Book Review

Secret Legacy (The Windhaven Witches #1) by Carissa Andrews


When Autumn Blackwood shows up at Windhaven Academy for the Witching Stick Orientation, she hopes to find out what dormant powers she could possibly possess to have been accepted to the elite supernatural school. Instead, the academy is in chaos as everyone frantically hunts for two missing girls.

This book was okay. It was not the best read I have had, but it was not the worst. I enjoyed this book and will get the other 3. I did however find the beginning of this book a little slow and did not quit pick up until the end. This could be because it was setting up the middle two books. 

Autumn Blackwood is an interesting character. Throughout the book, we are learning about her father’s family, the town, and herself along with her. Not knowing why the Windhaven collage would accept her and she herself did not apply, Autumn goes and to figure things out. She meets fellow students, who seem to know a secret but will not tell her but will guide her. When you read this, you see her growing as a rounded character. I am interested in seeing how much more we will see this growth, seeing how this book ended. I like how she does not trust easily unless her instincts tell her otherwise. She wants to be adventurous but still cautious because of the supernatural’s involved in the town.   

The other characters in this book all hold the same secret against Autumn. As the reader, they are holding it from us. I like this set up for this book. It works well. These characters are interesting, and you want to be cautious like Autumn but also want to know what is being held back. These characters are a little flat for me, but I hope they will round out in the following books.

The setting is a town called Windhaven. The Author intertwines the history behind this town with the locals and the supernatural. Even though this has been seen before, I still enjoy this idea. It feels natural and you can see this town in any city or country.

I enjoyed this book. It was a fun read and felt well written. This book sets up for the two middle books in this series well. I recommend this book for those who like paranormal new age books and dark fantasy. 

*I received an ARC from NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

I give this book a 3/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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