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The Witch Hunters have come for Brusenna, for she is the last. All the others have been captured by the Dark Witch. And without their magical songs to control nature, the world is dying.

Though young and untrained, Brusenna must succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the Dark Witch. Fight her. Defeat her. If Brusenna fails, there will be nothing left to save—for t...more
Paperback, 2, 305 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Starling Publishing (first published July 1st 2011)
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Amber Argyle
Mar 11, 2011 Amber Argyle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I think it's fabulous. But I wrote it . . . ;)
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
“I’m small and plain.”
Desni shot her a look of disbelief. “You’re a beautiful girl, Senna. More so because of how rare your features are. Those golden eyes—”
“But when compared to someone like Ciara—”
“You compare diamonds to rubies. Rubies may be a bit more flashy, but diamonds are made of tougher stuff and are more rare.”
Yeah, it's that type of book, y'all.

Allow me share with you a stanza from one of my favorite songs:
Well let me tell you 'bout the way she looked
The way she'd act and the colou
...more
Cait
Okay, so first things first. I have to share a grievance that I experienced; just to get this all off of my chest: I had already written quite a long review for this book and for two others, as well.

Now, my dear Goodreaders; for the sake of my anguish over all of this I'm going to assume that all of you are wondering, "well what happened then, Cait?"

Well, my friends, my computer decided to be a prick and randomly turned off in the middle of finishing typing up my last review, so if you still a...more
Levina  C.
May 08, 2013 Levina C. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hedge monsters
Imagine you're on an obstacle course. You brave snakes, quicksand, cliffs, zombies, mermaids, sea monsters, and poisonous plants; the king's soldiers, archers, secretaries, horses, and palace mice; foreign Customer Service helpline assistants; a hurricane, and, finally, Godzilla and his lawyer in court.

You're at the end of the obstacle course, and you're waiting for the double whammy to arrive. After all, throughout your journey you suffered and nearly died countless times, so you expect nothing...more
Kristi-The Book Faery
THE FAERYS VIEW

Amber Argyle has written a novel, Witch Song that had me so thoroughly engrossed that my own world almost ceased to exist. The only world I cared about was that which she so artfully created and crafted in Witch Song! Ms. Argyle’s story of a young witch’s journey through dangerous lands during even more dangerous times held me utterly mesmerized. Witch Song was Bewitchingly Beautiful and the tempo of the story sang to me long after I had finished it.

The story of Senna (Brusenna)...more
Eric
Here is a story about a book that stood out at work and I said to myself, "self you should read this book" then I came home to add it to GR and it appears I'd already had said conversation with myself weeks before already appearing in my to-read. Since the ground work was already laid out I went and purchased and started reading it immediately. I think the best parts of the book are how natural it feels. Honestly I could've sworn I heard the music playing in my head as I read the pages of this b...more
Ashley Knight
It is rare to find books that immediately sweep you into their world, plunging you head first through a tale filled with intensity so real you can feel it. These are the books I crave - the stories I seek & find once in a blue moon; such is Witch Song.

Ms. Argyle's work is vivid, gripping, elegantly written & fills it's reader with a yearning for more. Superbly original, it was such a breath of fresh air to the fantasy genre, I've not read anything quite like it before - this book stands...more
J.j.
In this smart debut novel, a young witch discovers who she is and what she's made of. Witch song is a fun quest by land and sea, and also a journey of the heart. A girl who grew up as an outcast discovers she is a powerful witch and a leader--and takes on the task of freeing her fellow witches to bring peace to a ravaged world. Senna's power comes from her voice---but she learns it also comes from within. I'm recommending this book to both my daughters!
Evie
Sep 10, 2011 Evie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
Here’s the short version: if you haven’t picked up this book yet, you should do it ASAP.

And now, the long version: Witch Song is simply beautiful. In this riveting debut novel about witches, magic, love, good and evil, Amber Argyle combines superb writing and incredible world-building and character development with a storyline that’s both fast-paced and smooth at the same time. It’s a page-turner. One that you will definitely want to re-read once you’re done. It’s one of those books that really...more
Hillary Hunt
These witches can control nature, which is cool and to be expected with a witchy/pagan tale. But it's how they do it that wasn't my fav. They sing and throw seeds. Every spell requires they sing a cutesy little rhyme, and they have to be pitch perfect. When Brusenna is "sing fighting" at her enemies, it seems so hokey, I cringed every time.

