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 the Witches, for mankind, or for the young Guardian who has committed his life to protecting hers.
©2011 Amber Argyle (P)2014 Amber Argyle
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 the strength she needs to be who she is supposed to be. Senna knows next to nothing about Witches and has to learn as she goes but that doesn't stop her. She goes into the lions den knowing that she may not come out alive. She was so brave.
We then have Joshen, who is Sennas guardian and steadfast companion throughout. He was another amazing character. I loved seeing Joshen and Sennas relationship grow. It was so sweet.
There is a whole lot of characters in Witch Song and each was extremely well written and developed. Senna especially grew a lot throughout the story. We even get the bad guys POV at times, which added to the story.
Plot wise, it was fast paced and gripping. The world building and lore was fascinating and I loved the authors spin she put on the Witches. The Witches sing songs to cast their spells so there is no magic wands!! I loved that unique concept. The Witches can sing to the wind, earth, fire etc and there are songs to heal and pretty much do everything which Senna needs to learn because she can only do the basics.
Once I started listening to this, it was so hard to stop. The author grabbed me from the very first page and weaved a wonderful tale around me. From it's amazing characters to its beautifully written world, Witch Song is a must read. It's a magically captivating world and one I can't wait to jump back into!
I listened to the audio and loved it. Melissa Reizian Frank did a great job of bringing Senna to life. She really knows how to grab the reader. I will definitely be checking out more by her.
Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. - Plato
The author did an amazing job creating a unique world where witches have very important roles.
Brusenna has been sheltered by her mom and not taught about the witch's way. Her mom tried to keep her ignorant from the danger that looms but unfortunately all her mom did was leaving her untrained and vulnerable.
Witch hunters are after Brusenna because she is the last one. Brusenna must scape the Hunters and find Haven then she must succeed against the Dark Witch. She must succeed where all have failed.
Along her way she meets Joshen! He becomes her guardian. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow. She is so brave and tries to do everything on her own. Good thing Joshen doesn't give up easy!
Witches use their songs to control plants & wind. They need their voices and songs to cast spells.
There were some pretty stressful situations where her foes almost defeated her but she kept pushing forward. I was on the edge of my seat for most of this tale!
There are a lot of great characters in this book. This audiobook was hard to put down because I wanted to see what happened next!
The narrator did an amazing job bringing the story to life.
This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
This story drags you in form the very beginning....I loved how Senna got her strength and back bone, and became a confident little lady....she proved you cant keep a good witch down!!!
All of it~
She was perfect....I would definitely listen to her again, and I will in book 2!!!
I did want to cry for Senna a few times...and some parts were funny and sweet!
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
This book was great, I love a good witch book...so this fit the bill 100%!!!!
This is the story of young Senna, a witch who is not trained, and been very sheltered..people treat her so cruel...and she feels she has to just take it and hide! Well things start to go bad...and her mother must go off to help the other witches save the country! Crops are dying, droughts are happening all over and people are starving! She leaves instructions for Senna to follow if need be, because a dark witch is capturing good witches to stop there action! Senna must gather all of her strength, learn to trust others and run from witch hunters to save the day, she proves her strength, meets the love of her life, and ultimately saves the day!!!! GREAT STORY!! I WILL BE BUYING BOOK 2!!!
I RECOMMEND!! WELL WORTH YOUR TIME AND A CREDIT!!!
While the story is long , it doesn't feel like it. From the start it wraps you up in the story of a young girl learning that her mother has kept many secrets. The storyline is as complex as the characters, and it deftly draws you in to a world where witches use the power of song to coexist with nature. There is danger and adventure as our young heroine tries to save the witches from death and imprisonment. There is some violence, no adult content, and no cliff hanger.
I loved the story I also loved being able to follow along when I was able to actually read the book. It painted a beautiful picture as the narrator read aloud. Thank you
I really liked the main character, Brusenna. While naive and sheltered, she's brave and determined to make things right. Even though she believes she will fail in the ultimate mission of stopping the evil witch and rescuing all the previous witches who have failed, she still goes on. She's the last of the witches, a young sproutling, yet she refuses to give up. That is what makes a great character, and what ultimately makes her the special snowflake who succeeds. I also enjoyed the young warrior/Guardian
I also enjoyed the young warrior/Guardian Joshen, who is likewise determined to take the brave course and fight to protect the young witch. Both are great characters, and I definitely rooted for them. However, their relationship, while expected, I can't really say blossomed believably.
