The Hawkweed Prophecy (The Hawkweed Series) Hardcover – September 6, 2016
"Regretting You" by Colleen Hoover
From New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a novel about family, first love, grief, and betrayal that will touch the hearts of both mothers and daughters. | Learn more
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Madeleine Roux, author of the New York Times bestseller Asylum
"Wise, weird, a touch evil and totally charming, Irena Brignull's tale of magic in our time is as rich and complicated as sisterhood. From the first page, I felt drawn into a modern classic."
Anna Godbersen, author of The Luxe and Bright Young Things series
Irena Brignull's The Hawkweed Prophecy is a book of wicked, beautiful magic. Compulsively readable and delightfully gritty, one does not mess with these Hawkweed witches.
Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and Three Dark Crowns
"I loved this book! Irena has created such beautifully complete world--our world, and nestled within it, a simmering world of magic. The Hawkweed Prophecy has everything: friendship, desire, delicious earthy magic, secrets and spells and at its centre, the wonderful young Poppy, on a journey of self-discovery. I so hope there is more to come!"
Karen Foxlee, author of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy and A Most Magical Girl
The Hawkweed Prophecy was bewitching from the get-go. Irena Brignull does an amazing job weaving a tale of pure magic in this debut novel. She'll have you on a roller coaster of emotions from the very first page. Get ready to be spellbound."
Paige McKenzie, author of the New York Times bestselling Haunting of Sunshine Girl series
Laini Taylor, author of The Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy
- Grade Level : 1 - 7
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1602863008
- ISBN-13 : 978-1602863002
- Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.25 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Weinstein Books (September 6, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 13 - 17 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,954,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top reviews from the United States
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What it's all about...
This book is about witches...it is a lovely scary haunting witchy book where two babies get switched...through witchcraft...while they are being born. Ick! The mothers of the babies are witch sisters but one is much more mean and crafty and filled with spells than the other...in the beginning. But the naive witch sister is the one who is the mother of the baby who will be the most powerful witch queen ever. But...yep...one more but...the mean sister will not allow this to happen and this is where the trouble begins! Mean sister Raven wants her daughter Sorrel to be the Queen even when she isn't. In the mean time Charlock...mom to non witch Ember...is really the mother of Poppy who really is the Queen Of All The Witches. And then there is Leo...the lost boy. And Poppy's other mother Melanie who literally drives herself crazy because she knows that Poppy is not her real daughter but she doesn't know where Ember is. Whew! That's why this book was soooooooo good!
Why I wanted to read it...
I love this kind of fantasy. This author is fantastic at world building! I could see Poppy in the real world and Ember in the coven and I could see both of them sharing their worlds. The writing was amazing. The storytelling mesmerizing. Should this be a movie?
What made me truly enjoy this book...
The world of the witches...Poppy learning to be a witch, the cats...especially Minx...all of this made this book so wondrous...kind of scary, bloody, gory and realistic, too.
Why you should read it, too...
Readers who love this kind of world will love this book. I am about to start The Hawkweed Legacy and I can't wait!
I think that teen readers will really love this fable. It’s got everything a good fable needs: magic, mystery, romance, and danger. There are covens of witches who may be at war, magical spells, and all sorts of dark enchantments. And it’s got a ton of adventure with a couple of girls you really like (and one you sort of like, even though you shouldn’t).
As an adult, though… you’ve got a trio of girls with no self-esteem completely gaga over a handsome homeless boy with no real personality (but, hey, he knows where to get the best stuff to eat – best garbage in town). The author does try to explain why Leo is so special, but he’s really not.
Girl 1 likes him because he’s the first boy who hasn’t treated her like a freak.
Girl 2 likes him because he’s the first boy she’s ever seen. (literally)
Girl 3 – see reason behind Girl 2’s instalove.
Besides the grown up woman in me wanting to take each of these girls and teach them how to be self confident, I did enjoy the fable itself. I just had to remove myself from adulthood for a while.
I think teens will love it. They’ll sigh over Leo – his trials, tribulations, and that moment when he finally takes a shower. They’ll want Poppy’s skills and Ember’s goodness. And they’ll want a little magic in their own lives.
Four stars for the fable. Just try to get past Handsome Homeless.
As the two girls grow up each finds it hard to fit into their lives. Ember studies magic among the witch coven but she’d rather make herself look pretty and smell good than deal with the icky things the spells ingredients call for. While across the country Poppy never fits in with her family and continues to be expelled from school after school for her “accidents” that defy explanation.
The Hawkweed Prophecy grabbed my attention in the beginning and was really expecting to completely love this book. Somewhere along the way though I found that it just seemed to drop off for me a bit as far as the excitement level was concerned. The idea was great but there was just a bit of something missing to me.
The story ended up including a bit of a love triangle in the middle which may be the point that it got a bit dull. It’s really kind of awkward to have both of these girls who are complete opposites seem to end up wanting the same boy. Probably would have worked better for me if that part hadn’t been included.
Overall 3.5 stars, interesting ideas behind the plot with a good start and finish but a bit of a lull in the middle of the story to me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
I liked the way it switched to all the different points of view and characters throughout the book and I really liked how you were almost changing bodies and travelling to the different scenes that the people were at.
The idea of putting witches into modern day was really great and done so that it didn't sound like Harry Potter or any other books I 'd read. There were so many twists and turns throughout the story that I could never predict the story and I loved the sense of irony when I knew something that the characters didn't.
Irena Brignull left the opportunity for a sequel which I will be waiting for in earnest, maybe even a series.
All in all, I thought this book was amazing and great for all ages not just Young Adult.
It's now on the long list of fantasy worlds that I wished I lived in!