Review – The Black Witch by Laurie Forest [ENG]

Genere: YA Fantasy
Serie: “The Black Witch Chronicles”
Editore: Harlequinbooks
Collana: Harlequin Books Teen
Pagine: 601

The Black Witch is the first book in “The Black Witch Chronicles” YA Fantasy series by Laurie Forest, Published by Harlequin Teen. The series includes; The Black Witch (2017), The Iron Flower (2018), The Rebel Mages (0,5 and 1,5 novels 2019) The Shadow Wand (2020), The Demon Tide (expected publication 2021) and Battle for Erthia (…).

“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 rebels…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to fear.”

“But for me, life would not be worth living without at least having faith in that one thing—that there is another way, a path of justice, if you will. And that there is at least a very small sliver of hope that this path will one day be discovered.”

The Black Witch is the kind of YA fantasy that I beg for. Set in a world that is intricately built, full of multi-layered characters with an interesting plot, this story captured me and kept me reading for over 600 pages. I loved all the Races; Elves, Elfhollen, Fae, Gardnerians, Icrals, Kelts, Urisk and Verpacians. And all the Shifters; Kelpies, Lupines, Selkies and Wyverns. I am deeply impressed by Laurie Forest’s debut and am thrilled to continue on with the rest of the series. I’m so glad I read this for myself. I’m so glad I gave this book a chance because it’s one of my favorites now. Beautiful cover, amazing map and really flowing writing.

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