My main problem with this book was the villains were shallow. Too many punches were pulled. And the romance was juvenile, which would've been okay, had it no...more
Katy
Jun 01, 2011 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, esp. young adult fantasy
Recommended to Katy by: Rhemala Pub.
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 vi...more
chucklesthescot
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Senna is an untrained witch who is the last hope for the survival of her kind. On a quest to rescue her mother who is a captive of the Dark Witch, Senna and her allies must uncover her powers and find a way to defeat Espen and save the trapped witches.

This is not my usual type of book. I don't usually read this kind of historical fiction but the paranormal element made me decide to try it and I'm glad that I di...more
Krystal
First off, let me tell you I received a copy from Amber Argyle as a giveaway and I was so happy!!! I loved this book and now I'll tell you why you will to.

Brusenna isn't the most well-liked girl in the village. In fact, everyone appears spiteful and afraid of her. Brusenna is a witch, more specifically, a very powerful witch who doesn't know the depth of her own powers yet. She meets one of the only other remaining witches in town and finds out that many witches are being held in chains and tha...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

Brusenna has always been hidden away by her mother, but when she and the rest of the haven witches are taken captive by the dark witch Espen, Brusenna is the last witch left, so with the help of her guardian Joshen and her dog Bruke, she must find a way to do what no other witch has done before and defeat the dark witch.

Witch Song is a really brilliant and charming story with true love, adventure and magic it is a g...more
Ashley
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

Witch Song by Amber Argyle is a book that I was really excited to read. Like, really excited for. I noticed the cover on Goodreads and thought it looked gorgeous and then (as I've mentioned a time or 12 before) I met Amber at a book signing in Utah, pretty much on accident. And she was awesome in person. Like, a lot awesome. So, when I got a review copy of this in the mail, I did a little happy dance.

And, while I did like the...more
Eileen
This book has a beautiful cover and although it's a little bit girly it didn't disappoint me. The witches in this book don't fly around on broom-sticks and don't have wands, but have an affinity with nature, especially plants and seeds, and chant beautiful magical songs. Besides magic this enchanting tale is filled with love, good, evil and an adventurous journey. It's not rushed, not boring and is simple and smoothly written.

The main character is Brusenna, a young girl that grows up in the wood...more
Liv Chanin
This book, while a refreshing change from the angst-ridden, supernatural romance that floods the YA market, does not completely live up to the gorgeous cover or the synopsis. I was very excited when I picked up this book because it is a "real" fantasy. No sexy vampires or brooding fallen angels here. The premise of the book is very interesting. Halfway into the book, however, I was left wanting more. More character development. More description. More feeling. A subplot or two. The writing style...more
Misty
2.5

When I read the first page of this, I got kind of excited. The MC, Brusenna, is simply trying to buy something from the village market and is being harassed by a vendor without having actually done anything. I love a good outsider/underdog story, and the initial setup gave me flashbacks to Plain Kate, which I loved. I had high hopes. And though that Otherness, that outsider-ness is a part of the story, it turned out to be a sort of minimal part of the story. Which is fine: it's not the story'...more
Chamonix
The writing was GODAWFUL. How Argyle got this published with such a delicious cover is beyond me.

Not only is the main character unimaginably awful, un-mature and inept at being a heroine but Argyle writes this book the way a lame, three-legged gazelle tries to leap. It gallops three steps then faceplants. Brusenna slept then woke up the next day. She had lots of vegetables to pickle and cure for the winter. She sobbed pitifully as she brought in balefuls of crops. The dog barked. "Hush," She tol...more
Tifferz
I was taken in by the blurb from the cover. I could not wait to read this story. Let me tell you this story does not disappoint. You get it all adventure filled with magic, danger, good vs evil and lots of unexpected twist and turns. I read this enchanting tale in one sitting I could not put it down. I will be reading this story again and my 11 year old will be reading it and loving it. I hope that Amber has plans to have a book two because I did not want to see this story come to an end. I need...more
Cory
more @ http://antidrugreads.blogspot.com

I can honestly say that I haven't gotten this lost in a fantasy world since the Harry Potter series. Witch Song was so unbelievably outstanding, that I'm having a hard time translating my thoughts and feelings into a sufficient review. Amber Argyle for me, has earned herself a rank equivalent to the best fantasy fiction authors of this decade.

