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The Foretelling: A Novel
     

The Foretelling: A Novel

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by Alice Hoffman
 

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New York Times Bestseller: A lyrical, suspenseful coming-of-age story based on Greek myths of a race of woman warriors living near the Black Sea.

Born out of sorrow in an ancient time of blood and war, Rain is a girl marked by destiny. Her mother, Alina, is the proud queen of a tribe of female warriors, yet she refuses to touch or even look at

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The Foretelling 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Vesper More than 1 year ago
With the intriguing premise of being set among an Amazon tribe, I couldn't say no when a co-worker suggested this book. Hoffman writes a gripping story about bravery, survival, coming of age, finding one's identity, inner strength and a touch of love and understanding. The author obviously put in some anthropological research to provide a great feel and believable atmosphere for the story. With a relatable protagonist and themes this was a wonderful read! A definite gem among young adult lit section.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most bizarre (and best)books ive ever read. It certainly does leave an impact on you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A short but meaning-packed novel. Well-writen story. Worth the read for young women and adults alike. Very touching and gives you a lot to think about. A quick read.
www.LindaBallouAuthor.com More than 1 year ago
Women who war against men, slice off a breast so they may become better archers, carry on the population with drug induced orgies that often end in the death of their mates, is hard to accept. But, when one considers the fact that women are routinely raped, beaten and mutilated in third world countries and even here in the U.S. it does seem fitting that women should take on the face of the warrior. The heroine Rain, a child of rape, is born into sorrow. In this richly imagined coming of age story she achieves self-actualization, female empowerment and acceptance of self-life lessons we all must learn, male or female. www.LindaBallouAuthor.com Wai-nani, High Chiefess of Hawaii Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales
Trebble More than 1 year ago
The first words: "I was born out of sorrow, so my mother named me Rain." This sets the book up for a short and lyrical coming of age story through the eyes of Rain as one of the legendary Amazon sisters. Rain's birth was anything but joyous because it was born out of gang rape, so her mother shunned her. As she grows she learns everything she can about life of the Amazons. For knowledge is power and she much know how the whole society runs. She excels in horse training and riding and becomes as her grandmother, a true sister of the horse. Because she is a queen-to-be and also because her mother shuns her, she is set apart and often travels alone. These adventures with the advice from one of their most wise and psychic priestesses, Deborah, help her to see that what is beyond their borders is not all evil. Not all to be shunned. This becomes the beginning of her quest to becoming her true self, including her questions about if she wants to even be queen. I think this book is a quick and interesting fictional look into a culture that did exist many moons ago (hey, got to get into character here). However, it really is a look at one girl's life as she questions and learns and grows into her own wisdom and seeks the courage to become what she should become. There are references of rape, and sex, but it is not done in a graphic way and dealt with in a way that would make sense at that time. I give this book 3 1/2 stars. Loved this quote from the book: "The weak are cruel: the strong have no need to be."
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In this intense yet complicated fantasy story, Rain attempts to gain her mother's notice and acceptance by being the best of warriors in their Amazonian tribe. The product of a rape when her mother, Alina, wasn't much more than a child herself, it is hard to gain the Queen's approval. Although Rain knows that she's been raised by Deborah, the wise priestess, to one day be Queen herself, she also pays attention to Deborah's promises of a much grander destiny.

Rain doesn't totally understand the Queen's desire to so thoroughly destroy her enemies, even though her own cousins, Astella and Asteria, are two of the fiercest warriors in the tribe. When Alina takes Penthe as her companion, and Penthe's daughter Io seeks to be Rain's sister, matters become even more complicated. Rain wants nothing more than to ride her horse, Sky, to garner her mother's approval, to earn the place as rightful Queen that will someday come upon her.

On her first journey alone, Rain comes upon a bear cub, which she takes back to camp. She names him Usha, and together with Io the two girls raise the cub as if he were a horse. Although Rain and Io soon discover the mistake of doing so, it's too late--Usha is killed in battle, and Rain still doesn't have the love and acceptance of her mother.

THE FORETELLING is a coming-of-age story set in a fantastical land of the Amazons. Rain is a compelling character who, although she tries so hard to be vicious and fierce like her fellow tribe-members, always leans more towards peace for all men and compassion towards her enemies.

Not to be missed by lovers of fantasy stories!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Fortelling, is Alice Hoffman at her best. Short, sweet, and to the point. You feel like you are part of the book. Even though it is set in ancient times, as a teenager I can relate to Rains' emotions. I most definatly suggest reading this, and other Alice Hoffman titles!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it just me, or does it remind you a lottle bit of the Giver? Especially when she rided on her horse with Anto. This is one of the best books I have ever read in my life!
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Brave_Horse66 More than 1 year ago
This novel is set in a time where a nation of women are feared warriors who never lose a battle to invaders because of one unique advantage: they have domesticated wild horses to ride into battle. Rain is born by the Queen, a woman who has no desire to interact or associate with her daughter at all. These women never question their lifestyle; it's what it always has been and they have no need for mercy, compassion, or protection from men. But Rain is different: as she grows up, she is plagued by dreams of a black horse. In their culture this is a foretelling of death, and when the "black horse" comes to them, Rain makes a choice that will forver change how she views her world. The story is an intriguing tale told from a unique first person perspective of Rain, who is an independent, strong-willed young woman who struggles to find her place as the Queen-to-be. A definite must-read for horse lovers and young adults alike.
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