[Epub] The Shadow Wand By Laurie Forest – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk


The Shadow Wand I don t know if i m the only one but I really want her with Lucas Grey I love their chemistry and he s pretty cool It could be like Pheobe and Cole from Charmed and make the book eveninteresting.. 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 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 not comprehend where the story was going, but every chapter was focused on this new character who I had never met or who I had only seen briefly in other books It was a lot I just wanted Elloren to explain it to meNot these new characters who I was unfamiliar with Only a few of the chapters felt essential to the overall plot, otherwise they felt a little unnecessary It took 150 pages for me to really grasp what was going on When Elloren was sent back to Gardeneria and she was to be in the care of Lukas I thought, alright, I get it now I think.I had a hard time understanding the decision though In book 2 Yvan and Elloren we re separated and AWAY FROM GARDENERIA so she could learn to control her Black Witch powers and Yvan could learn to deal with his end of the prophecy, but why send Elloren back to the ONE person who they needed to keep her away from Marcus Vogel She was literally thrust into the hands of the enemy when they could have sent here somewhere else I mean, from that extensive introduction i ve gathered that this world is quite vast And sure, Lukas is Lukas and he possesses all this power and all of these various connections, but I still think it wasn t a risk worth taking, and surprise surprise, it wasn t Okay I know I ve been complaining a lot of negative stuff so far, but this is my last issue with the book before I move onto the positives the romance I did not predict the path that the romance took in this book at all Not even a little bit Who knew that Elloren and Lukas would be forced into sex because they had no other choice Not me I was shocked beyond all belief I thought Yvan who had been pronounced dead at this point would swoop in and save her from having to give herself to Lukas My issue was that after Elloren grieved Yvan death for all of one minute and then was forced into sex with Lukas in order to escape, she just started sleeping with him regularly I was not okay with that and I did not buy her love for Yvan by this point She moved on entirely too fast I understand that her and Lukas have this magical bond and she was forced to Wandfast to him, I do, but her and Yvan were literally BOUND and their relationship was solidified in Iron Flower If that s the case, how in the hell could she possibly move on that fast I couldn t bring myself to accept it Onto the positives I very much enjoyed Lukas as a character in this book I always wondered about his intentions, and knowing he too was a rebel in his own way gave me the closure I needed I appaulded his support of Elloren despite all she had done to him He trained her, he stayed with her, he gave her protection He s not a jerk as I thought he was I do still suspect him thought My theory is that he s trying to use her I can t get that thought out of my head So we will just have to see in the last book.I enjoyed the very few Trystan chapters because HE GOT A BOYFRIEND not really but I hope so I hope he and Vothe get some sexy time in the last book because that would make my soul sing with joy Trystan deserves happiness I enjoyed the entire time Elloren was back in Gardeneria dealing with her old enemies and her old life Seeing Fallon, Aunt Vyvian, and all of the other idiots was definitely interesting considering how Elloren just took off after being caught in bed with Yvan Also she punched Fallon Bane in the face I am living I think this book overall was definitely a bridge into a very chaotic cacophony of war that is about to be unleashed upon Elloren s world, and I think if anything this book hyped me up for the last book I hope we get our reunions Diana, Trystan, Rafe, Tiereny, Wynter, Aislynn, Lukas, and even Fallon and her merry band of assholes I want to see everyone together again for that epic ending Overall despite having my issues with this book, I liked it I think Iron Flower remains to be my favorite GIVE IT TO ME PLEASE Rtc This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I need it Also, how is everybody rooting for Lukas He literally went along with forcing her into wandfasting and only wants her to use her power And he s fine with all the racism and genocide He s actual garbage.Edit Yeah ok insert Robot Chicken M Night Shyamalan what a twist gif Edit now that it s actually come out and I ve been reading it and maybe spoiled myself a little Holy hell can we talk about how much I hate love triangles The most overused bs trope to create drama Don t get I need it Also, how is everybody rooting for Lukas He literally went along with forcing her into wandfasting and only wants her to use her power And he s fine with all the racism and genocide He s actual garbage.Edit Yeah ok insert Robot Chicken M Night Shyamalan what a twist gif Edit now that it s actually come out and I ve been reading it and maybe spoiled myself a little Holy hell can we talk about how much I hate love triangles The most overused bs