The Foretelling [NOOK Book]

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A coming-of-age story that pierces the soul and heals the spirit, this is the tale of the future leader of the Amazon women warriors. Rain must hold fast to her inner warrior, but she is startled and mystified by the first stirrings of mercy towards the enemy.
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Overview

A coming-of-age story that pierces the soul and heals the spirit, this is the tale of the future leader of the Amazon women warriors. Rain must hold fast to her inner warrior, but she is startled and mystified by the first stirrings of mercy towards the enemy.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Hoffman's prose expresses the beliefs and rituals of a lost civilization and offers a sympathetic portrait of a young leader who chooses kindness over cruelty," according to PW. Ages 15-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From The Critics
There comes a time when traditions must change. In Hoffman's newest novel for young adults, Rain is a young girl who is disturbed by her tribe's coda of violence toward men. She is chosen to succeed her mother, Queen Alina. But, her mother treats Rain as an outcast because she was born out of rape. As Rain becomes more involved in battles, she finds her conquests revolting instead of pleasing. She develops an alliance with Io, daughter of her mother's companion. Rain also finds comfort in the arms of a young boy. Her actions go against the rigid, Amazon- like regime of her people. But, none of those forbidden relationships can suffice for the yearning of affection from her mother. When her mother dies during childbirth, Rain is faced with a hard decision to make. Should she risk her life to save her baby brother or maintain her tribe's laws? Hoffman's writing style makes this an adventurous tale that will definitely engage adolescents. 2005, Little Brown, 176 pp., Ages young adult.
—Anjeanette Alexander-Smith
KLIATT
Amazon warriors riding horses, terrifying the men they fight: this is the world Hoffman describes with poetic force in The Foretelling. The narrator is Rain, daughter of the queen, but never spoken to by her mother because she is the product of a horrific rape. Rain is an adolescent, skilled, passionate—she wonders if she will be queen some day. Then her mother chooses to lie with a man to become impregnated with another child and awaits the birth of this daughter who would usurp Rain's inheritance. The child is a baby boy, unwanted in this all-female world, and Rain becomes a different person as she seeks to save this child's life. Hoffman, in a brief story that holds the power of myth, examines what a society dominated by strong women would be like. The close relationships between women and the horses that take them into battle will appeal to all those horse lovers among YA readers. The larger theme is that Rain struggles to find a way to live without the constant warfare, without the hatred of men. For all those who never can get enough of Greek mythology, and for those who want to read about women who are as powerful as any man. The compelling cover will help attract readers. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Little, Brown, 167p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-This atmospheric coming-of-age fantasy tells the story of a teenager who is destined to become queen of the Amazons. The product of a rape and shunned by her distant mother, Rain struggles to find her identity and prove herself. Her first-person narration is accessible while evoking a sense of otherworldliness. She talks of animals and people as "sisters." The story unfolds at a measured pace with little dialogue, but the language makes it compulsively readable. Readers will be drawn in by Rain's attempts to win her mother's approval even as the teen begins to question the Amazonian way of life and see a new future for her people. Like the best of myths, this story finds truths in details and emotional insights. Not for everyone, but a treat for fans of Tamora Pierce and Hoffman's other novels.-Adrienne Furness, Webster Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A young warrior questions her destiny and ultimately changes her future and the future of her tribe in this spare, compelling coming-of-age story. "Born out of sorrow," Rain is the only daughter of Alina, queen of the Amazonia, a race of warrior women living in a "time of blood." Ignored by Alina, Rain is determined to prove herself worthy of her royal heritage. Groomed to be an Amazon warrior unlike any other, Rain trains to ride, shoot and kill, but feels unaccepted and alone and wonders if she is meant to be queen. Rain's doubts are reinforced as Alina announces she is pregnant with a child who will rule instead of Rain. When Alina dies in childbirth, Rain learns to make something out of her sorrow and opts for a future apart from blood and battle. Artfully structured to track Rain's spiritual quest from youthful warrior to queen, the story effectively incorporates elements of a primal, nature-based culture. Should appeal to teens with their own mythic quests. (Fiction. 12+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316055772
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 12/21/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 163,213
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • File size: 420 KB

Meet the Author

Alice Hoffman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 15 acclaimed novels beloved by teens and adults, from Green Angel, Indigo, and Aquamarine to The Ice Queen, Here on Earth (an Oprah Book Club selection), and Practical Magic, which was made into a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. The Foretelling is Hoffman's fourth young adult novel.

