I came across The Black Witch on Netgalley and thought after reading the blurb and loving the cover, I’d try it. Please read below for my review of the book along with some author info.
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.
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest is a coming of age story about a girl named Elloren Gardner.
The story begins with Elloren, the granddaughter of a Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner. After spending her life in a village, she’s now being sent to the Verpax University to finish her education.
I think the author is good at writing and I enjoyed her writing style. The story had a good amount of action and romance. Certain parts of the book were thrilling to me and there were also very boring times as well. There are many characters and I liked the world the author creates because it’s very magical, creative, and detailed, but for the most part, this was just ok for me. The book is a little different than I expected.
I was really surprised to see so many 1 star reviews on this book and many from people who didn’t read the book. I certainly think it deserves more than 1 star. I do believe the university is a very hateful place and the story contains racist and prejudiced characters, but you have to get past it. It takes awhile and you must read the entire book to get there, which takes forever because the book is so long, like 600 pages. If you can get past two-thirds of the book and witness how Elloren’s character starts changing, you’ll understand why the author wrote it this way. Eventually, she starts to view things differently and starts realizing that everything she’s been taught may not be correct. I definitely don’t think the author wrote the story this way to celebrate these types of behaviors and feel like by the end of the story everything comes together.
I still liked the book, but didn’t love it. I’ll probably still read the next book.
Thanks to Netgalley for sharing a copy with me…
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