Author: Amber Argyle
Genre: Teen Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: September 1, 2011
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
ISBN-13 Book: 9781936850167
Source: I received a e-galley for review from the publisher. This is my honest review!
Witch Song by Amber Argyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Brusenna’s world is changing. The nearest village to her home is plagued by drought and the villagers blame her and her mother because they are witches. When her mother goes off to fight the evil witch Espen who is wreaking havoc on nature, she leave Brusenna with nothing but a journal and a note. Then the witch hunters come for Brusenna and she must find a way to save her mother and all the witches captured by Espen.
This riveting tale takes you across the world and back. Brusenna, who later goes by the name Senna, is a remarkable character who goes from fearful little girl to strong and independent witch. It is entertaining to watch her grow and change throughout the course of the novel.
The characters are well developed and people you would want to know (with the exception of the witch hunters of course). There are people in Brusenna’s world who would risk everything to make the world right again.
Argyle’s world building is exceptional. I could believe that Senna’s world existed and see it in my mind. At first the seeds and the way the witches worked was so foreign to anything else I had read, but as the novel progressed I felt more comfortable with the setting and the world building.
The pacing of this story is perfect. Although years pass from the beginning to the end you don’t feel it. The story progresses naturally and is an incredibly fast read.
Overall this was a fabulous story of a girl growing into a young woman and attempting to save the world and the ones she loves against all odds. Definitely a great read for lovers of fantasy looking for something a little different than the standard fair. Refreshingly unique and compelling, don’t let this one get away from you.