trope to create drama Don t get me wrong, I love this series But Istg the whole oh no Yvan s dead guess I love Lukas now is making me gag and yes obv I oversimplified it and there s all sorts of justifications that were created Especially when it s like jk Yvan s alive and now Lukas might be dead butlikely he s captive and probably going to be turned into a monster or something to be used against her Like Slamming my head through the wall Like Could we not And istg if this series ends with some kind of polyamory cop out or her with just Lukas I m going to yeet the last book into the sun That last statement also applies for an ending where Elloren has to sacrifice herself to win or Yvan has to himself Cuz I genuinely despise YA books that try to be all edgy by killing off the main character No I read these for escapism that has a happy ending The real world is awful enough 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, anddangerous than ever This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Wow Just wow I loved this series so much, and she ruined it with this book Completely and utterly ruined it Elloren Elloren went from being an interesting heroine with complex development to so uninteresting I could barely read Her plotline turned from gathering a group of friends she could trust to what Battling feelings over a boy after Yvan died Or rather died And also, she only mourned his death for a page or two before moving on Sure, her grief came up but she kept on shoving it Wow Just wow I loved this series so much, and she ruined it with this book Completely and utterly ruined it Elloren Elloren went from being an interesting heroine with complex development to so uninteresting I could barely read Her plotline turned from gathering a group of friends she could trust to what Battling feelings over a boy after Yvan died Or rather died And also, she only mourned his death for a page or two before moving on Sure, her grief came up but she kept on shoving it down for the sake of survival, and yet in less than a chapter she s already talking about how she could have feelings for another character I somehow found herweak in this book, despite the fact that she has access to her power now There was nothing compelling or interesting, and I am completely done with this book series now Also, what s the point of her unlocking this magic if she can t use it for SO LONG It was so boring watching her struggle over how she just wants to touch wood or how Lukas makes her feel soo powerful, but she never did anything with it for so long Side Characters I honestly grew attached to the new side characters Sparrow, Thierren, etc but I felt like this was extremely pointless Why do we needcharacters The first two books had already built up a group that were compelling and interesting, their relationships complex Yet we hardly see any of them to further develop the relationship between Lukas and Elloren She was isolated from everyone she loved JUST SO THE PLOTLINE WITH LUKAS COULD GO FORWARD It s so frustrating You don t see Elloren interact with any of the previous characters until well over halfway through the book.The Love Triangle I hate love triangles on principle, but this is by far one of the worst ones I ve encountered in YA Death is used so conveniently I love Yvan as a character, and I don t mind Lukas, but it was so frustrating that Forest felt the need to turn this book into nothing but a will they won t they after the death of Yvan Imagine how compelling it would ve been if Elloren and Lukas had just decided to remain powerful allies, and nothingI would ve honestly respected Elloren so muchfor it, rather than her sleeping with Lukas almost immediately after finding out about Yvan, even if it was for their escape It would ve been so interesting if this was taken as an opportunity to explore male female relationship dynamics beyond simply being lovers.Also, as I m sure you may have guessed, I did love Yvan and Elloren s relationship While I like Lukas and find him complex interesting, I felt so betrayed when Elloren just let him go so quickly I know the author tried to insert sentences of oh no gotta push down how sad I am for Yvan here and there, but it felt so cheap She was so clearly aiming for a love triangle, both of the relationships felt incredibly weakened Whether your a Lukas Elloren or Yvan Elloren fan, you should be disappointed with a heroine who can jump boats so quickly Finally, now that Yvan s alive and Lukas is dead, what s going to happen Is the next book just going to be the reverse of this one, where she cries while banging Yvan instead of Lukas In the next book, assuming they re both alive because of course they will be they re both probably going to be so in love with Elloren that they don t care that she has feelings for both of them, but rather will just argue with each other in a show of I m the alpha and Elloren will pick me type display The Pacing The only emotion this book made me feel besides frustration, was boredom 600 pages of nothing It took FOREVER for the plot to pick up, but when it finally did I didn t care about Elloren at all The only reason I wanted her to succeed was because I liked the side characters and knew their survival rested on hers Oof Smaller Complaints The