Rating: 4 Stars
Before I get into this novel I want to tell you about how I came across it. If you have read my about me page you will know that I only recently rediscovered my love for reading once again. I was in University for a while and I didn’t have the free time to read books.
Until one Monday afternoon a few months back. I ran to grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner and I walked down an aisle and across the way was a small book of shelves and The Black Witch jumped out at me. Not only because of the gorgeous cover but because fantasy, witchcraft and magic have always intrigued me when it comes to picking out books.
I did not even blink an eye. I didn’t even stop the cart. I swooped my hand down, picked up the book, flipped it over to the back and gave it a quick read then placed it in my cart and moved on.
That night I started the novel and I was captivated!
“Elloren Gardner is the spitting image of her famous grandmother, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces in the last Realm War. But while her people, the Gardnerians, believe she will follow Carnissa as the next Black Witch of prophecy, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.”
This novel is amazing. Laurie Forest creates a universe that is filled with intricate characters who have an immense history with prejudices and loyalties that can reflect elements of earth today.
The characters are individuals and you understand why each of them is the way they are depending on their race, families and place in the society.
My only complaint with this first instalment in The Black Witch Chronicles is that it does have a slow start. Maybe more of a slow middle. I found myself waiting and waiting for something to happen. That is not to say there aren’t plot twists and obstacles for the characters to overcome but there were not many surprise moments.
However, after reading the second novel in the series The Ironflower, I understand why we needed to wait. It is actually genius in my opinion because throughout the two novels you really get to know the characters and their struggles until it comes to the climax and oh boy is there a lot to take in, but it is so worth it!
Of course that means as a single novel you are left with wanting more which worked for me because I went to by the next novel right away!
Also, a big thank you to Laurie Forest for getting me back into the habit of reading!
If you have read this book let me know in the comments below what you thought of it!