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The Shadow Wand

(The Black Witch Chronicles #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  5,825 ratings  ·  855 reviews

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
Unknown Binding, 554 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I hear there's a lot of kissing in this book. And Realm War. And dragon armies. And did I mention the kissing? ;) Fasten your seatbelts, everyone... ...more
Jun 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Erin C
Aug 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Danielle ➮ judgeitbythecover
Am I still reading The Black Witch Chronicles? Because I could swear this book in no way seems connected to the previous two books and I say this because I really wish it was the case. This series which I have loved with all my heart since the first book has, for the first time, disappointed me tremendously.

Let’s start with Elloren. For the first two books, which are each 600+ reads, I supported Elloren. I was here for her in learning how to have faith in herself, develop a backbone, navigate h
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
My brain hurts.

That was quite a bit of plot and character introductions for my tiny brain.

The third installment in the Blackwitch Chronicles was a wild ride to say the least. It gave me an entirely different vibe from the last two books.

Spoilers from here on out so GOODBYE.

There are 71 pages of character introductions. 71 PAGES. HOW THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO REMEMBER ALL THESE PEOPLE?!

So essentially in the beginning I was completely overwhelmed. So inarguably overwhelmed because not only did I
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Feb 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
If Elloren doesn’t end up with Yvan I’m throwing hands. Lukas is cool and all, but at this point he can’t redeem himself.
Edit: This book was baaaad.
Spoilers Ahead!!!!

I loved the First two books and was really excited for this one only to find out the book I’d literally been counting down the days for was mediocre at best.

Why did Forest bring back the love triangle? We already went through this Elloren chose Yvan. What even was the point of killing off Yvan and having her fall in love with Luka
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was ok

I’m so saddened to say this but I am incredibly disappointed by this book. There were parts of this book where I felt it was waaaay too rushed and I really just wanted things to slow down. But then other parts went at a glacier pace and were filled with such needless description that had the effect of pulling you out of the story (hello Grey Estate), rather than in. The Black Witch and Iron Flower were such slow burn reads, the pacing in them just perfect, which was one of the re
Thank you NetGalley for providing an E-arc for an honest review. This review contains spoilers, so proceed cautiously.

Candidly, I am reeling from this book and I am profoundly relieved that I finally reached the conclusion. It was an arduous task, rife with violent emotional responses to myriad elements contained within the protracted 636-page tale. Laurie Forest is a talented writer, capable of weaving beautiful prose, unfortunately her fine words are diluted by her timorous, ambivalent and uni
Unnecessary. It's the one word that comes to mind when I think of this book. I'm a huge fan of the fist two, so this was a major disappointment. But let me elaborate...

The many chapters told from other characters' POVs - mainly completely unnecessary. Very few actually contributed to the story line. I ended up skimming through them towards the end of the book because there was simply nothing to them; no plot progression, simply extra pages to make the book longer. Unnecessary.

The big, bad murder
Review 2!

Minor spoilers below! Major spoilers will be tagged!

Alright here it is: my second (and less emotional) review
The Shadow Wand is an fast-paced and tightly-woven tale that continues from the events of the previous installment, The Iron Flower It starts off with a prelude that features many different characters and how they are faring now, as well as how a recurring minor character from The Black Witch is doing, before diving straight in to Elloren's POV.

I must admit, I was slightly app
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Well, that was disappointing.

This is a classic filler novel and it makes all the mistakes classic filler novels do - on top of being very weirdly structured, with multiple POVs in the beginning and end seemingly thrown in for nothing and Elloren’s romantic adventure squeezed in between.

There was no story progression and most chapters tried to end on cliffhangers without being a real cliffhanger at all - we’ve known Elloren was the black witch since basically forever and I had hoped to see her g
May 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc in exchange for an honest review.

Reading this book was torturous. I liked the first two books, even enjoyed them, but…this one just didn’t work for me. The biggest issue is the length of the book. It was so long, and unbearably boring for the whole entire book I read. So many characters, so many POVs, so much going on and add onto that my disinterest in any of the romances at this point.

The Writing
The writing is fine. It’s filled with so
Jun 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF this book deserves zero stars because henceforth I have never felt so betrayed by an author or let down by a series. As a relatively impressionable young woman I find it appalling that a YA series would present itself as being so forward thinking and feminist and then resort to tropes and plot lines which completely fail the Bechdel test and furthermore fail young women who maybe want to see a role model becoming strong on her own without a man??? CAN WE NOT SEE A PLATONIC RELATIONSHIP BETWE ...more
Nadhira Satria
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it

(Also tbh i dont like the multiple povs)
Jun 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Laurie Forest, hire a better editor.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Selene Kallan
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-romance
So, I've read it and OHMYGODS. I will be writing a full of spoilers review when the time is right!
Things just got hotter and more dangerous than ever!


