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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 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 meant to in her work as a hedgewitch’s apprentice—until she accidentally catches the attention of the wicked queen. On the run from the queen’s huntsman and her all-seeing Crow spies, Brida discovers the truth about her family, her magic, and who she is destined to be—and that she may hold the power to defeating the wicked queen and setting the kingdom right again.


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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 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 meant to in her work as a hedgewitch’s apprentice—until she accidentally catches the attention of the wicked queen. On the run from the queen’s huntsman and her all-seeing Crow spies, Brida discovers the truth about her family, her magic, and who she is destined to be—and that she may hold the power to defeating the wicked queen and setting the kingdom right again.

30 review for The Last Windwitch

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathie

    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 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 the weather around Oak Hollow becomes more tumultuous, Brida discover the legendary stormhorses that control it are real, and being pursued for their magic. She desperately wants to protect them, but her magic has drawn the attention of Queen Moira, and she goes into hiding to avoid a summons to the castle. She meets new friends along the way, and discovers a secret about her family that puts her in even greater danger, but she learns she might have the power to defeat the dark magic consuming the land. What I loved most about this story was how beautifully it was written. The description of the stormhorses, the beauty and decay of the land, the secrets woven into the history of Brida's family, and the haunting creatures that rose from the ground were so well developed. I felt like I was part of Brida's journey, travelled the miles along with her, and was invested in her mission to free the stormhorses. I loved watching her begin to understand her magic, and trust her instincts as she ran into situations where she called upon it to help her. I also appreciated that she had to combine her talents with others to make the magic stronger, rather than being the sole heroine of the story, and her tenderness and kind-heartedness endeared her to me even more. Secrets, mystery, magic, family, friendship, adventure...this book has a little bit of everything. It was the perfect escape from reality, and though I often have trouble picking up a long book, it's one I miss now that it's over. I felt completely immersed in it, without the niggling details that often pull me out a story when they don't sit right with me. I would definitely recommend this story to fantasy lovers who enjoy a quest rich in detail and adventure, filled with magic, where good strives to triumph over evil Recommended: Gr. 5-7

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bumble Greenbriar

    guess who misread this as “the last sandwich” and actually clicked want to read? 😂😂😬

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    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 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 Queen of Crows in hopes to make it back to save her kingdom or it will become ruins. Also, it a lot of fun reading in the point of view of a child. Being a kid at heart, your heart will be warmed and be the biggest cheerleader ever! We will consider adding this title to our JFiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yapha

    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 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

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sam Subity

    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. 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Richard Propes

    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. We know rather earl 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. We know rather early on in "The Last Windwitch" that there is more to Brida's life than meets the eye, though my guess is that middle-grade readers will be less quick to become fully aware of Brida's journey and the rather fantastic places that it goes. Working under the watchful eye of Mother Magdi, Brida is both a disciplined apprentice and a curious child, possessing a curiosity that we all tend to know is going to lead to more than a little bit of trouble. Eventually, she catches the eye of her kingdom's wicked queen who aspires to possess as much power as possible. If you've seen the cover for "The Last Windwitch," it rather beautifully captures very much how I felt while reading the book. Adam beautifully develops the character of Brida as a young child growing into her skills and the responsibility for which she has been born. It's not surprising, of course, that she is born with great purpose and that purpose will be revealed by the end of "The Last Windwitch." Before long, Brida will be on the run from the Queen's Huntsman, an intimidating man who seemingly pops up everywhere and who is tasked with presenting the revealed to be gifted Brida to the queen. Along the way, Brida will meet friends and foes, adoring animals and dastardly beasts. She will encounter the Queen's Crow-spies and will learn the truth about her family, her magic, and the life into which she was born. She may very well learn that even as a little girl she is born with the gifts that will help defeat the wicked queen and restore the kingdom to its rightful place. "The Last Windwitch" is a delightful tale, a patient journey at 448 pages that takes its time setting the stage for Brida's journey and for enfolding us into the fantasy world in which Brida's journey is set. Adam sets the stage slowly, perhaps a bit too slowly, but in most ways that patience is worth it as we become immersed in the lives of these characters and by tale's end we care about their resolution. While the beginning unfolds a tad slowly, the climactic conflicts seem to unfold rather abruptly and made me wish we had a little more time to really savor Brida's unfolding gifts and how they weave themselves into the conflict and the story's resolution. However, these are minor quibbles, truly, for a story that engaged me from beginning to end and kept me thoroughly delighted with characters such as Brida, Magdi, Hush, and others whose relevance shall remain secret in this review. Even ancillary characters are developed nicely here, not always true in children's lit and yet essential to the story's success. "The Last Windwitch" is very much an immersive story. Jennifer Adam is an engaging, visual storyteller and I found myself quite often reading more slowly and surrendering myself to the story unfolding in my heart and in my mind. Fans of Shannon Hale and Kelly Barnhill will find much to appreciate here and there seems little doubt that HarperCollins has given to us an imaginative, gifted writer whose creatively yet intelligently constructed fantasy world is destined to delight middle-grade readers.

