This book does what the very best fantasy should do – teach us about our own world. I wish everyone would read this extraordinary book about the ingrained complexities of prejudice and the power of education. "Real education doesn't make your life easy. It complicates things and makes everything messy and disturbing. But the alternative, Elloren Gardner, is to live your life based on injustice and lies." It isn’t preachy, and it’s often not pretty – but it’s exciting, realistic, powerful, and hopeful.
— From The Black Witch, Laurie Forest
"A whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy "--#1 New York Times
bestselling author Tamora Pierce
"Powerful" --New York Times
bestselling author Robin Hobb
"Exquisite." --Publishers Weekly
, starred review A new Black Witch will rise...her powers vast beyond imagining.
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.