The Black Diamond and The Witch's Curse

Young Adult - Fantasy - Urban
517 Pages
Reviewed on 09/06/2023
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

The Black Diamond and the Witch’s Curse by T-Pot kicks off Derek’s journey as he’s eager for his first Move-in Day as a freshman in college, giving him the chance to be independent and out from under his mother’s overprotective eye. A chance to explore what he’s capable of as a warlock. He never expected that the change in environment would open his world to new magical and dangerous opportunities. When he meets Matthias, he finally finds someone he can relate to and the two quickly form a friendship. After an ominous tarot reading hints at death in his future and students are attacked by monsters, the two devise a plan that involves a blood ritual. The only problem is they need four warlocks to complete it. As they search for two more, they embark on a dangerous mission to protect their fellow students and discover the origin of the threats.

The story immediately jumps into the plot with Move-in Day setting the tone for Derek’s first day in starting the next chapter of his life. You are quickly introduced to the need he has for independence in the dynamic he has with his mother and the excitement he has in starting college. These elements help to establish the coming-of-age journey that awaits each of the characters. Derek’s journey is rooted in him finding his place as a freshman and warlock in this new environment. Multiple layers are intricately brought together to create a mysterious and suspenseful plot that begins with attacks and an ominous tarot reading. At the center of the mystery is the search for answers about the attacks which incorporate mystery elements and action-packed scenes. The story is broadened as the events dip into different elements such as monsters, magic, and college antics which provide a richness to the world. Friendship plays an important part in how events unfold as Derek turns to his new friends to face the various threats surrounding him and learn how to work together as a team. The college serves as a prominent backdrop throughout the story as it’s where the characters are living, fighting, learning, and engaging with each other. Several characters are important for how the plot progresses such as Matthias, Omar, and Tre’Vell. T-Pot makes each character important and you see their different experiences, abilities, and relationships which play a part in how they work together. The Black Diamond and the Witch’s Curse is an engaging coming-of-age story that finds value in friendship, magic, and power.

Alma Boucher

In The Black Diamond and The Witch's Curse by T-Pot, Derek James is starting his freshman year at a top university on a football scholarship. Derek is eager to embark on a new chapter of his life and be independent. He anticipates choosing his degree, participating in college sports, and making many new friends. But he also has a secret: he is a warlock. With the help of a magic necklace, Derek can identify other warlocks, and he meets Matthias, Omar, and Tre’Vell. The four quickly become close friends but start getting attacked by monsters. To find the cause of the attacks, the four close friends must work through uncertainties and become a strong team. A villain with strong allies plans to kill Derek and his friends, which might go further than they all think.

The Black Diamond and The Witch's Curse by T-Pot is engaging and exciting. It is fast-paced, full of action, with never a dull moment. It was a roller coaster ride of action, adventure, and humor. I could not turn the pages quickly enough to find out what would happen next. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. It was easy to visualize the events with all the details. The twists and turns kept me guessing until the end. The characters are relatable and could be anyone I know. My favorite character was Derek. He was inspiring with his attitude and grew throughout the story. The four friends had a unique friendship, and their stories were woven together. The story is beautifully written, and I was intrigued from the start.

Miche Arendse

In The Black Diamond and The Witch's Curse by T-Pot, Derek James, an eighteen-year-old warlock who is about to embark on his college adventure, discovers there are things amiss on campus. Derek was looking forward to playing football, making some good memories, and maybe even getting a girl but what he didn’t expect was to meet other warlocks. To make matters worse, it seems someone is after his family’s grimoire. Along with his new friends, Derek stands up against this unknown enemy while still maintaining his new life at college.

The Black Diamond and The Witch's Curse by T-Pot is a story that I ended up enjoying more than I initially thought I would. Focusing on Derek and his other warlock friends, we get to see not only the struggles they face as young adults in college but also as those with the responsibility of having powers and needing to hide them from the world. I found the balance between these two concepts really appealing and enjoyed seeing how the warlocks resolved various conflicts throughout the plot. I think T-Pot did a wonderful job with the characters, making them very realistic and also relatable. Despite everything they are going through, they’re all just young adults trying to make it to the next stage in their lives. Overall, for an urban fantasy, The Black Diamond and The Witch's Curse was very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If anyone is looking to read a fun and compelling fantasy then I would suggest giving this a try.

K.C. Finn

The Black Diamond and The Witch's Curse is a work of fiction in the adventure, urban fantasy, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the mature young adult and adult reading audiences and was penned by author T-Pot. The tale follows protagonist Derek James, a seemingly normal college freshman, who hides an extraordinary secret: he's a warlock. While on a football scholarship at a prestigious university, Derek crosses paths with fellow freshmen warlocks: Matthias, Omar, and Tre'Vell. Their unity is tested when they face a series of menacing monster attacks. To uncover the truth, they must overcome doubts and disagreements to trace the source of these assaults. However, the mystery goes deeper than any of them anticipated.

Author T-Pot's storytelling captivates readers with its unique blend of college life, friendship, and supernatural elements, crafting a delightful experience that immersed me in a world of magic and mystery from cover to cover. The characters' camaraderie and individual quirks make them relatable and endearing, and T-Pot’s commitment to realistic and relatable dialogue makes you feel like these friends could be real people in your life, so you automatically want to root for them. The narrative maintains a good pace, blending suspense and discovery seamlessly, and, as the young warlocks unravel the layers of the mystery, readers are drawn into their journey of self-discovery and courage. Overall, The Black Diamond and The Witch's Curse is a thrilling tale that weaves magic and suspense into an engaging and enjoyable story and I would highly recommend it to fans of urban fantasy everywhere.

Cloie Belle Daffon

The Black Diamond and The Witch's Curse begins when Derek James starts a new chapter in his life as a college freshman. Derek was quite an amazing young man and, unlike most of his peers, he was on a football scholarship. But, just like every other typical male college student, he was interested in women and was preoccupied with his schoolwork. However, there was more to him than what everyone first thought. He had a secret no one would ever suspect: Derek had supernatural abilities. This would qualify him as a "warlock" in children's fairy tales. When he met some fellow freshmen and learned that they, too, had magical talents, Derek was thrilled! He had never met another warlock outside his family. Shortly after discovering the existence of other warlocks in his school, terrifying attacks from monsters started to take place around them. Will these warlocks be able to put their differences aside and identify who was behind these attacks? Will they survive? Get to know the four warlocks and battle alongside them in this exciting adventure by T-Pot!

T-Pot’s The Black Diamond and The Witch's Curse is a magical, exciting, and enthralling story that took me on a roller coaster ride. With its detailed narration and distinctive characters, the book played out like a movie in my mind. The author's skillful and flawless description of the football games Derek played had me intrigued and I felt like I was part of the audience as I cheered the main character on. Although Derek was the primary character in this story, I found myself drawn to Matthias too. Everything about him, both his demeanor and the way he treated those around him, was exactly the kind of man I would want in my life. Derek acted quite egotistically at times, and I was occasionally frustrated and disappointed by his actions. However, such flaws just added more depth and ingenuity to the book. The story was made more exciting and adventurous by the shortcomings of the main character and I finished the book craving more. I am looking forward to reading the sequel. Exceptional work.