  7. 4 out of 5

    talesofkids

    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. 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    At the far reaches of a magical kingdom lies the town of Oak Hollow, which is home to the hedgewitch Mother Magdi and her ward, Brida. Twelve-year-old Brida has never known her parents, but Mother Magdi has raised her in love while helping to mold Brida’s innate magic to her own. However, Brida has never truly been capable of the skills Mother Magdi teaches her. When Brida sneaks out to the annual—forbidden—Day of Remembering and hears the legend of the last Windwitch, something changes in Brida At the far reaches of a magical kingdom lies the town of Oak Hollow, which is home to the hedgewitch Mother Magdi and her ward, Brida. Twelve-year-old Brida has never known her parents, but Mother Magdi has raised her in love while helping to mold Brida’s innate magic to her own. However, Brida has never truly been capable of the skills Mother Magdi teaches her. When Brida sneaks out to the annual—forbidden—Day of Remembering and hears the legend of the last Windwitch, something changes in Brida’s world and she finds herself searching for her own story. This fantasy adventure blends terms like Goody and Goodman with magic and legends brought to life. Focused around Brida, a girl who feels like an outsider with no parents and lackluster skills as a hedgewitch, the reader learns Brida’s story as it unfolds around her. Beautifully descriptive language is used to paint the backdrop of this tale, and the world building happens in natural and unassuming ways. Brida begins the story as a sheltered girl, one who sees the world as a dangerous place but is nonetheless curious to discover the truth for herself. As the narrative progresses, Brida becomes more independent—often through necessity rather than outright choice—and discovers her inner strength thanks to the help of supportive family and friends. Echoes of The Hunger Games are found in the uprising detailed in this story, though the presentation is altogether different. Though the people with the most power and influence in this story are primarily female, male characters have an important role to play, as well. Magic is only one form of strength; there are many ways to make a difference in a broken world. This gripping fantasy tale uses magic and nature to emphasize the importance of choosing the path of justice and is a memorable escape for middle grade readers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. The Last Windwitch is a beautifully written coming-of-age middle grade fantasy by Jennifer Adam. Released 13th April 2021 by HarperCollins, it's 448 pages and is available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. Although it's relatively long for a middle grade reader b Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. The Last Windwitch is a beautifully written coming-of-age middle grade fantasy by Jennifer Adam. Released 13th April 2021 by HarperCollins, it's 448 pages and is available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. Although it's relatively long for a middle grade reader book, the story is so engaging and immersive, and the narrative moves along so quickly that the reader is drawn along. I enjoyed Brida's story and the way the author builds up the world (including the animal characters and magical aspects). Even though this is a self-contained and complete story, I really hope the author has more stories for us in this world. The dialogue flows very well and the characters really seemed three dimensional and believable. Five stars. This story has really stayed with me. I would recommend it for public or school library acquisition, readers of all-ages fantasy, and speculative fiction. I *sincerely* hope this one is a prime pick when next year's Nebula nominations roll around (yes, it really is that good). Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    *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 *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 great book for young readers and I highly recommend it for school and classroom libraries! The bone creature and Hounds might be a little scary for some younger children, but overall the content is good for late elementary and middle school readers. This book is so well written and difficult to put down! Brida is a fantastic lead character and her strength to get through the events of the story is something we would like to see young readers aspire to. She gets scared, but is able to overcome that fear to do what she has to in order to survive and save those she cares about (and even those she barely knows). The message of following your instincts (as Brida does with her magic) is a great one for the target audience. If the author ever wanted to go back and tell the stories of Bones, Bear, and Hush in prequels I would love to know more about them. I would also happily read the continuing tales of Brida and her family and friends!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cary Morton

    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 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 journey of self-discovery as old secrets and magics unfurl, and the little witch finds herself pitted against an evil Queen. The book is filled with magic, mystery, fantastical creatures, looming undead creatures, and one little girl struggling to find her place in the world. I found the world-building engaging, the writing clear and easy to follow, and the characters delightful (well, all except a certain evil queen). I found myself pulled into the world of The Last Windwitch right away, and the story leapt along at a quick sprint without ever feeling rushed. If you enjoy Middle-Grade Fantasy, or stories that have that fairy-tale feel without being overly familiar, I highly recommend you pick up this little gem of a book. You won't regret it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Barrow

