Bringing Up Books: Prophecy of the Sisters

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle ZinkMichelle Zink

Prophecy of the Sisters is a story about Lia and Alice, twin sisters who are key figures in a battle that began far before their time. Set near the turn of the 20th century, each sister has her own role, one the guardian and one the gate. The guardian is meant to protect the world and the other sister. The gate  is the medium through which the Beast will try to come. Facing their fathers death, their new roles and the prophecy the sisters become enemies. Told from Lia’s point of view, she focuses on finding the keys that will help uncover the rest of the prophecy, but as fast as she works, Alice always seems one step ahead. Bit by bit, little pieces are put together and the sisters uncover more about their past, themselves, and their roles as guardian and gate.

The plot line alone intrigued me, and gripped me into the story, but it was the characters that held me in their world. Each character is interesting and well developed. Both sisters and Lia’s friends each have a draw that makes you want to know more about them. The story has an epic feel to it, a very large journey for seemingly small, ordinary people, but it adds a family legacy and, with it, the complications of relationships: sister to sister, mother to daughter (parent to child), lover to lover. Although some of the men in the story have important roles and unique, lovable personalities, the importance on the role of women in the prophecy makes the story especially well suited for young girls.

As the first book in the trilogy I am excited to read the next two. I rented this book from the library, but it belongs on my bookshelf and will soon be there. The author also has a few novellas told from the view of Alice, which is very interesting because although seen through the eyes of Lia, Alice is a conflicted character with deep emotion and deep determination, mirroring that of her sister. It will be interesting to hear her thoughts as she strives for the end of the prophecy.

The only thing I found a little odd about the book is it is told in present tense. Now, I had to adjust because most stories or at least the ones I’ve been reading lately are told in past tense, which might account for some of the oddity. But, the story is set at the end of the 1800’s, which makes it hard for me to wrap my head around the language of present tense in the past. But that is a very small thing. All in all, the book is a great, quick paced read.

Thanks to Dana for the great recommendation.

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