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Prophecy of the Sisters

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Prophecy of the Sisters

Lia Milthorpe’s mother died years ago, and now Lia has just lost her father to a mysterious death. She finds comfort in her little brother, Henry, but her twin sister, Alice, seems strangely distant. Things don’t get any less odd when Lia and Alice return to school, and Lia and her friends follow Alice as she sneaks away to a psychic reading.

Soon enough, Lia begins to have bizarre dreams, and as she browses through her father’s beloved library, her friend James hands her something especially strange: a book with just one page in it. The translation from the Latin book turns out to be an ancient prophecy, seemingly with Biblical roots, describing a set of twins who hold the power to allow Samael, or the Beast, to pass through to the human world and begin a new world of chaos. The twins are pitted against each other, one the Gate and the other the Guardian, but both must search for mysterious keys that can keep Samael in or out.

Lia’s connection to the prophecy seems superficial at first. However, it soon becomes clear that the prophecy is real; as things start spiraling out of control, she begins to be called out of her body while she sleeps. As Lia learns more, it appears as if Alice is the evil one, and Lia embarks on a mission to make sure she finds the keys and closes the Gate before Alice can let the Beast in. She finds out the connection her Aunt Virginia has to the prophecy and where her own parents fit in. Coincidences keep piling up as Lia realizes that a school friend, Luisa, and the psychic, Sonia, have their own special places in this age-old prophecy.

Part American historical fiction, part Gothic fantasy, PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS is an engaging read. Michelle Zink creates an intriguing mystery that is only beginning to unravel by the end of the novel. I give her full marks for creativity, though occasionally she seems to forget her protagonist’s voice, which at times feels too modern and at other times too old-fashioned, when it would have worked just fine to mix the two.

But what makes the novel so good, aside from the interesting plot, is Zink’s decision not to shy away from actual evil. Many books describe battling evil, but PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS actually shows what being possessed by evil can do. Near the end, I felt completely invested in all that happened, and while the events were truly horrible, they were also necessary to the story. To add to the deliciousness of the tale, every page is clearly written with extensive care and research into mythology and 19th-century New York.

With just enough extra details, like romance and girly sleepovers, PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS is a completely enjoyable novel. I cannot wait to read the second book in what I think will be an outstanding trilogy.

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Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gomez on June 22, 2015

Prophecy of the Sisters
by Michelle Zink

  • Publication Date: July 1, 2010
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0316027413
  • ISBN-13: 9780316027410