Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
This young adult gothic thriller is a compelling and atmospheric read. The book was discovered by the same editor who championed the Stephenie Meyer Twilight series and is a great read that will appeal to anyone who enjoys a well-written and original story – and I also believe Michelle Zink’s very fine book will appeal to fans of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights.
Sixteen-year-old Lia and her twin sister Alice have been orphaned and Lia discovers a strange mark on her wrist the day their father dies. Lia slowly learns that she and Alice are part of an ancient prophecy. One of them is the Gate, one of them is the Guardian. Each has the choice of whether to use their powerful roles for good or evil – and whatever they do could have an impact of Biblical proportions. Lia doesn’t know who she can trust, but she quickly discovers that she can no longer trust Alice – her sister is now her enemy. With the weight of the spirit world on her shoulders, all the while Lia yearns for a normal life and a future with her boyfriend James. Although the story opens around 1900 in America, the book has an other-worldly quality to it, and much of the action is set in the ‘Otherworlds’ where lost souls roam. This debut novel is the first of three books, and I am looking forward to reading the next two instalments. Which of the twins will win in this epic battle between good and evil? And which side of war is Lia really on? This is a dark but riveting fairytale that is beautifully written and will have you reading into the wee hours – but I’d recommend you leave the lights on!