Synopses & Reviews
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.
"In this alluring novel, Hoffman (Green Angel) evokes the pure, strong emotions of women in an Amazon tribe, through the poetic narrative of their heir-to-the-throne. Princess Rain feels a greater kinship to horses than to humans. Shunned by her mother (whose rape by 50 men led to her daughter's conception) and envied by other children, Rain leads an isolated existence, spending most of her days practicing marksmanship and horsemanship. By the time she enters her first battle, she is physically and mentally prepared to strike down her foes, but unlike the rest of her army, she finds no pleasure watching her enemies die ('When I walked through what was left of them, I felt something rising inside me.... Mercy'). Meanwhile, haunted by a dream of a black horse a common symbol of death she fears that her people, who equate compassion with weakness, may one day rise against her. Written as a series of impressionistic vignettes, the novel raises intense issues (especially regarding the spoils of war) and may be best appreciated by more sophisticated readers. Hoffman's prose eloquently expresses the beliefs and rituals of a lost civilization and offers a sympathetic portrait of a young leader who chooses kindness over cruelty. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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.