Biography

Born in the 1950s to college-educated parents who divorced when she was young, Alice Hoffman was raised by her single, working mother in a blue-collar Long Island neighborhood. Although she felt like an outsider growing up, she discovered that these feelings of not quite belonging positioned her uniquely to observe people from a distance. Later, she would hone this viewpoint in stories that captured the full intensity of the human experience.

After high school, Hoffman went to work for the Doubleday factory in Garden City. But the eight-hour, supervised workday was not for her, and she quit before lunch on her first day! She enrolled in night school at Adelphi University, graduating in 1971 with a degree in English. She went on to attend Stanford University's Creative Writing Center on a Mirrellees Fellowship. Her mentor at Stanford, the great teacher and novelist Albert Guerard, helped to get her first story published in the literary magazine Fiction. The story attracted the attention of legendary editor Ted Solotaroff, who asked if she had written any longer fiction. She hadn't -- but immediately set to work. In 1977, when Hoffman was 25, her first novel, Property Of, was published to great fanfare.

Since that remarkable debut, Hoffman has carved herself a unique niche in American fiction. A favorite with teens as well as adults, she renders life's deepest mysteries immediately understandable in stories suffused with magic realism and a dreamy, fairy-tale sensibility. (In a 1994 article for The New York Times, interviewer Ruth Reichl described the magic in Hoffman's books as a casual, regular occurrence -- "...so offhand that even the most skeptical reader can accept it.") Her characters' lives are transformed by uncontrollable forces -- love and loss, sorrow and bliss, danger and death.

Hoffman's 1997 novel Here on Earth was selected as an Oprah Book Club pick, but even without Winfrey's powerful endorsement, her books have become huge bestsellers -- including three that have been adapted for the movies: Practical Magic (1995), The River King (2000), and her YA fable Aquamarine (2001).

Hoffman is a breast cancer survivor; and like many people who consider themselves blessed with luck, she believes strongly in giving back. For this reason, she donated her advance from her 1999 short story collection Local Girls to help create the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA.

Good To Know

  • Hoffman has written a number of children's books, including Fireflies: A Winter's Tale(1999), Horsefly (2000), and Moondog (2004).

  • Aquamarine was written for Hoffman's best friend, Jo Ann, who dreamed of the freedom of mermaids as she battled brain cancer.

  • Here on Earth is a modern version of Hoffman's favorite novel, Wuthering Heights.

  • Hoffman has been honored with the Massachusetts Book Award for her teen novel Incantation.
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      1. Hometown:
        Boston, Massachusetts
      1. Date of Birth:
        March 16, 1952
      2. Place of Birth:
        New York, New York
      1. Education:
        B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974
      2. Website:

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    The Foretelling


    By Alice Hoffman

    Little Brown For Young Readers

    ISBN: 0-316-01018-9


    Chapter One

    In the time of

    I was born out of sorrow, so my mother named me Rain.

    Ours was a time of blood, when the sky reached on forever, when one horse became a hundred and then a thousand, when we wore our hair in long black braids and rode as warriors. Everything we had was given to us by the goddes, and everything we lost was taken away by her.

    We lived in the time of fortune, in a world of only women. We were warriors from the very beginning, before we were born. There was no battle we could not win. We were strong, the strength of a thousand sisters. And we had something no one else had. Something that caused terror in our enimies when we came across the steppes. Something no one in the man's world had yet managed to do.

    We rode horses.

    It was said my great-grandmother the Queen had found a white mare in the snow and that she lay down beside this wild creature to warm herself and keep herself alive. My great-grandmother whispered certain words in the mare's ear that no man would think of saying. Ours was a country of snow for half the year, of ice and wind and the steppes that led to the Black Sea. By the time the ice had melted, my great-grandmother had made the first bridle out of a leather belt and the snow mare let herself be ridden. A horse and a Queen had become sisters; when they raced across the steppes they were two hearts pounding with a single thought inmind.