Attractiveness of Each Character WHY IS EVERYONE SO ATTRACTIVE IN THIS BOOK Elloren, Lukas, Yvan, Tierney, EVERYONE I know this is common in YA, but it s so frustrating that everyone is just so beautiful in this book series Ugly people exist I m one of them Vu Trin Motivations Was anyone else confused as to why the Vu Trin would send Elloren back to Lukas I know it was so they could bang, but their motivations made no sense Why not send her to the Amaz They could have protected her with their insane warriors and rune covered city while also training her Or why not just keep her nearby The assassins seemed like such a small threat to send Elloren right back to the hands of the Vu Trin s enemy, who could yield her power the second they found out about it And they did pretty quickly Overall I feel like I need to stop writing this because it s just fueling my anger but Wow Everything I loved about the first two books was completely destroyed and I m so angry I actually spent money on this piece of hot garbage All the characters I loved and their relationships was completely gone from this book, and I m so uninterested in finishing this series Yvan was my favorite character, and I hardly care that he s alive because I know this will turn into stupid YA love triangle madness This book had so much potential I haven t been this disappointed by a book in years HER WORLD ALTERING SECRET CAN T BE HIDDEN MUCH LONGERElloren 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 DestructionSeparated From Everyone She Loves, Isolated And Hunted, Elloren Must Turn To The Last Person She Can Trust Her Fastmate, Commander Lukas Grey With The Mage Forces Of Gardneria Poised To Conquer All Of Erthia, Elloren Has No Choice But To Ally With Lukas And Combine Their Power To Keep Herself Out Of The Hands Of Gardnerian Leader Marcus Vogel The Holder Of The All Consuming Shadow WandWith Just Weeks To Train To Become A Warrior, And No Control Over Her Magic, Elloren Finds Unexpected Allies Among Those Under Orders To Kill Her It S Time To Step Up To Fight Back And To Forge Onward Through The Most Devastating Loss Yet [Epub] ↠ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space Author Muriel Dimen – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk And Destined To Triumph Or Be Used As The Ultimate Weapon Of DestructionSeparated From Everyone She Loves [KINDLE] ❆ Insight and Interpretation ❤ Roy Schafer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Isolated And Hunted [Reading] ➶ Good People in an Evil Time By Svetlana Broz – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Elloren Must Turn To The Last Person She Can Trust Her Fastmate !!> EPUB ✽ On a Day Like This ✸ Author Peter Stamm – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Commander Lukas Grey With The Mage Forces Of Gardneria Poised To Conquer All Of Erthia Download ☆ Heart to Start By Derek Handley – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Elloren Has No Choice But To Ally With Lukas And Combine Their Power To Keep Herself Out Of The Hands Of Gardnerian Leader Marcus Vogel The Holder Of The All Consuming Shadow WandWith Just Weeks To Train To Become A Warrior !!> BOOKS ✯ Light without Fire ⚡ Author Scott Korb – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk And No Control Over Her Magic !!> Ebook ➥ Secrecy ➦ Author Rupert Thomson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Elloren Finds Unexpected Allies Among Those Under Orders To Kill Her It S Time To Step Up To Fight Back And To Forge Onward Through The Most Devastating Loss Yet 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 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 uninspiring heroine, Elloren Elloren is maddeningly beset by her overarching fear and indecisiveness She is deeply mired in self doubt and succumbs to her fear far too much She has shaped it into a paralyzing force, one that saps her ability to respond with direction and purpose She is a tepid heroine, prone to melodrama and wide vicissitudes of negative, immobilizing emotions She is aghast at everything, but impotent to enact change because she is too frightened to effectively control her power She is the lynchpin of the resistance, but she is the plaything of so many forces that she has been rendered useless Hopefully Forest will imbue her with sorely needed inner strength, facilitating a path to the heroine that she is capable of becoming So, now that I have adequately ranted about the MC Elloren, let me highlight other elements of The Shadow Wand Please enjoy Writing style Forest relies on stilted language, continuously festooning sentences with unnecessary and tedious description She writes lovely prose, but her lengthy descriptions frequently subvert the plot Her writing is also laden with a redundancy that further curtails the story Pages are littered with minimally varied iterations of the same thing It is impressive she found so many different ways to convey how destructively powerful Elloren is and how catastrophic it would be if she a unleashes said power b allows Vogel to wield her power or c allows her power to flourish in a dark space I hope the next book issuccinctly related, as this book would have benefited from further editing Other issues Forest mishandles her