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Monday, 22 March 2010

Review: Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink

This is the story of sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe's quest to discover her role and her twin sister's in a powerful prophecy that has affected twin sisters for generations. But nothing can prepare her for what she discovers - about herself, about her family, and about the danger that goes from haunting her dreams to becoming her reality.

I promised myself I wouldn't start reading another series but here I am entwined in the mystery of the Prophecy of the Sisters.

Written in 1st person narrative from the point of view of the oldest twin Lia (Amelia). The story starts slowly but it is worth plowing through the first couple of chapters to get an understanding of the characters personalities and interactions.

After the first couple of chapters the plot picks up pace as the tensions and suspense builds. The apprehension was thrilling, it had me compulsively turning the pages to see what would happen next. It brought to mind Milton's Paradise Lost with the epic battle of Good and Evil.

Set in a bygone era where the means of transport was a horse and carriage and illumination was via candle light, really added to the feel of the book and the imagery. There is a wonderfully sensory description of 'The Book of Chaos' which really brought the story to technicolor life within my imagination. The book itself is visually ornate with calligraphy at the chapter headings and at the bottom of each page, where the calligraphy turns into a snake, one  the left one is hissing and on the right it is calm (we all know how much I dislike snakes so I had to put my bookmark over the images so as not to be distracted from the story).

The story also brought to mind the movie Constantine with Keanu Reeves where the Devils Son is trying to make his way back to earth again via the conduit of twins. In addition, the use of twins brings to mind scales where there has to be a balance, yin and yang, good and evil.

A great first book (a debut at that) in the series for anyone that loves an epic battle of good versus evil.


  1. Thank you for the lovely review of Prophecy. It's a joy to read a review in which the reader so obviously "gets" the story you were telling. It made my day!


  2. I'm kind of scared to pick this one up - not certain why!

  3. Hi Michelle - OMG I made your leaving me a comment has most certainly made mine...I squealed when I saw it making J think I had completely lost the plot.

    Hi Dwayne - try it you will like it :)

  4. Awww! An author comment :) That's pretty awesome.

    I'd not heard of this before your review, looks interesting!


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