The Shadow Wand Lib/E Audio CD – Unabridged, 9 June 2020
- Publisher : Inkyard Press; Unabridged edition (9 June 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1094099031
- ISBN-13 : 978-1094099033
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 17.53 x 5.08 x 15.49 cm
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"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 Witch, The 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 LaurieAnnForest.com.
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For anybody looking for a new YA book series that you simply won't be able to put down, then this is for you.....
The first two books were amazing but this last one felt lacklustre with the characters falling somewhat flat and Elloren now coming across as quite annoying and flighty. It's quite an abrupt break from the previous books and I miss all the side characters from previous who as a reader I actually felt invested in (for example I think the update on Rafe is one line long).
It was also annoying that this book was seemingly only there to progress a random romantic story line with Lukas. Which ultimately, didnt make much sense to me and had me turning against the protagonist of the book which I'm pretty sure wasnt the author's intention.
In previous books we are clear that Elloren turns away from Lukas and toward Yvan he pulls on something darker in her magic and he's just too ruthless for her, despite not being a through and through bad person. He's also quite clear that he doesn't love her, he doesn't really believe in love and it's obvious that he won't fall for her, it isnt in him, he doesn't want to and he doesn't even believe in it.
She falls incredibly deeply for Yvan and the previous books center around the building and strengthening of that relationship. Then suddenly in this book he 'dies' and after about a page of mourning him she's all for Lukas, who seems to turn into a whole new person, getting instantly jealous and possessive and falling hard for her. He puts her first in everything, which is frankly inconsistent with his character up to this point. Yes he cares about her and that's clear from his fasting to her despite her having 'disgraced herserself' but although that was a selfless move, it's the only time we really see him willing to just put her first to his own detriment. Why/when does this change? Why is he different in this book?
There was no real justification for why a lot of the events happened (why go back to Gardenaria and seek out Lukas' protection ? Why was that the best decision? If they knew he was already changing his allegiances then what was the point in sending the black witch and therefore your greatest weapon to the most dangerous place for her? Didn't make a whole lot of sense to me.)
Overall, I'm underwhelmed with this one and it's such a shame because the first two really were excellent. All I can say is I hope the last book gets back on track and as far as I can see the only way for that to be possible is if Lukas really has died in this book and Elloren actually develops as a character and comes into her own. If Lukas lives (presumably for the sole purpose of extending the odd love triangle drama that adds nothing) and she remains 2 dimensional then I really cant see the the series being saved. There are a lot of issues that would need to be resolved in book 4, not impossible to do, but the author has left herself with very limited choices to do so.
Page after tedious page of drivel about affinity lines and ominous trees. Zero plot, and character development which seems at odds with the previous books. Extremely disappointing after such a good start.