When one is the spitting image of the savior of one’s people, life can prove difficult. Elloren Gardner looks exactly like her famed grandmother, Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch. The only problem is that she is utterly devoid of the power that her people prize above all else. So, when she attends the prestigious Verpax University with her brothers, the hope to become an ordinary apothecary becomes challenging. In a world where hate and prejudice rule, Elloren is thrust into a situation where she starts to believe that all the things her people say might not be true. With an evil looming on the horizon, she must find the courage to befriend the very people she’s been taught to hate her whole life.
-Kirsten— From Kirsten's Recs
"Maximum suspense, unusual magic--a whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy "
--Tamora Pierce, #1 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. Elloren Gardner is the spitting image of her grandmother, who drove back the enemy forces in the last Realm War. But while her perople believe she will follow in her grandmother's footsteps and become the next Black Witch of prophecy, Elloren is devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else. When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at Verpax University. But she soon realizes that the university may be the most treacherous place of all for the granddaughter of the Black Witch. As evil looms and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, Elloren's best hope of survival may be among a secret band of rebels...if only she can find the courage to trust those she's been taught to 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 "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 Books in The Black Witch Chronicles: The Black Witch
The Iron Flower
The Shadow Wand
Wandfasted (ebook novella)*
Light Mage (ebook novella)* * Also available in print in The Rebel Mages anthology.