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

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

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by Michelle Zink
     
 

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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, the girls find themselves…  See more details below

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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, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.

They just know they can't trust each other.


Editorial Reviews

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:
9780316053341
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
39,048
Lexile:
HL810L (what's this?)
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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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Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 193 reviews.
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
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.
ABW More than 1 year ago
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.
ZeroG57 More than 1 year ago
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."
KateBrianIsAwesome More than 1 year ago
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.
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
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). Contains: *intense and scary moments that wouldn't be handled well with kids under 13 *fictional evil spirits and talk of Satan (portrayed as bad)
Fairynne More than 1 year ago
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.
debbook More than 1 year ago
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
kelina More than 1 year ago
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.
BriiixD More than 1 year ago
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.
bobbles918 More than 1 year ago
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
acsimps More than 1 year ago
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!
SavvyBlue More than 1 year ago
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.
kbarton More than 1 year ago
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!
Laura513 More than 1 year ago
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!!
BloodyBad More than 1 year ago
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!
kayfraser More than 1 year ago
This book is beautifully written, and is a great start for a trilogy. I still felt unsatisfied with the ending, and looseness of the concept. Still i would recommend this book to other YA paranormal fiction readers.
Diamondchild More than 1 year ago
It was so interesting and the story line was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. It had me angry, crying, and laughing! I seriously cannot wait til' the next one comes out!!! Im so stoked!
Captain_Riddikulus More than 1 year ago
I saw this book at B&N a few times, nut I never bought it. But the other day I finally did and I'm glad I did. I loved this book, I bought it yesterday and I finished it on the same day. I could not put it down. I was dying to know what would happen. I'm glad that it leaves off for a sequel. The story was original and a little scary as well as sad. I don't think the story was slow at all. I think it was just right, it took it's time to set the story up quite nicely. All the characters were great, hell every thing was well done. I can't wait for the next one.
bookduck More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It started off boring to the point where I left my bookmark in it and left it on my bookshelf for about 5 months or less. I looked at it last night to finish it, and it was amazing. The plot changed and went from being a bore, to being intense and emotional. Now I actually can't wait to buy the 2nd and 3rd book to finish off the series. It may have started off slow, but made up for it in the end.
rmattos More than 1 year ago
This is a very entertaining reading, where the author tells us the story of twin sisters Lia and Alice. The story begins when their father dies in a unusual way leaving them and their brother Henry to the care of their aunt. As strange things start to happened, they find themselves involved in a prophecy that could bring back Satan and his army to the world. One sister is the Gate for that to happen and the other sister is the Guardian, whose role is to prevent that from happening. There is a way to end the prophecy once and for all, but one of the sisters need to find four keys for that to happen. This is a page turner book, that will keep you reading on the edge of the chair until the last page. Excellent debut from this very talented author. I am willing to read the other two books of this trilogy.
John Lee More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read, it always keeps your mind moving with cunfuzzling things. A book that is hard to let go of. When I finished this I had to wait 3 weeks for the next book to come out. I had been so antcy waiting.
turlisa More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is a great story and the characters are captivating. My daughter read this in school and wanted me to read it so I did. I didnt regret it, and immediately had to buy the second one which is also a great read. Cant wait for the third.
Olivia Field More than 1 year ago
this is a great booook!!!!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Why in the world had I not read this book sooner? This book just blew me away and had me hooked. Two sisters turned against each other because of fate. A ancient prophecy foretelling one good and one evil. Can the curse be broken? I'll just go straight into and say I loved this plot. I loved the ancient prophecy and researching. When plots take me on a adventure of clue finding it is the greatest feeling in the world. The finding of keys, gates, and old books had me absolutely giddy. What I didn't like was the slowness of the book. There was the seeking for stuff and then we find it and..... it goes down again. I wanted to see more of the hatred build between the sisters. I wanted to see more betrayals and more stealing. I just wanted more. But nonetheless the book was great. I like the time-setting and the secrets. Secrets are always good. The love was definitely touching yet heart breaking. I hope I can see more of that in the next book. I do also want to see more of the other sister. We saw more of her but I would really like to get into her mind and know her motives.