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Guardian of the Gate (Prophecy of the Sisters #2)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  4,141 ratings  ·  375 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Wow...this was nosebleed worthy.

That's right, kittens. It's time for the spiritual apocalypse.

Here's a summary of the plotless wonder known as Guardian of the Gate:

Lia & her friends ride through the forest. Evul People try to make Lia wear the deadly medallion. Lia escapes because other Good People save her. More Evul People try to make her wear the medallion. Lia escapes because other Good People are marginally smarter than she is. Everyone rides around the forest together. Lia has insta-lo
I’m going to get the negative out of the way first, and I think I am one of the only people who feel this way and I offer humble apologies to Michelle in advance.
The Negative: I hate this cover. I hate the new covers. I loved the original cover for Prophecy of the Sisters and I thought it added so much to the feel of the story itself and had I not already known how much I loved the first book I NEVER would have picked up the books AT ALL had they the covers they have now. I might even go so far
Guardian of the Gate is the following up to Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters. In this installment, we follow Lia as she searches for the missing pages to help her end the prophecy. She travels with her two companions and keys, Sonia & Luisa to Altus, a safe haven for the Sisters to meet her Aunt Abigail. She discovers much about herself, love, & betrayal.

Guardian of the Gate moves us closer to a final showdown between Lia & Alice. I can't wait to see what comes next!

(edited b
Ashley Brooke
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This book started out ok (although it wasn't great) but then it really started to go downhill fast. I was expecting so much more from this book after reading the first one in the series but overall I found myself very disappointed.

The big reason I didn't like this book so much was due to the new love interest, Dimitri Markov, who was introduced. Very quickly, an unnecessary and forced romance developed. I was so angry at Lia for not staying loyal to James! He was everything that Lia had wanted a
This book was so good. I am emotionally exhausted after reading it. I truly think this whole series has the best thought out and written plot of all the series that I've read.

The storytelling is beautiful and so realistic my stomach was clenching from nerves the entire time. Some of the situations that Lia was in were so hopeless I didn't think she would make it.

The book has a lot more romance than the previous one. Always a big plus. While I found myself wanting to shout at James in book one t
I started Guardian of the Gate immediately after I've finished Prophecy of the Sisters. While PotS was a very new reading experience for me, GotG didn't quite do it for me.

Actually, I didn't even finish it. On page 200 or something, I guessed the outcome and allowed myself a little sneak peak. Turned out, I was dead right. That's when I stopped reading the book.

So, what I'd like to say with that is: Guardian of the Gate is very foreseeable. Very cheesy and very... I don't know. The romance isn't
9 3/4
Oct 28, 2014 9 3/4 rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
What a disappointment. I really like the idea of this series and I love the characters. The first book was pretty good, actually. It was slow, but the beautiful atmosphere and mystery kept me reading. But this book was so boring.

Everyone was talking about doing something, rather than doing it. The characters did nothing more than talking, walking, riding horses, talking and walking. Which is sad because this series is filled with beautiful unique ideas, and a gothic atmosphere that I love. The i
It hasn't been long since we last saw Lia and Alice, determinedly on different sides of an ancient prophecy that could mean death and destruction for humanity. Now, Lia and the keys, Luisa and Sonia, must make a terribly dangerous journey to a mystical land in order to find out where the missing pages of the prophecy are hidden. They face horrifying dangers along the way, but nothing could prepare them for the betrayal within their own group.

Even while Lia is desperately searching for a way to s
Ailsa Lillywhite
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As the final battle in the prophecy nears, twin sisters Lia and Alice prepare themselves to what to come. As Alice rallies the Souls and becomes stronger, Lia travels to London in hopes of finding a way to stop the prophecy. But the Souls prove more persistent than Lia has ever imagined. Even as she struggles with her frail friendship, entangling herself in Sisterhood politics, they Souls are bent on thwarting her already difficult mission.

I loved the first book. It set the grounds for what the
Hafsah Laziaf
The second book in Michelle Zink's series was just as unputdownable as the first. The Guardian of the Gate was a fast-paced read in which Lia continues her journey to end The Prophecy of the Sisters forever. Its not as easy as it seems, especially when your biggest enemy is your very own twin.

Lia still resides in London, an ocean away from her heartless sister Alice, who lives in New York. Yet, even an ocean apart, Alice knows every action Lia takes, because of her use of forbidden magic. Alice
I'm being a little generous with this, as it's really a 2.5-star book, in large part because it suffers from series-itis: if you haven't read Book One, it will take you a while to get into Book Two (and I hadn't read Book One).

The plot is rather simplistic - battle between Good and Evil, set in vaguely Victorian era London. There's a Prophecy, and twins (Lia and Alice) who appear to be on different sides yet completely linked by this Prophecy. Book Two is largely concerned with a trip to a myst
It's kind of closer to three and a half stars really, but it was better than the first. Good action and a much better love interest in Dimitri. I saw a lot of the "twists" coming and it was too...flowery and prosey in a lot of areas. I kept finding myself saying, "YES I know, get on with it!" I still think a lot of things are unexplained and confusing. I mean WTF Altus? Where did that come from? I think there should've been some explaining from the society in the beginning. Apparently Lia and So ...more
Rinoa Heartilly
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I received this ARC from the Teen Author Carnival on May 24, 2010. Michelle Zink was there, spoke and answered questions in a panel of other authors, and stayed around to sign books. Afterward, since I'm all buddy-buddy with one of the people in charge of TAC, I was waiting around outside the building and had the pleasure of really talking to Zink. Turns out she's pretty fantastic (even her kids are awesome - though I'm a teacher, so
It seems that every time I complete one of Michelle Zink’s books I feel as though nothing has happened, and yet so much has happened, such is my affection for them. No matter how much of Lia’s story is told, I simply want more. Upon finishing this installment I found myself immediately desiring the next.