The book is overall a bit journey, but a lot of action happens along the way. Senna keeps getting attacked, and she keeps going and getting free of her situation despite the odds. The resolution was a bit odd to me, in the way the Creators got involved. Didn't the Creators already know what was going on? Or, didn't the other witches think to appeal to them? It was kind of odd that we had this epic witch battle, and then it was like the parents showed up and the playground bully was stopped.
As for the narrator, well I already was not a fan of her's from a previous book, so I knew what to expect. The dry, news reporter way she speaks wasn't enjoyable, but I didn't let that affect my opinion of the book too much since I already knew I wasn't going to like the narration before starting the book.
I did like that the book ended on a positive note (since you know my opinion on cliffhangers), so I'm wondering what is in store for the witches in the rest of the series. It definitely can be read as a stand alone, since the conflict wraps up, but I'm sure new conflicts are seen in the other books in the series.
**I received a complimentary audiobook version of Witch Song in exchange for my review.
Overall this was a decent listen. I enjoyed to plot, but sometimes it required more than the normal suspension of reality, it got a little extreme in a couple of places. I thought the characters could have been developed a bit more, I found it hard to care about any of them, but the story line was enjoyable, and could have been great with some people you care about in there. I would recommend it for younger teens, except for some of the violence. It is hard to say what age group the author was targeting. The narrator did a great job, and though it isn't something I will listen to again, I don't consider it a waste of time.
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Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
This book was given to me by the author/narrator for free for an honest and unbiased review
This is a unique and amazing story about witches, nature and Brusenna (a child) being kept in the dark by her mother about her uniqueness until someone shows up and and makes Brusenna question everything. Sometimes I felt the narrator was lagging but overall she did a great job.
I am excited to move on to the next in the series and read the prequel to this as well. There's not much more I can say that others haven't said in the other reviews. Is it worth a credit - yes most definitely!
I would recommend this book to my friends.
I can't compare it to one book but I will say what I think of the story:
When I started the book I thought it started like many others. Young girl kept in the dark by parent. Parent leaves girl alone to deal with problem. Parent doesn't return and trouble finds daughter. But somewhere along the way the story grew much more than that for me. Senna as a character changed it with being a smart girl. Senna knows what she's doing and why when sends Joshen away, she even admits it in that moment. Senna may not believe she's loved but she knows Joshen is not dumb. Both characters see that in each other and treat each other as such. Though there are naive moments on Senna's behalf, she really hadn't interacted with many people let alone kind people, Senna holds true to respecting others in their ideas and has many of her own to help.
Melissa embodies the poise of the characters in her voice. As Brusenna's confidence grows, so does the strength in her voice. Melissa carries this through with the feel of all characters. Melissa does different voices and tones for each character. Her impression of Waldof had me not liking him with the tone in his (her) voice. Sly bugger. When we get to a new land Melissa speaks in the accented English to bring the world to life for us.
Some people call them witches. They fear them and blame them for the lands poor productivity. But they are Keepers of nature. The witches here have the power through song to call nature to their bidding. And their's one witch that's capturing all the others and changing the way of the weather and lands, hoping to bring all of man to bow to her.
The story has a feel of a young girl growing into her own. The writing is easy to understand and feels as it's a great story for young adults to read, even those on the younger side of YA age bracket. At least for this book. I'll see what happens in books to come. Senna knows what she needs to do, yet she thinks she should do it alone because of her losses due to the Dark Witch and what she needs to do. Senna wants to keep everyone safe. But her guardian, and dear friend, Joshen works to get her to realize what she's doing and how there are those that will work with her as it's for their livelihood too.
I knew before Senna admitted it, that I wanted Joshen to travel with her. He's a great companion for Senna and a wonderful love interest. Being a witch, people don't touch her with fear of being cursed. With her mother gone for weeks, when she finds her guardian, Joshen, she likes the feel of his touch as he doesn't fear her. Senna seems to start to fall for him in their travels together, but she figures he'd never feel the same. To be young again and experiencing love for the first time... When Senna makes a decision to keep Joshen safe, I like that she tells him why she's doing what she's doing but she still forces him to go. But at least she told him the truth in that moment too.
Senna's adventures take her from her home in the woods to the sea, traveling on the sea. Senna gets to visit a new land with different ways. I enjoyed her adventures and troubles she crossed. Senna grew up as we go along and shows she is capable of helping with her magic.
I'm very curious to carry on with Senna and Joshen in future stories. They both have captured my heart in this story.
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.
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