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The Black Witch

av Laurie Forest

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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.… (mer)
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Series Info/Source: This is the first book in The Black Witch Chronicles. It looks like there are going to be at least five books in this series, with the fifth book to be published June 2022. I got this as an audiobook from Audible.com.

Audiobook Quality (4/5): I have no complaints about the audiobook quality, it was fine.

Story (2/5): I stopped reading this book about 25% of the way in, it was just completely not for me. This is a dark world where women are forced to be wandfasted to men to help them control themselves. Our main character, Elloren, ends up at University where she is expected to find someone to be wandfast to. In the beginning of the book a main plot line is Elloren and another powerful female mage basically fighting over a guy...yuck.

Characters (2/5): All of the characters in this story just felt wrong and slimy and left me with a bad taste in my mouth. They just weren’t people I wanted to read about. I am sure some of this is the point of the story but I didn’t like it and felt no reason to read something that makes me feel so awful.

Setting (3/5): There is definitely world-building here and, while I didn’t enjoy the world at all, you can tell a lot of effort went into creating the society and magic system.

Writing Style (2/5): I was also not a fan of the writing style. The writing is very descriptive and moves very slow. It took nearly 25% of the book just to get Elloren from her home to University and I am not really sure why. This book was just so far from being something I liked. I don’t DNF audiobooks very often but I just couldn’t keep listening to this one.

My Summary (2/5): Overall I did not like this. I disliked pretty much everything about it; the story, the characters, the world and the writing style. I will be steering clear of Forest in the future and checking to see if I can get my Audible credit back. ( )
  krau0098 | Mar 5, 2021 |
This was terrible.
Poorly written.
Yes it's racist.
If white people require this kind of hand holding to understand racism, I guess I understand why the orange twitterbitch is president.
Yikes. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
Too much exposition. ( )
  Kalal | May 27, 2020 |
Raised by an eccentric uncle in the backwoods, Elloren is swept away by her aunt to meet high society and begin her studies at the reputable University. True to any college experience, it forces her to look beyond her narrow racial and religious prejudices to critically approach history and take an interest in the tense political climate.

Characters fall into traditional roles: the steadfast friend, the spiteful enemy, and the forbidden love, to name a few. This makes their development and the general plot pretty predictable. Still, Elloren's newfound friends are so genuine and open in supporting or criticizing one another that one can't help loving them.

Overall, the Black Witch is a fun introduction to what promises to be an intense adventure. It was interesting to read, and some scenes were powerful in their emotion and riveting in detail. Looking back at the end of the book, it all felt like the lead up to something more, not a story in itself.

If you are frustrated by wishy-washy or emotional protagonists, Elloren might be hard to handle.

Fun fact: Rafe is my hero, hands down favorite. I would want him as a bro. ( )
  Pascale1812 | Apr 16, 2020 |
Oh My God, though it was a slow beginning - the wicked are truly wicked and the good, well not so good. This is an awesome story ( though the beginning was slower than a snail on a turtle and it’s ending was a huge “HELL YEAH “! My favorite individual is the dean of the university. ( )
  MrNattania72 | Mar 17, 2020 |
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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.

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