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The Last Windwitch

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Many years ago, in the kingdom of Fenwood Reach, there was a powerful Windwitch who wove the seasons, keeping the land bountiful and the people happy. But then a dark magic drove her from the realm, and the world fell into chaos.

Brida is content in her small village of Oak Hollow. There, she’s plenty occupied trying to convince her fickle magic to actually do what it’s mea
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Expected publication: April 13th 2021 by HarperCollins
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Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, 2021-longlist
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book.

This is one of those stories that continues to stay with me after it's over. I miss it, and wish I could visit Brida and her world again. It's also one of those stories that I hate to try and review it, because I know my words won't do it justice.

Brida is an apprentice to a hedgewitch named Magdi, who adopted her an infant. Although she has magic, it doesn't quite work the way Magdi's does; she follows her instincts instead. As t
Bumble Greenbriar
Nov 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
guess who misread this as “the last sandwich” and actually clicked want to read? 😂😂😬
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Children's Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I could not stop reading this book. I love how books take you on a journey alongside the main protagonist and as you read, it is like you are their partner in crime along for the journey and they are asking you to come along and help out. That is how I felt following alongside Brida's adventures as she finds and confronts the
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
What a great new fantasy world! Brida is a fantastic heroine, thinking that she is not important and that her magic is inferior because she hasn't been able to pass the apprentice hedgewitch exams. As her journey unfolds and she learns to trust her instincts and her magic, she finds that she is much more powerful than she could have ever imagined. This is a must read for fantasy lovers. I hope there will be a sequel. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up.

eARC provided by publisher via Edelweis
Sam Subity
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a gorgeously written fantasy full of heart and magic that will sweep you away into a world torn by an evil queen and powerful stormhorses that can only be tamed by a 12yo orphan whose magic doesn't always work like she expects. I loved watching the main character Brida find her place in the world with the help of friends Hush, Bones, and Bear, and a very ornery but lovable pony. ...more
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Richard Propes
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's always a special thing to read an author's debut and such is the case with Jennifer Adam's middle-grade fantasy "The Last Windwitch," an April 2021 release from HarperCollins Children's Books.

"The Last Windwitch" introduces us to the world of Brida, a young hedgewitch apprentice living quite contentedly in the small village of Oak Hollow trying to live into the gift she is constantly told she possesses but which she has great difficulty manifesting with any consistency.

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Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an awesome adventure for middle graders. A wonderful, magical story for kids, It's well written and appropriate for the young kids. The way Brita takes us on a journey to save her kingdom is alluring and keeps you wanting more. Overall, a great read!

Thanks Netgalley and Publisher for the ARC. All opinions are my own.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received a free ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

I would rate this somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars.

I ended up liking this book more than I had thought I would! Obviously I was intrigued by the synopsis since I requested the ARC, but I can honestly say that description did not do the book justice. It's not just a good book for fans of other authors, it is a great book for anyone who enjoys well crafted, exciting stories with strong heroines. This is a
Cary Morton
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Last Windwitch by Jennifer Adam is a delightful Middle-Grade Fantasy, perfect for both children and adults alike. The story follows the young Brida, an orphan raised as an apprentice to a Hedgewitch - the only problem being that she isn't very good at being an apprentice Hedgewitch. She's terrible at identifying plants, and nothing she brews up ever seems to work correctly. The book follows her
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brida lives in a dangerous world. She doesn't realize how dangerous until the day the Huntsman arrives and she finds herself tangled in a battle against the darkness that has ravaged the country for over a decade. If only Brida could get her magic to work right! Filled with imaginative characters and thoughtful descriptions, The Last WIndwitch is an intriguing adventure full of mystery and heart that is perfect for middle grade readers. It includes themes of discovering what family truly means a ...more
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To read THE LAST WINDWITCH is to escape into a timeless world of magic, the power of nature, and adventure. Beautifully written, and richly imagined the story follows 12yo Brida as she slowly, but most assuredly, discovers the depths of her own powers. The world Adam has created is artfully woven from strands of mythology and elemental magic. It felt somehow both new and familiar to me in that way that great stories always do.
Exploring the relationship between people and nature, the power struct
Julia Pika
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book! The characters were all interesting and the story felt almost akin to a fairytale but original. Mother Magdi and Brida's relationship was sweet, and I appreciated that Magdi wasn't the "crabby old lady" trope, she was loving toward Brida, though she had to keep secret from her for her own safety.

