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Witch Song

(Witch Song #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  5,303 ratings  ·  701 reviews
A witch. Her guardian. A stolen magic . . .

When the witch hunters penetrate Brusenna's warded forest, she learns an impossible truth.

She is the last witch.

Now on the run, Brusenna finds an ally in her newly appointed guardian, Joshen, whose confidence and kindness threatens to break down the carefully constructed barriers around her heart. Together, they scramble to lea
Paperback, 2, 305 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Starling Publishing (first published July 1st 2011)
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Salma19 (High Lady of the Dawn Court) Yes. In the book, Brusenna will have romance with a male character but no love triangle.
Sorry for my bad english.…more
Yes. In the book, Brusenna will have romance with a male character but no love triangle.
Sorry for my bad english.(less)

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Amber Argyle
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Well, I think it's fabulous. But I wrote it . . . ;) ...more
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
“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
Apr 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Teno Q.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: hedge monsters
Shelves: fantasy, novels
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
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: witches

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)
Ashley Knight
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 alone.

Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I went into this book with low expectations, so it impressed me by the end, but looking back the fact is that it's still basically mediocre. Maybe 'developing' would be a better term - as with many first novels, especially self-published first novels, there are indications here of talent that just needs more polish and practice. And because it's a first novel - and a quick check of her author page tells me Argyle's written a lot more in the meantime, and probably honed her skills a great deal - ...more
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
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
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I read this book on a long plane ride. I was not impressed. It follows the typical formula of the Hero's Journey, without much variation or character development. And the main character, Brusenna, got on my nerves. She cried ALL. THE. TIME. And she would always send people away/refuse help when it made no sense to do so. It was like, "I'm all alone in the forest and there are lots of people who want to kill me, so I KNOW, I'll send away the one person who could help protect me right now!" I mean ...more
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on-book
There you have it! It just went to my DNF list. It is slow and boring so far. I wanted to give it a chance but with SOOOO many books on my TBR (ever growing) list I figured it is ok to pass.
I don't recommend this book.
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've had this book, both on my shelf and on my kindle, for quite a while so when I got the chance to listen to the audio I jumped at it!

Brusenna lives with her mother deep in the woods. She knows what everyone calls her and knows that they fear her. She thinks she is nothing special and keeps to herself. Her life is quite sheltered, until another witch comes calling. Brusenna finds out exactly what it means to be a witch!

I loved Brusenna!! She is quite timid at the start but she finally finds t
Liv Chanin
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
Mar 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, review-copy, blog
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
Jun 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
*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
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, review, fantasy
This and my other reviews can be found at

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
I didn't love this book but I did like it enough to continue on to the next book in the series. It was very young adult, but I still liked the characters for the most part. I also appreciate it being offered as a kindleunlimited. ...more

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'
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This book was really, really good. It has a bit of a different take on witches, they sing songs to do what they need. I really enjoyed the fantasy setting it was in. Senna was a great character, she was so naive in the beginning, but became so strong and determined when she needed to.

I look forward to the next book in this series, I am attached to these characters already, and need to see where it's going to go.

I highly recommend this book. If you like fantasy and paranormal with witches then th
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
I’m still wavering on my rating, I may bump it up to 4 stars. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I liked that this was a standalone story (at least as far as I know). The story takes place over a couple years and our main character Brusenna really goes through a lot of growth as the story progresses. I liked Senna, she has a pretty daunting task ahead of her, but she never gives up. I liked Joshen, her guardian. He is a sweet guy and totally loyal to Senna, even when she pushes him away.

Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
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
Amber I.
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
What an amazing original story. I loved it. I read the book in one sitting. We are taken on a magical journey through a tough world. Senna started off a weak and scared girl, but ended up growing into one bad ass women in the end.

Witch Song is a crazy original book about witches ,never before have I read a book about witches like this one. The journey Senna goes on is not easy even for the most experienced witch and yet a girl who everyone considers weak and untrained sets out to save all the w
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
This world is simply refreshing. Not the issues that everybody knows and expectes. Indeed this story suprises me continously. Everytime that I thought, now comes the end or the fight or the kiss or whatever, something unexpected happened. Great entertaining!

However, at some points I missed the profoundness. The feelings of the characteres, some information of the world and its people, the development of some plot lines should be more explained. I hope, I will find this in the next books. I will
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
I really felt bad for Brusenna. She lived in the woods with her mother until disappeared. When she starts looking into the disappearances of the witches and that's when see's how people really feel about her, the fear they have towards her but also Brusenna finds her inner strength. She's new to the witch situation but that doesn't stop her. She does everything she can to learn. She is brave and strong.
Joshen is Bruesenna's guardian but he's a great character and love the way he and Brusenna's
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Bestselling author Amber Argyle writes young-adult fantasies where the main characters save the world (with varying degrees of success) and fall in love (with the enemy). Her award-winning books have been translated into numerous languages and praised by such authors as NYT bestsellers David Farland and Jennifer A. Nielsen.

Amber grew up on a cattle ranch and spent her formative years in the rodeo

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