- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 23 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Starling Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: March 30, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VESOINW
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Witch Born: Witch Song, Book 2 Audible – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
"There is something missing in your books...a warning at the beginning that your stories are so addicting that you won't be able to put the book down."
When I wrote this to Amber I truly meant it. I took my Kindle to work and it was so hard not to sneak a peek when I shouldn't during the day. I did read it during Silent Reading Time and during my lunch time. That is my warning to you also, once you start reading this series, you won't want to stop reading.
Things I Liked:
-Beautiful Writing Style: Amber has such a beautiful way with her words. The Witches in this series cast spells by singing. I loved the words sung by the witches as they cast protection spells. I hate to admit, even when they cast spells to hurt their enemies. Here is an example of main character Brusenna's, or Senna as she is called mainly in the story, her spell casting...
"Let not the curse of Witches
Destroy a land of natural riches.
Plants, preserve life in thy roots,
Seeds sleep in earth, send forth
Until the Witches shall disperse
This terrible and unjust curse."
I am a singer, so I loved that singing was the method of yielding the Witches power. To cripple a witch and put a stopper to her powers, they gag her. But, you will be amazed at everything the witches can do with their powers.
-Great Main Character Senna: Here is why I loved this character;though she is a truly powerful witch, she is still very "human" in many of her actions. She is not perfect. She has doubts about herself and what she can accomplish. She has feelings and often puts them on the line. In other words, she is very relatable. I like this in a character. It is very easy to put yourself in her place with what she is thinking and feeling.
-Interesting Magic System and History: I loved figuring our how the witches gain power, and what the power is. I also was intrigued with how the witches could control the natural elements. The history also unfolds in the second book, Witch Born. By no means does this make the book boring. It only enhances the story as events unfold.
Do I need to say more???
-Great Love Story:
Senna and her Guardian, Joshen, have a very sweet, but normal relationship. They share a great love, but they also have their share of arguments. Through most of both books there is no love triangle; and that is all I am going to say. ;)
-Refreshing and Original Storyline:
I have been reading a lot of fantasy and paranormal stories the past two years. The Witch Song Series is very different from other stories that have witches in them. If you're tired of vampires, this is a great choice! The author states at the beginning, "The Author wished to use America's resonance with the Salem Witch Trials. Therefore, the technology and setting for Nefalie are loosely based off of seventeenth century New England" and this time period has always fascinated me. There is also a lot of action that leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat, from chapter to chapter. I couldn't read fast enough!
Overall, I really loved this series full of interesting characters with such a refreshing and unique storyline. I recommend Witch Song and Witch Born to ages 11 and up. With a main character that grows and matures, you grow to love and admire her. This is a fantastic read which I will read again!
I think that Witch Born was as good or better than Witch Song. The characters in Witch Born become more life like than in Witch Song because you're given an opportunity to get to know them better. The plot thickens in Witch Born because even though the big battle from Witch Song is over, there is still trouble afoot. Some of the characters from Witch Song that we didn't get to know very well resurface in Witch Born and are more fully developed. There are twists in Witch Born that I didn't see coming but they weren't completely off base and random twists - they made sense. I'd like to see a third book in this series because I've grown to love the main characters!
One of my minor quibbles with WITCH SONG was that Senna just used plants and seeds in conjunction with her songs. In WITCH BORN, the magic system is elaborated upon, showing how the Witches control the elements and create potions. When Senna travels back to Tartan, the land the Witches cursed at the end of WITCH SONG, we get to see the effects of their curse to deny Tartan life: in mere months, the country is a destroyed husk of its former self.
Senna’s romance with Joshin cools a bit, both because of their forced separation and also because when they are reunited, Joshin tries too hard to protect Senna. I appreciated that Senna realized she had to accept and love herself before she could love someone else.
I did have a big peeve with WITCH BORN, though. The other Witches, especially the ones in charge, know that something is happening to Senna. She’s become extremely powerful, and unlike the others, she can actually hear the elements. They know she is Creator-touched, yet they refuse to tell her what that means, and why it’s important. I HATE that sort of thing, especially since Senna was attacked over and over again, almost kidnapped, etc.
I also thought that the book was a bit long, just like the first in the series. I think some of the book could have been edited down, to make it a bit tighter. That said, I did like the second half, and did like where the author went with the story, revealing secrets the Witches have kept forever.