Weyward Review

Weyward was a nice break from all of the epic fantasy that I’ve been reading lately. It’s perfect for spring. So, let’s get to my review.


I am a Weyward, and wild inside.

2019: Under cover of darkness, Kate flees London for ramshackle Weyward Cottage, inherited from a great aunt she barely remembers. With its tumbling ivy and overgrown garden, the cottage is worlds away from the abusive partner who tormented Kate. But she begins to suspect that her great aunt had a secret. One that lurks in the bones of the cottage, hidden ever since the witch-hunts of the 17th century.

1619: Altha is awaiting trial for the murder of a local farmer who was stampeded to death by his herd. As a girl, Altha’s mother taught her their magic, a kind not rooted in spell casting but in a deep knowledge of the natural world. But unusual women have always been deemed dangerous, and as the evidence for witchcraft is set out against Altha, she knows it will take all of her powers to maintain her freedom.

1942: As World War II rages, Violet is trapped in her family’s grand, crumbling estate. Straitjacketed by societal convention, she longs for the robust education her brother receives–and for her mother, long deceased, who was rumored to have gone mad before her death. The only traces Violet has of her are a locket bearing the initial W and the word weyward scratched into the baseboard of her bedroom.

My Thoughts

Weyward is everything I look for in a witchy story. It’s heavily nature based and I adore that. I want the Weyward garden in my yard. The cottage setting was full of atmosphere and intrigue. It helped to bring the story to life.

I also enjoyed the cast of characters. This is a generational story that follows three Weyward women through different time periods. Each character had a distinct voice and motivation even when their storylines mirrored each other’s. It was interesting to see the similarities, and differences, in their lives. And I loved the way that their storylines all came together at the end.

My Rating: 4/5

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