A witch's voice, her song, holds the power. Also called the Keepers, they control nature and the changing of the se...more
Lisa Richards
I’ve got to admit, when I first started the book, I wasn’t overly excited about the storyline. A young girl is raised by her mother and doesn’t know a lot about her real history. (Been there, done that, several times) Very quickly though, the story takes off and I was thoroughly entrenched in Senna’s adventure to find and release her mother and the other captive witches. At this point, I read non-stop till I finished this marvelous tale.

Her Guardian, Joshen helps her in her quest and adds a roma...more
Maryam
Also reviewed on the blog: http://gloriousbooks.blogspot.com/201...

This story did have a bit of a slow start when compared to the rest of the novel. However, when it got started a ton of things seemed to happen right after each other. That's all very well, but there was no balance in that respect for me. There was no time in the story where things were just left to settle and characters were able to reflect or interact - it doesn't seem right when characters are going through a moment of reflect...more
Traci (The Reading Geek)
Amber Argyle's Witch Song is the captivating story of Brusenna who is a witch that uses her power through song. Brusenna is the last witch left when all of the other witches, including Brusenna's mother, are taken by the Dark Witch. Brusenna along with her guardian must find a way to stop the Dark Witch before she captures Brusenna and destroys the earth.

Witch Song is an original story that captures the readers attention from the first page and holds it until the last. Brusenna is a brave but s...more
Stephanie
Ok, so...where do I start with this one? I guess what I really need to say is that while this book had an interesting plotline, it seemed a little long and drawn out to me. Not saying it wasn't good, just...long. I kept checking my progress on my Kindle to see if I was almost done-long.
My other issue with this book was that I guess I just didn't feel very attached to Brusenna. While the author was very good at describing the scene, and building tension; I just didn't feel like she went into dept...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
3.5 stars

Witch Song is a debut with an engrossing world full of magic, adventure and romance. It's a story that fascinated me with it's unique witch lore and rich world building, and introduced me to some great in-depth characters. I have been totally intrigued with this book based on the beautiful cover and the storyline, which is centered on witches who's unique powers allow them to control the elements and the world around them.

There are things I really loved about this debut and other thing...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Brusenna is a teen who lives in the forest alone with her mother. The villagers shun them because her mother is a witch. An unexpected visitor comes and her mother leaves to try to defeat a truly "wicked witch".

Brusenna lives alone until danger faces her at home, it is her turn then to take up her mother's mantle as a witch and try to right the wrongs that have been inflicted due to the evil witches influence.

Brusenna, now known as Senna, goes on a journey that will test her physically and menta...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
Characters: Our main character is Senna (Brusenna) starting off as a timid, naive girl, but as people enter her life and her mother goes on a witches calling. Senna must adapt fast, and we see a huge amount of growth within her character in this book. Joshen, the love interest and her guardian through most of the book is caring and pretty devoted to more than just a duty to keep her safe, from the very moment they meet.
Plot: When the Witches call upon Brusenna's mother to help defend themselves...more
JeanBookNerd
Amber Argyle’s debut novel, Witch Song, is an interesting look into the secret world of witches. Spells, magic, and hexes are all here. The world that Argyle created for these remarkable witches are so vivid and darkly beautiful. Filled with characters that are likable, it’s a formula that will surely hook readers from the first page.

The writing style that Argyle presents in this novel is simply stunning. Whether it is people, events or the setting, she does not leave out any description. The st...more
Lexie
On the one hand I enjoyed WITCH SONG. In many ways I feel as if I was a tad too old to enjoy this book properly. Its not that it was childish or dumbed down, but a lot of what annoyed me about Brusenna or her actions seemed to stem from the fact she was relatively young and reacting in a believable fashion for someone her age.

Take for example her constant agonizing over how if something bad happened it was her fault. This wasn't always the case, in fact it was less the case then you'd think give...more
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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 for writing high fantasy.

She has worked as a short order cook, janitor, and staff member in a mental institution. All of which has given her great insight into the human condition a...more
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