Foresight by Sherry D. Ficklin

On her graduation day from high school, Grace finds out the hard way that she is the daughter of the legendary Pandora, from the Greek myths—when a deadly and beautiful woman tries to kill her. She is saved in the nick of time by her Aunt Phoenix and a gorgeous young man, and then dragged on an impromptu road trip. It turns out that her guardian, Phoenix, is actually a centuries-old faerie, who has been entrusted with protecting Pandora since her mother died. Now Phoenix and another faerie, the incredibly gorgeous guy named Chris, are determined to get Grace to Faerie, where she’ll be safe. For Lilith is determined to capture Grace and use her in a nefarious plan to regain the power she was stripped of in punishment by the Greek gods.

Grace has to take it all in: her secret heritage, the fact that the Greek gods are real, and that faeries exist and they have an otherworldly beauty, particularly Chris. On top of that her life is constantly in jeopardy from Lilith, her gang of vampiric minions, and a traitor from the Greek pantheon ranks, merely because of her heritage. But Grace will not take it sitting down. Good thing Phoenix taught her how to defend herself, with archery and fencing. She also discovers latent abilities due to her godly heritage.

Grace is going to do her part to protect the world from Lilith, and any that the ancient, yet evil sorceress intends to harm. It might take some help from the Greek pantheon, who have lost their powers since the gods fell from favor and few believe in them. Additionally, she feels a bond to Chris, like she might love him, and that he has feelings for her, as well. This almost-eighteen-year-old girl has one heck of a birthday ahead.

Foresight was a fun read. I appreciated how Ficklin penned a unique story that did not tread down the typical young adult fantasy novel path. I especially enjoyed the healthy dose of Greek mythology, infused with faerie lore. Grace was an admirable heroine, a good role model for young women. She had a maturity and toughness, and she was very responsible and caring towards others. She acted her age, but did not seem a stereotype teenage girl. Grace took her secret heritage and sudden increase in the weirdness quotient of her life in stride.

While I liked the romantic tension between Grace and Chris, I was glad that it did not dominate or dictate the story. The focus stayed on the fantasy adventure elements, making for an engaging read. The balance between action moments and character interactions and development was well done. Ficklin’s depiction of the faeries and their lands and the Greek gods and creatures was very appealing, especially to a fan of both legends. While I found the ending too abrupt, I enjoyed Foresight and look forward to further books in this series.

Book Stats:

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Publishing, Incorporated (July 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984098070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984098071

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Books in the Gods of Fate series:
Foresight
Second Sight

On her graduation day from high school, Grace finds out the hard way that she is the daughter of the legendary Pandora, from the Greek myths—when a deadly and beautiful woman tries to kill her. She is saved in the nick of time by her Aunt Phoenix and a gorgeous young man, and then dragged …

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About Danielle

Danielle is a stone-cold addict. Of books, that is. She loves to read. Her book collection is in the thousands. Several years ago, she read Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon and became a die-hard paranormal fan. The same thing happened with urban fantasy/occult detective stories when she read Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton. Danielle grew up on fairy tales and mythology, so reading excellent urban fantasy which draws from the ancient myths and legends is a joy for her. Her heart goes pitter patter when she hears of an urban fantasy based on some obscure folk legend that most people never heard of. In her real life, she works in the veterinary field, and aspires to one day be a published author. She’s not married and doesn’t have kids, unless you count two spoiled cats. She lives in Texas.