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The Foretelling
The Foretelling
Author: Alice Hoffman
A transformative coming-of-age story that pierces the soul and heals the spirit. It is an ancient story with lessons for all time...a book that asks many profound questions, for which there are many answers. A stunning tale of primal power and mythic beauty from a New York Times bestselling author. Rain is a girl of the Amazon tribe of women wa...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780316010184
ISBN-10: 0316010189
Publication Date: 9/7/2005
Pages: 176
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 31 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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GeniusJen avatar reviewed The Foretelling on + 5322 more book reviews
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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!
kathyk519 avatar reviewed The Foretelling on + 111 more book reviews
This was a wonderful book! It is about a girl, Rain, who is a part of a tribe of women only who are warriors (Amazon-esque). She is trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be. It was a fast read, but worth it!
nona avatar reviewed The Foretelling on + 6 more book reviews
very well written story of the struggle of a girl to change the ways of her people, to accept the unknown. The Fortelling would be a book for any young girl or woman, at the age of 26 I enjoyed it and my daughters loved it too.
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"Rain is a girl with a certain destiny, living in an ancient time of blood, raised on mare's milk, nurtured with the strength of a thousand Amazon sisters. A girl of power, stronger than fifty men, she rides her white hourse as fierce as a demon. Buth then there is the foretelling..."
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I nread this book in 2 nights correction 3. If you evr wish to hear of the mighty female Amzonian warriors this is the book to read!!!!