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Circle of Fire: Prophecy of the Sisters, Book 3

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Circle of Fire: Prophecy of the Sisters, Book 3

It's here! After traveling overseas from New York to England, visiting the mystical community of Altus, and returning to London, Lia Milthorpe is finally reaching the end. She has been working tirelessly to find the missing keys and the last pages of the prophecy that pits her against her twin sister, Alice, in a battle to either let evil into the world forever or lock it out for good.

In a cruel twist of fate, Lia has what she considers the wrong place in the prophecy of the sisters --- she is the Gate, the twin traditionally placed to let Samael, the Beast, into the world to begin his reign of chaos. Alice, her estranged twin, is the Guardian, who should be working to keep Samael out. But instead, each sister has picked the opposite job, which makes Lia's role even harder. As time goes on, Samael gets stronger, and his Souls prod at Lia more and more to try to get her on their side.

Fortunately, Lia has a lot of good on her side. Armed with three of the four Keys, her aunt Virginia, and her lover Dimitri, she embarks on a series of journeys to prepare for a final battle against Samael. By the skin of her teeth, she manages to stay ahead of the Souls, though not without some backsteps along the way. But she faces a huge challenge as Beltane approaches because she cannot banish Samael for good unless she can convince Alice to abandon evil and join her side. Generally, it might be easy to convince your twin sister to help you make sure that the world survives to see the next century. But when your sister has been learning to be evil far longer than you've been learning to battle it, and when that sister is about to marry your ex-boyfriend, the task can get a little difficult. So Lia has her work cut out for her.

CIRCLE OF FIRE is a fun read, but it's only for readers of the other two Prophecy of the Sisters novels, PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS and GUARDIAN OF THE GATE. Even as I read it, I found myself needing to check details in the previous books to make sure I still remembered what was going on. In terms of adventurous plot and setting, it's nearly as good as the first two. The romantic side of the trilogy takes center stage this time, and as a result, the rush to Beltane is, in fact, too rushed to be smoothly readable. As is the case with most epic culminations, the final scene is so epic that it's not as interesting to read as all the events leading up to it.

Still, final showdown aside, CIRCLE OF FIRE is more or less a satisfying end to an original fantasy.

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Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gomez on October 18, 2011

Circle of Fire: Prophecy of the Sisters, Book 3
by Michelle Zink

  • Publication Date: July 3, 2012
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0316034460
  • ISBN-13: 9780316034463