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Witch Song
     

Witch Song

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by Amber Argyle
 

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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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936850167
Publisher:
Rhemalda Corporation
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
11 - 12 Years

Meet the 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 while she was writing her debut novel. She has worked as a short-order cook and a janitor in a mental institution, all of which gave 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 University.

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Witch Song 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
I have looked forward to reading Witch Song since I saw the cover and synopsis a few months ago. The cover is absolutely haunting, and the synopsis sounded promising. And basically, the story lived up it. Unfortunately though, after reading Witch Song, I don't have a strong opinion one way or the other. Witch Song is the story of Senna. She is a sweet, sheltered girl whose life is turned on it's axis when she learns she and her mother are witches. Senna must find the strength and determination inside her, in order to navigate a world she knows nothing about and save the witches and nature. Along the way, she meets Joshen, who assists her on her quest. I did like the characters of Senna and Joshen. The quiet strength they both display is quite touching. They are "Everyman" heroes, doing their job without flash or bravado. I also liked the basic plot points of Witch Song. The journey that Senna goes on is strange and interesting. The author did a terrific job of setting up the world of the story. I felt completely immersed in Witch Song. However, there were a few things that turned me off to the book. There were several instances in which the story jumps ahead large amounts of time, such as six months or more. And that's fine if you have some indication of this. But in this book, those passages of time are mentioned as almost an afterthought. Another part that bothered me is Pogg. Pogg is, well, a frog man... I think. I think that Pogg was supposed to be an interesting character, but he only annoyed me. And, Senna can turn into sea creatures. I just could not get on board with these turns in the story. I really wanted to like this book. And sometimes I did. But the parts I didn't like, overshadowed the rest for me. Favorite Quote: "Something soft turned into stone within her. She had no choice. She had to fight. She had to win."
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Shyla: 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.
Disney5274 More than 1 year ago
My Opinion: I LOVED THIS BOOK! I mean I really,really,really loved it! This book is perfect for YA! The story is about a young girl that has to save pretty much her entire world where a witch's voice is their weapon. She is left alone by her mother who has gone to fight the evil witch Espen. She knows her mother has failed and needs to figure out how to defeat Espen and save her mother and all the other witches that went against Espen. Along the way she develops beautifully into a heroine anyone one could look up to. She is honest and caring and she has to figure out things for herself since her mother protected her from everything and everyone her whole life. It is a wonderful story about courage and determination. Along the way,Brusenna meets Joshen,who she picks to help her and be her guardian during her journey. I loved Joshen's loyalty and good hearted nature. Brusenna grows so much in the story it makes you want more. The saddest part about this book is that it had to end. This story had me engrossed from start to finish. Amber Argyle is a terrific writer. Not once in the story did I feel that the story elements did not fit. The plot details all worked and blended together so well. Not only is the story well written and carried out,the cover of the book is amazing. I loved that it gave me a feel for Brusenna. It had me at her eyes. I would recommend this to go on your reading list as it is truly worth while reading. I can't wait for more from Amber Argyle. I can honestly say she is one of my favorite authors. I liked the book so much I am re-reading it. I give Amber Argyles Witch Song 5 of 5 stars!
