Review: The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

Title: The Black Witch

Series: The Black Witch Chronicles #1

Author: Laurie Foster

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.

I listened to the audio and can totally recommend!

So Elloren and her brothers are descended from a great mage and are sent off to Verpax University to learn. Unforts Elloren is the spitting image of her famous grandmother and appears to have no magic. Also unfortunately and absolutely disgusting is the blatant racism and treatment of fantasy races that goes on.

Elloren really annoyed me first of all. I thought she was judgemental and ignorant but actually she was naive and was just believing everything she had been told growing up. I love how she started to question things and sought out answers. Her character growth was immense.

And omg the triangle. Lukas and Yvan. I don’t normally read love triangles reads because they make me rage as I love one party but not the other! But I love both in this read so am hoping for a throuple situation!!!

Two characters that I adored and stood completely out for me were Diana and her lupine twin, Jared. Hope to see great things from them!!!

I’m not going to say much else about the storyline but the resistance plotline was fab. I really enjoyed this read so I’m onto the next!

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