Title: The Black Witch
Author: Laurie Forest
Date of Publication: May 2nd, 2017
A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining.
So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War. Now a new evil is on the horizon, and her granddaughter, Elloren, is believed to be Carnissa’s heir—but while she is the absolute image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above nearly all else.
When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren is eager to join her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University and finally embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the University, which admits all manner of peoples—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of her people—is an even more treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.
I actually liked the writing a lot in this one. Elloren grew up living with her uncle and two brothers away from everyone. Elloren’s grandmother was the Black Witch, and she was beloved by the Gardnerians and hated and feared by everyone else.
When Elloren receives a chance to go to the University, everyone tells her how much she resembles her grandmother. There is a lot of political and racist aspects in this story between these characters.
I was not a big fan of Elloren. For the most part I feel like she was weak and hypocritical. She could be attracted to a non Gardnerian, but when someone else was attracted to a non Gardnerian she thought it was the end of the world. Elloren never stood up for anyone until towards the end.
The rest of the characters were pretty blah. Yvan was ridiculous, and throughout the entire book it was pretty much him glaring or frowning at Elloren. Diana was my favorite character, but she was racist to almost anyone that wasn’t Lupine. I liked Lukas a lot at first, but then he got weird and disappeared for most of the book.
This book was not short book either. It was way toooooo long, and I feel like nothing got resolved! It was just mainly people hating on another magic race. I still will want to read the second book, but seriously, there was just not much going on in this first book. As I stated earlier the writer’s writing was actually the best part of the book.
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