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Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy, Book I) Hardcover – August 1, 2009
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Grade 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
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"This gothic horror-romance will appeal to aficionados of all ages. A fresh and engaging cast of characters, a page-turning plot and lyrical prose add up to an accomplished feat of storytelling." --The Guardian
From dangerous sances 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. --Kirkus Reviews
- A Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best book list for 2009
- 2010 Texas Lone Star Reading List selection
- Audio Edition received NAPPA Gold Honors
- Selected as a "Top 10 First Novel for Youth" by Booklist
- A NYPL "Stuff for the Teen Age" pick
Praise for Prophecy of the Sisters:
* "Zink does not shy away from grounding her fantasy in the sisters' characters. This arresting story takes readers to other planes of existence." -Booklist (starred review)
* "An intense and captivating story that gives a whole new meaning to sibling rivalry." -VOYA (starred review)
"Murders, secrets, and spirits haunt the Gothic landscapes as the girls work together to sort the prophecy and their places in it; tingly suspense is craftily managed." -The Bulletin
"A captivating tragedy immersed in a world of spells, Samhain and twisting family allegiances." -Publishers Weekly
"This is a brooding, haunting tale of an ancient struggle between living and dead, with two sisters at its heart. It's Gothic, Edwardian, and absolutely un-put-down-able!" -Tamora Pierce, author of the New York Times bestselling Beka Cooper series
Top customer reviews
The book takes place a long time ago when the world was much different. The main characters are two sisters named Lia and Alice. Together they must figure out how to end the prophecy, but when one of them goes bad the other must figure out how to end the prophecy that has gone on for generations by herself.
I enjoyed the book because it is full of action and mystery. I would like to read the other two books in the trilogy because I enjoyed the first book. I recommend this book to both children and adults who like interesting books
The book is a great read and I am enjoying it very much. It came highly recommended from several sources. Looking forward to finishing the series.
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.
It is hard to believe that Prophecy of the Sisters is Michelle Zink's debut novel. This is a skilfully crafted novel with three dimensional characters. The characters in the Prophecy was so well written that I kind of got sucked into their world. I cried when they cried, laughed when they laughed. I believe that an author has to be really talented to make the readers feel that way about the characters in the story
If you read the first paragraph you noticed the gloomy beginning, this novel has a very Gothic feel all the way through. It fits perfect to a story based on a prophecy set in New York in the late Victorian era. Zink has a way of describing things that I could just about feel the rain and the wind seeping off the pages. She never bores her readers with tedious descriptions of things and places, but uses just the right amount of detailed descriptions. See I kind of have an issue with overly detailed descriptions in books, it tends to put a it off the book I'm reading*blush*
If there's one thing I might put my finger on it must be the character Henry, I so wish we'd get to know him a bit better, that he was a bigger part of the plot. Perhaps we will see more of him in the future?
Most recent customer reviews
I must agree with the others who down voted this book. I am amazed that this was accepted for publication.Read more