Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

Prophecy of the Sisters
Author: Michelle Zink
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Edition: Paperback.
* Purchased on my own.

Summary from GoodReads: Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans, and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her.

My Thoughts:

Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just lost their father and soon after his death, a strange circular scar appears on Lia's wrist. It marks her as a part of the prophecy, although she doesn't precisely know her role. Is she the Guardian? Or is she the Gate? Truth be told, she doesn't figure that out for a while and it's James--the boy that she's known for quite some time and fell in love with--who finds the book that contains a single page of the prophecy. Throughout Prophecy of the Sisters Lia learns about well, the prophecy and her role in it; she also witnesses a scary change within her sister who plays for the opposing side of the prophecy and learns about the Keys which can either help release Samael or destroy him--although ultimately the decision rests with the Angel of Chaos.

Unlike Alice, Lia begins with no knowledge of the prophecy or her powers. Through a series of events, she stumbles across the prophecy with James' help and from there she meets several minor characters who help her learn bits and pieces of the prophecy. Meanwhile, Alice tries to sway Lia to join her cause and Lia--rather obviously--resists.

There's more that I could add to my summary, but I won't, because they're spoilers. But I will say that I loved Michelle Zink's writing style and that it flows really well in my opinion (beautiful and lyrical). Alice is frightening. No, really, she's pretty scary and I can't believe her level of crazy--although one could blame the Souls. Lia on the other hand it pretty oblivious when the story begins and slowly, she learns to see things for what they really are (figuratively). And then there's James--who Lia has known for quite a while and happens to be in love with. If it wasn't for him, Lia would've never even heard of the prophecy and although she tells him nothing of the prophecy, he does pop up often enough--as he was cataloging her father's library.

Prophecy of the Sisters is set in 1890 and a bit north of New York City--which automatically meant that my interest was piqued. It features two twin sisters set on opposite sides of an age old prophecy and did I mention that the cover is gorgeous? Admittedly this has been compared to Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle series and well, the only thing that I feel that they have in common is magic and the fact that they're both set in the Victorian era. This is a book that I'd recommend and although perhaps not everyone will love it, I personally feel that this is definitely a book to try.

Overall Rating:  ★★★★★


  1. This is a great cover. Have you seen the hardback? I saw this paperback at a book fair and grabbed it for the library, thinking it looked really interesting. Then, when I got to the library, realized we already had the hardback, which I had never noticed because the cover was, in my opinion, boring. It's really HARD not to judge by the cover, and I KNOW that I shouldn't, but it's still really hard.

  2. Hi Annette!

    Yes, I've seen the hardback cover and I completely agree! I didn't like it at all and although I found the plot to be interesting, I resisted the urge to pick up a copy. A little while later I saw the paperback cover and well, as you can probably tell, I picked it up. I'm so glad that they've stuck with this sort of cover theme for Guardian of the Gate and Circle of Fire because I completely agree, it's very difficult not to judge a book by its cover!


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