Witch Song by Amber Argyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Arc from Publisher
Age recommendation: ages 12 to 250+
Description from Goodreads: 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 fades, 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.
My thoughts: Brusenna is a teen who lives in the forest alone with her mother. The villagers shun them because her mother is a witch. She is shamed and humiliated and basically afraid of contact with other people. 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. This means that she must face her fears and venture into the outside world, alone.
Brusenna, now known as Senna, goes on a journey that tests her physically and mentally. She grows into a strong young woman and meets some friends and a romantic interest along the way. I loved that her growing up was gradual, it didn't happen overnight. She learns to trust others and to trust herself.
I loved the strength that she learns and shows. I loved that Amber Argyle created witches that are guardians who protect the land and sea. They create balance and help nature in it's proper function.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story about the battle between good and evil, a young woman's journey from an awkward teen. The blossoming of friendship into love, and the true meaning of loyalty. This book is squeaky clean and any mother could feel comfortable and confident in their children reading it.
This book is scheduled for publication on September 1st. The publisher is Rhemalda Publishing. I thank them for the review ARC that they sent to me.
It looks like this book is available on Kindle right now! If you can't wait for the hard copy version ~ go to this link and get the kindle version. ;0) Witch Song: Rhemalda Publishing The cost is $3.99.
There is a giveaway going on at Goodreads. The contest runs until September 1st. There will be 5 copies won, there are 4,000 people entering at the moment, if you want to throw your name in the hat go to http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12171788-witch-song.