The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
“A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.
Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.
When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to 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 people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.
As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.” ~ Description from Goodreads
I am soooooo sucked into this series. So much so, It has been REALLY HARD not to dive straight into the sequel Iron Flower. I have it on my shelf but I have some February releases I need to catch up on.
This book was just straight up amazing. The fantasy aspect of the story is great. This felt fresh to me and not the type of fantasy you see everyday. The world building was spot on and I could imagine I was there. I loved all these characters. The action and story itself had a great pace to it. There wasn’t a single point i found myself bored. This book covers a TON of difficult topics such as racism, slavery, self-harm and abuse. The race that is in charge is extremely conservative to there is also some homophobia. Not to mention misogyny. Oh, and I can’t forget bullying. I hope Fallon gets what is coming to her.
I really enjoyed seeing how the main characters of this book dealt with all the issues of their society. I loved seeing their bonds with each other form and become more accepting of each individual cultural back ground.
The Black Witch was an amazing first book in a series. There is so much room to grow. A whole world to change! I really can not wait to see what happens next with this series.
This book received A LOT of mixed reviews, good and bad. You either love it or hate it. I personally loved it! 5 stars all the way. I would recommend it to EVERYONE! This book is 100% worth a shot. Get it. Form your own opinions.
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