The Black Witch (Book #1 The Black Witch Chronicles) by Laurie Forest Book Review
- Overall rating : ****
- Reading rate: ***
- Romance: ***
- Pages: 601
- Release date: May 2, 2017
- Publisher: Harlequin Teen
- Recommended if you liked: Serpent & Dove, Shadow & Bone
I have had The Black Witch on my TBR for a VERY long time, so when some fellow Bookstgrammers put together a read along I jumped on the chance.
I actually went back and forth between audio and physical book for this read and I think starting with audio really helped with some of the heavy world building in the begging. Once things started to take off later in the book I picked up the physical book to finish off because I wanted to absorb all of the details.
What I liked: This books has all the feels
- A great mix of politics, people and magic system.
- Lots of great characters, I found myself caring for (and hating) so many people in just the first book.
- I 100% know I am in for a serious heartbreak at some point, there are LOTS of great love lines going on in this series. While there are love interests in this book there are no explicit scenes so keeps it YA.
What I struggled with:
- There is a lot of prejudice and bullying in this book, some of it was a bit hard to get through but it essential to the story and things pick up as it goes
- There were quite a few scenes that felt a little repetitive and the story could have been a bit shorter and been just as good if not better for me
Overall I HIGHLY recommend this book… and no spoilers but I finished the sequel in a single day and it gets even better!!
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 rebels…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to fear.
Have you read The Black Witch? If so, what did you think of it? Any similar recommendations?