Brusenna thought it was finished. She defeated the Dark Witch, saving the Haven Witches from imprisonment and death. She found love and a place to belong.
But she was wrong. A new threat merges with the old as the Witches' dark history begins to catch up with them. Only Brusenna knows the extent of the danger and how to stop it, though doing so might cost her everything.
Including her life.
©2012 Amber Argyle (P)2015 Amber Argyle
Amber Argyle has, without a doubt, become a firm favourite of mine. Her writing is amazing and her attention to detail is phenomenal. She has never failed to grab me right from the start and take me on a magical, often times tragical, journey. Every one of her books has been action packed and intense. They have caused me to cry, to gasp, to shout out and to have a book hangover! This one is no different.
May contain spoilers for book 1!!
Brusenna is once again in a fight for her life. She thought that after defeating the dark witch, her life would be easier now, but she is wrong. She has to defeat a much more dangerous foe and try to save her fellow witches. All the while trying to have a life with Joshen. Can she do it, or will her story end tragically?
I fell in love with Senna and Joshen after book one, and this one just cements it. Senna is such a worthy heroine. She knows her own mind and even when she is told not to do something, if it's the right thing to do, she will do it no matter the consequences. She is strong willed, kind, capable and loyal. She has been through so much, and even more during this one, yet she stays true to herself.
Joshen is such a dolt!! How could he be so stupid and not trust Senna after everything!!!! (You will have to read it to see what I'm talking about) My heart was in my mouth wondering if they would make up or not! I love these 2 and they are perfect for each other so I'm glad it was all sorted.
The plot is once again extremely fast paced. I loved that we get to see the dark witch again and what Senna does for her just goes to show her character. There are secrets revealed, lives lost, friendship destroyed, and even worse, a deception that is hard to take. Basically we have a book filled with everything a great book should have.
Everything about this book, and indeed the series, can be summed up in one word.... amazing! It's a book that once you start, be prepared to be up all night because you won't put it down. The world Amber created is magical and one I know I will revisit again and again. Highly recommend her work and I can not wait to read more from her.
Melissa Reizian Frank has such a great voice for this series. It feels like she is the perfect Senna and really gets the story. Her tones inflections are perfect and she brings this story alive.
Thomas Le Min
In this second installment in the Witch Born series (3rd counting the prequel), Senna faces a host of new challenges that bring her literally to the point of death. The action and tension are non stop, with plenty of romance thrown in. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series to learn what happens next in this captivating story. As with the other books in the series, the narrator continues to do a wonderful job with the whole cast of characters. He voice is quite lovely, and is a joy to hear.
I listened to the Audible version of Witch Born, the second book in the Witch Song series by Amber Argyle. Witch Born picks up soon after the events in the first book, so to better understand the story and characters, you really need to start with Witch Song. As with the change of Brusenna’s name to Senna, this is a story of “new beginnings.” After saving her fellow witches from imprisonment and death, Senna struggles with the heirechy of the community she now lives in because many of the elders fear her power (she did defeat the Dark Witch, which none of the elders could do). However, Senna can feels the danger they are all in and she intuitively knows how to stop it, but to save the witches (from outsiders and themselves), she must risk her own life and those she loves most.
I enjoyed Witch Born as much as I did the first book in the series and found myself sitting in my garage after my evening commute from work just to listen to “one more chapter” before going inside. This series has everything I enjoy in a good book: suspense, romance, and great secondary characters. As with the first book in the series, Melissa Reizian Frank narrated this audiobook and she did an outstanding job. She really brings the characters to life giving each one their own distinct voice. I highly recommend it!
Really loved the conitnuation of the story and very much like it. Amber has a great way of showing you what the world is like and the characters are beliveable and worth reading about.
I love spending time in this fictional world. Author Amber Argyle has a brilliant mind for all things witch. She has created a outwardly strong main character who still struggles with inwardly weakness. A prime role model for all readers. I've really come to enjoy the Guardians too. Even some I didn't want to like LOL I look forward to the next installment of the series. The audio narration fits the story well and the narrator handles the accents perfectly.
**** 4 stars ****
FTC guidelines require me to disclose that I received a copy of this audiobook for free. All review comments are honest and my own.
Witch Born is book two in the Witch Song series, and the last one centered around Brusenna. Senna has defeated the Dark Witch and saved Haven, but something else is beginning and she’s becoming more powerful as time goes on. It was a real treat to be able to finally get back into the world of Witches and elements, and in a different format!
There may be spoilers for book one below this!
I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t remember all that happened in the first book since it’s been awhile, but I found it easy to slip back into the world Argyle has created. Senna is having trouble moving past the devastation they have wrought on the country of Tarten, and wants to put the world to rights. However she finds herself in the middle of another battle, one that the Witches of Haven thought long over. Witch Born is a book centered around coming into one’s own, and putting aside differences. Senna is not thriving the way she had hoped in the tutelage of Haven, instead she feels stifled and isolated. Many of the witches do not trust her, others simply don’t like her, and a few wish to keep her cooped up and out of harm. But Senna longs to fix Tarten, and in trying to do so she finds herself brimming with new power and finding a veiled threat. I really loved getting to learn more about the Witches lore, and getting more explanations of how the four elements play into the structure of the world. There is a ton of action, vivid magic, and a lot of twists & turns as Senna tries to discover the unseen threats origin and fix Taren. As short as this novel is I still found it to be rich in descriptions, and I could easily picture the dusty lands of Tarten, the tall ancient trees of Haven, and the dangerous swells of the ocean.
I love strong female characters and that is one of Argyle’s strongest points in her writing. The witches in this book are fierce and independent, and for the most part live apart from men and outsiders. Senna’s journey in this book is just as much about finding her own independent strength as it is about finding her power. Her relationship with Joshen is still sweet, and a great addition to the story but I really appreciated that Argyle took the time to force Senna to find herself without Joshen and to find that she can stand strong on her own.
While I will admit that our narrator, Melissa Reizian Frank, is not among my favorites I did enjoy her rendition of the tale. I’m notorious for being ansty with audiobooks since I read much faster than they can, and I did feel a bit of that with this one as Melissa’s pace is a slower one. However I did enjoy her accents for each of the regions, and thought she gave the witches voices of their own.
I’m a bit sad to see the end of Senna’s journey, and what an end it was, but I’m glad I got to enjoy yet another one of Amber Argyle’s rich tales.
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