    I received this ARC from Netgalley--thank you to Jennifer Adam, HarperCollins Children's Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read! A young apprentice witch with a mysterious past must discover who she when the evil queen attempts to harness powers beyond the scope of the realm and disrupts the environment in the process. The story reminded me of the Girl who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. I was excited to read this book because I love Middle Grade, especially coming of age stories that I received this ARC from Netgalley--thank you to Jennifer Adam, HarperCollins Children's Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read! A young apprentice witch with a mysterious past must discover who she when the evil queen attempts to harness powers beyond the scope of the realm and disrupts the environment in the process. The story reminded me of the Girl who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. I was excited to read this book because I love Middle Grade, especially coming of age stories that involve magic (basically anything by Diana Wynne Jones is my jam, and I also absolutely love Laura Wolk). However, I'm afraid to say that this book just wasn't for me. I kept waiting for something really special to come along to make this middle grade fantasy stand out, but the world building and narrative seemed a bit generic to me. The pacing was quite slow and I'm not sure that it will manage to hold the attention of the target audience. That said, that characters are warmly drawn.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Harrison

    One of the best things about The Last Windwitch is that it stands alone. Yes, author Jennifer Adam could return to the world she’s created — and I hope she does — but she doesn’t have to. At 448 pages, it’s probably too long for less advanced middle readers. However, it takes courage to contain the story to one novel, and I commend both author and editor for that choice. The book and overall reading experience are better because of it. Even though the Adam’s world has an expansive scope, The Last One of the best things about The Last Windwitch is that it stands alone. Yes, author Jennifer Adam could return to the world she’s created — and I hope she does — but she doesn’t have to. At 448 pages, it’s probably too long for less advanced middle readers. However, it takes courage to contain the story to one novel, and I commend both author and editor for that choice. The book and overall reading experience are better because of it. Even though the Adam’s world has an expansive scope, The Last Windwitch has a distinctly intimate feel. The writer’s prose is warm and familiar, making it easy to slip into Brida’s story. All of the characters from Brida and the hedgewitch to the crows and Brida’s horse have a weight to them. Each is realized at different levels, of course, but that attention to detail completes the tale. Even at nearly 450 pages, The Last Windwitch moves quickly. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sirah

    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 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 and coming to terms with bullies of both the adult and child varieties. Brida is a likable character, whose joys and sorrows dance over the pages with effortless realism. While this book won't end up on my favorites list, I'm glad I read it, and I'll certainly be recommending it to anyone who enjoys adventures in magical fantasy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alysa

    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 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 structures people impose on society, and the imbalances that those create all work to create a powerful message for young readers. I highly recommend this book to both lovers of MG fantasy and those who have yet to discover the charms of a magical, fantastical story. Thank you to HarperCollins and NetGalley for the E-Arc

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julia Pika

    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 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, but still pretty creepy. The only issue I had with the book is that I wanted Brida to spend more time with the Queen of Crows, I'd have liked to see more of her terrifying reign. The Last Windwitch is an entertaining novel that's sure to please all ages!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christyne Morrell

    I was absolutely blown away by THE LAST WINDWITCH, an immersive, magical novel. Brida is an apprentice hedgewitch, one of the few who still have magic after it was banned by the powerful queen. But Brida keeps failing her magic exams, guided more by instinct than her lessons. When she spies a herd of wild, mythical stormhorses being pursued by the queen’s huntsman, Brida can’t help but intervene to help them, putting her in the sights of the wicked ruler. From there, Brida will get caught up in I was absolutely blown away by THE LAST WINDWITCH, an immersive, magical novel. Brida is an apprentice hedgewitch, one of the few who still have magic after it was banned by the powerful queen. But Brida keeps failing her magic exams, guided more by instinct than her lessons. When she spies a herd of wild, mythical stormhorses being pursued by the queen’s huntsman, Brida can’t help but intervene to help them, putting her in the sights of the wicked ruler. From there, Brida will get caught up in a struggle for the very soul of her kingdom, searching to find a place for her own brand of magic along the way. With rich world building and stunning writing, this is a tale that immediately feels timeless. Thanks to Harper Kids for the digital ARC.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey | Kipperblossom

    This was cute and the magic system in it was very interesting, but I felt like because it wasn't super well explained or developed it started to feel like towards the end the main character could kind of do anything with little to no explanation (especially toward the end; the book had a very slow burn up to what essentially felt like a deus ex machina-based resolution). I also just... didn't like the main character; it felt like she was given all of the pieces and she couldn't piece them togeth This was cute and the magic system in it was very interesting, but I felt like because it wasn't super well explained or developed it started to feel like towards the end the main character could kind of do anything with little to no explanation (especially toward the end; the book had a very slow burn up to what essentially felt like a deus ex machina-based resolution). I also just... didn't like the main character; it felt like she was given all of the pieces and she couldn't piece them together (I rolled my eyes on multiple occasions at her "could this be? but it *couldn't possibly!*" thought processes). Ultimately the premise of the book was very interesting, I just feel like it could have been executed better. Having said that, I would still read a sequel if one came out!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Preston

    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 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 such a well thought out world. I definitely would recommend this to any future nieces or nephews I may have!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    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.) 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.) I was sniffling and in my feels at this gorgeous story woven from wind, family, and believing in yourself.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    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 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 Collins for the eARC.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Casie Bazay

    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 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 to anyone who loves middle grade fantasy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rafael Andrade

    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 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 to set the kingdom free and learn that sometimes even blood-related relatives can be evil.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christiana Doucette

    Apprentice Hedgewitch Brida struggles to tell the difference between types of herbs, but can listen to a neighbor's wish, and whip up a charm that solves the problem at the root of the wish. But the cruel Queen of Crows is closing in on the corner of the Kindgom where Brida lives with Mother Magda. And the Queen will stop at nothing to gather more magic for herself. I loved the lyric voice of this story. The lines sang! Beautiful beautiful story. I definitely plan to add this to my own personal l Apprentice Hedgewitch Brida struggles to tell the difference between types of herbs, but can listen to a neighbor's wish, and whip up a charm that solves the problem at the root of the wish. But the cruel Queen of Crows is closing in on the corner of the Kindgom where Brida lives with Mother Magda. And the Queen will stop at nothing to gather more magic for herself. I loved the lyric voice of this story. The lines sang! Beautiful beautiful story. I definitely plan to add this to my own personal library.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zakri Banker

    The Last Windwitch was a terrific read! Following Brida from sleepy village to the halls of an evil enemy's castle was a delightful ride. Tackling a lot of mystery, terrific descriptions about places, people, and the magic being used, surprise encounters with friend and foe, and even a few unique ideas about a fantasy world. The author did a great job of weaving together a fantastic cast of characters in a world that was constantly fluctuating between calm and chaotic. I thoroughly enjoyed my ti The Last Windwitch was a terrific read! Following Brida from sleepy village to the halls of an evil enemy's castle was a delightful ride. Tackling a lot of mystery, terrific descriptions about places, people, and the magic being used, surprise encounters with friend and foe, and even a few unique ideas about a fantasy world. The author did a great job of weaving together a fantastic cast of characters in a world that was constantly fluctuating between calm and chaotic. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in this world and I hope there will be more books to follow.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    With thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Children's Books for an early copy in return for an honest review. A beautifully written fantasy and I particularly enjoyed the world building of Oak Hollow and beyond. I also really enjoyed the stormhorses and the author did such a wonderful job of writing vivid descriptions I could feel their power and strength. Brida was well written and I found myself cheering for her throughout the book. I would highly recommend this book to middle grade readers who With thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Children's Books for an early copy in return for an honest review. A beautifully written fantasy and I particularly enjoyed the world building of Oak Hollow and beyond. I also really enjoyed the stormhorses and the author did such a wonderful job of writing vivid descriptions I could feel their power and strength. Brida was well written and I found myself cheering for her throughout the book. I would highly recommend this book to middle grade readers who enjoy fantasy...with family, adventure, magic, and mysteries.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marie Hesler

    Last Wind Witch is a middle grade adventure. Brida is a young hedge witch apprentice and struggles to complete her training. An evil Queen of Crows has taken control of country and has forbidden many celebrations. Her evil influence has even caused weather changes and created great hardships for the communities. Brida discovers that she and a small group of young friends have the ability to work together and possibly find a way to defeat the Queen of the Crows.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marcella

    What a lovely read! Brida and the stormhorses will live in my mind for a long time. This book is whimsical, magical, and so wholesome. Long lost princess with rare magical talent, lots of magical horses, friendships, witchy aunties, etc etc. Hush, Bear, and Bones, you guys are such a dear. I love everything in this book and lowkey wish I can live in their world and practice green magic now. This is a bit jumled. Might edit this review later, but I just love this book a lot :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sam Taylor

    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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    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. 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.

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