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Prophecy of the sisters, Michelle Zink

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Prophecy of the sisters
Title
Prophecy of the sisters
Statement of responsibility
Michelle Zink
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In late nineteenth-century New York state, wealthy sixteen-year-old twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe find that they are on opposite sides of an ancient prophecy that has destroyed their parents and seeks to do even more harm
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Tone
Review
  • Gr. 7-10 /*Starred Review*/ As 16-year-old Lia Milthorpe stands at her father’s grave, she has no idea that his death is about to set off a chain of events that will put her and her twin sister, Alice, at odds and decide the fate of a legion of lost souls led by the fallen angel Samael. A circular mark on her arm, the discovery of an ancient prophecy, and the strange behavior of Alice all tug her toward the realization that like her mother and aunt before her, she and her sister are the Guardian and the Gate, positioned to help Samael or hinder him as he and his minions try to gain a foothold in this world. Debut novelist Zink sets her story in an old house in upstate New York in the early 1800s, and she crafts the atmosphere as carefully as she plots the story and shapes her characters. The latter is especially important because there are deep psychological underpinnings to the sisters’ actions and reactions, and Zink does not shy away from grounding her fantasy in the sisters’ characters. This arresting story takes readers to other planes of existence; in the next book Lia travels across the ocean to find others who can help her in the fight against evil. Readers will have a hard time waiting for her to arrive. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 05-15-2009) (Booklist, vol 105, number 18, p53)
  • Gr 7 Up— Lia and Alice buried their father on a rainy day in the fall of 1890. His death was sudden, and strange happenings are keeping the twins from resuming their wealthy, well-educated lives. Lia begins to dream of flying and Alice, while reserved, does not appear to mourn her father. Lia's boyfriend, James, uncovers an ancient tome that cryptically tells of two sisters, one the Gate and one the Guardian. One has the power to return Satan to Earth, the other the responsibility to keep her sister in check. As Lia investigates the prophecy, a fortuitous trip to a fortune-teller, Sonia, unlocks new doors. With school friend Luisa joining in the adventure, the cast of characters is complete. Lia, Sonia, and Luisa band together to solve the riddle while preventing the increasingly malevolent Alice from discovering their findings. Zink's choice of first-person present sadly emphasizes her lack of character development. None of the perils the heroines face invoke fear or sympathy, as they are all half-explained and resolved too quickly for real concern to set in. Pass this title over for better historical fantasy fare.—Cara von Wrangel Kinsey, formerly at New York Public Library --Cara von Wrangel Kinsey (Reviewed January 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 1, p117)
  • Set in 19th-century New York, Zink's tense and haunting debut novel is narrated by 16-year-old Lia Milthorpe, left in the lurch by the recent death of her father under mysterious circumstances. Lia, who bears the mark of the Jorgumand (a snake devouring itself) on her wrist, soon learns that she and her twin sister, Alice, are fated to play crucial opposing roles in a mystical struggle that goes back to the dawn of time; unfortunately neither girl is temperamentally suited to the role she has been assigned. The author's language, formal and restrained, is appropriate for the setting and gives the chilly scenes between the sisters an especially gothic air (“We are not the kind of sisters who engage in nightly hair brushing or confided secrets”). While Zink relies on the well-used trope of the grand prophecy, the story is anything but clichéd, with flawed and fragmentary translations, misinterpretation and methodical but inspired deduction complicating and enriching the tale. The result is a captivating tragedy immersed in a world of spells, Samhain and twisting family allegiances that stands on its own while leaving room for sequels. Ages 12–up. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed August 3, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 31, p46)
  • Everything changes for 16-year-old Lia Milthorpe when her father dies under mysterious circumstances, leaving her orphaned along with twin sister Alice and younger brother Henry. Hours after her father's death, a mysterious mark appears on her skin, which she recognizes as the mythical Jorgumand—a snake eating its own tail. Thus begins the unfolding of the Prophecy of the Sisters: Lia learns that she and Alice are the Guardian and the Gate—one good, one evil—who will either prevent evil Souls from entering the world or bring about the end of the known world. Which twin is meant to fulfill which role? She is uncertain whether to tell her beloved bookseller James about her suspicions. She narrates her tale in a late-Victorian voice, describing the enigmatic adults who help her and who have their own roles in the Prophecy. From dangerous sances with deadly consequences to coldblooded sibling murder, this tale is extremely dark, but Zink's methodical unfolding of events will draw readers in. The ending primes for an anticipated sequel. (Fantasy. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
308255
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Zink, Michelle
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Prophecy of the sisters
Series volume
v. 1]
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  • Paranormal fiction
  • Good and evil
  • Twins
  • Sisters
  • Good and evil
  • Twins
  • Sisters
  • New York (State)
  • Good and evil
  • Paranormal fiction
  • Sisters
  • Twins
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Prophecy of the sisters, Michelle Zink
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Publication
Note
Sequel: Guardian of the Gate
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn262892569
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
343 pages
Isbn
9780316027427
Lccn
2008045290
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)262892569
Label
Prophecy of the sisters, Michelle Zink
Publication
Note
Sequel: Guardian of the Gate
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn262892569
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
343 pages
Isbn
9780316027427
Lccn
2008045290
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)262892569

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