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
Get lost in the world of four different epic tales full of rebels, witches, and queens by Laurie Forest, Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings, Amanda Foody, and Kaitlyn Sage Patterson!

THE BLACK WITCH
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 is an even more treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

ZENITH
Known across the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness, Captain Androma Racella and her motley crew of space-bound privateers roam the Mirabel galaxy on the glass starship Marauder, taking what mercenary work they can find to stay alive.

When a routine job goes awry, the Marauder’s crew find themselves placed at the mercy of a dangerous bounty hunter from Andi’s past. Coerced into a life-threatening mission, and straight into the path of a shadowy ruler bent on revenge, Andi and her crew will either restore order to the ship—or start a war that will devour worlds.

ACE OF SHADES
Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit the City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted. Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city.

THE DIMINISHED
In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole. A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule.

But when one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy.

Bo and Vi face very different futures—one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagined.

Titles originally published in 2017, and 2018.
Un libro de fantasía juvenil que ofrece una condena los prejuicios y la injusticia, al tiempo que ofrece una historia de amor en un entorno escolar a lo Harry Potter y con un contexto político a lo Juego de Tronos. Bienvenidos a la Universidad Verpax.

Carnissa Gardner, la última Bruja Negra, rechazó a las fuerzas enemigas y salvó a su pueblo durante la Guerra del Reino. Fue una de las más grandes magas Gardnerianas. Elloren Gardner, de 17 años, es la viva imagen de su famosa abuela, ahora ya muerta, aunque no tiene poderes mágicos, y eso no es bueno en una sociedad que premia las habilidades mágicas por encima de las demás.

Después de la muerte de sus padres, Elloren y sus hermanos son criados por su tío en una aldea en el bosque. Elloren quiere ir a la Universidad Verpax para convertirse en boticaria, pero su intrigante tía política quiere que se case con Lukas Gray, un poderoso mago y aliado político de su tía. Elloren rechaza la propuesta de Lukas, y descubre que la influencia de su tía se extiende y hace que su vida en la universidad pueda estar llena de peligros.

En la Universidad, Elloren conoce a todo tipo de criaturas diferentes, Icarals con alas, cambiaformas, Elfos y Selkies,y se acabará enamorando de Yvan, cuyo origen Keltish no puede encajar con una Gardneriana como ella. Elloren aprende a cuestionar la autoridad y la historia Gardneriana, mientras desarrolla una empatía real para con diferentes compañeros, haciéndose amiga de los más parias y outsiders, únicos dignos de confianza, mientras se empieza a cuestionar todo lo que sabe y creía saber sobre la historia y la cultura de Garnderia, percatándose de que existe una buena razón para la creciente oposición al nuevo gobierno de su país y para empezar a cuestionarse también aquello que creía amar y odiar.

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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