I received this book for free from Atom Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Written by Michelle Zink
Published August, 2012 by Atom
Provided by: Atom Australia
Genres: Angels & Demons, Fantasy, Historical
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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.
What an exquisite finale to a fantastic series! I couldn’t have hoped for more when reading Circle of Fire and I know without a doubt that these characters won’t leave me, even though the final page has been turned.
I’ve become so attached to the characters within Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters series, so much so that I’m really sad to see them go. Each book so far has left me with lots of food for thought long after the last page, and Circle of Fire is no different. I can’t even begin to describe my love for the characters Michelle has created, or the settings in which their adventures take place in. I’ll miss the charged horseback rides to unexplored places, miss venturing to Altus and reminiscing with Lia about the lifestyle it promises… I’ll just miss the whole thing, full stop!
Lia is a character I’ve loved since the beginning, but her self-discovery and her journey has moved her firmly forward as one of my favourite literary heroines. Her relationships with those around her, especially Dimitri, are ones I’ll cherish and feel for a long time.
The ending was brilliantly bittersweet, and I won’t give it away (even though I want to! I want to talk about it!), but I couldn’t have hoped for a more perfect conclusion, really. I must admit I accidentally spoiled myself when I lost my page and saw a certain accented paragraph before I read it, but it didn’t suck out the enjoyment for me, which was good.
Plot-wise we start on a quite lighthearted note, which was a great way to set the stage and re-introduce the characters before the real action went underway. We didn’t have to wait long, though, before a huge spanner was thrown into the works with the appearance of Alice and James. I have to say, Alice has been one of the cruellest and most cunning characters I’ve ever read! I literally felt like wincing (or running and hiding!) whenever she’d throw a sharp word or morbid promise Lia’s way. After reading Guardian of the Gate, I was curious to see how the dynamic between Alice/Lia/James would play out and I was quite pleased with it.
Still, I adore the relationship between Lia and Dimitri most of all, and how Lia described how she had turned into a ‘new’ version of herself throughout the pace of the series, thus changing her feelings toward both boys and the future she could have had/has with each one. Lia is an incredibly strong character, and I find that each decision she makes is the one I would have chosen myself in her position.
I’d say all in all, Circle of Fire was a little darker than it’s predecessors, but it still managed to hold onto the beautifully-woven friendships and personalities of the characters that we readers adore. If you’re worried about reading the final book, don’t be. You’re in safe hands!
I can’t wait to read more of Michelle Zink’s writing. With A Temptation of Angels coming out, I’m sure I’ll be reading and enjoy more of her work very soon. She definitely has a forever fan with me!
Recommended to: Followers of the series will be very impressed! If you haven’t delved into this incredible world yet, do yourself a favour and pick up the first in the series, Prophecy of the Sisters.