includes more spiritualism than I expected, although this fits the time period's fascination with seances and the like. Also, there are less romantic scenes than the summary suggests, which didn't bother me; Lia is a strong female character who is thrown into an ancient struggle between Good and Evil. I understand if she's a little preoccupied and intent on not scaring her beau, James, away. Despite her refusal to include him and their scant scenes together, their love is obviously genuine and deep.

    While I frequently couldn't put it down, I did not rush through Prophecy of the Sisters. It's a book that deserves to be savored and thought about. I can't recall reading another novel that portrayed twins so distant as Lia and Alice; most fictional twins are inseparable. As I read, the plot dared to turn corners I didn't even consider, and I was surprised more than once. The plot twists and the Prophecy, individual choices, and love--for family as well as for members of the opposite sex--form a tale more complex than Good vs. Evil, Lia vs. Alice.

    This is the second book I've read this month that appears to be a standalone but--happily--is not. The ending of Prophecy of the Sisters sets up an intriguing place for the next book to begin, and I'm excited to see where the story goes. My recommendation? Put this one on your "To Be Read" list. Now.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    Addicting, enticing, and beautiful

    I had found this book one day going down the book aisle of the grocery store. Not having heard of the book and having no intention of reading it right then and there, I took a gamble and threw it into my cart just based on the cover and title. I had the book on the shelf for a few months before I actually decided to pick it up; I sat outside reading that Saturday for HOURS and finished it the same day I started it. I never thought that I had the capacity to love anything--this book proved me extremely wrong. The only complaint is that I had no idea that it was the first in a trilogy, so I finished it with unanswered questions and now have to wait for the other books to come in the mail. I wish that the publishers could come out with a series set or compiled version of the books just so I could continue reading without having to wait. I recommend this book to any reader who enjoys not only a good thriller, but also a fairytale. This story reminds me of a darkened version of some sort of classic fairytale for some reason.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

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    Great mystery/cliff hanger

    I really enjoyed Prophecy of the Sisters. A lot of YA stories center around the romance-this isn't like those books really-while I do like yhe romantic books it's refreshing to find an independent voice-she does have someone she loves but knows she has to do something about the prophecy before she can do anything else with her life. This is such an interesting story & was pretty emoitional. The relationship between the sisters is an interesting one & will only get more so in the next book. I can't wait for the next one. Read it you wont be disappointed

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    Sister Troubles

    Lia and Alice are twins. Their father has just died - making them orphans. On the day she's to bury her father, Lia discovers a mark on her wrist.

    She soon discovers she's one half of an ancient prophecy that could save or end the world. Lia discovers an ancient text in the library. upon translation, it reveals that one sister is the guardian and one sister is the gate. The devil's trying desperately to come back into the normal world and wreck havoc. There are four keys to the gates that must be used to protect the world.

    At first, Lia believes that she is the guardian of the gates. As her world becomes more tangled and more dangerous, she realizes she's wrong. Due to the order of her birth, she's the gate. her life takes a wild turn. She's not sure what to do or who to trust.

    She knows that she can't trust Alice - her twin, her sister, her enemy. Lia must uncover the rest of the prophecy and decode it's meaning if she hopes to stop her sister. Is it too late?

    I love the sister plot - even though these sisters are deadly enemies. I love the sense of danger and the other worlds. I like uncover the mystery and the secrets along with Lia. It's so haunting. I can't wait to see where the next book takes me.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

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    Epic battle of good versus evil

    Written in 1st person narrative from the point of view of the oldest twin Lia (Amelia). The story starts slowly but it is worth plowing through the first couple of chapters to get an understanding of the characters personalities and interactions.
    After the first couple of chapters the plot picks up pace as the tensions and suspense builds. The apprehension was thrilling, it had me compulsively turning the pages to see what would happen next. It brought to mind Milton's Paradise Lost with the epic battle of Good and Evil.
    Set in a bygone era where the means of transport was a horse and carriage and illumination was via candle light, really added to the feel of the book and the imagery. There is a wonderfully sensory description of 'The Book of Chaos' which really brought the story to technicolor life within my imagination. The book itself is visually ornate with calligraphy at the chapter headings and at the bottom of each page, where the calligraphy turns into a snake, one the left one is hissing and on the right it is calm (we all know how much I dislike snakes so I had to put my bookmark over the images so as not to be distracted from the story).
    The story also brought to mind the movie Constantine with Keanu Reeves where the Devils Son is trying to make his way back to earth again via the conduit of twins. In addition, the use of twins brings to mind scales where there has to be a balance, yin and yang, good and evil.
    A great first book (a debut at that) in the series for anyone that loves an epic battle of good versus evil.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2010

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    It is hard to write a proper review for PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS, because a lot of the detail is best left unsaid, so as not to spoil the plot twists and turns. A dark, twisted, Gothic tale, PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS is the first in a scheduled trilogy by Ms. Zink.

