The Shadow Wand by Laurie Forest. So dark! And I need the sequel now! #2021AudiobookChallenge


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 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 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 Wand.

With 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.


Audiobook review


4,5 stars


That series is hugely underrated! And now that I binge read the three books, I wonder how I will survive until the next instalment!


The beginning of The Shadow Wand was interesting yet frustrating. We’ll switch between Yvan, Vyvian , Thierren, Sparrow (an Urisk woman)’s, Tierney and Elloren’s POV.

That was a lot of POV. If they were very interesting, it made the story feel disjointed, slow and I struggled in the beginning.

Later on, we’ll focus on Elloren but as she was far from her friends, all scattered in different parts of Erthia, the banter and camaraderie that was so enjoyable in The Iron Flower was missing.


What we missed in banter and camaraderie, we got in romance and character growth. You’ll have another amazing character growth from Elloren!



Elloren is rather underwhelming in the beginning of the story. Hunted by assassins determined to kill the Black Witch she’ll be forced to ask for Lukas Grey’s protection.


I won’t give details here but just know that Lukas was a much more worthy hero in this instalment! I even came to love him nearly as much as Yvan and…I don’t know what to wish for Elloren.


Elloren will have to learn to fight and to master her power that is frightening her so hard. But there will be countless setbacks and that was equally frustrating for the reader (I wanted to see her rise and fight back with her power) as it was interesting because she had to take new paths.


People will die, be banished or be captured in this sequel. The odds look to be very, very dark and there is a hopelessness in that story that makes it heavier than the first two books.


I hope we are at the part where “everything has to get worse before getting better” because I sure need Elloren and her friends to have some winnings in the next book!


My complaint is that we are riding the love triangle trope which is one of my least favorites!


But as I said, that series is simply amazing!


Please mrs Forest write the next two books in a row so that we don’t have years to wait for the conclusion of the story!

Thanks for reading!



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20 Replies to “The Shadow Wand by Laurie Forest. So dark! And I need the sequel now! #2021AudiobookChallenge”

  1. I haven’t heard of this series but it sounds good! I love it when you can actually see the characters evolve!! Hope the next one comes out fast!

  2. If handled right, a love triangle adds a lot of angst to a story. Too bad this one fell short in that regard. Great review!

  3. Rachel @Waves of Fiction says: Reply

    Nice that you’re loving the series despite riding the love triangle trope. Hope you get your hands on the next one soon!

  4. Love how impatient you are for the next installments. It sounds like the author did wonderfully with this book. Thanks for sharing! 😀

    1. I am impatient Lashaan :-))

  5. Oh geez, yeah the love triangle is a tough one for me but done right, I can get through it (and of course if I adore the characters!) I hope you’re author will write quickly bc I also hate cliffies, LOL!

    1. I hope it too Trisy!

  6. Oh, Sophie! You have me needing to try this series! I hope that the wait for the next one isn’t too long. 🙂

    1. Me neither! 😀

  7. I vaguely remember there being a lot of drama when The Black Witch came out. Seemed unfair, so I am glad to see there are three books and you have enjoyed them

    1. Yes there was drama and I don’t understand it at all!

  8. Love triangle? Noooooooo!

      1. I am not a fan of the lurve triangle!

  9. Stephanie - Bookfever says: Reply

    I’m glad you enjoyed it. A 4.5 ratings is AMAZING! 😀

  10. Interesting that there were so many points of view! Too bad about the love triangle (boo hiss) but otherwise it sounds like this was a great entry in the series!

  11. I agree….the love triangle trope is one of the worst ones that we see in books. I always struggle with it if I see it in a book. I am glad that this one was at least interesting for you here.

    1. I think you’d love it Renee!

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