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.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 137.16 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
- 01 Sep 2011
- Rhemalda Publishing
- Wenatchee, WA, United States
- 1, black & white illustrations
About Amber Argyle
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 while she was writing her debut novel. She has worked as a short-order cook and a janitor in a mental institution, all of which gave 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.
Our customer reviews
This was a great book! At the beginning this wasn't the kind of book I just couldn't put down, but I still enjoyed it. By the end the action picked up, and I found myself reading it every chance I got. Brusenna was barely 15 at the beginning of her story, by the end I think she was almost 17. Senna's mother left to try and defeat the dark witch leaving her alone at such a young age. Senna found instructions from her mother and started her journey. Along the way she found a witch guardian in training which added a lot of fun and romance. ;) This was such a creative and new story where witches could sing to plants and make them obey. I'd never thought of plants as weapons. It was awesome. I loved getting to know this new world. Content Ratings: sexual: mild language: none violence: mild/moderateshow moreby Clean Teen Fiction
I loved this book. It was beautiful, and not just the cover art. Original and well-written it's worth reading.show moreby Laura
For the most part Witch Song was what I expected it to be - an adventure filled, coming of age, high fantasy, that pits good against the all-powerful evil, and for the most part I enjoyed this story very much up until the climax or what I thought to be the climax. It turns out that everything that was building in Witch Song, the main thing the characters were striving to defeat wasn't the main thing they should have been focusing on and when I found that out well I was disappointed. I suppose it, and I can't say what it is because it would be a major spoiler, was supposed to be a twist (and I love a good twist) but honestly I just felt underwhelmed at the revelation. It felt like the story was moving up this hill and when it reached the top there was another hill hidden behind it that we had to quickly climb again when there should have been a nice quick descent to finish the story. However, before you decide that maybe I didn't like this story after all let me talk about before that point in the arc and tell you what I did enjoy about Witch Song. Brusenna or Senna is our sheltered main character who has lived alone with her mother in almost seclusion her entire life outside a village where mostly all of the inhabitants are prejudice against her kind, her kind being witches. She is both immature in her magic and socially - the latter isn't a surprise when we see the cruel way the villagers treat her in the first chapter. If I were treated that way just for what I was and was that outnumbered I would be afraid of people too and as for being immature in her magic that is Brusenna's mother's fault because I never understand it but in most stories parents always decide the best way to protect their children is to leave them in the dark. FYI fictional parents this plan never works because something bad always happens and the children are left defenseless! The bad is that an evil witch is taking power from all the witches and is using witch song for her own selfish ways. She is basically screwing up the climate which of course is not only affecting people but all living creatures. Thus a quest begins because well Brusenna's mother is gone and lack of parental supervision means the kid is on her own. I like quest tales, there are little pockets of adventure sprinkled throughout the book while underneath there is still our main story - Brusenna, an untrained young witch is the last hope to save the world, and in Witch Song she comes across both friends and enemies, a hodgepodge of quirky characters who I either loved or despised while she trains for her battle against this big baddie. It was Brusenna's different interactions with new people and places that I enjoyed the most, it added a certain charm to the story but there wasn't enough of it for me to become fully immersed into the world of Witch Song. Still, the parts of the world and people I did read about were my favourites and if it wasn't for them I can't say I would have liked this story all that much. There were moments where I was laughing and moments where I actually loved genuinely loved the story I was reading but stepping back and looking at is as a whole Witch Song is a story that had great potential but didn't quite meet it. So in conclusion, although I didn't fully love this story I am happy that I got to read Amber Argyle's writing, she obviously has a wonderful imagination and knows how to create characters so I will most definitely be checking out what she comes up with next.show moreby Sandy
