The Black Witch
By: Laurie Forest
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: High Fantasy
Page Count: 601
Synopsis: 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.
This review will be spoiler free.
Today is day 5 of blogoween, and the original prompter today is “I Summon Thee!”, Anything to do with resurrection – characters you wouldn’t resurrect, characters you would resurrect, etc. But since Sundays are my review days, I thought I would do a review of a recent book I read that is definitely Halloween themed. The host for today is once again Soph over at Bookwyrming Thoughts
I really enjoyed this book. My roommate Cassandre (if you’re reading this I mentioned your name this time because you deserve the credit fo reintroducing me to this amazing book!) lent me this book and I am so grateful. This is a pretty dense high fantasy story with a complex history and intricate world-building. There are a lot of characters, each with their own stories and histories. We only get Elloren’s perspective but somehow that doesn’t detract from the surrounding stories. At first I was a bit overwhelmed but he amount of information I had to process, but once I got into the story I just couldn’t put the book down. The book serves as a very relevant commentary on race relations and the different shapes racism can take as Elloren navigates her own prejudices around different creatures.
I would definitely say that if you are not a bug high fantasy reader steer clear of this book. You have to be used to the level of world-building the genre has to offer to really get into this. It is also a long book (which I really loved) but I recognize that for some people that is a turn off. Overall I found it to her very well written, engaging and well developed.
No spoilers for this post, there is just so much going on in the book (including some seriously swoon-worthy romances), so I would recommend everyone who is interested pick up a copy, because it is honestly too much for me to describe here in such a short blog post!
Hav you guys read this book? what were your thought? As always please feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments!