The Three Stories I have posted on so far from Crazy Iris and other Stories of Atomic Aftermath, edited and introduced by Kenzaburo Oe are all world class treasures but they are very far from light reading. I do find myself needing a change of pace after reading these stories. I recently read Lois Lowry's The Giver with this objective of a change of pace in mind.
It is fully centered in the sensitive bookish young person battles the forces of darkness category. The central characters are 16 year old twin sisters, Liu our narrator and her evil twin, Alice. (The plot is a bit cliched as you can see but that is ok sometimes you like a cliched plot) Both of the parents of the girls have recently died, the father under mysterious circumstances. It is not made clear exactly when the book is meant to take place but it is in a time prior to automobiles. The setting is England. The family is quite wealthy. The father of the girls was happiest when he was among his books in his private library. He was very into all sorts of mythology and ancient occult lore. Liu shares his interest and is also quite bookish.
One day the girls discover a mysterious tattoo like mark on their person. A soothsayer is consulted who after some hesitation and plot maneuvering ends up telling the girls that they are the subjects of an ancient prophecy. They discover their father had imported other girls to England. Why he did this is part of the plot. We wonder what the father knew. Was he trying to protect his girls? It turns out the girls may be key figures in a long running battle with dark forces. They also go to a seance to visit with their late father. (Ok maybe the novel is a bit cliched!) There is some mild romantic action.
I was kept interested in seeing what would happen next. Both of the sisters were brought to life by the narrative. This is part one of a three part trilogy. There is no closure in this book and we will have to wait until at least 2011 for the last book.
To me Prophecy of the Sisters was an ok escapist read. The world it depicts has nowhere near the depth of the Harry Potter series or even that of The Giver. Both of these are very well done works so this is not meant as a criticism just as a notice to potential readers to not expect too much. Some of the language of the book is overwritten and sometimes the thoughts expressed by the narrator border on silly. This is a first novel and I will read the next two works in the trilogy with interest. Some reviewers on Amazon were crazy for the book. If I were going to rate it in the Amazon or Goodreads system I would give it 3 stars. I would say it is an ok read if you can accept the cliched plot and overwritten quality some of the work.