Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Series: Prophecy of the Sisters #1
Release Date: Aug. 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Lia Milthrope may now be an orphan, but she has no time to mourn her loss. Days after her father's death, a strange tattoo-like mark appeared on her wrist. She knows she has seen it before, but has no idea what it means. Unsure of who to trust, Lia works to unravel the clues about her mark, but soon finds herself buried in an ancient prophecy of two sisters, of gates and gatekeepers, and utter destruction. She may not fully understand her role in this prophecy, but she does know that her twin sister, Alice, is now the enemy. In a tale of good and evil, Lia must decide which side she's on before the world as she knows it ends.
This is one of those books that I had been anticipating for months. It was also one of those I was semi-afraid to read. I have been talking to MZ for months and was so worried that I might not like it. Thankfully, that was not the case! In fact, I believe I was up to about 4 a.m. finishing it because I simply could not put it down. MZ has a beautiful way with words transforming them into beautiful and flowing prose. I will warn that this is a period piece and the language is very reflective of this. (I somehow missed this and was caught off guard at first!) I will also warn that this is story is not your big action/adventure book. The story is moved more by the unraveling of secrets than anything else. Lia at times will probably also drive you insane. There were a couple of times I wanted to yell at her for not seeing the most obvious clues in front of her face. Although, at the same time it makes her lovable as you realize how truly innocent-like she can be. Her knowledge of the prophecy is so inept you can’t help but feel a little sorry for her. The only thing I would have liked to see more of is the romance between Lia and James. Their romance added a nice element to the story. I totally understand why she is keeping him at bay, but I sort of wish that she would have allowed him in more. I will be interested to see how his role continues as the story unfolds. Overall, Prophecy of the Sisters is a great gothic-like novel with plenty of mystery and great writing. How much longer until book two?