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Title:
The black witch / Laurie Forest.
ISBN:
9781335468864
Publication Information:
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2018]

©2017
Physical Description:
665 pages : map ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Includes excerpt from the sequel, The iron flower.
Abstract:
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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"Maximum suspense, unusual magic--a whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy!"

--Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"A refreshing, powerful young adult fantasy."

--Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author



Powerful magic. A deadly legacy. A world at the edge of war.

Prepare to be spellbound by The Black Witch.

Evil looms on the horizon, and for Elloren Gardner, granddaughter of the last Black Witch, pressure to live up to her magical heritage is building. Elloren's people, the Gardnerians, believe she will follow in her grandmother's footsteps. But Elloren is utterly devoid of power--in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

Granted the opportunity to study at the prestigious Verpax University, Elloren sets out to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother's legacy. But the university may be the most treacherous place of all for the granddaughter of the Black Witch, and Elloren soon realizes that the world she knows is not what it seems. If she is to survive the coming danger, she'll have to free her mind from the assumptions she was raised with, and learn to trust the very people she's been taught to hate and fear.



Critics are raving about Laurie Forest's incredible debut, The Black Witch:

"We fell under the spell of this rich, diverse, Potter-worthy university world!"

--Justine magazine

"A captivating and stimulating fantasy novel with a whole world of excitement and danger. I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in this world of magic and intrigue."

--TeenReads.com

"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

"Briskly paced, tightly plotted...set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own."

--Kirkus Reviews, starred review


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this intoxicating tale of rebellion and star-crossed romance, 17-year-old Elloren Gardner enrolls at Verpax University to study healing. Elloren's grandmother Carnissa was a powerful Mage known as the Black Witch, who led Gardneria to victory in the Realm War. Some think Elloren will fulfill a legendary prophecy and follow in Carnissa's footsteps, but though Elloren resembles the Black Witch, she possesses no magic. Still, Elloren is hated by those on campus whose people Carnissa helped subjugate. Out of loneliness, Elloren befriends Verpax's other outcasts, many of whom belong to races she's been taught to fear or disdain. She begins to question everything she knows about Gardneria's history and culture, and realizes that there's good reason for the growing opposition to her country's new government. Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia. Though the worldbuilding is initially dense, the pace and stakes increase exponentially, and the thrilling conclusion will leave readers eager for the next book in this series. Ages 14-up. Agent: Carrie Hannigan, Hannigan Salky Getzler. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.