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Publisher Description

Dark forces are on the rise in this sweeping sequel to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.

Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest.

While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm’s length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her, still convinced that she is the heir to the power of the Black Witch, a legacy of magic that will decide the future of all Erthia. As his own magic calls out to her, seeking to awaken a dark force within, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.

Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.

Critics are raving about Laurie Forest’s incredible debut, The Black Witch:

“Elloren learns to question authority and Gardnerian history, while developing real empathy for different races and species. 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

“This briskly paced, tightly plotted novel enacts the transformative power of education, creating engaging characters set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Young Adult
September 18
Harlequin Digital Sales Corporation
Eighth Grade

Customer Reviews

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The book was fantastic!!! The author uses the plot and the characters to create this thrilling novel that keeps you on your toes. Twists and turns keeping it in your hands never letting go. She divides the book into parts with a prologue from different points of view letting you know what else is going on so you’re not blind sided thinking that she is trying to create action with no base but you still don’t know what will happen. I love it and I hope I can read more of her work in the future because this is an author I would love to indulge in again. A must read for anyone!!

Tima913 ,


Loved this book so much!! I love all the books and I can’t wait for the next!

cubesly ,

A good sequel

I loved it!! A great sequel, and I would recommend.
However, I have some beefs with the books. I liked the love relationship between Ivan and Elloren, but the whole “I want to, but we can’t” scenario felt very overplayed and stretched.
I also felt (spoiler coming up) it was against Ivan’s character to not tell Elloren he was the prophesied Iracal. First, it wasn’t a shocker for the reader; we see it coming from the very beginning. I understand he was protecting her in the beginning by not telling her, but halfway through the book all hell breaks lose, it almost seems insulting he doesn’t tell her. Especially since Elloren spends all her energy trying to save her roommate Iracal friends.
I also felt like it was against Ellorens character to not take a stand against her Aunt. She never stood up to her, and that doesn’t jive with her character.

I loved we get to see the Kelt and Amaz lands.
I loved that Elloren doesn’t have magic in this book, but yet still makes good powerful influences and changes.

Overall, a fun read that I enjoyed. Thank you Laurie Forest for going against the odds to create this special series.

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