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The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles) Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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"This briskly paced, tightly plotted novel enacts the transformative power of education, creating engaging characters set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own. A massive page-turner that leaves readers longing for more." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice."
-Booklist, starred review
"Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia.
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"I absolutely loved The Black Witch and will have a very hard time waiting for the second book! Maximum suspense, unusual magic--a whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy!" -Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"The Black Witch is a refreshing, powerful young adult fantasy. This strong debut offers an uncompromising glimpse of world-altering politics amplified by a magical setting in which prejudice and discrimination cut both ways." -Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author
"We fell under the spell of this rich, diverse, Potter-worthy university world!
Characters that come alive off the page, tangled relationships, swoonworthy romance!
Love the fresh way this also tackles prejudice. Prepare to fangirl!"
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The story revolves around a naive (but flawed) Elloren, whose harsh opinions of other races are the product of how she was raised. As the descendant of a famous witch, 17-year-old Elloren escapes marriage (or rather, the "wandfasting" ritual) and attends university instead, where she encounters many fantastical races. Obvious comparisons will be made to Harry Potter, but the world in "The Black Witch" felt totally unique to me. While it's not quite as addictive as Harry Potter, I thought it was imaginative and thrilling. Harry Potter was not without its share of prejudice either. Had it been published on 2017, would readers be offended by "mudblood?" One of the complaints about this book was the use of the word "half-breed" to describe certain races. I'm a mixed race reader, but I saw no reason to be offended. It was just the harsh reality of Elloren's world.
All in all, I thought it was an enjoyable magical adventure. While it's not without its flaws, if you keep an open mind, the dialogue and world-building really pull you in. I look forward to reading the author's next work.
What it's all about...
This book is about Elloran and the idea that she must be the next Black Witch because her grandmother was a Black Witch. Elloran has spent her life in the country living a simple protected life under the care of her Uncle. She loves playing the violin, she is quiet and reserved and loves her simple life. However her Aunt sweeps in and whisks her off to the city and to the University. At School she encounters all kinds of different creatures...faces, selkies, vulpines, icarels, mean girls and tons more. Her country and people are divided and there is much cruelty. Elloran can't bear the cruelty and begins to quietly defy authority.
Why I wanted to read it...
This was a big bold fantasy that I loved reading from the beginning. The world building was magnificent. I loved the characters, loved their vivid situations and was never bored or lost for a moment. This world made sense to me. Elloran and other characters were real and special. They were trying to make their world a much better place.
What made me truly enjoy this book...
Everything about this book was beautiful to me...even the many sad parts. The cruelty to the dragons, the prejudices...all felt so real...my heart broke as I read about them. I think that this book will be a lovely trilogy and I can't wait for the next book! I loved this book as much as if not more than Harry Potter and A Discovery Of Witches. This book is incredibly amazing!
Why you should read it, too...
Readers who love this kind of fantasy will love this book!