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- Print Length: 315 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Starling Publishing; 2 edition (January 11, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 11, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E8MFVG4
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I can honestly say that I haven't gotten this lost in a fantasy world since the Harry Potter series. . . . Amber Argyle for me, has earned herself a rank equivalent to the best fantasy fiction authors of this decade. ~Cory, Antidrug Reads
Witch Song is a debut with an engrossing world full of magic, adventure and romance. It's a story that fascinated me with its unique witch lore and rich world building, and introduced me to some great in-depth characters. ~Katie, Mundie Moms
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The character, Senna, started out as a strong, believable character. I loved that her courage was not too obvious and was tempered with curiosity and worry for the unknown. She had me right up until after she met the boy who was supposed to help her. She gets so angry at her mother for not trusting and keeping secrets and then she goes and does the exact same thing.
It went downhill from there. I mean, Senna spends years "training" to fight the evil witch at the end and what did we get? They sang songs and threw some seeds.
The only character I liked at all in the story was Joshen, and there were times when I wanted to tell him to stop wasting his time on Senna. I really hate weak characters and this story is filled with them. What happened to books where females are SMART?
The main character does well in learning where she comes from and understanding where and what she has to do. At times it seems as if she is a child but then she says or does something that makes me believe she is a teenager. But she learns what needs to become and sets out on her journey of growth discovery. Loved that.
I did enjoy the book enough to download the next book in the series. Overall, a good solid start to the series.
It's hard to find witch books that aren't just magic wands and fluff. This one was woven from the four pagan elements of light, water, earth and plants. I didn't know if I'd like it at first because I didn't care for the immaturity of the main character. After a short reading time she grew up a bit from the loss of her witch mother and matured as her situations forced her to make difficult choices for the sake of others. All the characters were really well defined and very imaginative. I appreciated the vivid descriptions of the environment and working of spell songs. I think I knew I was won over the first time she could talk to animals. (Always wanted to do that!) Being a horse person, I am hoping to read of a happy reunion between man and horse in the next book. I'm one of those people who will worry for the animals safety in a book, (or movie) rather than the people. Anyway, good first book. Now to the next!
Miss Argyle has created a world in which witches control the seasons and nature, assisting with the coming of the fall and winter and spring and summer, aiding in the growing of plants. But nature has gone awry. The seas lack winds to propel the boats, and should the boats try to set out, a thick fogs blanket all. As witches disappear from all the lands, Brusenna finds herself alone, untrained, and angry that she has been lied to her entire life. Join her as she sets out on a trek to save her mother and, perhaps, her entire world.
Not quite as seamless as the commercials would have you believe, none the less the audible system worked very well going back and forth between book and narration, laptop and phone. In fact, for large stretches when I wasn't otherwise occupied, I was able to enjoy reading along with the narration. But when I was busy in the kitchen or feeding the cats I could listen and follow the story beautifully. And this story definitely made me want to keep listening to find out what would happen next.
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I did get a little annoyed with her for continually shutting Joshen out, who basically was the best thing that have ever happened to her. This gorgeous guy basically throws himself at her and will do anything for her. He is brave and strong and she treats him like china!
There are some extremely lovable characters in this book; Bruke the dog, Stretch the horse and Pogg, who was rather a strange creature. Not sure I agreed with everything that happened to a couple of them in the book, but I will stay quiet as I don't want to spoil the story.
I thought the world building was excellent and I loved finding my way through to the Espen's domain. I felt the author created a very believable fantasy world.
When Brusenna came in contact with the older witches, I was so annoyed. They treated her so badly after she managed to save them all. They were rude and obnoxious and I think I would have put them back under the spell.
The songs the witches sing are beautiful and poetic in nature. I think the author must have dabbled at some point in poetry, perhaps she has a poem anthology hidden under her bed. The songs just flowed and made sense completely.
I really enjoyed accompanying Brusenna on her journey. I found the story built momentum as the book progressed, with twists in the story leading you down different avenues before the truth was revealed. A beautifully written journey to freedom.
Senna is pursued by a witch hunter, Wardof, who is in the service of Espen. Defending herself as best as she can she eventually finds Haven. There she finds a whole library of witch books and spends the time learning everything she can about witch songs. Once she feels confident she goes looking for Espen and the captured witches...
The story is full of adventure with a mix of mystery and romance. Have already started the next book.
I felt she could have accepted help more easily, but that her reactions were realistic and her character well drawn. Perhaps the biggest injustice of the story was how badly she was treated by her community's elders at the end of the story. It makes me wonder if this will be the next mountain she must climb, in order to gain respect in this world, and find her corner of safety.
bought all the Harry Potter books, tapes and DVDs! Even though I also like murder, detective
and mainstream adventure books.
