Genre: YA Fantasy
# of Pages: 352
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
This is author Michelle Zink’s debut novel and is the first in a trilogy.
Lia Milthorpe is naturally quiet unlike her twin sister, Alice. She is in love with the local bookstore owner’s son, James, and is living a relatively happy life with her father, sister, and brother until her father unexpectedly dies. It is upon his death that Lia realizes that there is much more to her than she could have ever imagined. She has a strange mark on her arm in which she cannot explain and doesn’t dare ask anyone for fear that they will accuse her of things that she knows nothing of. Her sister Alice has become distant and has been acting strange and Lia doesn’t know who she can turn to for answers about her mother’s suicide and secret life and now the strange mark that is haunting her. Her Aunt Virginia has been appointed her guardian and Lia quickly finds that she is the only one she can turn to for the answers she so desperately wants and needs to survive. Lia learns that she is part of an ancient prophecy that divides the sisters whom it is passed down to.
Who will prevail?
Prophecy of the Sisters is yet another favorite trilogy to add to my shelf! It seems like it took me forever to read it, but it was simply because it was written so well that I wanted to savor every bit of it. The characters are so well written that it is easy to identify with Lia and her struggle to balance love, her family, and the impending decisions that she must make in order to survive. Alice is the perfect protagonist in this novel because she does something one minute that makes you absolutely loathe her and then she seemingly redeems herself the next. Even the characters who are seemingly in the background the majority of the time have a way of weaving themselves into your heart and identifying with them, like Edmund who has become a sort of surrogate father figure for Lia in a very subtle way. Lia’s best friends whom she meets only because of the strange events surrounding her, are also beautifully written and balance out Lia and even Alice throughout the novel. I love that the plot is completely original (at least to me) and that there will be more! Often when I read the first of a trilogy, I am thinking… “Okay, she can finish this story in one novel, why stretch it out?” Not this one! This one just wets your appetite enough to get you ready for the next course… which is going to be so good! Zink has done an amazing job with her debut novel and I can’t wait to see what Lia’s next adventure is when it comes to the prophecy and even more so what Alice is going to do to try and stop her!
Visit Michelle at http://michellezinkbooks.wordpress.com/ and you can follower her on twitter(@michellezink)! I do… and she is amazing!!!