Sep 1, 2011

{Review} Witch Song by Amber Argyle

Witch SongWitch Song by Amber Argyle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Witches / Magic
RECEIVED: Review Request by Rhemalda Publishing
AUTHORS BLOG: Amber Argyle's Site

PURCHASE Witch Song:

The world is changing. Once, Witch Song controlled everything from the winds to the shifting of the seasons--but not anymore. All the Witches are gone, taken captive by a traitor. All but Brusenna. As the echo of their songs fade, the traitor grows stronger. Now she is coming for Brusenna. Her guardian has sworn to protect her, but even he can't stop the Dark Witch. Somehow, Brusenna has to succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the traitor. Fight her. Defeat her. Because if Brusenna doesn't, there won't be anything left to save.

After reading the synopsis for Witch Song I knew this story was going to be a unique and an original tale about witches. I was definitely right; Amber Argyle created a world and fantastic characters that sucked me into the story of Witch Song.

Witch Song follows a young witch named Brusenna who has lived a life in hiding with her mother because they are witches. But when a powerful dark witch captures her mother and other witches, Brusenna finds herself to be the last witch. She is left with the task of saving her mother and fellow witches while learning the ways of her powers that she’s never fully mastered. Along with her trusty dog Bruke and soon to be Guardian Joshen, she has to prepare to go face to face with the strongest and most evil witch.

I love when authors create an entire world and Argyle created the Nefalie’s and the Tarten’s. It always gives the story that separation and originality to stand-alone among all the other young adult novels. At the beginning of the book there is a map of the two areas that’s shows the land and the reader can follow Brusenna in her journey to save her mother.

Brusenna is only fifteen and is given such a difficult task, not only does she have to save her mother, but she must learn to advance her powers and witch song as she makes her journey across the lands. I loved the idea of a witch song; through the story the song is the power of the witch and Argyle created a rhyme of songs that are used for Brusenna’s power. Her mother kept her hidden from the world of magic so she has to learn a long the way and her growth was paced well for everything that was going on. The only part that bothered me a bit was how she kept pushing people away thinking it would protect them, but it did show her immaturity with being around people.

Joshen is a young man himself, he is the son of a Guardian, those who help and fight with the witches. He goes along with Brusenna in her journey and I felt kept her pretty grounded. His goal in life is to be just like his father and protect Senna with his life. She gives him a hard time through out the book because she grows to care for him. Their relationship is sweet and is slow in development; I loved the chemistry they have together.

Overall many characters are introduced and hold their own in importance to the plot. I loved the world, action, romance, magic and the pace is wonderfully done. This story has everything a fantasy reader could ask for and I look forward to more stories from Amber Argyle.

This is a young adult book with a youthful tone and magical elements. Fans of the world of Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore will devour this book in one sitting.

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