|Prophecy of the Sisters is Michelle
Zinks first novel and she has hit the ground running. Ms Zink has managed to
deliver a novel that tells a story, has believable characters and situations, and leaves
one wanting more.
The story, set in late-nineteenth century New York state, concerns two
secondary-school-aged sisters, Amalia (Lia) and Alice Milthorpe, who have just become
orphans on the untimely death of their father. During the course of the next few weeks Lia
discovers that she and her sister are at the centre of a centuries old conflict; a
conflict that passes down from a twin mother to twin daughters. Lia believes that she is
the focus of the forces of good and her sister the forces of evil, but fate has dealt them
each a peculiar hand and the sisters learn they are the proxies for their natural
Prophecy of the Sisters is the first book in a series, but this
fact only becomes apparent in the closing chapters as the reader becomes aware that the
remaining story is too big for what is left of the book.
I look forward, with some impatience, to the next instalment.