The Black Witch (Black Witch Chronicles #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Black Witch Chronicles series.

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This is an impressive debut, beginning a great YA series about magic, friendship and righting the wrongs of history.

Our narrator is the granddaughter of the Black Witch, the infamous witch who saved their people in the Realm War. But her uncanny physical resemblance is where the similarities end. Plain & ordinary Elloren is perfectly happy to just start her training as an apothecary, but the university brings more challenges than she ever expected.

There she is thrown amongst all the other races and creatures of the realm (elves, shapeshifters, selkies, demons and more- all those she was brought up to see as both inferior and dangerous) and slowly learns all is not as she believed. Whose history book tells the truth? Does she herself have magic after all? Why aren’t the creatures trying to kill her, isn’t that what they do??

Not just your average YA fantasy with witches and demons, this series skillfully portrays widespread racism and sexism, while masterfully illustrating the power and importance of education, from both books and people. Everyone must face their prejudices, learn the truth, and cease judging anyone on where they came from, the clothes on their back, the people they love or the color of their skin. The fate of the world depends on it."

--Meg, Longfellow Books

— From Meg Recommends!


The New York Times bestselling series

"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 people 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:

"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
The Demon Tide
(ebook novella)*
Light Mage (ebook novella)*

* Also available in print in The Rebel Mages anthology.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781335468864
ISBN-10: 1335468862
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: August 7th, 2018
Pages: 672
Language: English
Series: Black Witch Chronicles