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Review: Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink

Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink
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The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she'll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister's role in the prophecy, and that's not the only thing she wants: There's also Lia's boyfriend James.

Lia and Alice always knew the Prophecy would turn those closest to them against them. But they didn't know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing.

I don't have a huge amount to say about this book. I did enjoy it but I found it quite slow. It's not to say that was a bad thing necessarily but I did get the sense that it was building up to something huge which makes sense as it is the second book in a triology. I'm therefore just going to sum up what I liked about it in bullet points

  • I love the character of Lia. She is awesome. I love that she thought she was wild for wearing trousers! 
  • I liked the setting and the ideas put forward which were all unique. I am continually kept guessing about what is going to happen and really like that. 
  • I loved Dmitri and how he is with Lia. Whilst I fear James may have lost out I hope Lia and Dmitri get it sorted.
  • I still hate Alice despite her relatively short amount of screen time. I hope Lia stabs her a lot!

A nice albeit slow read. Can't wait to see where it goes


Ava said…
My biggest problem with this book was that it was slow. But I liked the characters a lot- especially Lia and Dimitri.

Haha, stab Alice. Yes, that might solve a few problems. ;)
Although the start was quite slow, I did think it gave good background detail of the relationships and interactions, The scene setting was awesome.
I agree about Alice - powerful writing to make you hate a character :D
The second book is also fab - I hope you enjoy :D