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"Without the Keys, something terrible will happen. Something that cannot be undone. And with them, I might bring an end to the riddle of the Prophecy and my strange part in it.

"If Alice and I are on conflicting sides of the Prophecy, the Keys would be dangerous in her hands. Which means I have to find them. And I have to do it before my sister."

Sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe has just recently lost her father, leaving her parentless. But when a strange mark appears on her wrist, she realizes she is being branded with much more than her newfound title of orphan. Lia and her twin sister Alice are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other.

Lia hides this discovery from Alice and even from her beloved James, but to escape from the burden this secret bestows, she must end the prophecy - before her sister. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the mark on her wrist, the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her, and the impact the resolution of the prophecy could have.

With, haunting, lyrical prose, this multi-layered story of family, friendship, and romance explores the timeless question of predetermination versus free will. And it takes listeners on an unforgettable coming-of-age journey in which one sister's self-discovery could have an impact of Biblical proportions.

©2009 Michelle Zink (P)2009 Hachette

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My new favorite book

I am so picky about my books , but I live this one. Absolutely un-put-down-able.

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Awesome

Made my long drives enjoyable. Can't wait for the Guardian when it comes out. Yas queen

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  • Vicki
  • marengo, IL, USA
  • 07-26-10

Horrible Narrator!!!

I have never listened to a book I could not finish and im sad to say this is the first. The narrator is horrible and I cannot get into it. I do not know how anyone can listen to the entire book. I had high hopes for this book considering people gave it such high ratings. To me it was a waste of money. Im so disappointed.

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  • Maria Elmvang
  • 09-13-09

Fascinating first book in a series.

What I wasn't aware of when starting this audiobook was that it is the first book in a series and not meant to stand alone. It does have plot - and indeed enough plot to keep me rivited - but mostly it serves as an introduction for future books.

Despite that, I did enjoy the book very much. It was very well written, and the characters fascinating. The book was read by Eliza Dushku who I felt did a very good job. A good narrator does not draw attention to herself but uses her voice to draw attention to the story, and I thought she managed this very nicely.

I'll be interested in reading the next book in the series.