The Black Witch – Laurie Forest | A Book Review

The Black Witch - Laurie Forest

Title: The Black Witch

Author: Laurie Forest

Genre: Fantasy

About the book: It’s the first novel in a series that follows a young protagonist named Elloren.

I received an advanced reader’s edition from HarperCollins Canada.

First impressions: I enjoyed the beginning. It sets the stage for the rest of the story.

Characters: Most of the characters are likeable. Elloren develops a lot, and she grew on me.

Both the platonic and romantic relationships were well done. I especially love the banter because it adds some humour to the story. Forest struck a nice balance between serious scenes with funny ones.

I’m glad certain characters could put aside their differences to work together towards a common goal.


“More and more, your future will be decided by the company you keep.”

Writing: It’s long but a good read nonetheless. Despite being over 600 pages, I didn’t feel like any of the scenes dragged on too long. The pace of the plot is just right.

I appreciate how the author builds the world gradually. I could visualize various settings in my head.

The romance isn’t too in your face either.

Final thoughts: The ending ties up some loose ends but leaves several questions left to be answered in the next novel.

Overall, I liked The Black Witch more than I thought I would. I recommend it if you’re a fan of young adult fantasy.

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