Synopsis taken from Goodreads.com
An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-
Who will prevail?
Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents' deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.
Lia and Alice don't know whom they can trust.
They just know they can't trust each other.
Finally finished the book in two sittings. I love the mystery that surrounds it all, and the way the story is constructed. How epic, two twin sisters from every generation, one good and one evil, one the Guardian, another the Gate.
It's not much about romance, though I'm sure it will come at some point in the sequel. it's also not just about sisterhood or familial bond, it's also about adventures and mystery based on the Bible, about God and His angel seeking to bring the seven plagues into earth upon his release.
The way it's written and the gothic, victorian New York setting in the 18th century adds the aura of mystery to the story. The characters are fascinating, although some feel Lia, the main character, is too weak and worrisome. I feel differently. I think she's strong but at times fragile, as expected for a girl of sixteen who barely knows of the prophecy and has just become an orphan.
I bought the rest of the books in the trilogy as soon as I finished this one. Can't wait.