In a word, Witch Song is a fantastic read! It is exciting, unique and exquisitely written. Amber Argyle creates a world where Witches control nature and the changing of the seasons through their songs. The Dark Witch, a Witch who has turned her back on The Creators and nature, captures all of the remaining Keepers and wrecks havoc on the world. It is then up to Brusenna, who has never been trained, to learn a lifetime of Witch Songs and defeat the Dark Witch before the world is permanently altered and all of all of the remaining Keepers of Witch Song are killed. Amber's writing was so vivid and her descriptions so strong that I was pulled into this world completely. This was a book that I just could not put down once I started reading it. The author made Witch Craft more than spells, and hocus pocus, it was deeply rooted in nature and had an organic and peaceful feel to it. I loved the connection that the Witches had to nature and found everything from their songs, to their use of the seeds to be utterly incredible. I didn't expect to find a fantasy world where plants could be called upon to bind and hold predators, or for the Witches to have seeds that could be used to fight and dual others. The use of Song was also incredibly unique; a Witch's strength is correlated to the strength of her voice. The more powerful, clear and beautiful her singing, the more powerful her spells. I have never read anything like this and I give the author kudos for her originality. The characters were also well crafted and believable. Brusenna's character started off a little shaky for me and felt rather weak and whiney. She had a very difficult time letting anyone in to help her, and was frustratingly blind to the adoration and love that other's felt towards her - but given what was shown of her childhood and experiences with anyone other than her mother this didn't surprise me. In fact it made her character easier to relate to. I loved how as she discovered her power in Song she also discovered a strength and determination that she hadn't known existed before. She was strong but vulnerable, brave but not without her doubts and eventually confident enough in herself to let others in to help her. Witch Song was an exhilarating read and I found myself tearing through the pages. The action sequences were exciting while still holding true to the Witches connection to nature and there was always a surprise in store for the reader. I highly recommend this book to fans of fantasy and YA. I received a E-ARC of Witch Song from the Publisher (thank you!!!) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.show moreby Bonnie Speers-Bauman
In a scintillating debut, Amber Argyle creates an impressively detailed world for her characters to live in. As impressive as this debut is, I'm sure we have years of wonderful stories to look forward to from this writer. Brusenna (also called Senna in the story) and her mother Sacra are Witches (or, as they prefer to be called, Keepers). They control their powers through song. In their small town of Gonstower, they are feared and reviled, especially so since a three-year drought has left many villagers on the edge of devastation. Brusenna is in the town trying to buy supplies when she is accused of theft and nearly put into the stocks before a strange, beautiful and obviously powerful woman saves her, then tells Senna she wishes to consult Senna's mother. This turns out to be another Keeper, called Coyel, who has come to tell Sacra that she is one of only eight full-fledged Keepers that remain and is needed to come and fight against the Dark Witch, Espen. Left alone, Brusenna is attacked by a witch hunter and discovers that her mother, Coyel, and the rest of the Keepers have been taken by Espen and that she - untrained, untried - is the only witch left free. She determines to go and try to save the rest of the Keepers, accompanied by her wolfhound, Bruke, and using a letter and journal that Sacra left for her, in case of this situation. She discovers a whole world that has been kept from her in Sacra's vain attempts to keep her safe from Espen. Along the way she meets many enemies, as well as unexpected friends. I literally could not put "Witch Song" down once I started it, and remained glued to the pages for the entire time it took to read it. While there were some minor issues that momentarily took me out of the story (like the fact that Brusenna worried about not really knowing how to ride, but took off on a horse and apparently managed to not only ride, but handle the tack by herself with no problem), usually a comment further on in the story either cleared up the issue or clarified the situation to the extent that I was satisfied with things. Richly imagined, with strong characters, "Witch Song" is a fantasy story to whet the appetites of any reader. Give it a read!show moreby Katy S
This story did have a bit of a slow start when compared to the rest of the novel. However, when it got started a ton of things seemed to happen right after each other. That's all very well, but there was no balance in that respect for me. There was no time in the story where things were just left to settle and characters were able to reflect or interact - it doesn't seem right when characters are going through a moment of reflection whilst being fired at or dealing with being in the middle of a battle or whatever, no matter how relevant the said moment of reflection is to the story. Now that the criticism is out of the way, other than that I really loved this story. It was really new and original and had great characters. The protagonist of the story, Brusenna, was flawed in that she saw everything as up to her and that she was alone, with her being the last witch. I love that in characters. Especially when surrounding characters are there to point it out and try and help. Brusenna developed a lot throughout Witch Song and even though everything seemed to be up to her, when everybody else got involved and maybe didn't seem to be so grateful to her, she didn't react like a spoilt little brat. She took it in her stride and kept her mouth shut when she should have and spoke out when the opportunity arose. My point is, it just goes to show that not every successful heroine has to be loudmouthed just to get her opinions heard or refuse to accept a man's help for fear of being seen as inferior. Brusenna was none of that and as a result she was probably the most realistic heroine ever! Other than the characters the plot was really original. Witches who's power lies in their voice? So cool to read about! I really recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of YA or otherwise. Pick it up, you won't regret it!show moreby Maryam H