Foretold (Daughters of Saraqael Book Three)

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Centuries before she was born, Skye Tomaganuk was a subject of the most important prophecy in Estilorian history. As one of three half-human daughters born of the Corgloresti, Saraqael, she is part of the fulfillment of Knorbis' Great Foretelling. What she doesn't know is just what the Foretelling entails for her and her sisters, Amber and Olivia.

As Skye and her sisters continue their training and visit each of the Estilorian class homelands, they soon learn how much impact ...

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Overview

Centuries before she was born, Skye Tomaganuk was a subject of the most important prophecy in Estilorian history. As one of three half-human daughters born of the Corgloresti, Saraqael, she is part of the fulfillment of Knorbis' Great Foretelling. What she doesn't know is just what the Foretelling entails for her and her sisters, Amber and Olivia.

As Skye and her sisters continue their training and visit each of the Estilorian class homelands, they soon learn how much impact their human emotions have on their father's kind. Skye is particularly interested in the effect of emotions on her Gloresti, Caleb. Although she wants their relationship to progress beyond just that of protector and assignment, he proves particularly resistant to the idea.

She'll soon have much more to worry about than a lack of romance, however. With the help of a traitor, Grolkinei and his Mercesti infiltrate the Estilorian stronghold, imprisoning Skye's mind and putting all Estilorians at risk. It leads them all toward the greatest battle of their kind, and puts Skye's faith to the ultimate test.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983831853
  • Publisher: Iambe Books
  • Publication date: 11/2/2011
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Raine Thomas is the author of the exciting and original series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane. Pursuing her life-long passion for writing, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Georgia State University, then her master’s degree in Humanities from Central Michigan University. She is also a member of the Romance Writers of America.

Residing in Orlando, Florida, Raine is a hopeless romantic with a background in the fields of mental health and wedding planning…two areas that intersect far more than one would think. Her years working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges inspired her to create young protagonists who overcome their own conflicts. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Different

    Refreshing.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Another fantastic journey with Saraqael¿s Daughters

    After reading the first two books in the Daughters of Saraqael series I couldn’t wait to start this one and follow Sky and Caleb along their journey. I thoroughly enjoyed discovering what new and fantastic surprises Thomas had woven into this story and was overjoyed with how everything turned out.

    This book was masterfully written and will appeal to so many of your senses. As I followed along, grinning all the while, at the romantic and witty dialog between the characters I was always wondering when one of those blasted Mercesti were going to jump out from the shadows and just utterly ruin everything. I was also ridiculously happy with the ending. I actually got Goosebumps several times throughout reading this, and I love that. Even when I thought the ending was going to turn out just how I thought it should, and was excited at that, Thomas threw in a twist that sent my brain sprawling only to regroup even more elated than before.

    Raine Thomas spins a tale so enjoyable and easy to read that you would be doing yourself a disservice by not picking it up immediately. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Defy, and I have no doubt that it will be as good, if not better, than the others.

    I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a great fantasy.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    THE FINAL BOOK IN THE DAUGHTERS OF SARAQAEL TRILOGY! Review bro

    THE FINAL BOOK IN THE DAUGHTERS OF SARAQAEL TRILOGY!

    Review brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell

    Foretold is the final book in the Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy and out of all three books, probably the best one. I liked both Amber and Olivia, but Skye turned out to my favorite out of all three of the sisters. She started off as a very weak character in the first book and I think she made the biggest strides out of all three of the girls. Foretold not only shines a more intimate light on Skye as well as her Gloresti, Caleb, but also, on the big battle the books have been leading up with Grolkinei.

    I had so much fun with Skye and Caleb! They’re relationship was the best developed and far more realistic than the others. I loved how complete opposites they were. Caleb is strong, solid, takes no-nonsense and shows little emotion whereas Skye is optimistic, bubbly, naive and innocent. She loves to sing off key and dance around in her crazy fashions. Caleb struggles to understand the way human emotions work and how to protect Skye when he doesn’t understand any of the feelings he is having towards her. I love how Caleb didn’t worry about hurting Skye’s feelings. He was always bluntly honest with her and treated her as strong as he knew she was even when she didn’t believe it.

    I also really appreciated and loved the Christian themes throughout the book. I don’t know if that is what the author intentionally meant to do though. There are just many great messages throughout each of the books, especially in Foretold. To have faith in yourself, to trust that hope is never far away, and love is the most powerful weapon we have, such great lessons to remember and live by.

    I really liked and enjoyed most of the book. One of the things that bothered me though was how close the plot was to Central. All the girls are married. All of them are pregnant. All of them have waaay too much sex. The plot just sounded redundant. There were things that were different like some of the fight scenes but even then it was somewhat redundant because every one of the girls has to face a villain face to face, but helped to be rescued by the magic of their sisters, the Elders, and the Gloresti guardians. The pacing was still dragged down by far too much detail of things that just didn’t matter to the plot. One of the things that has always seemed absolutely ridiculous to me was the singing the girls would to protect their thoughts. They would sing songs from various pop music artists and those scenes always felt very out of place with the rest of the book. Another big problem in all three books was the way the dialogue and narration was written. Often the voices of the characters all sounded the same and it was hard to remember who was speaking or who the narration was talking about. The tone also often sounded too informative so it would interfere with being able to fully be swept away in the book.

    The Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy are books filled with plenty of magic, loveable and relatable characters, and worlds vividly described. I would recommend the books to anyone who is a fan of science fiction and fantasy; you will have quite an adventure!

