Dark forces are on the rise in this sweeping sequel to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest. Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest. While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University.led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm's length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her, still convinced that she is the heir to the power of the Black Witch, a legacy of magic that will decide the future of all Erthia. As his own magic calls out to her, seeking to awaken a dark force within, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she's truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed. Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves.even if that means protecting them from herself. Critics are raving about Laurie Forest's incredible debut, The Black Witch: "Elloren learns to question authority and Gardnerian history, while developing real empathy for different races and species. Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice." -Booklist, starred review "Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia." -Publishers Weekly, starred review "This briskly paced, tightly plotted novel enacts the transformative power of education, creating engaging characters set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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by Laurie Forest
by Marvel Press
by Margaret Stohl, Marvel Press
by Ellis Peters
by Bernard Cornwell
by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Rees Brennan
by Thomas Bulfinch
by Cinda Williams Chima
"The magical voice of Julia Whelan casts a spell over Forest's sequel--picking up where THE BLACK WITCH ended. Elloren is still at the university and sheltering Marina, the rescued selkie, with the help of various friends. But life's becoming more dangerous for all those who work for the underground Resistance. Smooth-voiced and perfectly paced, Whelan strikes all the right tones, easily distinguishing a formidable cast of characters through her skillful use of accents and pitch. Her characterizations advance the story while building suspense and stakes. There are many couples in this book, and Whelan masterfully creates romantic tension; for example, Elloren is torn between Lukas and Yvan, with no easy choice in sight. Whelan's narration will please avid fans and delight new listeners. J.C.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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