dynamic secondary characters and does not allow them the space to shine Multiple viewpoints are introduced in the beginning, but they are bizarrely absent in the middle part of the story Story threads end too abruptly, revoking enticing views into the plights of otherintriguing characters Their voices form the insubstantial bookends of the story, but they need further fleshing out to beeffective I love Thierren, Sparrow, Viger, Tierney, Trystan, and Vothe and I hope they havepage time in subsequent books Another issue I have is Forest s blatant abuse of Elloren s romantic relationships to forward the story Yvan s potential death in the first quarter of the book and Lukas potential demise at the end seem like plot contrivances Yvan s death felt too rushed and is sadly confined within scant paragraphs of a single chapter Forest spent so much time on the burgeoning relationship between Elloren and Yvan in the previous book and then he is callously excised from the narrative to allow for Elloren s connection to Lukas to grow For an invested reader, Yvan is cruelly snatched from the story in a capricious manner And, frankly, Elloren s response is shameful She sobs stormily for a couple hours and unabashedly moves on in shocking ways She buries her love for the greater good, and although it resurfaces, she seems to largely ignore it when she aligns herself with Lukas who is fabulous and who I have no qualms with Forest seemed to use both deaths and perhaps foreshadowed resurrections as a means of spurring action and unnecessary conflict and it did not feel authentic Elloren s grief also felt superficial and farcical If both men are still alive, which I fervently hope that they are since I vastly prefer them to Elloren, I hope that they can resolve their relationships amicably To sum up, The Shadow Wand is a worthwhile read, but it is riddled with issues The story has great potential, but it is too verbose in delivery and lacks an electrifying heroine Just realise that my review wasof a rant about major spoiler view spoiler Lukas s death I wailed about it for two days to my sister and she was like Who is Lukas hide spoiler so I will be writing a second less uh, emotional review LOL REVIEW I WILL BE MENTIONING MAJOR SPOILERS PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE UNLESS YOU HAVE FINISHED READING THIS BOOK Ever the grateful, Sorrowful One of the Erthia Lands P.s yOU HAVE BEEN WARNED insert ghostly sounds Soooooo cries an Just realise that my review wasof a rant about major spoiler view spoiler Lukas s death I wailed about it for two days to my sister and she was like Who is Lukas hide spoiler so I will be writing a second less uh, emotional review LOL REVIEW I WILL BE MENTIONING MAJOR SPOILERS PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE UNLESS YOU HAVE FINISHED READING THIS BOOK Ever the grateful, Sorrowful One of the Erthia Lands P.s yOU HAVE BEEN WARNED insert ghostly sounds Soooooo cries and waits another year for the last book Where do I even start This book was everything I thought it would be and evenI admit, I was a little surprised at the prelude since Elloren was barely even mentioned, let alone seen, and this is the first time Laurie Forest has gone out of Elloren s POV which I understand since they were, literally scattered throughout the Western and Eastern Realm.Oh can I just sayI HATE MARCUS VOGEL Wait, no That s not right I HATE MARCUS VOGEL WITH EVERY FIBRE OF MY EXISTENCE I literally cried till I can t breathe when Lukas died LIKE WHAT NOOOOOOOOOOOO Just when he and Elloren were finally together I suspected that he would die since the first book since, you know, can t have two main guys which brings me toWhen Yvan literallywatch me use this word 423589xtimes had ONE chapter and he was presumed to be dead I was literally likeI HIGHLY DOUBT HE S DEAD I love both him and Yvan, but when Elloren got together with Lukas and gave her first everything to him, I was literally like I have a feeling Lukas is gonna die but I really hope it doesn t come true but isn t this forth shadowing his death SINCE OBVIOUSLY LUKAS CAN T JUST LIVE A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE HUHExcuse me while I continue to cry in the toilet over there Ahem I suspected Yvan wasn t dead, and I thought it would be a rather huge cliffhanger if the ending was that he was actually alive and YEAH THE ENDING WAS THAT HE WAS ACTUALLY ALIVEI mean, we can t have TWO of Elloren s interests disappear off screen right Right I wanted to hearabout Diana and Jarod though AND Aislinn being wandfasted to Damion was just HORRIBLE but again, I suspected it since Lukas did mention saving Elloren from a guy who would beat some sense in her Also, can t say I m sad about Evil Aunt s death, just that I wish it were indetails Oopsies AGAIN POOR LUKAS I M GONNA BY CRYING FOR ETERNITYOtherwise, the third instalment in the Black Witch s series lives up to its predecessors and it s packed full of exciting and intriguing magic Also I was starting to think this series is just a message to stop deforestation lol I m starting to really hate trees which is uh, not good In just Erthia though They are super shady o.oAlso I m just glad that the Sealing scene was handled BEAUTIFULLY I m glad he at least got the ILY word