Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Guardian of The Gate by Michelle Zink [Book Inspection]

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 out as much about the Prophecy as possible.  GUARDIAN OF THE GATE details much of that journey and takes us through more of the sisters' fight against each other.  (I can't tell you too much without spoiling either book!)

Verdict:  Michelle Zink is a masterful storyteller.  I cannot wait for the third installment of this dark trilogy.  It's very clear that Zink has honed her writing since PROPHECY (which was impeccably written to begin with) and is now a precision wordsmith.  Her words weave you into this dark tale leaving you to feel every element and nearly every emotion as if you were inside the story alongside her characters.  Her imagery is vivid, yet concise.  Her words allow you to create your own image of the story and allow you to continually add to that image, rather than to violently force a picture that she wants you, the reader, to envision.  It's brilliant.  The story is beautiful yet terrifying, and strangely uplifting.  Her characters are amazing, deeply layered, and surprisingly versatile.  If you're looking for great YA to love and adore, I emplore you, start with PROPHECY and GUARDIAN.  These take YA to a whole new level, and hold other YA authors to a much higher standard.  Bravo!

Location: London, mostly
Main Character: Lia.
Favorite Character: You know, I adore Lia.  But Alice is such a devilish character and I have such a love/hate relationship with her, that she just might be my favorite.  Even though I'm team Lia.
Time to Finish: Having trouble tracking this lately as I'm not reading books in one sitting, but this book was one that I wanted to go back to every second of the two and a half days I read it over.
Would Change: Not a thing.  Even my nitpicky side that wants to find something wrong with great works can't pinpoint something I'd change about this story or this writing.
Favorite Line:  I think I have to change this for this review to Most Powerful Line: because it didn't make me happy, but it was super powerful and impactful:  "No.  He was a member of the Grigori." pg. 51, ARC.  Plus the other ones I loved would be total spoilers.
Good for Monster? You know, I said Prophecy would be a great read for Monster, but I've been unable to convince him to pick it up.  I recommended Prophecy to a family this year, and they adored it, even after the son objected vehemently.  Afterwards, he said he loved it.  He was scared that it was going to be Sisterhood-of-the-Traveling-Pants-ish.  It's totally not.  Promise.  In fact, it might be the antithesis of such books.
People Who Will Like This:  Victorianistas, lovers of dark gothic fiction, grammar snobs, good vs. evil ♥ers
People Who Won't Like This:  nyctophobics, people obsessed with comedy
Chapters: 34
Author's Website
Acquire It:  Amazon       Book Depository       Changing Hands

For those of you who haven't had the chance to read PROPHECY yet, check out this video which will tell you more:


Dazzling Mage said...

I CAN NOT wait for my copy of this book! *sigh* Great review!

Beverly said...

Just stopping by all the blogs I follow – Thought I would check in with everyone! Stop by The Wormhole if you get a chance!

Vanessa Di Gregorio said...

I can't WAIT to start reading it! I picked up a copy as soon as I finished PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS (which I picked up a week ago - and I can't believe I waited that long to read it!). RIGHT after buying it, though, I realized I had an ARC of GUARDIAN OF THE GATE already. But, since I loved the first one so much, I figure buying a copy and supporting Michelle Zink is the least I can do.

Great review! You've got me totally pumped for it!