Reader Reviewed The Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull

The Hawkweed Legacy

Written by Irena Brignull
Part of the The Hawkweed Prophecy Series

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In a Nutshell: Sisterhood, suspense, sacrifice and romance

Spellbinding sequel in which a reluctant Queen of the Witches grapples with epic matters of the heart, soul, and magical realm.

Poppy Hooper, “the baby who’d been swapped for another, the child who had grown up in the wrong home with the wrong mother”, is a reluctant Queen of the Witches, and she’s now flown to Africa in the form of a swallow to a “seemingly boundless area of sloping hills and plains where animals, large and small, roamed wild”. Here, Teko and his medicine-maker grandmother take her in and promise to protect her. “I can look after myself. I always have,” Poppy tells them but, despite her confidence, she is going to need someone on her side. For one thing, the fight for the throne far from over and, for another, she’s filled with longing for Leo, the boy she left behind. And then there’s her friendship with Ember. Their bond and sense of loyalty is strong, but is Ember safe? And can they all survive the looming attacks?

The language is both beautifully lyrical and smartly succinct, and the high-octane action is perfectly underpinned by elemental, archetypical concerns, among them love, loyalty, friendship, sacrifice and personal identity. This series surges adrenalin levels, and quickens the heart. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, The Hawkweed Prophecy. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Rebekah Marsh, age 13 - 'The Hawkweed Prophecy was honestly the perfect book for me, it mixed a fantasy world with simple friendship problems - this mix created the perfect plot line, leaving me to not put it down for days.'
  • Kyra Morris, age 17 - 'The Hawkweed Prophecy was a bewitching read - one that charmed me with its delectable writing, beautifully flawed characters and magical story line. It left me spellbound.'
  • Natalie Hunter, age 14 - 'This was a good book with a wonderfully unique storyline. The characters in this were all adorable, particularly Ember, although I often wanted to shout at them through the pages.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was like a fairy tale and modern story in one.... I recommend this to all YA fans who like their fiction with a bit of mysticism.'
  • Humaira Kauser, age 18 -'Intriguing. Exciting and utterly captivating! A world I would want to visit!'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 14 - 'I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.' 
  • Megan West, age 15 - 'An exciting, refreshing and imaginative read. Very enjoyable.'
  • Phoebe Doherty- Ozobiane age 14 - 'The creepy, otherworldly feel of this book would grab anyone with a love for darkish fantasy and I would gladly give this book a ? stars maybe even 4.5/5 stars.'


The Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull

Two babies were born as the clock struck twelve. A bat fell from the air mid-flight. A silver salmon floated dead to the surface of the river... the spell had been cast. This is their story.

Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed worked hard their whole lives to fit in where they never really could. And just when both felt overwhelmingly alone, they found each other and a feeling of belonging in their shared experience of isolation. A friendship to last a lifetime.

But friendship isn’t the only thing that can live forever. Other things can, too – love … loyalty … and hate.
When Poppy becomes a reluctant Queen of the Witches, she’ll need Ember’s support more than ever as it becomes clear the battle for the throne isn’t over and some enemies won’t stay dead. Shoulder to shoulder, will their bond of sisterhood be enough? And will their friendship sustain them through the dangers each must face? Or will the terrors both must confront leave them vulnerable - and alone?...


Praise for The Hawkweed Prophecy

'A gorgeous book ...which I highly recommend' Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars

'A book of wicked, beautiful magic' Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood

'Get ready to be spellbound' Paige McKenzie, author of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

'Wildly delightful' Laini Taylor

About the Author

Irena Brignull

Irena Brignull is a successful screenwriter. Since working on the screenplay of The Boxtrolls, Irena has been writing an adaptation of The Little Prince directed by Mark Osborne and starring Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard. Previously, Irena was a Script Executive at the BBC and then Head of Development at Dogstar Films where she was the script editor on Shakespeare in Love, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Bravo Two Zero to name a few. Irena holds a BA in English Literature from Oxford University. The Hawkweed Prophecy is her first novel.

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304 pages


Irena Brignull
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Orchard Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

1st June 2017




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