Published by Harlequin Teen on January 1st 1970
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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 started reading this book only after reading the summary, which sounded pretty to me. I made it all way through, and I didn’t have any issues with it and I thought it was a pretty good book. So, I am little confused on all the drama I have seen about it. Anyway…
The story starts out with Elloren who comes this strong magical family, but she hold no magic. She has come of age to married (wanfasted), but has lived this sheltered life with her Uncle, she has no idea what awaits her out there away from her Uncle. Not only that, she also has to deal with everyone knowing that she is the granddaughter of the great Black Witch that everyone knows about. Her grandmother is something that believes she will never live up to. There are so many different races mentioned, and their histories, it was quite fascinating. The world that Elloren lives in is a dark yet beautiful place, but a very prejudice one and Elloren just prejudice at first. Which I think is one the main issues that some people are having with the book. This is the first book in the series, and maybe we will see even more growth from Elloren.
Overall this was a good read for me and my advice is give the book a try. I will certainly be continuing the series to see what happens next.