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Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters Trilogy) Paperback – Bargain Price, July 1, 2010
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From the very beginning of Prophecy of the Sisters, Lia is a convincing character; her hesitance to bring the strange circumstances that affect her to light and her motivations are true. Michelle Zink writes with startling clarity and vivid descriptions that establish a dark, mysterious, and brooding air that rivals that of the classics Rebecca and Jane Eyre. Her keen eye for detail and talent for revealing multitudes of aspects of the book without seeming didactic builds steady suspense throughout the entirety of the novel.
Lia's relationship with Alice is very fascinating, especially since many readers of the Young Adult genre are so accustomed to twin characters who are extremely close (as in Jacquelyn Mitchard's The Midnight Twins or Marissa Doyle's The Bewitching Season). It is complex and intriguing relationship, made even more so by the fact that Lia openly admits that she and Alice aren't especially close, but still she struggles with the idea that Alice may be evil and intent on doing her harm. It is the idea of one of nature's closest entities--twins--pitted against each other that really draw the readers in.Read more ›
Lia and her sister Alice are part of the prophecy. One sister is evil, the other is good. The bad sister will release the Devil into the world and it is the good sister's job to keep that from happening. Lia must find out which role she has in this prophecy. As she is doing this Lia is mourning her father's death, trying not to be distracted by her budding romance with James and caring for her sick brother Henry.
The historical detail in this book is nonexistent unless you count the mention of servants and carriages as historical detail. There is no description of dresses, traditions, manners, mourning customs etc. etc. If this is a historical fantasy book then there better be some sense of the time period the characters are living in.
As another reviewer said the evil sister was hardly in the book. I was expecting more sinister behavior, more backstabbing more...something.
The book is good, but not great. I think I was expecting more from the glowing reviews and the hype.
I think students who are enjoying the urban fantasy crazy and those who like the Gemma Doyle series will enjoy this one.
I enjoyed this dark, emotionally suspenseful debut. I am very easily spooked by books about ghosts, spirits, the devil, and 'woo-woo' kind of things. Reading back over that sentence, I'm realizing that Prophecy of the Sisters contains all of those elements! It was because of this that I almost gave up on this book, but I'm glad I didn't.
This book is told in the first person from Amalia's (who goes by Lia) point of view. Her twin Alice, whom she has always had a special bond with, is changing and exhibiting a dark side that scares Lia. Lia has an unusual mark on her wrist and the book starts with Lia trying to find out what the mark means. She soon uncovers a prophecy involving twin sisters, that she and her sister are unknowing parts of. Zink explores the battle between good and evil in all of us, as well as the difference in nature versus nurture. I really liked that focus of the story.
This book is more of an emotional thriller than your typical an action-packed fighting novel. It was a bit of a slow starter but worth it in the end. Prophecy of the Sisters is set in Victorian New York---you know how much I like historical fiction so that aspect of the book really appealed to me.
I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next one. If Guardian of the Gate gets any darker than Prophecy of the Sisters, though, I may be in trouble. People who like scary books will probably really enjoy this series.
Just One Gripe:
The aforementioned scariness. It almost did me in.
The Best Thing About This Book:
I liked Lia's voice and the battle between good and evil.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book had all the ingredients of a book I typically love. However, it fell short. The entire book was setting the stage for the actual story and it was only getting started... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite books as a teenager. The style and quality of the writing has always extremely important to me when reading a book, and Zink's writing is beautiful. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lauren S.
I would recommend this book to people who like action, adventure, and drama. If you like all these thing then this book is for you.Published 13 months ago by Rob F.
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I must agree with the others who down voted this book. I am amazed that this was accepted for publication. Read more
Huge fan of Michelle Zink's storytelling. Rich characters and well-developed story. Can't wait to order her new book LIES! High recommend.Published 17 months ago by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
Two sisters caught up in an ancient prophecy that pits good against evil and family member against family member. Read morePublished 23 months ago by How to Rule an Asteroid Reviews
My daughter introduce me to this book at first I was like no I don't read those types of books but once you get started you don't want to put it down. I read it in one weekend.Published on May 12, 2014 by A. Davila
The story is good. The first half is a bit slow, it starts with a good pace in the second half.Published on March 16, 2014 by Leonardo Grimaudo
Since I have decided to do this whole audio book thing, I went searching at the library for “New to me titles”. At my closet library, pickings were slim. Anyway. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Tonyalee