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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Review: WITCH SONG by Amber Argyle

How many of you follow @toobusyreading on twitter? You don't?? What? Well, you should. Why? Because she's always scoping out free and cheap ebooks and posting them on twitter. That's how I discovered WITCH SONG by Amber Argyle.

From Amazon: 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.

Length - 325 pgs.
Reading Level - YA

The Rating: *** (Liked it)

The Good:
EXCELLENT world building. Ms. Argyle does a fabulous job of showing how Brusenna's world looks and functions. I'm a sucker for a good love story, and the story between Brusenna and Joshen is paced and developed well. Brusenna isn't one of those characters I immediately fell in love with, mostly because of some of the choices she made I didn't agree with, but she's consistent, which is more important than me loving her. (What?? My opinion isn't the end-all?)

The Bad:
My biggest complaint is the structure -- or lack off. Without the a logical outline of the story, it seems to meander, climaxing early and then climaxing several times. My other issue is with plot inconsistencies. **SPOILER** For instance, Brusenna spends 75% of the novel searching for and trying to rescue her mother, yet when she does they barely interact. Biggest of all, **MAJOR SPOILER** it's difficult to believe that the Dark Witch, who had the power to capture and make submissive all the other witches, would actually bow to the will of a human who hated witches, no matter how big that human's army.

The Recommendation:
If you enjoy fantasy reads about witches, you will enjoy this book. For the most part it's well written and easy to get through. Great characters and lots of action.

Disclaimer: Kissing, Mild Action Violence

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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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