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The Black Witch Audiobook

The Black Witch: The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Laurie Forest (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

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    "Amazing"

    I have read a lot of controversy around this book... after reading it I find that it's nothing like the people were ranting about. The main character was a sheltered girl who lives in a world of racism and makes friends and breaks down boundaries slowly. The book itself is fast paced and I highly doubt you will find a slow moment in the book.


    Only complaint is that she is sometimes very sheltered.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Everett, WA, United States 07-29-17
    Eric Everett, WA, United States 07-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Takes its time but great story"

    This story trusts itself, it takes the listener on journey step by step and it also shows how religion can be used to justified anything. So, if you willing be patient with this book you won’t be disappointed, because this is a really great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    leanne 07-26-17
    leanne 07-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing but..."

    If you are staunch in your religion, political views or sexual orientation this book is not for you (though you need to listen to it more than the rest of the populace.) The book touched on each of these subjects directly but not offensively. It has been a while since I've found a book that I simply couldn't stop listening to and I want more. I sincerely hope with the way this was left that there will be more books to come. The author and narrator are a perfect combination, drawing you in and holding you with a story and characters you can't help but love. I don't think I've been this vested in characters since the Harry Potter series. Simply wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lanie Southern California 07-17-17
    Lanie Southern California 07-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story Illustrating the Stupidity of Bigotry"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Witch the most enjoyable?

    Julia Whelan. She was 50% of the reason I chose to buy this book. Every one of her narrations are fantastic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Witch?

    Elloren's awakening. Finding out that your people aren't the great saviors of the world and that everyone in the world doesn't want to be like you. In fact, your people have been murderous monsters and most of the world loathes you.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    Aerial. She got the crazy down perfectly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was holding my breath a few times, scared for them and cheering for them at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    People that are freaking out about racism, homophobia and misogyny in this book are totally missing the point.
    How could you show the redemption of these characters without first showing the way they were raised and the prejudices they were steeped in. Are bigotry, racism, homophobia and misogyny disgusting? Yes, of course they are, and they were entirely necessary for the story to work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Herzig 07-11-17
    Ann Herzig 07-11-17
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    "Delicious ... then disappointing."

    My first impressions of this story were 'a magnificently deep and richly crafted story with deliciously detailed universe development and a heroine I could get behind ....

    But I'm still waiting. The universe was as I suspected indeed detailed and imaginative and blew me away. I also appreciated the deeper themes and motifs. But all along I'm waiting for the main character to blow me away ... while she does develop and change ... it kind of feels like the whole time 'winter is coming , winter is coming' and then it never does. I'm hopeful for the next book ... please tell me there is a next book so my questions can be answered ???

    NARRATOR WAS INCREDIBLE!!! The story telling was perfection. Well done. Five stars. Standing ovation. So many different characters speaking and I know exactly which one is at any given time. She did a fantastic job.

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    "Thrilling!"

    Enticing, surprising, and got wrenching! I love the very realness of the personalities of each character, you start to feel emotionally attached it's crazy!

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    "Great Fantasy with a lot of room to grow"

    Great story discussing the atrocities of racism, homophobia, sexism, and abuse in a fantasy setting. Our main character Elloren grew and matured throughout the entirety of this book, learning the truth and making friends along the way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 06-16-17
    Amanda 06-16-17
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    "Could have been good but was too slow"

    The performance was good- I enjoy Julia Whelan as a narrator.
    The story on the other hand was slow and then the book just ended. There was build up and then nothing. It was disappointing. I once heard someone describe this story as a cross between Harry Potter and Game of Thrones- what a joke. I also didn't appreciate the fact that the main character was basically a walking ad for why one should never homeschool their children, she was so sheltered and frankly an idiot in the way she acted and responded to issues throughout the book.
    I highly doubt I'll bother to read the next book installment.

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    Michelle 09-07-17
    Michelle 09-07-17 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Narration"

    First I must agree with others who have stated that this story is slow moving. It is but it grabs just enough of your attention to stick with it then you're glad you did. Julia Whelan is an amazing narrator that really brings the characters to life. Sadly, in my option, the heroine is a bit whiny for my taste. Yes she's a total Babe in the Woods who ends up having to put up with a lot but even the few times she rightfully stands up for herself she Immediately feels guilty to the point of tears along with tears of sadness, joy etc. It 's just a bit too much but she's surrounded by a great supporting cast of characters.

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    Elizabeth 07-06-17
    Elizabeth 07-06-17 Member Since 2013
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    "loved it!"

    Couldn't "put this one down"! Can't wait to follow these characters further into their stories. Excellent vocal performance!

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    "Wonderful"

    I am bereft!! The book is finished... already..... and I have so many questions!
    Where is the next one?
    More, Ms Forest! MORE!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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