“Just be sure you want to bring this to its conclusion,” she says, “Because when you do, when it’s all over for good, one of us will be dead.” (Guardian of the Gate)
Not quite the conversation you would expect from twin sisters! These sisters are in for the battle of their lives!
My love of gothic genre first drew my attention to, Prophecy of the Sisters, Book 1, by Michelle Zink. Add fantasy to the mix, superb writing, fabulous description, and Michelle Zink created a bestselling Young Adult book creating a fan base savoring for more. I was very well pleased as the sequel unfolded! As with Prophecy of the Sisters, Guardian of the Gate, held my attention! I became quite engrossed with the continuing story! The book sprang to life so much so I could vividly picture many of encounters and conflicts!
The year is 1891 and the setting is England complete with castles, manors, and legends. Guardian of the Gate, Book 2, begins with sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe pursuing the missing pages to bring an end to the prophecy which has engulfed her family and others for many years. Lia and Alice’s parents and brother are now dead, all due to circumstances surrounding the prophecy. This prophecy has turned Lia and her twin sister, Alice, against each other. Alice has evil plans for the prophecy which puts the sisters at odds. Alice is also in pursuit of the missing pages. Alice is the Guardian and Lia is the Gate of the prophecy. In the past, the Gate has been the enemy but now it is the Guardian!
With the help of her father’s friend, Edmund, Lia’s mission is to secure the lost pages needed to end the prophecy and to find the two remaining lost keys. Their goal is to reach the hidden island of Altus. Hopefully there they will find answers to the missing pages they so desperately need to find. Along with her on the journey Lia is also accompanied by Sonia Sorrensen and Luisa Torelli, who are two of the keys to the prophecy and also bear the Jorgumand mark on their wrists. They were all born at midnight on November 1, 1874.
Adventures ensue as the story intensifies on their journey to the island of Altus. The powerful Grigori dominate and keep order in the Otherworlds. The Grigori have driven Alice out because she continues to defy and reject their rules. Lia and her group of travelers are chased and pursued by the Hellhounds, an evil wolf pack. Lia at times isn’t sure whom she should trust at times. One member of her group is sent by the Grigori to protect her. His name is Dimitri Markov. He is handsome, alluring, and Lia is quite attracted to him. He plays an integral part in the story as it progresses.
As the tale continues to develop, Lia learns more secrets about her parents and the part they played in the unfolding tale of the prophecy. Lia discovers the importance of their family lineage as it pertains to the prophecy. Through her Aunt Abigail, Lia realizes where she must go, “Chartres,” to uncover the missing pages. Lia is determined to continue and establish her rightful position with the Sisterhood. Dimitri is by Lia’s side to help her to reach her goal. Will she find what she’s looking for to uncover all of her answers to finally bring an end to the prophecy? Will Lia be able to find the last two keys needed? By the end of the book you will be on pins and needles to find out if Lia is powerful enough to win out in the end. Her sister Alice has the evil forces on her side to combat Lia. There can only be one sister left standing. Which one will it be? I can’t wait to uncover the answers to these questions in the final book of the trilogy!!!
Read below for the details of my very first book giveaway!
I am so happy to announce, now is your opportunity to win copies of Michelle Zink’s books, Prophecy of the Sisters AND Guardian of the Gate, here at my blog! The contest runs through August 1st with the winner announced on August 4th in conjunction with the release of Guardian of the Gate. Leave a comment letting me know the name of your favorite heroine from a gothic or fantasy book, along with your email so I can contact the random winner. If you don’t win a copy, remember you can purchase Guardian of the Gate through Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite independent bookstore, like Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. It would be fantastic to really push to buy Michelle’s book between the dates of August 4th through the 10th. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if her avid fans were instrumental in helping Guardian of the Gate make the List for Chapter Books?! Share with your friends to do the same!
I must say I’m now anxiously awaiting Book 3 of Prophecy of the Sisters!