The ForeshadowingMarcus Sedgwick
fantasy, young adult
It was then that I saw the raven. It was a huge bird, and at first I could only marvel at its beauty. The blackness of its feathers was perfect. It fixed an eye on me and put its head on one side, and only then did I see what it was standing on. It spoke in the voice of the dead upon which it was feeding. 'You!' it said. 'You alone saw the horror of war, and wept when we did not believe you.'
It is 1915. Sasha Fox is seventeen years old. She lives a privileged life. But her brothers, Edgar and Tom, cannot avoid the war, and Sasha has a terrible gift. She can see the future. Her premonitions show her brutal horrors on the battlefields of the Somme, corpse worms crawling over the faces of soldiers soon to die. And worse, they show her what will happen to Edgar and Tom. Like the prophetess Cassandra, who witnessed a different war on the plains of Troy, Sasha is trapped by her tragic power. Cursed by a fate too awful to bear – for who wants to see the end of their own story...?