Wednesday 22 February 2012

The Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink - Book Review

Title: The Prophecy of the Sisters
Author: Michelle Zink
Publisher: Atom
Publication Date: 2010 (2008)
Pages: 343
Format: Paperback
Genre: Paranormal / Historical Fantasy
Source: Xmas Gift

Recently orphaned, 16-year-old Lia Milthorpe discovers she and her twin sister Alice are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. (Goodreads Synopsis)

This was another of those books (and I've read a few already this year) that has a really promising premise but fails to deliver.

The story idea of twins who become adversaries due to an ancient prophecy was a good one that should have allowed for some wonderful tension and character building, but that just didn't quite happen.

Character-wise, none of the leads were really fully fleshed out and Lia, as the narrator, is a bit insipid. I think it might have been good to be able to hear the story from Alice's viewpoint too as she had the potential to be a stronger character, even if she is not a likeable heroine.

Given the story takes place in the Victorian era, I was looking forward to some historical detail and a really well-developed setting, but this was also lacking and a real sense of place was never truly established.

In the telling, there was just not enough tension. The basic aspects of the story were rehashed many times with very little story development. What twists there were could be spotted a mile away and I worked out where the story was heading long before it was finally revealed, leaving me a little bored as I kept reading.

I had been looking forward to reading this one, but finished it with a sense of disappointment. I might still read the sequel, but only if I came upon it as I won't be rushing out to buy it.

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