Thursday, October 6, 2011

Circle of Fire by Michelle Zink

Title: Circle of Fire
Author: Michelle Zink
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Acquired: Received free for an honest review
Age Group: Young Adult
Grade: 88% or B+
Buy It: Amazon

With time dwindling but her will to end the Prophecy stronger than ever, Lia sets out on a journey to find the remaining keys, locate the missing pages of the Prophecy, and convince her sister Alice to help--or risk her life trying. Lia has her beloved Dimitri by her side, but Alice has James, the man who once loved her sister--and maybe still does. James doesn't know the truth about either sister, or the prophecy that divides them. And Alice intends to keep it that way.

There are some secrets sisters aren't meant to share. Because when they do, it destroys them. This stunning conclusion to Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy will make saying good-bye bittersweet for readers.

My Thoughts::
I remember when I started this trilogy. It was near the beginning of my Sophomore year and I read it because I was allowed to choose any fiction book to journal about, and I chose Prophecy of the Sisters. Then during my Junior year I read Guardian of the Gate, and Senior year, I finished it off by reading Circle of Fire. It's hard to believe that I've been thinking about these books for that long!

One thing that I really like about trilogies and series, is that the characters get a chance to grow over time and it seems natural. Instead of them becoming suddenly different, we get to see the transition. That's what we got with these books. Character growth over time will ALL of the characters, not just one or two. Speaking of the characters, I can honestly say that I loved them all. No exceptions. Even if they were "bad" or "evil", I still loved them. They just came across so real and I could understand their motives.

I feel like the story flowed perfectly. They weren't just randomly split into three books, I can see why they were split up the way they were. This last book details the last leg of the journey and it was so amazing! I really felt like I was trying to figure out the prophecy with them the entire time. At certain points, I thought I had, and I few times I was right! The last book went above and beyond where the other two went. I suppose this was because we finally learn everything about the prophecy, and which side wins in the end. This was one of the best unconventional mystery books that I've ever read. Because this mystery wasn't easily predicted, it was a brain teaser infused with history.

Overall I had a great time reading this trilogy, so I am both happy and sad that it's over. The characters were real and developed perfectly, and the setting is just remarkable! I'd recommend these books to anyone who enjoys history, romance, mysteries, or prophecies.

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