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.
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About the Author
Julia Whelan, winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and was twice a finalist for an Audie in 2015. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC's Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer. Her audiobook credits include memoir, nonfiction, romance, supernatural thrillers, young adult, and adult fiction.
This ambitious story is impressively narrated by the talented Julia Whelan, who creatively details its world of intricate magical practices and diverse inhabitants...Whelan ably creates and sustains a wide cast of characters with intriguing and faithfully distinguished voices. Most importantly, she cultivates listeners' connection with flawed but ultimately good-hearted Elloren...Listeners witness Elloren learning to question her assumptions and see the world-and herself-more clearly. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.-- "AudioFile"
Maximum suspense, unusual magic-a whole new, thrilling approach to fantasy!-- "Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author"
Refreshing, powerful...An uncompromising glimpse of world-altering politics amplified by a magical setting in which prejudice and discrimination cut both ways.-- "Robin Hobb, New York Times bestselling author"
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. A massive page-turner that leaves readers longing for more.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
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...Argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"