December 09, 2021

#BookReview: The Shadow Wand (The Black Witch Chronicles #3) by @laurieannforest @InkyardPress


Elloren Gardner hides the most powerful secret in all Erthia—she is the Black Witch of Prophecy, and destined to triumph…or be used as the ultimate weapon of destruction.

Separated from everyone she loves, isolated and hunted, Elloren must turn to the last person she can trust—her fastmate, Commander Lukas Grey. With the Mage forces of Gardneria poised to conquer all of Erthia, Elloren has no choice but to ally with Lukas and combine their power to keep herself out of the hands of Gardnerian leader Marcus Vogel…the holder of the all-consuming Shadow Wand.

With just weeks to train to become a warrior, and no control over her magic, Elloren finds unexpected allies among those under orders to kill her. It’s time to step up. To fight back. And to forge onward through the most devastating loss yet.


Rating: ★★★★★
My Review: Just to let you know I tagged some of this review as a spoiler because well there's just no way around it.   SO PLEASE HIGHLIGHT THOSE PARTS IF YOU WANT TO SEE THEM! 

I know that I am not going to do this book justice so just bare with me please.  So this one picks up shortly after The Iron Flower ends.  We get a slew of POVs in this story as it goes through the steps of telling its tale.  However, Elloren is still in the for-front of it.  We learn that the trees are out to get her and I kind of hope that she comes to terms with them in her own way.  Maybe helping them grow and thrive or something. We learn of a devastating loss that might not be a loss.  And Lukas Grey has successfully found firm place in my heart.  SPOILER~Of course if he is alive or dead isn't something we know by the end of this story.  Which of course has been screaming so much. Because I thought that he was going to be her enemy only to find out that he wasn't. ~END OF SPOILER 

I kind of love and hate how Laurie Forest has us fall in love with these characters only to have the rug pulled out from under us when we don't know if they are alive or dead.  Which happens a few times in this one.  So be prepared for that when you read it.  

The only bad thing about this book is all of the new characters and their names.  I will totally need to reread at least this book when the next one comes out next year or so.  Because it is a lot of keep track of.  Although each time I went into a new chapter with these new characters it was refreshed whom they were which was helpful.  In the end I both loved and hated the jumping around.  

As for the story itself it was well paced and done.  I would probably get lost in this world if I was ever dropped into it.  Even if I had a map.  As for characters that we have grown to love and hate.  I have to say that the author did an amazing job with them all.   I love how by the end of this one Elloren has come into her own and isn't a scared little girl anymore.  She has put on her big girl pants and is ready to take on the war that has found her.  And it ends on a cliffhanger that I kind of saw coming.  Ive been chatting with the author and knew this one ended on one.  But I was thinking it was going to be so much worse than it was.  So many lives hang in the balance by the end of this story and although I do know that one certain person is still alive thanks to a slip of the tongue in one of my author shows.  (HEHEHEHE Thanks for that Laurie) I have to say that the one character that stole my heart in this one was the little dragon that for the life of me I can't find how to spell his name.  

Go Into This One Knowing: This book is going to kill you!! And man was it sexy!! 

"A whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy!"
-- "Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on The Black Witch"

About the Author

Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont, where she sits in front of a woodstove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons, and wands. She is the author of The Black Witch Chronicles, including The Black WitchThe Iron Flower, and The Shadow Wand, as well as prequel novellas Wandfasted and Light Mage, available in print in The Rebel Mages anthology. Enter her realm online at

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