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- ISBN: 9780373212316
- ISBN: 0373212313
601 pages : map ; 25 cm
- Publisher: Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, 2017.
- Copyright: ©2017
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The Black Witch
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*Starred Review* Elloren Gardner, 17, is the exact image of her famous dead grandmother, the greatest of Gardnerian mages though she lacks magical powers. After her parents' death, Elloren and her brothers are raised in an isolated forest village by their sweet and retiring uncle. Elloren plans to go to university and become an apothecary, but her scheming politician aunt wants her to marry Lukas Grey, a powerful mage and her aunt's political ally. After Elloren refuses Lukas' proposal, she finds her aunt's influence extends to making her life at university dangerous and unpleasant. At school, Elloren meets all sorts of different creatures winged Icarals, shapeshifters, Elves, and Selkies and finds herself falling for handsome Yvan, whose Keltish background makes him off-limits for a high-born Gardnerian like herself. Elloren learns to question authority and Gardnerian history, while slowly some readers will say too slowly, though several other planned books should further her growth developing empathy for different races. Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice, while maintaining comfortably predictable romances in a fast-paced school setting. This balance isn't perfect: Forest too often loses the kind of focus readers will want when dealing with such sensitive topics as race, gender, and bloodlines. But with lively secondary characters and an especially nasty rival (imagine a female Draco Malfoy), this 600-page tome should find fans in those who like Harry Potter and Tamora Pierce.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2017 Booklist
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The Black Witch
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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) Â© Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.