Witch Rising (Witch Song #2.5) by Amber Argyle
Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: December 11, 2013
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.
A ship burns, sinking into the dark sea. There is only one survivor—a child hunted for the power of her song. Hidden away on an isolated island, Lilette buries her power deep, convinced it caused the deaths of those she loves.
But she can’t run from who she is. And when her secret is revealed, the only thing that can save her is her song. It’s time to rise up and become what she was always meant to be: the most powerful witch ever born.
Witch Rising by Amber Argyle in a prequel to the prequel. I know that sounds weird, but this little nugget of awesomesauce was so good. I find myself liking Lilette more than I liked Brusenna as a main character. The scene on the boat where they were attacked and she lost her parents hurt my heart.
Argyle did an exquisite job of painting both the scene and the pain. Witch Rising is just as well written as Witch Song and Witch Born. The part I like most is it takes us back to before the wars started and lets us see how it all began. I wish we knew more about Fa and what his story was and how he knew the things he knew.
Was he a guardian? A Seer? I don’t know, but I do know he was a good person. Fa was the one who found Lilette in the ocean and took her in to raise her as his own for as long as he could. I also loved Salfe and how he stood up to Bian, his Father, for Lilette.
This was a quick story, but we got a lot of information about Lilette’s background in it and now I’m totally prepared to move right on to Witch Fall the next book in the series. Out all three books I’ve read so far Witch Rising has been my favorite.
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.