by Amber Argyle
Series: Witch Song #1
Published on September 1, 2011 by Starling Publishing
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Brusenna is the last.
All the other witches have been captured, their songs stolen and twisted from harmony and growth into chaos and death. She alone must stand against an evil much older and darker than anything she could ever imagine—an evil every witch before her has failed to vanquish.
Brusenna must be the first.
From the beginning: Right off the bat, the story held my attention. Argyle’s world was fresh and intriguing, changing the idea of “witches” in fiction. And yet, the story held to the basic coming-of-age story with the young adult defeating the bad guy (or woman in this case) without wandering into the realm of cliche. A truly refreshing take.
Couldn’t put it down: I never wanted to stop reading, eager to find out what would happen next. Only once did I cave in and it was for food as I’d been putting off eating so I could finish Witch Song. All through dinner, I wanted to speed up time so I could return to reading. The characters were believable and easy to connect with. Their desires and their pain became my own, not something I would willingly give up on without knowing everything would turn out alright (and I couldn’t know that until I finished the book).
Sad it’s over: I don’t usually become so attached to a book right after reading, but withWitch Song, it was almost instant. The writing was beautiful, the descriptions well-written and executed brilliantly, and the ending answering all those questions I had while reading. My only regret after reading it was that I finished it. I do hope there’s a sequel. I’m really interested to see what trouble Brusenna and Joshen can get into next.
If you haven’t read this yet, you should. If you’re a regular reader, make sure to get it when it’s released. Two thumbs up!