The Foreshadowing

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If you could see the future, could you change it?

It is 1915. 17 year old Sasha Fox is the privileged only daughter of a respected doctor living in the wealthy seaside town of Brighton. But her brothers, Edgar and Tom, have gone to war and Sasha has a terrible gift. She can see the future. Her premonitions show her untold horrors on the battlefields of the Somme, and worse still, what will happen to Edgar and Tom.

Like the prophetess Cassandra, who foretold the tragedies of Troy, Sasha is trapped by power. No one will believe her. Her family have lost faith in her. She is determined to win them back, whatever the price. And it is a high one - seeing the future is a fate almost too awful to contemplate - for who wants to see the end of their own story...?

Stylishly written in his familiar, poetic prose the story is that of a world full of threat and a child in jeopardy - but with a heroine resourceful enough to try to change the path of Fate.
A haunting and recommended read.
Marcus Sedgwick mixes his particular blend of gothic craft with skilfully researched historical fiction... Beautifully produced, with woodcut illustrations, this is a desirable book in every sense.
...a gripping and haunting story... An original combination of historical fiction and the supernatural.
The sixth novel by the incomparable Marcus Sedgwick, and undoubtedly his finest yet. The full horror of the Western Front is unfolding; and seventeen year old Sasha Fox has a clearer picture than most. Her ability to predict the future proves an excruciating burden when she foresees the fate of her two soldier brothers. A powerful and mesmerizing story that I was almost afraid to finish, I was terrified of how it would end. Devastatingly good.
BORDERS Magazine
This is amazing stuff with cliffhangers at the end of every chapter, making you want to read on.
Felix Taylor (aged 13) INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
…a sensitive tale of the supernatural.
emotional punch as powerful as [this] one... an impressive novel that cements Sedgwick's position as one of the most stylish star writers of modern youth fiction.
Written in short, numbered sections, a device which will help young readers through unfamiliarity with period and subject-matter, the story counts down to what seems inevitable, but there's a clever trick here. Some of Marcus Sedgwick's most effective writing is in the dreamlike episodes involving a raven, giving the war scenes a mythic significance.
Winner of the Portsmouth Book Award
Winner of the North East Teenage Book Award
Shortlisted for:
The Booktrust Teenage Prize
The Salford Book Award
The Stockport School Book Award
The Angus Book Award
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2007
A Best Book for Young Adults (American Library Association)