The Black Witch is, basically, a political treatise couched as a dark fantasy novel. It's all about Powers That Be creating a climate of fear and hatred of others, denying creatures basic human rights, closing borders, pushing religious agenda... there's even slavery and hints at denying the poor healthcare. Even with all that, it's not heavy handed. Instead the story handles these subjects in a fresh and interesting way while still being engrossing and page-turning.— From Faith's Picks (page 1)
"Potter-worthy." --Justine magazine
"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.