The Black Witch is the first book of the Black Witch Chronicles by Laurie Forest.
A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.
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.
I really enjoyed Laurie Forest’s writing style. I enjoyed that the book was broken into parts which allowed some scenes to change without fully explaining the move.
It was great to see the protagonist put outside her comfort zone and learns to stand up for herself but also wanting to help others.
Elloren’s love interest is popular but she is unsure of her feelings and her aunt is pushing her towards him even though there is another boy who catches her eye.
I’m interested to see what happens in the next book.