Brusenna (Senna) is a 14 year witch who doesn't know her full powers because her mother has protected
her too much. When the Dark Witch has killed or captured all the good witches, Senna has to learn
how to defeat her, though she is sure she will fail.
Instead of wands (H. Potter style), these witches use their songs to make the plants grow and trees
do their bidding in healing them, defending them or fighting for them. The Dark Witch even uses her seeds
to kill people.
I found the action fast paced and didn't need to skip paragraphs or even pages as I have to do with
some books. Most people fear or hate witches, but Senna gets help along the way from unexpected sources.
There is no bad language, no sex and no graphic violence, so the book would be suitable for all ages.
For me the relationship with Joshen almost became too "twee", but that is the old fogey in me coming out!
Teenagers and more romantic minded readers will probably love it!
I will probably read the next in the series sometime to see how Senna's talents develop.
They are pursued by Wardof and his sidekick Garg, both of whom are in the service of the Dark Witch. Senna is forced to defend herself by using her Witch Song powers. She uses the properties of plants to obstruct her pursuers, and also transforms herself into a seal. Often finding help where she least expects it, Senna is determined to succeed in her quest.
Witch Song is a fine YA fantasy novel, utilizing many of the usual aspects of the genre. Readers will find much to identify with in Senna's journey from naïve, sheltered young girl into strong, determined womanhood. There is mystery, danger, romance and a touch of humor - all helping to push the story along. The Witches activate their powers through song, rather than casting spells or waving wands, and this is refreshing. If there is to be a sequel, I would be interested to see the Witches use the other disciplines of Earth, Water and Sunlight, for Witch Song only features the power of plants.
I would recommend this book to all lovers of YA fantasy.
First if all don't be put off by this being referred to as a 'Young Adult' novel. Like Harry Potter, this story has the range to appeal to young people and adults alike. It's story I would be more than happy for my eight year old to read.
Brusenna (Senna) is the main character. She's a young witch whose led a sheltered life as her mother tried to protect her from the evil force that threatens the world. But when her mother is summoned to fight this evil Senna is left alone to prepare herself, the last witch, for a duel with the most evil and powerful of witches, Espen. Her tale is filled with highs and lows as she runs from hunters and help comes from the most unexpected places.
Amber Argyle has a created a wonderfully believable fantasy world where anything is possible. The story has a nice pace that starts you off slowly and gradually increases to a mighty crescendo and just when you think its all over there's more drama in store.
If you read between the lines you will see that woven into this tale are some complex and issues about life's journey and what we're doing to the environment. It's not done in a preachy way at all but it certainly leaves you with a few thoughts rattling round your mind.
I'm so glad I didn't.
The lacklustre start gave way to a host of well-developed main characters, and intriguing secondary characters, set in a wonderful (?)medieval world of magic. The plot has Senna at the centre, the last witch, standing against Espen and her followers to reclaim the witches' natural power and affinity with nature, and free the rest of her kind. Senna develops from a naive and innocent young girl to a witch with a powerful song, and it is believable and relatable because of the struggles she endures to get there. Through loss and abandonment, she pushes past her fears and insecurities, despite them never fully leaving her. Her insecurity is a flaw which follows her throughout the book, but it is justified, due to her sheltered past, and the ill-treatment she receives as a witchborn.
Witch Song is a beautifully written book, with its magic based in the pagan tradition and style of nature. I'd recommend it for anyone who, like me, finds themselves drawn to books with old witch magic.
Brusenna, or Senna as she re-names herself, begins her journey into the world, into adulthood, love, confusion, joy, pain and realisation. This book is wonderful on so many levels; a gorgeously crafted tale with some very well written insights into human nature and the meaning of responsibility.
I've already bought and read the second book in the series and I'm not stopping there. Read it, you won't regret it.
After reading this I was annoyed at myself for leaving this gem sitting there for so long unread. This is one of the best book I have read for a while. Total fantasy but written in a way that is totally believable in that you wonder what is under London's Underground. Even if this book is no longer free I would recommend you buy this. I have been looking out for this author as I would love to read more of her work.
That was the feeling I had with this book. I loved the ideas, mainly that Argyle has found a unique idea in an already crowded and oft stereotyped genre - namely that the witches sing to evoke power. But as much as I wanted to buy into the story and believe in the characters, the description left me with only a vague picture in my mind. The pace of the action and curiosity lead me to the finish but I had the sense that I hadn't quite understood everything as Argyle intended. I wouldn't recommend it further when there are so many other brilliant novels about sorcery and witchcraft.
I found the beginning much more gripping than the latter half, the characters were written a little better and I was generally more interested. Afterwards, I grew a little tired of the emphasis on her struggle and the repetitive battles.
Conclusively, I was interested in finishing the book, but probably not interested enough to read more of the series- sorry! I would read another book (different series) by the same author, to see what else she has to offer.