|Guardian of the Gate is the second book in the
Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy, and co-incidentally, is also Ms Zinks second book.
second book of a trilogy is always the hardest part of the story to package: book one set
the scene and started the ball rolling, with the heroine facing a difficult personal
choice or surviving a Machiavellian plot and thence proceeding on the journey to solving
the ills of her life; and book three gives the resolution to all that went before with the
heroine victorious. Book two, however, has to supply the narrative link between books one
and three without queering the pitch for book three.
So how well did Guardian of the Gate do its time-honoured duty?
In my opinion not well. The book lingered on inessential scenes and characters and forgot
to bring the dramatic action from book one forward to the narrative. If one was to read
the first two books in direct sequence, one would suspect two different authors with two
different visions of the storys plotting such was the divergence of styles and
But as a stand alone novel Guardian of the Gate is an
acceptable story and a pleasant young adult read, with a tantalising finish that hints at
much for the final volume. The characters were well drawn and the story well told. I had
one quibble and that was in one scene the author became very opaque as to which of the two
secondary characters, Sonia and Luisa, is talking and moving as both were
unfortunately, as this was a crucial scene for the story the confusion stuck in the
memory. But overall, a good book with a few small flaws; in short a keeper.