from Elloren though it was literally before his death I don t think he ll be resurrecting like Yvan anytime soon CRIES IN DEPRESSION AGAIN I m rating it 5 stars Recommend it to EVERYONE PRE REVIEW THOUGHTSOMGG IT S FINALLY DROPPPING TMR EXCUSE ME WHILE I FAINT YEAH Alright Somebody changed the release date when I wasn t looking wait until I catch you and now it s June 9 Oh well It s totally fine I ll just rot in the corner over there crying rivers of tears Pre review rambling stuff as I ve promised you guys view spoiler Update I swear, this is the last update because I am tired too haha I ll put this as pre review rambling under spoiler later Omg the synopsis is out, the last few days I ve been busy with school stuff and rereading the Iron Flower, so I didn t notice when it came out and I haven t even read it BUT I HOPE IT S GOOD what am I saying, I KNOW it ll be good My most anticipated book of 2019 UPDATE 8.0 BIG BIG NEWSHoly cows flying through the air on fire WE HAVE A COVER.let me repeatwehaveacover It s so pretty omg The release date is in may next year I think, so someone please put me in a coma until then My patience is reaching its limits I need this desperatelyupdate 7.0 lucky seven give me this book The Shadow Wand faints at the awesome name change btw I heard that it s supposed to come out 2020 YAY unless it s in December or sth o.O update 6.0 OMGOkay nvm it s back to the Shadow Dryad again gets dizzy from constant title changing update 5.0 OMGI ve been checking her website so I didn t notice, but we have a new title I thought it was a novella at first, because the working title used to be the shadow dryad but the shadow wand is lovely too 3 can t wait OKAY SO I AM LIKE SUPER EXCITED I JUST FINISED REREADING THE IRON FLOWER AND I CAN T WAIT PLS PLS PLS GIMME 333 TTUpdate 4.0Ohnoes alas I ve started dreaming about itunfortunately it s about a certain ice witch getting strongereeeks Update 3.0AHHH I absolutely can t wait TTTT I keep checking it every day subconsciously I was like, eh why am I doing the same thing I did yesterday Please come out soon, at least next year pretty please DDDDUpdate 2.0Okay um yeah so THE TITLE IS THE SHADOW DRYAD or at least that s the working title Although I don t really get the dryad thing are dryads a whole species on their own or are they a subset of the fae but hey it sounds cool also Elloren is 3 And personally I m praying for some sort of impossible miracle revival for view spoiler ARIEL AS WELL AS DIANA S PARENTS WHOM WE MET LIKE, ONCE hide spoiler Also here s hoping that I won t be doing another long winded I M SO EXCITED pre released review thing like I did for The Dark Calling because it s kinda tiring and also lowkey alarming hehe DUpdateOkay so yeah apparently I am stalking the author now so um ignore me but according to this interview she has written half of book 3 If it s the same book 3 we are referring to Unless she was referring to the second novel since in order it would be novel 1, novella 1.5 followed by novel 2 OMG CAN T WAIT FOR IT also I checked out the website apparently this book is called the Shadow Dryad Or actually it may be a novella thingy and the next next book is the actual one The Forest Warrior Help O.O.O.O.O I Need To Have It Now hide spoiler This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Well, blah I had high hopes for this one and they were not met The first 200 pages especially were weighed down with a ton of secondary characters that were mostly unimportant and impossible to keep track of There was also just way too much information without any interesting character interactions The returning characters weredynamic in the previous books, but both old and new characters felt flat and bland here The villains are perfectly horrifying but we got about 5 seconds of each Well, blah I had high hopes for this one and they were not met The first 200 pages especially were weighed down with a ton of secondary characters that were mostly unimportant and impossible to keep track of There was also just way too much information without any interesting character interactions The returning characters weredynamic in the previous books, but both old and new characters felt flat and bland here The villains are perfectly horrifying but we got about 5 seconds of each of them which is also approximately how long it takes Elloren to move on from Yvan It might help if Elloren wasn t so indecisive, fearful and boring Frankly the only compelling character was the dragon Why couldn t havePOVs been centered around the dragons And don t get me started on the clumsy way the love triangle was handled, which ended up being almost the only plot movement in the story, the rest was just an extremely long set up for the next book, which I assume actually involves war, liberation, reunion of characters, etc This one just didn t hold my interest like the previous two books, and the tone was a lot different The cliffhanger ending didn t help, it was unsurprising and eye roll inducing


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About the Author: Laurie Forest

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 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 She is busily working on THE SHADOW WAND Book 3.0 of The Black Witch Chronicles.