Katya_Sozaeva More than 1 year ago
In a scintillating debut, Amber Argyle creates an impressively detailed world for her characters to live in. As impressive as this debut is, I'm sure we have years of wonderful stories to look forward to from this writer. Brusenna (also called Senna in the story) and her mother Sacra are Witches (or, as they prefer to be called, Keepers). They control their powers through song. In their small town of Gonstower, they are feared and reviled, especially so since a three-year drought has left many villagers on the edge of devastation. Brusenna is in the town trying to buy supplies when she is accused of theft and nearly put into the stocks before a strange, beautiful and obviously powerful woman saves her, then tells Senna she wishes to consult Senna's mother. This turns out to be another Keeper, called Coyel, who has come to tell Sacra that she is one of only eight full-fledged Keepers that remain and is needed to come and fight against the Dark Witch, Espen. Left alone, Brusenna is attacked by a witch hunter and discovers that her mother, Coyel, and the rest of the Keepers have been taken by Espen and that she - untrained, untried - is the only witch left free. She determines to go and try to save the rest of the Keepers, accompanied by her wolfhound, Bruke, and using a letter and journal that Sacra left for her, in case of this situation. She discovers a whole world that has been kept from her in Sacra's vain attempts to keep her safe from Espen. Along the way she meets many enemies, as well as unexpected friends. I literally could not put "Witch Song" down once I started it, and remained glued to the pages for the entire time it took to read it. While there were some minor issues that momentarily took me out of the story (like the fact that Brusenna worried about not really knowing how to ride, but took off on a horse and apparently managed to not only ride, but handle the tack by herself with no problem), usually a comment further on in the story either cleared up the issue or clarified the situation to the extent that I was satisfied with things. Richly imagined, with strong characters, "Witch Song" is a fantasy story to whet the appetites of any reader. Give it a read!
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Witch Song (Witch Song #1) by Amber Argyle is such a deep and exciting book, I was taken by surprise at how wonderful it was. Looking at the cover I thought it might be a nice cozy witch story, oh no it is not! It is a strong story with powerful witches, a twisting and rich plot, lots of colorful characters, mysteries, adventure, action, magic, strange creatures, a touch of romance, and so much more. I had to stay up all night to finish it! Lots of twist, turns, shape shifting, good vs evil, suspense, and awesome fantasy. I KNOW better than judge a book by the cover, I am not a young kid, and this book is proof, this is a book of power, magic, mayhem, and wonder. What a great job! I have got to read book 2 now! (When I can afford to lose more sleep, lol)
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Some people call them witches. They fear them and blame them for the lands poor productivity. But they are Keepers of nature. The witches here have the power through song to call nature to their bidding. And their's one witch that's capturing all the others and changing the way of the weather and lands, hoping to bring all of man to bow to her. The story has a feel of a young girl growing into her own. The writing is easy to understand and feels as it's a great story for young adults to read, even those on the younger side of YA age bracket. At least for this book. I'll see what happens in books to come. Senna knows what she needs to do, yet she thinks she should do it alone because of her losses due to the Dark Witch and what she needs to do. Senna wants to keep everyone safe. But her guardian, and dear friend, Joshen works to get her to realize what she's doing and how there are those that will work with her as it's for their livelihood too. I knew before Senna admitted it, that I wanted Joshen to travel with her. He's a great companion for Senna and a wonderful love interest. Being a witch, people don't touch her with fear of being cursed. With her mother gone for weeks, when she finds her guardian, Joshen, she likes the feel of his touch as he doesn't fear her. Senna seems to start to fall for him in their travels together, but she figures he'd never feel the same. To be young again and experiencing love for the first time... When Senna makes a decision to keep Joshen safe, I like that she tells him why she's doing what she's doing but she still forces him to go. But at least she told him the truth in that moment too. Senna's adventures take her from her home in the woods to the sea, traveling on the sea. Senna gets to visit a new land with different ways. I enjoyed her adventures and troubles she crossed. Senna grew up as we go along and shows she is capable of helping with her magic. Before the big battle I felt a moment where I could tear up. Almost did, but didn't. I was touched by the moment Senna had with Joshen. This moment when they both listen and respect each others view of the situation. The right thoughts are shared along with understanding for the feelings felt. Just when you think the story ends, there is more to happen. I liked that the story tied it all up for us in the end. When I started the book I thought it started like many others. Young girl kept in the dark by parent. Parent leaves girl alone to deal with problem. Parent doesn't return and trouble finds daughter. But somewhere along the way the story grew much more than that for me. Senna as a character changed it with being a smart girl. Senna knows what she's doing and why when sends Joshen away, she even admits it in that moment. Senna may not believe she's loved but she knows Joshen is not dumb. Both characters see that in each other and treat each other as such. Though there are naive moments on Senna's behalf, she really hadn't interacted with many people let alone kind people, Senna holds true to respecting others in their ideas and has many of her own to help. I'm very curious to carry on with Senna and Joshen in future stories. They both have captured my heart in this story.