    See the FULL review and more at openbooksociety dot com

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

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    If I had to use one word to describe Foretold I would have to



    If I had to use one word to describe Foretold I would have to say that it is absolutely enthralling and a perfect ending to the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy. I say this because I felt it had all of the elements that make a final book in a fantasy/romance series work. Foretold was captivating, it had a lot of action, intensity, romance, and great world building as we continue to learn more about the Estilorian world. Estilorians being beings with powers who used to share the world with human beings and who later became the stuff of what human legend and myth are based upon.

    What I loved the most about Foretold is that it is a complete study on emotion. A study that started in Becoming which is the first installment in the Daughters of Saraqael series and continued flawlessly through Foretold. Why do I say this? Well, because through the Estilorians and interactions with the main characters in this series who are half human we get to witness how the lack of emotion can affect a being (estilorians in this case) and why emotions are important in a society (human or not) and I have to say it was completely fascinating. I really feel like this book delved into what makes a person good or evil which honestly is not the easiest subject to tackle but Raine does an amazing job at exploring this which leads me to our main characters.

    The character development in this book is fantastic. Raine Thomas always delivers in creating incredibly well developed characters be it primary or secondary characters because she always makes sure to give them a specific dilemma to tackle and the reader just finds themselves immediately engaged in what is challenging these characters lives. Skye who is the lead female character and main focus in this novel is an incredibly fun, honest, and lovely character with so much enthusiasm that you can't help but like her because she is innocent and has a playful mischievousness to her. Caleb who is the male lead in this book embodies everything that Skye is not. He is stoic, calm, and collected and when you put them together in a scene it is like magic because they contrast yet compliment each other so well and honestly share some of the most funny and romantic scenes in the whole series. Their misunderstandings are just beyond adorable because Skye exhibits a lot of emotion but Caleb doesn't always know how to express himself so it takes them a bit to figure each other out and that they like each other and it was fun to read about.

    In Foretold we also get a lot of world development. Raine Thomas has an incredible imagination because the descriptions of the Estilorian world is so vivid and creative and I like how she uses some traditional fantasy elements in the story and gives them a twist and creates such an intricate world with it's own politics and complex societal structure. It was really interesting to read about as where the battle scenes that take place in this novel which really were incredibly surprising because there were so many twists and schemers in this novel. And the villain. Boy was he evil, manipulative, and ruthless. He gives Voldemort a huge run for his money and truly had not even a shred of decency, just a lot of hate and jealousy in his heart.

    If you love fantasy and romance you have to check this series out because it has both by the bucket-loads. Foretold had all the elements that a great Young Adult fantasy/romance novel needs to possess in order to be compelling.


    My Rating: 5/5

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

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    great!

    Great book, i loved the trilogy, I can't wait to see what Thomas writes next in this series :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2011

    A must read!

    I loved all 3 of these books! Such a great read! I couldn't put it down. I saw on Raine Thomas' website she is going to write another Triliogy spun from these...I cannot wait!

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    :)

    LOVED IT !!!! I HOPE THERE WILL BE A FORTH.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Enchanting! A beautiful conclusion to the trilogy!!

    Skye is such a fun free spirited character that I LOVED (I know I use that word a lot) seeing her regain her confidence and faith in herself as well grow in her relationship with her family. I don't want to give away too much, so I'm trying to contain my excitement about this book.

    FORETOLD starts off where CENTRAL left off. After a disturbing event involving a mental attach on Skye by the Mercesti leader, the Elders agree to step up protections to prevent the event from happening again. Once they see how successful that protection is for Central, it is recommended that Amber, Olivia, Skye, Gabriel, James, Caleb and the Elders travel to the homelands of the different Estilorian's so they can be protected from the mental attacks of the Mercesti. During their travels, Amber, Olivia, and Skye learn more about "The Great Foretelling" and the Foretold battle. While things seem to be going smoothly, someone close to the Elders and the girls is betraying them and putting Amber, Olivia, and Sky in danger.

    Of course, you can't have a book about Skye without an amazing party! Which is done in true Skye fashion and that is all I can say about that J . This is a nice break from the stress of the upcoming battle, I promise it comes at a great time; it flows beautifully with the story. I love a great love story and happy endings, especially ones where the characters must overcome a few bumps in the road or battles to get there.

    FORETOLD is a breathtaking and enchanting story of forgiveness and love. I was happy with how it ended, though I have been drawn into this world so much that I can't wait for the next installment!

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    Breathtakingly Beautiful!

    Over the past week I have been completely immersed in the Estilorian world and I have loved every minute. Amber, Olivia, Skye, Gabriel, James and Caleb have touched my heart like no other characters have. The beautiful way in which Raine writes each of their stories makes them come alive. You feel what they feel, you love what they love, you dream what they dream and your heart breaks for them. Every character in this series serves a purpose and each of them add to this incredible world. The courage and strength that Amber, Olivia and Skye gain throughout their journey is remarkable. They overcome one obstacle after another. The weight of the responsibility on their shoulders is staggering, yet they do not hesitate to sacrifice whatever it takes.

    I truly enjoyed reading Foretold. I absolutely love Skye and Caleb. I feel an automatic connection with Skye because I am the youngest of three girls also. She is completely selfless, she never lets her abilities go to her head. She brings light and joy to her family. I admire her spirit. Caleb's hard exterior doesn't sway Skye from trying to soften his heart. As an Estilorian and Gloresti, Caleb struggles with feelings. In a world where feelings were abandoned thousands of years ago, he is unsure how to handle someone as passionate as Skye. She is more than willing and ready to handle that challenge however. I laughed out loud, my heart pounded with anticipation and the words blurred as I cried. Foretold has it all. I'm not saying goodbye to the Estilorians, but rather see you soon.

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