The Witch’s Ambitions by Kayla Krantz

EEEK!!! Okay y’all I am SO EXCITED to talk about this trilogy. Krantz is an intelligent writer with female characters who are inclusive and real. I think what I appreciate most about the author’s style is how she manages to place normal people into extraordinary circumstances. I especially enjoyed starting this series- the main character is smart and determined and triumphs despite the adversity in her way- and y’all are so lucky you will be able to binge all three in less than 10 days!

See how it all ends in the final installment of The Witch’s Ambitions Trilogy, set to release 8/15.

After joining the Elemental Coven, young witch Lilith’s eyes were opened to the truth that the Council has always been desperate to keep hidden. With only two Covens still standing, Lilith’s world is in real danger of collapsing and so is the Elemental Coven. After a mysterious illness begins to infect the Coven, witches are dying and not even coven leader Willow’s power of resurgence is enough to save them.
After the Battle of the Grove destroys Lilith’s good leg, and her ability to walk, she faces an internal war about her future that consumes her, dragging her further and further into the darkness. Willow is desperate to help Lilith find the light because Lilith isn’t just her sister, she is the Elemental Coven’s last hope of survival. As the Sage’s ex-apprentice, Lilith is the only witch capable of taking down the ancient ruler.

As the war destroys the last of the covens, Lilith knows there is only one way to end the chaos for good—a final showdown against the Sage that only one of them will walk away from.

“That’s dangerous,” I say. He quirks an eyebrow and looks at me from the corner of his eye.

“What is?”

“Thinking that intensely.”

He licks his lips and sighs. “I can’t help it. This… this was my fault.”

The response catches me off guard, and I struggle to sit up. Instantly, he lifts his hands to try easing me back down, but I don’t obey. I’m mystified by his words, grasping for understanding I can’t reach on my own. “How in the world is this your fault?”

“I got there too late… I didn’t…” He stops, visibly pained. “I didn’t protect you like I said I would.”

I don’t like this. It doesn’t sound like something Clio would ever say, and I can’t believe I’m hearing him say them now. I frown. “Really, Clio? I’m a big girl. I can take care of myself.”

His eyes move to my legs again. The shift in focus angers me, and I jut out my chin. “Think what you will, but I’m grateful it happened.”

He purses his lips and looks at me as if I’ve completely lost my mind. “You’re grateful you were kidnapped? Grateful you’ve been secluded from everyone you’ve ever loved? That you can’t walk?”

I breathe in slowly. “It sounds bad when you put it like that, but you don’t know the entire story, Clio. There’s a lot of things I wouldn’t have known without having come here. I would’ve been a different person if the Council still had me in their clutches. I don’t regret the path my life has taken. I mean, we’ve saved so many witches and found out the truth behind the war. I never would’ve done any of that if Willow’s people had never saved me.”

“Maybe, but it’s not fair for you to have to sacrifice so much,” he says.

“Who said anything about fair?” I blink and think of Willow. At one time, she had given her life for this war. Then I think of Iris and Chastity, who’d sacrificed themselves too. “There are witches who have given more than I have and witches who have given less.”

“Who?” he demands.

I let go of his hand, and he clutches it into a fist. I trace my finger over his knuckles, studying the way they turn white from the pressure.

“Clio, the point is we’ve all made sacrifices for the greater good… That’s one of the milestones that come with war.” His eyes glaze over, but he doesn’t look up from the edge of my blanket. He’s made sacrifices too, whether or not he’s willing to admit it.

One look at him, at the scars on his neck and face, makes that much apparent. If I could see the scars on his heart, I would bet good money it would look the same way. He doesn’t argue the point further, but I don’t know if that’s because I’ve truly won or if he’s too lost in his own memories to even try anymore.

I know what I’ll be doing on the 15th and if any of y’all would be interested in doing a read and discuss after the trilogy I would be excited to do so- just message me! Click here to see a full list of titles and to learn more about the author.

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