September 5, 2012

Title: Witch Song (Witch Song #1)

Author:Amber Argyle

Published: September 1, 2011

Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing

Pages: 305

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.

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  • Christina liked this book and places it on her third shelf.

The witchy universe that Ms. Amber Argyle created was one of masterful beauty and tons of depth. These aren’t witches that ride brooms or cast spells, but rather a group of gifted beings that connect to the universe through earth, air, sunlight, and water. They sing enchanting songs that harness their powers and bend the world- particularly plants- to their command. However, with the ability to influence the flow of nature, naturally they’ll have enemies and that’s where the bulk of this book takes place.

Brusenna is a young witch who has been sheltered from the witch world by her mother for most of her life. Her mother, Sacra, took to  hiding them in the countryside town after a witch war broke out that killed her husband and eldest daughter as well as many other witches. Thinking it was best for her protection, Sacra kept Brusenna in the dark about all the other witches and their duties, hoping that the less Brusenna knew, the safer she would be. However, all that changes when another witch strolls into town and saves Brusenna from  the townsfolk that only wish her harm. Upon speaking with Sacra, the other witch implores Sacra to join her in their plight to defeat the Dark Witch, Espen, once and for all. Not long after, Brusenna learns that all the witches have been captured and through a string of letters left by her mom, finds herself on a path to self discovery where she becomes the witch she was always meant to be, battles the forces that’s upset the laws of nature and those that choose to aid it, as well as find herself falling in love with the young Guardian, Joshen, who has vowed to fight for her life and love or die trying.

I enjoyed the authentic feeling and voice that Argyle lent to her characters and this world, and could clearly visualize the book and all the action it entailed. However, that’s what ended up being one of my bigger grievances with the book. There seemed to been one life-and-death, epic battle after another, and over a period of time, they began to lose their intensity. I couldn’t really be bothered to conjure the fear or anxiety that the situation called for because each battle became just another blip in a long stream of catastrophic events. Honestly, I feel like if a few of these brushes with death had been edited out, the more pressing scenarios would have packed a better punch.

The second in the series comes out today, continue reading for more details…

Title:Witch Born (Witch Song #2)

Author:Amber Argyle

Published: September 5, 2012

Publisher: Starling Publishing

Pages: 330

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?

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      About this author:

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 Uiversity. 

She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three small children.

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