Review: Witch Song by Amber Argyle

Witch Song by Amber Argyle
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Release Date: September 1 ,2011
Page Count: 320
Source: ebook provided by author

For thousands of years, witch song has controlled everything from the winds to the shifting of the seasons. But not anymore. All the Witches are gone, taken captive by the dark Witch, Espen.
As the last echoes of witch song fade, Espen grows stronger as winter and summer come within the space of a day. Now she’s coming for the one she missed—a shy, untrained girl of fifteen named Brusenna.

Somehow, Brusenna has to succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find Espen. Fight her. Defeat her.

Or there won’t be anything left to save.

Review: I’m not even going to wait until the end of this review to recommend Witch Song. From the moment I read the first page I was swept into a new world filled to the brim with adventure, danger, magic and a touch of romance. The picture Ms. Argyle paints is vivid and all consuming. I felt like I had stepped back into the time of Merlin. I connected with the heroine Brusenna immediately and rooted for her as she went through her trials, both emotional and physical. This is a fantastic story that managed to capture the growth of child to a woman amidst the most extraordinary circumstances.

Our hero Brusenna and her mother Sacra have been shunned their entire lives by the people in their village for being witches. Witches aren’t looked upon kindly here, and the two women are blamed for the dying crops. Brusenna is only fifteen, but in many aspects she’s been forced to grow up before her time. She is the one who’s felt the sharp sting of disapproval, and prejudice when she ventures into town for the food and supplies she and her mother need to survive. My heart ached for the outcast woman child, and I was left wondering why her mother would place such a heavy load on young shoulders.

When a merchant accuses her of stealing and moves to do her bodily harm I found myself wishing for a medieval version of Child Protective Services. I was relieved when a stranger steps forward and stills the merchants temper with her sharp tongue, and coins. The beautiful woman, named Coyle, dazzles Brusenna with her kind words and the truth she reveals about her Mother. Brusenna’s mother Sacra has a hidden past. She’s a Keeper. Keepers are powerful witches able to sing a witches song. Yes it’s exactly what it sounds like. Think Harry Potter magic without the wands or the Latin language.

Sacra ran after she lost her husband and older child to the wicked witch Espen, determined the witch would not take anything else she loved. Over the years Espens’ powers have continued to grow as she kidnaps the Keepers one by one, and bends them to her will. Espen’s unnatural magic has upset the balance of the world, and nature has begun to rebel against her rule. Crops are dying, the ocean is still, and innocent people suffer. Sacra has no choice but to leave with Coyle in hopes of defeating the evil witch. Sacra is forced to leave Brusenna behind with a letter to be opened should she fail to return, a book of spells, and a promise to answer all her questions.

I couldn’t help but feel for this wayward teen. She’s discovered a legacy she never knew she had, and found her whole way of life was a lie. When her Mother fails to return the weight of the world rests on Brusenna’s slim shoulders. This is where her adventure begins, and we met our hero Joshen. Joshen is the son of a Guardian, a person who dedicates their lives to aiding witches. Strong, wise, and gentle Joshen is the perfect companion on Brusenna’s journey. They travel on land, on sea, encounter mythical creatures, powerful foes, and form a bond that proved to be unbreakable.

If you like magic, fantasy, historical and adventure , this is the one for you.


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