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The Foretelling: A Novel

by Alice Hoffman

June 16, 2008 | Hardcover

The Foretelling: A Novel is rated 4 out of 5 by 5.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 3.27 × 1.93 × 0.35 in

Published: June 16, 2008

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316010189

ISBN - 13: 9780316010184

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Wow I loved this story could not put down! Its very unique there is really nothing like this any where. An Amazing story of one girl story of finding who she is. The pressure of a mother who hates her, pressure of being a furture queen, pressure of war, pressure of love and pressure of trying to find who you really are not of who others wish you to be.
Date published: 2010-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Foretelling - Spoilers This is a brilliant coming of age story, by Alice Hoffman, about a girl named Rain, the future queen of the Amazons. It is told as only as Hoffman can, rife with irony and symbolism and poignant eloquence. Rain is conceived of a horrible act of cowardice and violence, that her mother barely survives. She is abandoned by her mother and raised by her many Amazonian sisters. She is raised to be a fierce warrior and to succeed her mother as the ruler of the Amazons. It is a brutal world of war and kill or be killed. But when Penthe and Io are brought in as slaves on one of the Amazonian conquests, and her mother takes Penthe as a lover. Rain learns about unconditional love from women who have been used more harshly than her own mother was. She learns compassion and empathy and a desire for peace never known by her people. These are traits undesirable for a queen of the Amazons, something her mother realizes and contrives to bear another daughter to be heir. As Rain's dreams seem to prophecies , she can never attain what she desires, that she will always be catching but never attaining her hearts desires. Those being her mother's love and acceptance and peace and a queenship she is unsure she even wants. Rain learns to become one with her world and her animal guides, only to discover "being anything other that what you truly are can only lead to sorrow and regret," when she looses her pet bear cub she rescued and saved from certain death. When Rain's mother's plans for a new heir go awry, and she dies in childbirth, bearing a son. Rain becomes what she no longer desires, who must kill her brother Anto, the black horse of her dreams. Hoffman crafts a brilliant tale of rife with irony. The warrior queen who strives to be the fiercest and finds she only desires peace. A child conceived of violence, who wants nothing more than to be love and accepted for what and who she truly is. Brave enough to continue to be that person when she is shunned for the following her own path. If I had any criticism, it is I felt Hoffman did not finish the story. It felt like she left many loose ends, which is not characteristic of any of the Hoffman books I have read, and I have never seen a Hoffman sequel.
Date published: 2009-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stirring tale for Young Women This was a lovely, and sometimes harrowing, tale of amazons, their horses, and the love and bonds of family, as well as the pressure of a future foretold by destiny. Done in typical Hoffman style, this story absolutely resonates with her trademarked emotional present tense: you are with the daughter of the Amazon Queen from the first pages. Rain - the daughter - is a young woman who was raised unwanted, the daughter of a rape, but prophecy says she is to be the next queen in new and interesting ways: but what if she does not want this future? Sometimes, we all have to do something different: she chooses to do the unthinkable - to interact with men. Fabulous, wonderful storytelling - as always from Hoffman.
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from an intersting concept This book was very slow. The thoughts and ideas spoken by the main character were very persuasive. Overall it was an interesting read, but nothing really happend. In my opinion there was not enough to keep the reader attentive.
Date published: 2006-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I really enjoyed this book. It's unlike any of the other Young Adult titles I've read. The flow of the story is wonderfully smooth, and it almost has a dreamlike quality. It doesn't take long to get through at all!
Date published: 2006-06-02

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The Foretelling: A Novel

by Alice Hoffman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 3.27 × 1.93 × 0.35 in

Published: June 16, 2008

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316010189

ISBN - 13: 9780316010184

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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.

About 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.
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