The Hawkweed Legacy (The Hawkweed Series #2) (Paperback)

By Irena Brignull

Hachette Books, 9781602863378, 384pp.

Publication Date: August 14, 2018

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Hardcover (8/15/2017)

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From screenwriter Irena Brignull comes the stunning sequel to her critically acclaimed YA debut, The Hawkweed Prophecy ("Full of romance, heart and suspense...completely absorb[ing]." -Madeleine Roux) about a young witch forced to choose between love and magic.

Poppy Hooper doesn't want to be queen of the witches, but some problems can't be left behind. Some love stories can't be forgotten. Some friendships won't be broken. And some enemies won't stay dead...

The battle for the throne isn't over yet.

Poppy has only just discovered her position and power as queen of the covens. Tormented by the loss of her would-be lover, Leo, to her best friend, Ember, and a past that's shadowed by secrets, she's left her dangerous world of witches and flown to Africa. But Poppy never stops longing for Leo. When she feels his magic begin to spark, she will do anything to be reunited with him.

Now as the girls come of age and Poppy's powers grow stronger, her mother, desperate for her daughter's return and forgiveness, sets into motion a plan that puts Poppy, Ember, the boy they love, and the world as they know it at risk.

About the Author

Irena Brignull is an acclaimed screenwriter whose credits include The Boxtrolls and The Little Prince. Previously, Irena was a Script Executive at the BBC and then Head of Development at Dogstar Films, working on Shakespeare in Love, I Capture the Castle, and Bravo Two Zero among other films. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Oxford.

Praise For The Hawkweed Legacy (The Hawkweed Series #2)

Praise for The Hawkweed Legacy:

"The real unbreakable bond in these stories is that between mother and child. Interesting and well written..."
Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will be eager to keep turning pages in this rousing sequel."—School Library Journal

"I remain completely thrilled by this series. I feel like the best is still yet to come."—Read by Jess

"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."

Love Reading 4 Kids

"Brignull does an exceptional job developing this emotional core of the series... Readers looking for a poignant story about belonging will find this a rewarding reading experience... a beautifully written novel about magic and the ties that bind."

Fine Print

"The connection between the two girls is just beautiful. Brignull has given us a gloriously refreshing homage to feminine strength... The twistiness to both of these books is intoxicating...deliciously dark and schemey."—Hana Banana Reads

"Irena's writing was magnificent and skilled... poignant... a beautiful tale of family, friendship and love in an original and modern fantastical setting."

Never Judge a Book by Its Cover

Praise for The Hawkweed Prophecy:

"Wildly delightful."—Laini Taylor, author of The Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy

"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

"Brignull's The Hawkweed Prophecy is a
deft exploration of friendship, sacrifice, and betrayal. I can't decide
who I love more, the sweet and trusting Ember or the spunky, dark Poppy.
You can't help but cheer for both girls, and ache when they are pitted
against one another. I was completely absorbed in the sinister,
complicated world of magic and witches. The coven is described so
confidently and beautifully, it's hard to emerge from the novelw ithout
wondering if these women are operating somewhere just below the surface
of our world. Full of romance, heart, and suspense, readers will find
themselves staying up all night just to spend a little more time with
Ember and Poppy."—Madeleine Roux, author of the Asylum 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 a
beautiful 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."—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 Haunting of Sunshine Girl series

"Brignull...debuts with an instantly engrossing novel...It's a fantasy
with the air of a classic, yet one that's also entirely contemporary in
its tight focus on identity, friendship, and romance. Ages 12-up."—Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

"Brignull develops story and characters slowly, long, luxurious
sentences balancing the magic and the mundane expertly and building the
world of the witches by showing how out of place Ember is in it. Tension
builds inexorably to the inevitable witch showdown, which brings small
victories but not a happily-ever-after for all. The third-person
narration switches focus from character to character as they make
frustrating, heart-rending, totally believable choices. Fantasy and
nonfantasy readers alike will appreciate this gritty and intriguing
coming-of-age story."
Kirkus Reviews

"From love, lies, loss and highs, The Hawkweed Prophecy delivers it all, and you won't see any of it coming."

United by Pop

"The Hawkweed Prophecy is as beautiful inside as it is out... Irena Brignull's writing is seamless... The atmosphere is dark, haunting, chilling with a dash of sunshine and fairy tale magic."

Never Judget A Book By Its Cover

"Irena Brignull's debut a lyrical, poignant novel that examines what it means to belong, to have power, and to be a woman."

Fine Print

"Witchy, soulful, vibrant, mysterious."—Rachel Ashworth Writes

"I was bespelled way before the end."—Utopia State of Mind

"Action-packed from start to finish, this was the sequel that we needed."—Between the Pages

"I was entranced by the story of friendship and witchy sisterhood."
The Bookish Beagle

"Need a new series to love? The Hawkweed Legacy just released this week!"—Justine Magazine

"This beguiling magical tale and its strong female leads, full of betrayal, sorcery, and friendship, is spellbinding."—South Wales Evening Post