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Apr 14 2011

Guardian of the gate by Michelle Zink

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Atom, 2010. ISBN: 9781905654536.
Guardian of the gate is the stunning sequel to Prophecy of the sisters, the first novel in Michelle Zink's enthralling Prophecy of the sisters trilogy. The last book in the trilogy is Circle of fire which is going to be released in the middle of 2012.
This engaging novel once again follows Lia Milthorpe. We see her journey to the enchanted Isle of Altus to find the missing pages from the book of Chaos. These pages could tell her how to end an ancient prophecy. This prophecy has turned generations of twin sisters against each other for centuries. Lia knows that getting to Altus and finding the missing pages is not going to be easy because her twin sister Alice and The Souls are always trying to stop her. (The Souls are from a different world known as 'The Plane'. They are always trying to use Lia to get from their world in to the human world).
This compelling story is once again told from Lia's point of view. We see a lot of the same characters including: Aunt Virginia, Louisa and Sonia. We also see a lot of new characters including: Dimitri Markov, Aunt Abigail, and The Sisterhood and The Brotherhood; Are the keepers of the Book Of Chaos and the Rulers of Altus.
Throughout this superb story once again many themes present themselves including: Friendship, Love, Loss, death and betrayal. Some surprises are also added in to the mix.
This is an engaging novel and I would recommend it to teenagers who like fantasy/mystery books.
Emily Madden (Student, Yr 9)

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