The Black Witch: An Epic Fantasy Novel (Black Witch Chronicles #1) (Hardcover)
Elloren Gardner is a young woman who comes from an impressive lineage - her grandmother was The Black Witch, a fearsome magic-wielder who waged bloody war to make the Gardnerian people the dominant ruling power in the land. Elloren is nearly her exact replica, minus one detail: she has almost no magic, which makes it confusing when certain people begin to suspect she will be the next Black Witch. Raised by her uncle in the countryside, Elloren is both excited and nervous when her aunt decides to whisk her away to the city for her debut into society. Her aunt is determined to see her Wandfasted, the Gardnerian equivalent of marriage, but Elloren is headstrong enough to convince her aunt to let her attend University first. There, she is exposed to many different races of magical folk, and her one-sided view of the world begins to change in the charged political atmosphere of the University. This book has gone through some controversy due to its racial and religious content, but in the end I think the author expressed the topics with understanding. It is, as always, up to the reader to decide.
Recommended by Megan
"Potter-worthy." --Justine magazine
"A whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy "--#1 New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce
"Powerful" --New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb
"Exquisite." --Publishers Weekly, starred review A new Black Witch will rise...her powers vast beyond imagining.
A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining.
So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War. Now a new evil is on the horizon, and her granddaughter, Elloren, is believed to be Carnissa's heir--but while she is the absolute image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above nearly all else.
When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren is eager to join her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University and finally 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 an even more treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.