The Black Witch

The Black Witch

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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.
Publisher: Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780373212316
Branch Call Number: / SF FOREST LAURIE
Characteristics: 601 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Aug 31, 2017

Amazing fantasy novel that you can't put it down! The only downside is, that this is a trilogy, so we need to wait for second book to come out in May next year and that is not soon enough! Enjoy!

BostonPL_AnnaD Aug 28, 2017

What an amazing book! This was one of the best YA novels I've read in awhile. While this is a fantasy novel involving lupine (werewolves), fae, and others not completely human, it is a story about racism and one young woman's realization that everything she grew up believing about the other cultures was a lie. I appreciated how realistic her transition was from being clueless to eventually understanding what was actually going on in the world. I liked the world building, and the richness of the cast of characters, one of which was asexual (major props for that!), and another side character was gay (I hope he finds a boyfriend in the next book!).

I am now eagerly awaiting book two, and wish it was coming out sooner than next May, though there is a prequel I'll need to check out. :-)

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was perfect, easily understood, and with a nice voice I enjoyed listening to, even though I usually prefer male readers.

As a librarian who has worked with both teens and adults, I highly recommend this book for both audiences. This is a timely read for everyone.

Aug 15, 2017

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I can't believe how many negative reviews this book got. I nearly didn't pick it up even though I liked the blurb. I'm glad I decided to judge it for myself. It looked big and intimidating when I got it but it was a surprisingly quick read. I enjoyed reading this book and I kept trying to understand what did people see so horrible about it. Yes, there's themes of racism and a male dominated society, but in no way does it promote it (my impression anyway). I thought it seem to take issues we're facing in the world right now and uses them in a fantasy.

The beginning of the novel may be rough to get through seeing how naive and ignorant Elloren was but she starts being more open minded. I didn't find her annoying as I usually do with female protagonist. If there's anything negative I can say about it is, aspects of it don't seem very original to me. The protagonist is off to school and is unaware of her infamous status and is bullied by her peers for being famous. It reminded me of Harry Potter. It's also riding on the idea of a girl who's about to spark a revolution. I've been seeing that a lot lately, in the Hunger Games, Red Queen, Blood Rose Rebellion, Divergent, just to name a few.

Other than that I can't wait for the next book. I'm dying in anticipation for when it will be revealed that Elloren is actually really powerful (I spent the whole book wondering: is this the moment? is this the moment?)

Aug 04, 2017

This book is so awesome! It's one of those books that you hate waiting for the sequel to come out. I need that sequel to this book to come out now! I am hooked!

Cynthia_N Jun 09, 2017

Elloren has lived a sheltered life with her uncle. She is about to attend the university and everything is changing. All her beliefs will be challenged and there is the shame of having no magic. Forest does a great job in creating doubt in me about Elloren's magic ability (or the lack there of). I would definitely read a sequel!

Jun 05, 2017

This book is terrible. Half of what happens makes no sense. There is too much going on and the author lost track of it all so the book is sloppy. I wanted to know if the main character would ever come into her power and what Yvan actually was but I don't care enough to sit through another crap fest. And don't get me started on the racism/prejudice/etc because I get she was trying to make a commentary on society (at least I hope that was the point) but it didn't work. At all.


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BostonPL_AnnaD thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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