THE FAERYS VIEW
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) is that of a young untrained witch, one who is ignorant of her heritage and covenant with those like her. To use magic, Senna and her mother, Sacra, use song to sing to nature. There is so very much that her mother has not told her and more importantly, not taught her. When her mother leaves with another witch, saying only that if she is gone for a while that Senna must follow her written instructions, Senna is left feeling lonely and abandoned with only her huge wolf-hound, Bruke to protect and keep her company.
With all the Keepers (witches) those who keep the seasons as they should be are captured by the evil Espen who is controlling the weather, everything in nature is affected. People will starve from droughts; animals from land to sea will die because Espen is changing the natural order of the seasons. The time comes when Senna must embark on a journey far from home that will change the fate of the world and all of its inhabitants-although she doesn’t realize this at the start of her journey, she is the world’s only hope. Senna soon realizes that she needs help. Senna fears getting close with anyone for getting close to somebody only leads to heartbreak when they inevitably leave---and they always leave. Just like her father, her sister who died as a babe and then her mother. Whether they want to leave or not, they leave Senna and Senna is left with a broken heart. Better to keep people away to begin with then to let them get close only to lose them. Senna must put aside her fears and learn to trust her heart and the risk. With trusty Bruke in tow, Senna finds that along her journey she will meet many people on the way that will help her at their own peril but there is one in particular who has the power to break her heart. With Sennas courageous and compassionate heart, she feels every loss meant to protect her but despite her fears, her compassion and evil on her tail at every turn, Senna knows she must prevail or lose the world to the treacherous Espen who would enslave all with her greed and malevolence while destroying the world in the process. She must set the Keepers free!
Ms. Argyle describes each character in Witch Song with such depth, intensity and uniqueness that they become step off the page realistic. They become your friends or your enemies. Their happiness is your happiness, their fears are yours and their tears-I’ll just say, some tissues would be handy. The journey that Senna takes is breathtaking in its beauty and portrayal. Ms. Argyle is a master with vivid descriptives that transport you from a rainy dirt road to a lush humid jungle.
Much to my delight, Witch Song was everything I thought it would be and more. A One-Sit-Read, the highest honor this reviewer can give and a multiple read, which I reserve for only a few books! Amber Argyle is unbelievable as a debut author and I can only imagine what the next in Witch Songs series holds in store for us. I cannot wait!
THE FAERY SAYS: YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!