    Lia and Alice are twins. With the passing of their father, the two have recently become orphans. However, their Aunt Virginia has taken over their guardianship. The two girls were as close as could be, but in the last few years, the distance between them has grown.

    Lia doesn't trust Alice any more, and finds her sneaky and guarded when the two are left alone. Not long after their father's death, a bizarre mark appeared on Lia's wrist. Most girls wouldn't know the mark, but from her father's mythology books, she knows that it is the Jorgumand.

    As the girls get past their grief, Lia discovers secrets about her mark, and two other girls in the community. They have a common background and band together to find the truth behind the secrets. When they discover that there is a prophecy surrounding Lia and Alice, they know what they must do to safeguard the gate spoken of in the prophecy.

    That's it. I can't reveal more of the story or it will spoil the discovery of the secrets that Lia and her friends, Sonia and Luisa, uncover. As secrets are laid bare, more questions arise. Aunt Virginia reveals parts of the past, but only Lia and her friends can prevent the future.

    PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS is written in a classic style. Readers may struggle at first with this style of writing, but stick with it! The intrigue and the twists that Ms. Zink creates are unique and satisfying in the end. However, don't expect to have everything tied up neatly by the final page. PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS is only the beginning and there is much more to be revealed in the next chapters. Part two of the trilogy, GUARDIAN OF THE GATE, is due out in August 2010.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Not Just for Teenagers!

    Michelle Zink pulls the reader right into the world of the book with the beautifully spooky setting and the characters. The reader really feels for Lia, who is torn between trying to do the right thing, love for her twin sister, and fear of the unbelievable craziness that's happening in her life. Though this is technically a YA book, adults will also enjoy it. I can't wait to read the second book to find out what happens with Lia, Alice and the other characters!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Excellent historical YA

    One of those rare writers who is a charming lady, a gifted writer, and a kind person who always has time to help hopeful authors. My main complaint: all three books aren't out at the same time so I can see what happens! This book left me with so many questions. The atmosphere was moody, the characters both charming and spooky, the circumstances mysterious. You will get a good feeling for what the book is like right on the first page, as the twins stand in the rain at their father's graveside. From there they are plunged into a mystery for which they are not prepared...or are they? Lia begins to suspect her sister knows much more than she lets on, and wonders about their coming roles in fulfilling a strange prophecy. The reader wanders through the strange new world as Lia does, caught up in the unraveling threads.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Definitely a new Favorite

    I LOVE this book! I am 20 years old, and probably a little old for the "youth" reading category, but I feel like there is so much depth to this book, so it is appropriate for any age. I actually got the book this summer while I was at the beach (immediately after its release) and finished it in 3 days! It is definitely one of those books that you can't seem to put down...I cannot wait for the next installment! I want to thank Michelle Zink so much for her creativity!!

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

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    Plot Sketch: Lia and Alice, twins born via Caesarean section in the 1870s, are born both into privilege and into destinies to fulfil a roll in an ancient prophecy. When Lia learns her destiny, she finds that Alice has known hers for a very long time. The prophecy puts them at odds with each other, but that doesn't mean that they don't still love one another. They know they cannot both accomplish that which they set out to do, yet it does not deter either from seeking the end that they each desire. This is the story of their struggle; a struggle to keep Samael from ever coming into this world and bringing his chaos. This is the story of the Guardian, the Gate, and the Keys, and the Sisters.

    Verdict: I Heart It! It was hard for me to write a plot sketch without giving away too much. I really really liked Prophecy! Here's the third on my list of books that I'm giving at Christmas. Not only is it dark, haunting, and apocalyptic, it's a well-crafted story that kept me guessing and that made me want to read more, right now. I appreciated the fact that while there was a love interest, it was not a burgeoning one, it was well-established. I definitely recommend that you buy this book and add it to your collection. It's a great story, there is more to come, and the book itself is gorgeous. As for accusations of trying to be like the Gemma Doyle series, I love this so much more and don't see any parallels between the two stories, at all.

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