Title: The Black Witch
Author: Laurie Forest
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.