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The Shadow Wand: The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 3

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Witch turns into warrior in sexually charged third book.

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This fantasy series' third installment has more of a romantic bent, but it's still densely packed with wild magic, assassins, evil creatures, and has plenty of depth. There's a lot of romance here actually, but it's layered around ideas of gender equality. Elloren faces a horrific ceremony before she loses her virginity, where men are shouting "bloody the sheets" and talking about her responsibility to breed powerful mages. There doesn't seem to be anything harder than being a female hero in this world, and somehow she begins to manage it. It's fun to watch Elloren cast off her gender expectations, embrace her own sexuality, and then her role as a warrior.

Most of the book is in Elloren's voice, but some other voices emerge as well: Elloren's gay brother Trystan who's fled Gardneria to fight against his people, a broken Gardnerian soldier forced to massacre innocents, an Urisk woman trying to escape enslavement, an icaral taught to hate who she is, a water fae who finally gets to reveal herself after years in hiding. They are all preparing for war against the evil Mage Vogel, whose full power we're only beginning to grasp in The Shadow Wand. More time could have been spent with these characters -- it seemed strange to introduce their stories at the beginning and only touch on some of them again at the end -- but they are sure to occupy more pages in the next exciting installment.

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