Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Witch Song - Amber Argyle - Blog Tour Review

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.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.

Title: Witch Song
Author: Amber Argyle 
Genre: Young Adult, Witches, Fantasy
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Publication Date: September 1, 2011
Format: E-book
Source: Received from publicist courtesy of Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Rhemelda Publishing and Teen Book Scene for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. 
Blog tour: Teen Book Scene. You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner located below the review. 
Look for it: Amazon, Kindle
My rating: 5/5

Brusenna has always been leery of going into town, namely because she has been branded a witch. However, just because she is one, does not mean that she is evil or heartless. She is quite the opposite. Living with her mother on a well-hidden farm, deep in the woods, she is reticent to bring anyone home, until one day a stranger comes bearing news. Startling news that shakes the foundation of the world as Brusenna sees it. With a Dark Witch rising in power and taking captive any witches that she finds, Brusenna is one of the last left to fight her power. When everyone around her is taken captive by the Dark Witch, only Brusenna is left to fight the battle for the earth's survival. Without witches to control the seasons, the seas, the winds and the land, everything will fall into darkness. Brusenna must take up the quest before her and defeat the Dark Witch when everyone before her has failed. 
Witch Song is an incredibly unique reading experience. Witches captivate and control through song, raising crops, controlling the weather, the currents, and even the shifting of the seasons. Brusenna is a credible and likeable girl. She doesn't know the extent of her powers as a Witch as she and her mother have been in hiding, but is eager to learn when the weight of the world rests on her shoulders. Though at times heartbreaking, she is committed to finding and releasing the captive witches. Her trials are real, and her resolutions are bold. I was drawn to her story and was completely enthralled by it. 
Joshen is another loveable character. He is Brusenna's guardian, and on more than one occasion, conflict arises between the two. He is a strong and captivating lead opposite Brusenna, and I enjoyed reading their story as he balked more than once at one of Brusenna's plans. 
With a captivating world, and an original take on 'witch song' this is an incredibly rich reading experience, and I absolutely inhaled this read. With memorable characters like Pogg, and Parknell thrown in the mix, you'll be as captivated as I was when you pick up the read. Though Brusenna ages a year during the novel, it is done in such a way that the reader isn't bogged down with extraneous detail. Her learning witch song on her own is also believable as her abilities grow and flourish over the year that she has spent studying the archives for a song needed to defeat the Dark Witch. 
All in all, a gratifying and engrossing read. A spin on the world of witchcraft and witches, song and plant life literally come to life in Witch Song. I would highly recommend this read as it is chock full of unique and bizarre characters who live in the world Brusenna is trying to save. Will she succeed where no other witch has? One must read the story to find out. All I can say is, I wish there was a sequel because I did not want to leave this world once I finished Witch Song. It was an incredibly captivating read, one I think many will enjoy. 

1 comment:

amberargyle said...

I'll be smiling all day after reading that. :) Thanks Corrine!