I was really excited about this book. I usually love anything that has a witch as the main character. And in this case: a witch without actual power? Count me in!
However… I was pissed at Elloren during more than 3/4 of the book (and this is a 600+ page book we are talking about!). I don’t have anything against a character that is the villain; on the contrary, it’s usually refreshing to read from their point of view. But in this case, she is not a villain per se. She is “just” VERY prejudiced. The xenophobia coming from the main character and others was maybe too realistic for me; striking a personal chord I was not prepared to deal with… I am usually comfortable with characters that are not like me, or that do not share my moral values. But this bothered me too much.
Everything else is good. I like the setting, the universe that was created. And it makes me sad to say out loud how much I could not stand the main character (loved her brothers, though).
I know The Black Witch is book 1 of a series but I don’t think I will read the sequels…
About the author
Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands.