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Weyward: A Novel

By Emilia Hart

"A triumphant debut...the magic harnessed by the characters feels completely real in this captivating outing." ––Publishers Weekly (starred review)


"The three timelines and the compelling stories of each of the women intertwine and are layered with the natural magic that runs through the female line of the Weyward family—magic that will help and heal. This combination of magical realism and historical fiction is perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman and Megan Giddings." ––Library Journal


"A generational tale of female resilience." ––The Guardian


"Weyward glows and glimmers with hidden powers, thrills and danger…[and] draws readers inexorably to a glorious conclusion that celebrates connectedness and the power of women and nature...A suspenseful, magical debut." ––Shelf Awareness


"It seems to be the year of the witch book, and this is the best so far. A gripping debut."

––Good Housekeeping (UK)


"Tension and suspense are skillfully maintained as these women seek to extricate themselves from dire circumstances and discover secret strength. The result is a tale of magic and female empowerment and an atmospheric, gripping read." ––Booklist


"Gripping...Thoughtful and at times harrowing, this novel is a successful blend of historical fiction and modern feminism." ––Kirkus


"A promising debut…Hart links the three stories very cleverly in this entertaining read about witchcraft, maternal ties and the power of the natural world." ––The Times (UK)


"Hart evokes a powerful sense of place in each of the narratives, and elicits mystery and a rich atmosphere at every turn. A brave and original debut, Weyward is a spellbinding story about what may transpire when the natural world collides with a legacy of witchcraft."

––Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary


"A totally unique debut that shines a light on the female experience. I loved it."

––Gillian McAllister, New York Times bestselling author of Wrong Place Wrong Time


"Weyward spans three women's lives in three different centuries, connected by blood and one very unique gift. The writing's beautiful, the women are wonderful, and each narrative is as compelling as the next. Alive, vivid, gripping. Real magic." ––Abigail Dean, New York Times bestselling author of Girl A


"A very poignant story of female endurance and hidden power, humming with a sly, exhilarating magic." ––Bridget Collins, Sunday Times bestselling author


"An utterly absorbing page turner. Emilia Hart has written a brilliant story of the strength, resilience and power of three women spanning decades, against a stunning backdrop of the frailty and beauty of nature. This is an outstanding debut and worthy of all the stars."

––Abi Daré, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl With the Louding Voice


"Scuttling with insects and dripping with dark magic, this book got its claws into me and simply refused to let go. An astonishingly accomplished debut, it is beguiling, absorbing and exquisitely rendered, with prose as finely-crafted as a dragonfly's wing. With Weyward, Emilia Hart bursts onto the literary scene with a howl of feminist rage."

––Lizzie Pook, author of Moonlight and the Pearler's Daughter

"Beautifully written and intricate as a spider's web, Weyward weaves an intergenerational tale of sorrow, love, and strength. Though separated by decades or even centuries, these three Weyward women—Altha, Violet, and Kate—are each other's heritage and legacy, and the power they each possess pays tribute to the connections between women, nature, and family." ––Sunyi Dean, author of The Book Eaters