In Guardian of the Gate, Zink introduces a new romantic interest for Lia. And while I liked James, I cannot help but admit I hold Dimitri in higher esteem. He is more lively and mysterious than J
First things first, I really dislike the main character. She has like serious problems staying constant, well other than constantly annoying. The whole thing with Dimitri is just so frought with peril and just plain dumb I can scarce believe it. I am expecting him to be a major betrayal since the book points out again and again how the souls will use anyone close to her towards benefiting their goal. Sadly, I am really looking forward to this since it is only right considering what she has done. ...more
In the first book we learn that Lia and her twin Alice share roles in the prophecy. In this book, Lia continues on her quest to end the prophecy while her twin sister, Alice, tries to stop her.

It starts out weird. There's this disjointedness about the beginning and it may be because it doesn't exactly pick up where the first book left off. The story continues and you aren't pecked to death by every little detail of her quest/journey or the mystical island she visits, but you're also not really g
Apr 05, 2011 MJ rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
2.5 stars.

Lia and Sonia have been in London for nine months now. They are getting ready to travel to Altus, the mystical island where Lia's aunt will tell them where to find the Prophecy's missing pages. These pages are important to Lia, as they are suppose to tell her how to end the Prophecy and defeat her sister Alice. They are soon joined by Edmond and Luisa and leave on the perilous journey to Altus. They are joined and helped by Dimitri, a boy Lia finds herself attracted to. They are pursue
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Lia Milthorpe's battle against her evil sister, the souls, and an ancient prophecy continues in this second book of the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy. Having spent the last eight months in London with Sonia, gathering her strength and honing her power, Lia is now prepared to travel to the mystical isle Ault where she will find the final pages of the prophecy. With friends, both old and new, Lia embarks on the treacherous journey while the souls dog her heels and work in secret to turn her most ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I was completely hooked from page one with Guardian of The Gate. I read it in a short amount of time, as I had a hard time putting it down. Guardian of The Gate is Lia's journey to find the lost pages and to find away to defeat her sister Alice. Along the way she learns more about the power she holds, more about herself and where she comes from.

Guardian of the Gate gave me everything I like in a sequel. New characters, romance, the journey of self discovery, twits and turns and even betrayal. I
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Kristin (Beneath Shining Stars, I Read)
So, immediately after re-reading Prophecy of the Sisters, I jumped into Guardian of the Gate. Admittedly, I don't know why the summary has James marked as Lia's boyfriend. Sure, they've said that they loved one another in Prophecy of the Sisters, but it was, to the best of my knowledge, nothing official. And yeah, I liked him well enough, but I have a new favorite in Guardian of the Gate. Dimitri Markov. He's known of Lia for quite some time and she feels at ease with him. More importantly, he k ...more
In reading over other reviews of this book I noticed someone said they liked this better because it got out of the stuffy house...I guess that it was less gothic mystery and more adventure, and romance. Actually the gothic mystery element of book one is what hooked me in the first place. At times this book felt so different, as if it weren't even related. I think mostly because it was so Lia focused...Alice only appears a times...though she is as creepy as ever.

I thought this book was going to
Book 2 picks up 8 months after Prophecy of the Sister Ends. Lia is now in London at Milthrope Manor with Sonia; one of the keys to the prophecy. Lia has isolated herself from her sister Alice in the hopes of developing her powers and protecting herself from the rath of Alice. Lia tries to understand the prophecy, and is hard at work trying to discover the location of the final 2 keys. As Lia tries to increase her powers in the hopes of stopping Alice from forcing her to fulfi
Plot Sketch: In this second-of-three novel, Michelle Zink continues her tale of Lia and Alice, the twins that were born at odds: one with a mission to usher Samael into this world (the gate) and the other to ensure it does not happen (the guardian). Only problem is, they were born in a Caesarian birth in the late 1800s, and they were excised from the womb in the wrong order, causing their natures to conflict with their missions. PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS leaves us with Lia taking a journey to find ...more
Steph Su
In GUARDIAN OF THE GATE, Michelle Zink successfully introduces new elements to this ambitious historical supernatural story in a way that will impress fans of the first book. The same problems I had with the first book, however, still exist in this one, with the result that it will keep die-hard fans reading while most likely not bringing in a newer audience.

GUARDIAN OF THE GATE removes readers from the late nineteenth century as we know it. Instead, we are brought into an in-between world full
Annisa Anggiana
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Dibanding buku kedua ini, Prophecy Of The Sisters tampak seperti prolog yang terlalu panjang. Yes, I like the second sequel better. Di buku ini setidaknya beberapa hal mulai menjadi jelas dan konflik dan suspense nya lebih greget. Walau sepertinya cerita akan memuncak di buku ketiga.

Kilas balik sedikit, Lia dan Alice Milthrope adalah kedua saudara kembar yang diramalkan akan berperan dalam kembalinya atau musnahnya sang iblis Samael. Satu berperan
I think this is a good example of a series that doesn't NEED to be a series. It could have easily been one book. I do like the series plot but so much of this book and even of the first one feels like filler. There's all these extra impediments that just seem to be there to make the story longer. That said, the end of Guardian of the Gate was pretty action packed and enjoyable. I just thought the first two thirds are easily skippable. I'm assuming this is going to be a trilogy and if so, I'd rea ...more
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Michelle Zink is author of the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy, A Temptation of Angels, and This Wicked Game. Her next book, Lies I Told, releases Spring 2015.

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