    Horses were everything to us. Our goddes, our sisters, our sustenance. Alive, they were our way to win battles; four legs against men's two. Even when our horses' lives were gone they were our tents, our clothes, our boots, our food, our traveling companions to the next world. Our children were raised on mare's milk. It made us wild and quick and unafraid. It gave us the ability to speak the language of horses.

    A language men had yet to learn.

    (Continues...)


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    • Posted November 1, 2008

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      Excellent read for teens and adults alike

      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.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 4, 2008

      Wow

      One of the most bizarre (and best)books ive ever read. It certainly does leave an impact on you.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 15, 2011

      Excellent

      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.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted July 16, 2010

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      A child born in sorrow

      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.

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    • Posted October 28, 2008

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      Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

      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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>Not to be missed by lovers of fantasy stories!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 17, 2007

      An oustanding novel, about growing up!

      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!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 21, 2010

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      Wonderful Coming of Age & Female Empowerment Novel

      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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    • Posted March 27, 2010

      Not a bad book

      Not a bad book but I won't reread it.

      0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 25, 2008

      A Wondeful Read

      I read this book in three hours!!! It is a short, but amazingly compelling story about the search for self. It speaks about suffering, lonliness and loss, but also about the beauty of self-realization. A very empowering read. Truly enjoyable.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 1, 2008

      Non-stop read!!!

      OMG.. i loved this book..when i finished i turned the page to see if there was more..i was so sad to find out there wasn't!!!...i would recommand this book to anybody..great job to Alice..this was a great read!!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 2, 2007

      A reviewer

      I' havent yet finished but I love how she brings you into another world

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 3, 2007

      Depressing and Beatiful at the Same Time

      I just love this book. It is amazing. I love Rain's journey of finding herself and figuring out if she's ready to become the queen or not. Alice Hoffman is just fantastic at weaving the words together, that I actually felt like Rain was my sister. Although some things in this book are a little, well, gross, it is still wonderful and I would recommend this book to anyone. (Also read Incantation by Alice Hoffman... It's even better.) Well... happy reading!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 21, 2006

      The Fortelling, a masterpiece

      We really loved this book. It gives a mood of sorrow and pain, but also a mood of glory and pride. It is interesing how the people acted with eachother and how Rain felt about what her people did in history.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 19, 2006

      Courtesy of Teens Read Too

      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!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 4, 2006

      A Compelling Read

      Filled with love, loss, and war, this story captivates readers and holds onto them with a firm bear paw till the very end. It's powerful and moving in showing the life of a girl turned woman-warrior, to be more specific, a girl by the name of Rain. Alice has such an imaginative mind that always satisfies the eager eyes of readers. Although the ending leaves you hungry for more, the story itself is still enjoyable. It's also a quick-read. Highly reccommended.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 17, 2006

      Absolutely outstanding.

      I truly enjoyed reading this book, once I picked it up I could not put it down, finishing it in one night. This is the first book I have read by Alice, and it will not be the last. One of, if not the best, tales concerning amazons I have ever read. Moving with a fast pace, yet, explaining the details superbly. This book is now one of my favorites.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 15, 2006

      Foretelling

      Especially enjoyed the book because it showed the way people gather strength and courage through hardship and transformation. And also showed the wisdom that is passed to each generation. Overall, inspiring for young readers (and old readers, as well). Although it occurs in a different place and time, its theme can be applied to present day life.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 9, 2006

      Foretelling

      A good story captures truth. Each sentence is delicately balanced each word 'tells'. This one's a keeper.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 25, 2005

      Very good, a wonderful book.

      When I first heard about this book I though 'I know this book won't even amout to GREEN ANGEL', but surprizingly it did..... Alice Hoffman takes you along on Rain's journey to self-discovery. It is VERY good, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good book. Props to Alice Hoffman for a great coming-of-age book.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 8, 2005

      amazing

      alice hoffman writes amazing stories. this story is just one example. I loved it!

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