Weyward by Emilia Hart Book Review

Weyward by Emilia Hart Book Review

An inter-generational tale of three daughters, each embarking on a journey of self-discovery as they grapple with the complexities of womanhood and the allure of 'witchcraft '. This narrative will leave you both captivated and yearning for more.

Set in a close-knit Cumbrian village, this novel crosses centuries but still holds the same themes. Each of the protagonists is taken on a journey to navigate not only womanhood but their generational link of 'witchcraft' or, as they refer to it, Weyward'. In the present day, Kate escapes a controlling relationship, taking refuge in the cottage left to her to start again. In 1942, Violet tries to uncover the truth about her mother, discovering that their lives are more alike than she previously thought. Altha, in 1619, is on trial for witchcraft, awaiting the decision of her fellow villagers and previous friends.

It’s safe to say that I did judge the book by its cover, however, I was surprised to find that the book was actually quite gripping. After a slightly slow start, solidifying the characters background, the story begins to unfurl with its cleverly interwoven chapters. The way the author spun the story was particularly engaging - it propelled me through the book. Each chapter's small revelations and connections left me eager for the next as the characters' personal stories gradually intertwined.

Despite some distressing events, Weyward is an impressive story, showing what it's like to be a woman in different centuries and how others' perceptions of you can impact your future. If you are a fan of magic and history but want to avoid being tied down to a book series, it's a must-read.

 

Reviewed by Violet (Visitor Operations Assistant) 

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