ksprings More than 1 year ago
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Brusenna, Senna for short, has lead a sheltered life. Her mother, a powerful witch, has tried to protect her, shelter her from the Dark Witch, Espen. When summoned to a final battle with Espen, she leaves her daughter a notebook that explains some of what a witch does. Driven into the open, Senna must master her craft and face off against a witch who has captured all the others and stolen their magic from them. Senna, a self-taught novice, must figure out how to vanquish a witch with the combined powers of all the captured witches. Review: The world Amber Argyle created for her Witch Song series is interesting. This is not a true swords and sorcery world of high fantasy. It seems to be set in a world that could exist from the fourteenth to seventeenth century on our Earth, with the addition of magic. The magic of the witches is life based: air, plant, water. While not lighting or fireballs, it’s potent enough to get the job done and provide a framework to create a story around. There were a few time jumps (a great deal of time that passed between scenes) that the author dealt well with so they were hardly noticeable. On the minus side, the main protagonist seems a little overdone. She is young, dealing with self-doubts, and is unprepared for the horrors and necessities of war; fair enough. However, Senna seems to keep coming back to these doubts almost to the end. The author kept drawing attention to the fact that it almost became a cliché instead of something Senna gradually overcame. The ending became a little anticlimactic, with two final battles. The end strayed perilously close to deus ex machina (almost literally). The story was not a page turner, and the end was unsatisfying. However, it was an interesting take on magic and the author’s first attempt. It will be inserting to see how her story telling develops.
HopeToRead More than 1 year ago
A indepth beginning to an intense series. Could you grown up hiding in the shadows, afraid of your neighbors, ashamed of your gifts/talents/traits? Then have your world turned upside down and find out you are more than you could ever imagine. A young witch sunk deep into the disparity of townspeople shaming must eventually understand if she is strong enough for the unknown parts of her future. The author lays before us an unsure witch who has potential. But what is potential if you cannot accept it? The strength, struggles, and heartache are a immense undertaking for her. Our author takes us through all that pain, regret and hope. A uniquely written witch story that starts with a common girl and promises a new world and witch coven. I look forward to more books in the series!
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I really, really enjoyed this book. It was so different from the other books of this nature that I have read. I loved how  Senna and the other witches used the power of the earth instead of manipulating it. I felt that there were some parts that felt Harry Potter-ish and even Lord of the Rings-ish which I did not mind as much as I thought I would. The characters as well as the world are rich and detailed. I loved pretty much everything about it. I thought the author could have gone  into greater detail about what happened to Sennas dad and sister and some other small points about the witches them- selves. I also liked that the whole story was told about Espen without me having to read the next book, that is always a plus fro me.I would definitely recommend this to others.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow a hreat story from state to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Looking forward to the next one.
Smilingrn More than 1 year ago
Grabbed my attention and kept me interested. If you enjoy fantasy/ witchcraft/ intrigue you will love this book too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just ok....not pursuing the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was ok...but i felt rather drawn out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Formulaic, boring writing. But the worst part of this book - and the reason I didn't want to continue past the first 40 pages - is the characters and storyline lack heart. If you want people to read your writing, then make your characters and storyline worthy of your readers' time. Make them interesting and likable.