The magic system was really entertaining and the Queen of Crows was frightfully terrifying! Not too terrifying
Alexandra Preston
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This was a great Middle Grade read. It takes a while to get the story established and going, but once it does, the fantasy and adventure carry you away! It took me a while to warm up to Brida as I found her behavior earlier on in the book to be combative (idk if that is exactly the right word for it) but she just came off a tad high on her horse for me. But you do see growth throughout the book and resourcefulness so she grew on me. It was lovely to see such a cast of characters come alive in su ...more
Obstinate but lovable ponies! Elemental stormhorses! Not-so-great hedgewitches! Evil Queen of Crows! I loved this debut so much. Brida is the best kind of protagonist--smart, kind, and brave enough to follow her heart. I loved how magic is described in this story, how the hedgewitch knowledge just doesn't work for Brida but she learns to follow the magic instead. The ending does an amazing job wrapping up everything (even a bully plot thread that ends in understanding and compassion--brilliant.) ...more
Rafael Andrade
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If Indiana Jones and the RPG game for PS4 Ni Nu Kuni decided to have a kid, The last Windwitch would be their daughter.

Raised by a forest witch named Magdi, Brida spends her days helping her with trivial tasks. As the evil Queen Moira spreads her evil tentacles into the forest and village, Brida's safety is in jeopardy, forcing her to venture into a quest that will reveal who she is.
With the help of her friends and a band of witches, magical horses that can control the elements, Brida will try
Casie Bazay
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Last Windwitch is a beautifully crafted middle grade fantasy, full of vibrant imagery, fantastic world building, and unique magical elements that set it apart from other fantasy novels I've read. Adam's writing is gorgeous, and I absolutely loved the strong themes of nature, including the magical storm horses, which were tied into the story so nicely. Brida is an endearing main character and you can't help but root for her on her journey to self-discovery. I would highly recommend this novel ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE LAST WINDWITCH is enchanting. Brida’s world is filled with such unique and splendid magic – the ethereal and haunting sort that’s tied to the natural universe. There are tangled seasons, spellsongs, and storycakes in this rich and detailed world, and when the winds blow in the story, the reader can feel the magic swirling around on the page. Jennifer Adam’s writing is lyrical and poetic, and I was carried away by the spell this adventure wove around me. Many thanks to NetGalley and Harper Co ...more
Jas Asbill
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story sits deep within you for longer than the moments spent on its pages. While reading it you find yourself worried for her, cringing when you can see what will happen before she does, and cheering as she grows closer to her truth. I have fallen in love with her world and in love with her.

I highly recommend this book no matter what age you may be. It is listed under children’s literature but as a 50 year old woman, I would easily nestle it along side N.K. Jemisin.

CAWPILE Rating: 10
Sam Taylor
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful new middle grade fantasy by debut author Jennifer Adam. I loved the folklore feel to the story, along with the different types of magic and witches, the powerful storm horses, and especially the way very unlikely allies come together to fight against a fearsome magic. This book will definitely appeal to preteens/young teens who love fantasy and stories packed with magic.
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was very fun, enjoyable and the characters were great. Only thing I dislike was the major antagonist went down pretty easily, all the build up just for the "strongest" witch to go down in 2 chapters. ...more
Jessica Vitalis
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There is so much to love about this story! For one thing, it weaves hedgewitch mythology with stormhorses that carry elemental magic in a wonderful medieval setting complete with a wicked Queen. The 12yo protagonist undergoes a wonderful transformation in the story, at first questioning her suitability to apprentice a hedgewitch but eventually finding her own source of power, which is a wonderful (but not didactic) message for young readers. The story also forces readers to think about deeper su ...more
It will be hard for me to find the words to describe why I loved this book. But, this was my favorite read of January. I escaped into Oak Hollow and Brida's world and did not want to escape. The magic, the folklore, the adventure, and the mystery kept me reading. If you are looking for a good fantasy, look no further. This book might be lengthy, but it holds you in its grip all the way through. ...more
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