Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Witch Fall Blog Tour

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Witch Fall by Amber Argyle
(Witch Song #3 (Prequel))
Publication date: October 24th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
All things fall.

Even Witches.

Supreme in their dominion over seasons, storms, and sea, the Witches have forgotten the unmatched destructiveness of mankind. And among the weapons men seek are the magical songs of the Witches.

Lilette is one of the few who see the decadence and decay weakening the Witches. As an outsider amid her own kind, can she help them survive the coming war?

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AUTHOR BIO 
Amber Argyle is the author of Witch Song and Fairy Queen trilogies. She grew up with three brothers on a cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains. She spent hours riding horses, roaming the mountains, and playing in her family’s creepy barn. This environment fueled her imagination for writing high fantasy. She has worked as a short order cook, janitor, and staff member in a mental institution. All of which has given her great insight into the human condition and has made for some unique characters. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Physical Education from Utah State University. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three small children.

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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.

My Review of Witch Song:
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Senna is an untrained witch who is the last hope for the survival of her kind. On a quest to rescue her mother who is a captive of the Dark Witch, Senna and her allies must uncover her powers and find a way to defeat Espen and save the trapped witches.

This is not my usual type of book. I don't usually read this kind of historical fiction but the paranormal element made me decide to try it and I'm glad that I did. In this book, witches don't have wands or shout spells at each other-instead they sing out their spells in a magical song, which was new and fresh to me. It is always nice when this kind of story produces a new twist to enjoy.

The author does a good job of blending the old historical setting with muskets, sailing ships and superstitious people who fear or adore witches, with a believable and enjoyable paranormal element. There is the good versus evil thread running through the book though the story is not as simple as you first think. The characters are well developed and likeable and when danger strikes you are worried for the safety of your favourites! That is always important to me in a new series because if you hate the characters it is hard to connect with the book itself. I really liked Pogg and I hope to see more of him in later books. Senna is a good female lead who is vulnerable and powerful, and you are rooting for her through all her challenges.

The plot is always moving along at pace. There is a lot of action, fantasy elements, an innocent start to a romance, swashbuckling pirate style ship adventures, magical creatures, duelling witches, magic and lots of adventure. Senna and Joshen make a believable, sweet couple though you know that there are going to be many obstacles to their romance which they will face. The magical fights were well written and I liked the concept of trying to silence each others voices to stop the other casting spells. I was very keen to get straight on to book 2 to see what happens next.

There is no graphic sex or foul language so it is suitable for most YA as well as adult readers.  
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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. She was wrong. Haven is not the sanctuary it appears to be. Even love is in danger of slipping away like water through cupped hands. Some things can't be saved. 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. Will Brusenna be required to make the ultimate sacrifice?

My review of Witch Born:
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

The Witches of Haven have a crisis. Strangers are invading the island to kidnap Senna, there is a traitor amongst them and their enemies are gathering. Senna wants to remove the curse which is crippling Tarten which brings her into dispute with the Heads, who know her destiny and refuse to give her the information she needs.

We rejoin the story with the witches all safely on Haven, planning their next move. Senna is beginning her training which she is finding tough, especially with a forced separation from Joshen. Balancing her love for him with her duty is proving to be tougher than she expected. Her disputes with the Heads include their decision to keep the curse, keep her away from Joshen, keeping her in the dark about her future and not keeping her safe from the traitor and those trying to kidnap her. Senna feels isolated and alone, and is considering going against the Heads to do what she feels is right, knowing that this might cause them to disown her.

Our favourite characters from book one are all there again as well as a few new and interesting additions. The same amount of action and adventure is there though Senna's growing powers add more to the plot. There is still plenty to enjoy in this emerging series. In this book, a bit of the witch history was brought into the book, mixing nicely with the present day paranormal story of Senna. It was nice that the information is given to the reader gradually instead of in one big info dump which is a plot device that I find frustrating. So well done to the author for avoiding that temptation. I would have liked more Pogg though as I love that guy.

I did feel it was obvious who the traitor on the island was and who the traitors allies were. It didn't spoil the story though. Joshen's stupidity and refusal to do what Senna asked of him(please stay away from my witchy enemy Joshen!) did get on my nerves a bit in this book but it was just a minor niggle. I would not have been so quick to forgive the betrayals like Senna did but hey, I'm just that unforgiving kind of person!

The big niggle for me though is that the second half of the book felt a bit rushed. From Caldash to the witch war, it seemed that the author just wanted to get the book finished quickly and move on to something else. I wanted to see more of the actual war which was over way too quick. The aftermath of the war was not dealt with in a satisfying way for me either. We jump from the war to the resolution of Senna and Joshen's story, leaving out what I really wanted to see. I wanted to see the merging of the two witch clans! WE spent so long waiting for the war and what was going to happen that it was a dissappointment to have it over so quickly. I figure that maybe that is being saved for the next book so we'll wait and see what happens there.

Niggles aside I did still enjoy the book and will look at what is coming next.  
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A ship burns, sinking into the dark sea. There is only one survivor—a child hunted for the power of her song. Hidden away on an isolated island, Lilette buries her power deep, convinced it caused the deaths of those she loves.

But she can’t run from who she is. And when her secret is revealed, the only thing that can save her is her song. It’s time to rise up and become what she was always meant to be: the most powerful witch ever born.

My review of Witch Rising:
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This was the origins story of Lilette, who featured in the historical sections of Witch Born. It follows her and her parents fleeing for their life from those who wish to use witch powers for their own ends.

I'm not going to give any of the story away here as it is just a short story novella to compliment the history element of books one and two. When I originally wrote this review, I thought that perhaps the novellas would gradually tell her story between further books about Senna and her witch clans. However it seems that the next book in the series is to be all about Lilette, picking up where the novella leaves off and I'm not too sure that it will be my kind of book though I will give it a try.

Lilette herself is very like Senna, a young witch who is a bit scared of her powers and who had a difficult early life. It was easy to like her and feel sympathy for the situation that she finds herself in. The setting was purely historical for the later half of the book and it was quite slow compared to what we have been used to with Senna's story but that is probably because it is setting the scene for the continuation of the story to come.

A decent enough read if you want to learn more about Lilette
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4 comments:

  1. Oh wow. Loving that cover. And cool to hear the third is out. Wow! Another series I need to get too. :)

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    1. I enjoyed the first two books a lot. Book 3 goes back in time to the story of a different character which wasn't really my kind of story but it was still well written.

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    1. You're welcome-and good luck with your series!

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