Took me a while, oops.
I had to do another re-read! Just so that I could dive into the awesomeness again.
So, I said I'd do spoilers, but I'll keep them to a minimum.

Things never go the way we want or imagine, and Elloren sure learns that. Hunted by the Vu Trin because she's too powerful and forced to go back to Gardneria to gather information
Last Book Marauder
WHAT?! I mean, seriously what the hell Laurie Forest?? You are just gonna break me apart like that?? I am going to attempt to make this an actual review, but I don't know how successful that is going to be considering how raw I feel from this book.

This review will contain spoilers from the first two books, but any spoilers for this book will be behind the spoiler tag. And they will be MAJOR spoilers

This book starts off in a much different way from the first two books. With all our main characte
Oh.... I just can’t right now.
Stuff later. Wow.
New favorites to add. This series. The next is definitely something to look forward to anxiously!!!
I'm SO glad I decided to read this instead of just listening to hearsay! This entire series is woven intricately and patiently together like a tapestry. That just made me think of a Mandela. Start on the beginning and follow that thread and untie the knots until you can see the cord as a straight line.

Main idea here is that isolating ourselves from o
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointments
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Katrin D
This book was everything it should have been and more. I’ll try to write a coherent review once I’m not as distraught over that ending (which I refuse to believe 😭). For now, suffice to say that I can’t recommend this series enough, it’s brilliant, well-written and full of characters you can’t help but sympathise with ❤️
Mary Seaman
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
ARC provided by Edelweiss:

So much anxiety with this one. I had to take breaks just to give my heart a rest. This book definitely turns the tide for this story. We really see Elloren embrace more of who she is and what she can do. She’s always been a weak character to me but that changes in this book. Lukas has my heart. You will understand when you read this one. There’s a lot I want to say but can’t without spoilers. Just know sh*t’s about to get real.

Content Warnings: sexual content (like wha
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I really enjoyed the story, beautiful world building, and fantastic character development. it will be divisive when it comes to love triangle ships, but I love Lukas Grey and I am dying to find out what happens next.

The reason for 4 stars vs 5 - my only challenge with the book - it felt very much like a middle book that is setting things up for the next one with a lot of exciting events but little plot progression and painful cliffhanger ending where NOTHING was wrapped up. T
Amelia Oswald
Actual rating: 2,5 stars
Wow okay so much for the anticipation I had for this book it was super disappointing.
What I want: a book that focus on Elloren's training and more Yvan.
What I get: a book about Elloren and Lukas.
I didn't sign up for this okay ugh. I guess we have to wait for book 4 for that even though we could have that for book 3.
This book mostly about Elloren on the run from both the Gardnerian and Vu Trin and Elloren being useless and afraid for entire book. It was exhausting to r
I can't wait for it :D
Things to anticipate:
Elloren's newfound powers and her (hopefully exciting) training! o.O
Will she end up with Lukas or Yvan?!
Will Ariel be brought back to life :"'''(
Will Diana and Jarod's family be brought back to life :""""(
Getting rid of Fallon (preferably by slamming a tree trunk into her ahem, Elloren, I'm looking at you...
Getting rid of Evil Aunt (preferably by burning her to ashes... poor uncle TT) ahem, Yvan, as Elloren's probably-future husband you get the ho
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
okay, peeps! i've finally finished...*cries*. to be honest, i kept on putting this book off (even though i wanted to read it so bad) because i knew that when i'd finish, i’d have to wait like, two more eternities to read the next book. & im not patient, like not even in the slightest!

i'm going to be honest, i expected a lot more action (& less romance) & elloren finally being able to use her power but...things didn't turn out that way. it's a little disappointing because i loved the first two b
Melissa Dickson
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How to do this without spoiling anything...🤔

Ok. How about this?

My mind is absolutely scrambled right now in the best of ways. I cant stop thinking about this book. I cant stop going back to re-read certain passages. I cant stop falling in love with the characters over and over and over again. I cant stop REELING over the twists and turns and emotions and cliff-hangers and I cant stop thanking the powers that be for making me an avid book reader and bringing this series into my life.

You know how
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Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. She is the bestselling author of THE BLACK WITCH (LA BRUJA NEGRA/DIE SCHWARZE ZAUBERIN), WANDFASTED, LIGHT MAGE, THE IRON FLOWER, THE REBEL MAGES (which is the book form of Wandfasted & Light Mage together in one volume), THE SHAD ...more

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The Black Witch Chronicles (5 books)
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  • The Iron Flower (The Black Witch Chronicles, #2)
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