January 12, 2014

Review: Witch Song (Witch Song #1)

Witch Song (Witch Song #1) by Amber Argyle
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: September 1, 2011
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Book Description:

The Witch Hunters have come for Brusenna, for she is the last. All the others have been captured by the Dark Witch. And without their magical songs to control nature, the world is dying.

Though young and untrained, Brusenna must succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the Dark Witch. Fight her. Defeat her. 

If Brusenna fails, there will be nothing left to save—for the Witches, for mankind, or for the young Guardian who has committed his life to protecting hers.

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Witch Song by Amber Argyle is the first in a series following witchling Brusenna as she travels through lands near and far in search of the knowledge to defeat the Dark Witch and save the Keepers, the witches who keep balance in the world.

I’ve always loved witches and the great thing about Witch Song is these were different than any witches I’ve previously read about. I thought the plot for this story was pretty awesome. Argyle did a great job of describing this world she created, showing the reader the ins-and-outs of how magic works and what the witches do for the earth.

I thought Brusenna was a great main character. The change in bother her demeanor and attitude and the amount of growth she went through during the duration of the story was pretty great. Argyle did such a nice job of showing us how a lot of Brusenna’s innocence and nativity was lost along her journey, but her strength of heart never once wavered.
Joshen was amazing. I absolutely loved his character and the way he always fought for Brusenna. They made an amazing team as they faced the many obstacles of traveling to fight Espen. I don’t want to give too much away about the different people and things after them, but the story had a nice pace and though I wish Waldorf would have been stopped a little sooner.

So much hate for him! I was really impressed with all the chants and the way the story was woven together also. I enjoyed seeing Brusenna fight for her life and stay in Haven to learn the seed magic she needed to face Espen. While I liked that she was willing to face things on her own to protect people, I also didn’t love that she pushed everyone away.

Brusenna was annoyed at her Mother in the beginning of the book for keeping her in the dark about the witch wars and things and then leaving her behind to go help what was left of the Keepers, but then Brusenna tried to do the same thing to everyone who helped her. I get why she did it, but I feel like after it didn’t work the first few times she should have learned she’s stronger with the people she cares about.

Outside of that the only thing that really bugged me about the book was I feel like it should have ended after the whole Espen ordeal. I felt the last few chapters after that were overkill and probably could have been left for the next book. The culmination of this book should have been the face off with Espen and yet more story and questions were added on to things after that.

But despite that I really did enjoy this book and I’d definitely recommend it to fellow readers who love them some paranormal goodness!

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Author Bio:

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.

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