Book Review: Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull (The Hawkweed Prophecy, Book 2)



Title:  The Hawkweed Legacy
Series: The Hawkweed Prophecy, Book 2
Author: Irena Brignull
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Release Date:  August 15, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Fiction

Poppy is discovering a purpose for her powers in Africa, but she is haunted by a vision of her own death. Taken in by a boy and his great-grandmother, a healer, they vow to keep her safe-even if that ultimately means holding her captive. But Poppy never stops longing for Leo and, when she feels his magic begin to spark, she will do anything to be reunited with him.

Desperate to regain Poppy's trust and bring her home, Charlock embarks on a plan to reunite Leo with his mother. What Charlock doesn't foresee are the string of consequences that she sets into motion that leave Ember all alone and prey to manipulation, the clan open to attack from other witches, Sorrel vulnerable to Raven's ghost, Betony determined to protect her son from his father's fate, and which leave both Leo and Poppy in terrible danger.




The Hawkweed Legacy by acclaimed screenwriter, Irena Brignull is book 2 of the Hawkweed Prophecy, and it continues on almost immediately on. Therefore, it's not one to start without reading book 1, at least in my opinion.  I was looking forward to this series, only because I like the whimsical factor in the author's screen work. As a fantasy young adult fiction, which I do enjoy from time to time, I was easily taken by the author's beautiful prosaic writing from the get go.  Her characters have much depth and development through the pages, yet I'm not quite sure I love the outcome of certain ones. There's a lot of chaos within the plotlines, yet it somehow does all come together. If the author's looking for readers' approval, I'm not so sure we would enjoy some of these characters or plot lines. I didn't understand the need for the actual rape scene or why the love triangle that doesn't even seem to make as much sense, and which dragged the story a bit in the first book. When we come to The Hawkweed Legacy it continues, almost as a ploy. Though I do like different perspectives in this second installment for us to understand a backstory. I think one aspect is that it reads like a movie. It's visually beautiful, but the disconnect between scenes and the plot overtakes it.  Despite this, I think it's still worth taking a look for fans of young adult fantasy.


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Irena Brignull,  is a screenwriter, novelist and mum. She lives with her family in London. Her first novel, The Hawkweed Prophecy, was published in June 2016.  The sequel, The Hawkweed Legacy, was published in June 2017.

Her screenwriting credits include the Oscar nominated movie, The Boxtrolls, starring Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning and Simon Pegg. Her adaptation of The Little Prince, directed by Mark Osborne and starring Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco and Marion Cotillard, closed the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. She also adapted Skellig for Sky which starred Tim Roth, John Simm and Kelly MacDonald. 

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ABOUT THE HAWKWEED PROPHECY, BOOK 1

Title:  The Hawkweed Prophecy
Series: The Hawkweed Prophecy, Book 1
Author: Irena Brignull
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Release Date:  August 15, 2017 (Paperback Edition)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Fiction

By renowned screenwriter Irena Brignull (The Boxtrolls and The Little Prince) is a major new Young Adult series about the power of sisterhood, fate, and magic. Followed by the sequel The Hawkweed Legacy, also from Weinstein Books.

A stunning debut tells a bewitching story: two girls, one ancient prophecy. Only one can be queen of the witches.

Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed couldn't lead more different lives. Poppy is a troubled teen: moving from school to school, causing chaos wherever she goes, never making friends or lasting connections. Ember is a young witch, struggling to find a place within her coven and prove her worth. Both are outsiders: feeling like they don't belong and seeking escape.

Poppy and Ember soon become friends, and secretly share knowledge of their two worlds. Little do they know that destiny has brought them together: an ancient prophecy, and a life-changing betrayal. Growing closer, they begin to understand why they've never belonged and the reason they are now forever connected to each other.

Switched at birth by the scheming witch Raven Hawkweed, Poppy and Ember must come to terms with their true identities and fight for their own place in the world. Enter Leo, a homeless boy with a painful past who - befriending them both - tests their love and loyalty. Can Poppy and Ember's friendship survive? And can it withstand the dark forces that are gathering?
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