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Publisher's Summary

Journey to the magical world of Erthia in these two exciting prequels to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.

Wandfasted

Twenty years before Elloren Gardner enrolled at the illustrious Verpax University, Erthia was rent asunder during the devastating Realm War. When Tessla Harrow is driven from her home by the fighting, she discovers a depth of power she never knew she had...and an irresistible draw toward Vale Gardner, the son of the most powerful mage her people have ever known - the Black Witch.

Light Mage

Before Elloren Gardner came to possess the White Wand of myth, the wand was drawn to another bearer: Sagellyn Gaffney. Sage’s affinity for light magery, a rare skill among Gardnerians, makes her the perfect protector for the one tool that can combat the shadows spreading across Erthia. But in order to keep the wand safe from the dark forces hunting for it, Sage must abandon everything she once knew and forge a new path for herself...a dangerous course that could lead to either triumph or utter ruin.

©2019 Laurie Forest (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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  • Valerie
  • 2019-10-28

Two novellas in one book!

It seems like some bought the book without reading that this book is a combination of Laurie Forest’s novellas, Wandfasted and Light Mage. (Tip: Instead of giving it negative reviews for not realizing it beforehand, you can just return it and get your credit back).

Wandfasted
This story is of Elloren’s parents and how they came together. Their love story doesn’t start out with fireworks but it’s not long after that Vale captures your heart and you’ll be wishing you were Tessla. Lol, but seriously... I was captivated by their story and the romance that evolved. I wanted so much more of this story. We go into this already knowing their fate, as it’s noted many times in The Black Witch but it doesn’t get that far in Wandfasted. We only know about their relationship up until they become parents. I would have loved to have known their journey through parenthood and their involvement in the Realm War though.

Regardless, it’s so heartwarming to know that Elloren takes after her parents in so many ways. We also find out a little about Aunt Vivianne. Out of the two novellas in this book, this was by far my favorite. I loved it so much!

Light Mage
This story is told through Sage Gaffney’s point of view. We find out why she breaks her Wandfasting to Tobias and flees from the Gardnarian’s all together. We learn about her pregnancy and romantic relationship. I thoroughly enjoyed this story as well. It gave us even more insight on the Gardnarian’s and how cruel they were. I hope to hear more of Sage and her journey throughout the rest of the series to come.

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I have fallen in love with this series. I’ve finished the books and have thought about them constantly ever since. Not many books have that effect on me and when they do, I know it’s a damn good read! I am so excited for the rest of this series and I highly recommend to anyone and everyone who enjoys fantasy. Laurie is an extremely talented author and she deserves all the praise.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-26

Two great stories

Two great stories, that add a lot of background information. should have a higher star rating but people didn't read the summary and reviews before the got it and they are mad about it. the stories are good though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-14

Worst narrator I've EVER heard

I really enjoyed the other books in the series, so I was excited about this one, but I cant get through it because the narrator's voice is so unbearable. My husband asked me to wait until he's not home to listen to it without headphones, because her voice is so shrill and annoying. holy crap. I skipped through some sections (especially her "little brother" voice) because the sound was like nails on a chalkboard. I'm actually in awe of how horrible it is.

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  • A. B.
  • 2019-03-30

A Rip Off

This is just a compilation of two of the books in this series that I have purchased and read. No need to use a credit on this book. This should have been made clear before I pre-ordered and waited impatiently for the newest addition. I was so let down to find out it was not new. I don't understand why the author would do this and why audible books would allow it.

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  • LCSMD
  • 2019-03-31

Beware

This is just Wandfasted and Light Mage in one. Nothing new. Am going to try to return to get back a wasted credit since I have already listened to the other two books. Agree with a previous review that this is just a rip off!

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  • Victoria Chappell
  • 2021-03-04

Total Rip Off

Didn’t realize that it was the two books that I already owned put into one with a new title. I still like the story but was a waist of a credit.

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  • CV
  • 2020-04-09

eh....

I fiercely loved the black witch and the iron flower, And I was really excited to read sages back story but honestly it felt kind of pointless. I didn't really give me any more information than what she had already told us in the main series of books. I get that these were optional but still they published it. As far as performance goes the voice Actor for the 1st book was a little grating on the ears. There were with these moments where she would speak like a little kid and it was not good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-18

Great story miss leading

I was looking forward to this for some time I ore ordered excited to see was was next. I had already bought wand fasted and light mage. It was very disappointing to find this was not a new book. It’s just a combination of light mage and wand fasted I feel that should have been more clear.

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  • Ericka Moon
  • 2021-07-22

Great

I absolutely love these books they are exciting and interesting. You can relate these to reality with some of the drama the characters face.

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  • Mixtress
  • 2021-06-18

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I love this series. And these two tales might be the best part.
I have listened to these stories multiple times now, and I cry every time.
Both of the narrators have perfect infliction and emotion.
The author is quick paced, vividly detailed (but not long winded), and really knows how to pull you in.
I feel like the dialog between characters is very natural. some dialog can so cheesy and awkward and just plain bad. Not a problem here.
Each character is so well described and different. Each possessing their own personality, and again the narrators really name the accents superbly.
This whole series is a well told mirror of ourselves. I sincerely pray the message of tolerance, acceptance, and love is gleaned by all who read this series.