Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans, and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents’ deaths, the true meaning of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her.
This was a story that I felt really mixed on. I liked the slightly formal historical feel of the story, but didn’t care for much of the actions taken by the characters.
Lia was the main character, and the entire story was told from her point of view. I found this unusual, yet highly effective. As a reader, I only knew as much as Lia did, so there was quite a bit of mystery and suspense since Lia was in the dark regarding a lot of the prophecy. There were a few times when I wanted to yell at her because she seemed dumb and unable to think about things outside of their literal context.
Alice was present for a surprisingly little amount of time, but she still played a very prominent part in the story. She made a believable evil villain, with maybe a touch of insanity.
I didn’t actually realize this book was part of a series until I noticed that I was almost done, and the story was nowhere near being finished. The first book did manage to end at a good place, and felt somewhat complete. There is obviously more to the story, but there is no killer cliffhanger ending.
Challenges read for:
2012 Audio Book Challenge
Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012