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Guardian of the Gate (Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy) Hardcover – August 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316034479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316034470
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

"Michelle Zink lives in New York with her four children. Prophecy of the Sisters was her first novel and was chosen as one of Booklists Top Ten Debut Novels of 2009 and as one of the Chicago Public Library's Best Books for Young Readers. It has also been listed on the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teen Age and the Lone Star Reading List."

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Michelle Zink lives in New York with her four children. Prophecy of the Sisters was her first novel, and was chosen as one of Booklist's Top Ten Debut Novels of 2009 and as one of the Chicago Public Library's Best Books for Young Readers. It has also been listed on the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teen Age and the Lone Star Reading List.

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Michelle tells a intriguing story.
Judy Farr
While Prophecy of the Sisters did include a sweet romance between Lia and James, the romance in Guardian of the Gate was a lot more mature.
Kate B.
I loved the second book in this trilogy - and I can't wait for the third book and the showdown.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By michelle on August 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Guardian of the Gate is the second book in Michelle Zink's gothic young adult series. Prophecy of the Sisters (the first book) ended with Lia leaving New York for England. This book began eight months after Prophecy ended and Lia is hard at work honing her newfound powers, continuing to learn more about prophecy and searching for the other two keys--all of which will help her win against her twin sister, Alice, in their inevitable battle that will pit good sister against the evil sister. However, Guardian is mostly about Lia's journey to a mythical island to look for the missing pages that contain the other half of the prophecy.

The dark, gothic feel I loved from the first book is very much present in this book. It's also still a bit slow and not much really happen to move the plot along but unlike the first book, there is more action in this book which I really liked. We are also introduced to a new love interest for Lia in Dimitri. I didn't really like James from the first book so Dimitri, who Lia forms an instant connection with, is a welcome addition. My other complaint from the first book was that the secondary characters there were a little flat, but in Guardian they are more fleshed out. Alice, the "evil" twin, is hardly in this book and I definitely want to see more of her but suffice to say Guardian surpassed Prophecy and I enjoyed reading book a lot more. I am definitely looking forward to reading the conclusion of this trilogy!

4 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on September 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was completely hooked from page one with Guardian of The Gate. I read it in a short amount of time, as I had a hard time putting it down. Guardian of The Gate is Lia's journey to find the lost pages and to find away to defeat her sister Alice. Along the way she learns more about the power she holds, more about herself and where she comes from.

Guardian of the Gate gave me everything I like in a sequel, new characters, romance, the journey of self discovery, twits and turns and even betrayal. I like that as the story progresses, Lia becomes much more confident in herself and what her destiny is. Lia always has a choice. She can give up in her quest, she can fulfill the prophecy or she can claim what is now her right. That is saying something without giving it away, as I won't give away spoilers. I really felt drawn to Lia's character. She learns to trust herself in her journey, though it will be filled with both heartache and triumph.

In Lia's quest for answers and to find the lost pages, she journeys to Altus to seek her Aunt Abigail's help. In her dangerous and long travels she is surrounded by familiar characters and a new ones. My favorite being Dimitri, with whom Lia has an immediate connection with. With a betrayal from someone close to her and danger lurking from both the power Alice now has and the souls who want Lia, Dimitri becomes her closest confidant. I love their chemistry together! I would love to say more about him, but I think it would spoil some of story so I'll say, I'm team Dimitri!

Guardian of the Gate had the perfect blend of everything I wanted. I think Michelle Zink did a wonderful job with her sequel. She kept me captivated with the flow of her story and left me wishing it didn't have to end. I received answers I was looking for, and I am left with new questions that leave me wishing I had the next book in my hands. I highly recommend grabbing Guardian of The Gate when it releases this coming weekend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on December 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Gold Star Award Winner!

Lia made her way to London after the tragedy of her brother's death. She knows that Alice is now truly her enemy. Lia continues to hunt for the missing keys while discovering how to gain power amongst the planes. She's nowhere near as strong as Alice, and that thought frightens her.

When she receives word that her Aunt Abigail, guardian of Altus, lays dying, Lia must travel to her to discover the location of the hidden pages. These pages will tell Lia how to use the keys to close the gate once and for all.

However, traveling to Altus will be a difficult journey. During the trek, Sophie begins to turn on Lia. The Souls have captured her and force her to tempt Lia into opening the Gate. Lia refuses, but the betrayal causes her deep grief.

Through her journey, she meets a man, Dimitri. At first, he's a friend, but soon, he captures her heart. Lia doesn't know how to choose between him and James. Unfortunately, in the wake of Lia's disappearance, Alice has been comforting James. The thought of her twin with her childhood love makes Lia sick. She vows to straighten out everything after she accomplishes her mission. Until then, she finds comfort with Dimitri.

The journey to uncover the pages will be extraordinarily dangerous. Dimitri will accompany her, along with several riders along the way, each only knowing part of the journey. Will Lia and Dimitri escape with the pages unscathed and the secret knowledge, or will Alice and the Souls intervene?

I loved the second book in the PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS trilogy, and I can't wait for the third book and the showdown. I enjoyed the tension between Lia and the rest of the characters as she pulls away from everyone due to the weight on her shoulders. I like the introduction of Dimitri and the new love triangle for Lia. CIRCLE OF FIRE will be released in August 2011.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maidenveil on September 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Broken but decided, Lia is now but more than driven to put an end to prophecy once and for all. But she acknowledges her fear of the uncertainty of her chances of defeating her now powerful sister, Alice, the souls lurking everywhere, and her own ability to fulfill her purpose. I love how her character is strong-willed yet vulnerable. She is like every girl at her age would be as faced with conflicts and responsibilities. Not to mention a brewing dilemma in the love department.

In the second book, we get to see old characters and meet new ones that surely take this mystery deeper as we get closer to finding out the real score about the prophecy. We'll see another world where the sisterhood and brotherhood resides, new conflicts arise, mystery unfolding, and darkness have never been this closer.

Though the tone is still "formal", and we have moved from New York to London (and even to France!), it's interesting to note comparison of social norms and even ideologies. It somehow helped define the personality of the characters and give you an insight of how they help shape the tension within the story.

In the end, only one thing is certain for Lia - only of them (Alice) will get to live after the prophecy. I had to reread the end paragraphs because I don't want to end it yet without the third book in place. It's just a torture to wait for the next one after this! But nonetheless, it's worth all the wait!
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