InkspelledFaery More than 1 year ago
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a fantasy novel like this—a young hero raised in ignorance of their true power leaving on a quest to defeat a great evil. In some ways it felt like going home, back to where my passion for swords and sorcery began. Lots of danger, suspense, a dash of mystery, and some sweet romance—this is the kind of book that made me fall in love with the genre. The plot: At a little over 320 pages printed length, it took me little over a day to finish. Despite the length, I can’t think of any portion or area where the story dragged or there was a plot hole. There’s a one year gap in the timeline somewhere around the 30% mark and while that might normally get a star reduction, it was more or less necessary to the storyline and so I’ll take it. I think I would have liked to see less of the multiple perspectives. There were certain parts from the POV of the bad guy and a few other characters that I thought should have been cut, maybe not all, but most of them. The characters: Amber Argyle pulled of a HUGE amount of character development. Senna goes from being a naïve, brash, slightly bratty fifteen year old to a mature, brave, and astute leader. It really was amazing how well that was pulled off. If only we could all master character development so well. *sigh* Joshen was the other main character who undergoes a total 360 transformation. They mature so much over the course of the story it was like watching them grow up. They were so sweet together and I did get angry at Senna’s mother, almost as much as she did. Particularly when the woman went and was getting upset over Senna not getting the permission of the Keepers before making this one big decision. Never mind that Senna didn’t know because her mother neglected to teach her or that the Keepers were kind of dead at the time. *tosses arms in the air with frustration* At the 70% mark, I was panicking a bit. Things were going way too smoothly and I knew something big and bad was about to happen and I was right. Thankfully, while this book does have an open ending, it does not have a cliffhanger. An excellent MG/lower YA fantasy I would recommend to fans of Intisar Khanani and Shannon Hale.
SpellBoundReviews More than 1 year ago
This story is unique and interesting. It is well-written and follows a young witch through a journey to save her mother and the other witches from one evil witch who has captured and imprisoned them. Brusenna is the only one left who can save them, but to do so, she has to learn how to believe in herself and find an inner strength that will help her prevail. With a set of great characters, an interesting plot, and a unique voice, this story is sure to leave a smile on your face. 
EMMacCallum More than 1 year ago
In "Witch Song" there's still a lot of mystery to the witches but the imagination put into their powers i.e., plants, seeds and singing, was a lot of fun to read.  Immediately, you're drawn to Brusenna's plight. She's a sympathetic character who is often shunned for being a witch in the nearby town. It isn't a rogue witch threatens the peace that Senna is pushed into dabbling in her own magic.  There's a long journey that involves ships, shapeshifting, a ruthless witch, a new land and a very creepy witch hunter named Wardof. Most of the time, he was pretty scary but then there were goofy moments that didn't mesh with how b.a. this bad guy could be. I think if the author excluded some of the Disney villain satire he would have been scarier than the evil witch.  The writing flows easily and I think YA lovers would really enjoy this one. It has action, adventure, several interesting characters and hinted at a complex history that I can't wait to find out about. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. This is the first time I've read this authors writing, and it was a wonderful book from start to finish. Enjoyed this first installment and looking forward to reading more.
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KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Witch Song is an amazing read that I couldn't put down!  I was swept into Brusenna's world and lived her story right along with her.  The author created a world filled with action, characters to love and to hate, and a story line that is intriguing.  It is truly the tale of the battle between good and evil, with all the gray areas in between that make the story so interesting.  There was very much an "epic saga" feel to this book, the quest to thwart evil and save the world.   There was so much for me to love about this book!  The author did an amazing job building a world that I could see in my mind's eye, a great foundation for an engaging story.  In a lot of ways, Brusenna's coming into her own was a bit of a coming of age story.  Her life had been sheltered and reclusive and watching her blossom throughout the story was heart warming.  I loved so many of the characters, some human and some who were not.  Joshen is a fabulous counterpart to Brusenna, and Pogg was hilarious and sweet!  I loved the unusual names; they truly fit the story and the theme of it.  I also appreciated the author's writing style, blending the "telling" of the story with the "showing" of it.  I also loved all the magical, "earthy" themes and references that added an air of authenticity to the story while using those things in creative ways.  For example, the nature aspect of the witches was shown in the use of seed belts for fighting and defense. Fabulous book, fabulous way to escape reality!  I am looking forward to the next book, Witch Born!