Witch Born (Witch Song #2) by Amber Argyle
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: September 5, 2012
Brusenna thought it was finished. She defeated the Dark Witch, saving the Haven Witches from imprisonment and death. She found love and a place to belong.
She was wrong. Haven is not the sanctuary it appears to be. Even love is in danger of slipping away like water through cupped hands. Some things can't be saved.
A new threat merges with the old as the Witches' dark history begins to catch up with them. Only Brusenna knows the extent of the danger and how to stop it, though doing so might cost her everything. Including her life. Will Brusenna be required to make the ultimate sacrifice?
First things first, the cover of Witch Born by Amber Argyle, the second book in the Witch Song series is gorgeous!
And full throttle onto my thoughts. Witch Born took the history of the witch’s to a whole other level and definitely raised the stakes in the book. Argyle did an amazing job of building that history and having Brusenna slowly discover what the witches were keeping from her and how it all fit together.
The plot is solid, fast paced, and interesting. The problem is some things get kind of repetitive. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but I am seriously getting tired of everyone ragging on Brusenna. Throughout the entire first book we had to see people putting Brusenna’s down, trying to kidnap her, succeeding in kidnapping her…at some point there’s got to be an end to it.
But Witch Born picks up sort of where Witch Song left off (though I was having trouble with the passage of time in both books. It’s hard to tell how much time has passed unless Argyle denotes it with an actual month reference) with Brusenna being attacked and almost kidnapped. And then all the witches that she saved treat her poorly.
They know Brusenna is creator touched and yet they don’t head her warnings on anything. They are making the same mistakes all over again and the thing is, it’s not just once, but several times. I don’t know about you guys, but when I read a book I’m looking to see characters grow and change and while I like a lot of the characters in Witch Born (Reden, Joshen, Brusenna sometimes, the creators especially Lilette) they haven’t really had much growth.
And this is not a slight against Argyle’s writing because I quite enjoy her story at heart. Her writing style in good and the story flows well without confusion outside of my lack of being able to understand the passage of time. Witch Born really pulls the whole picture together and while I didn’t love the bulk of the middle portion of the book or what the witches did to Brusenna I really did enjoy the end of the book.
The last few chapters where she came back to Haven and did what she did (something I don’t want to give away because it was good) I finally felt like she stepped up and stopped letting people control her, but instead took the first steps in creating a world where the witches could be forgiven and live together in peace. I think my favorite scene was Brusenna with the creators and then the very last chapter where a true sanctuary of sorts became a reality.
I will say this; if you enjoyed the first book you will most likely enjoy this one as well. There’s more adventure, dangerous situations and a few twists and turns to keep you guessing, but if the way Brusenna was treated in book one bugged you, this might prove to annoy you a bit like it did me. I stuck through the middle of the book and was pleasantly surprised with the ending so in my eyes it was worth the read.
Amber Argyle grew up with three brothers on a cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains. She spent hours riding horses, roaming the mountains, and playing in her family’s creepy barn. This environment fueled her imagination for writing high fantasy.
She has worked as a short order cook, janitor, and staff member in a mental institution. All of which has given her great insight into the human condition and has made for some unique characters.
She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Physical Education from Utah State University.
She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three small children.