Published: September 5, 2012
Publisher: Starling Publishing
Source: eARC from author (thank you!)
Series: Witch Song #2 (My review of Book 1 Witch Song)
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~ The Blurb ~
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 Thoughts ~
Witch Born finds Senna on Haven after saving the Witches from the Dark Witch Espen. She thinks her trials in life are finished and is trying to learn her craft as an Apprentice. But something is happening to Senna, her song grows stronger every day and she has more power than she should. She can hear the song of the Four Sisters and later learns that with being Creator-touched comes a fate far more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. She learns that there is a traitor on Haven who is trying to capture her and begins to sense a danger so great that it could destroy Haven and every Witch on it.
And so begins the exhilarating and exciting second installment of the Witch Song series. It is full of the same heart stopping action, natural beauty, and fantastic world building that we came to love from Witch Song and Amber Argyle is still able to raise the stakes with this novel and create something so fresh and electrifying you can’t help but devour it.
I liked Senna much better in this novel than the first, she had much more confidence and a very strong will. She was emerging as a leader even if she didn’t always see herself that way. She was still a little naïve but that just gave her room to grow. I really enjoyed the love story between Senna and Joshen and the pull that Joshen felt between protecting Senna and helping her to do what she knew to be right was so strong I could feel it. I just wish that we got to see a little more of Joshen-the-man, as opposed to just Joshen-Senna’s-guardian, I think I would have probably fallen for his character had there been a little more to him than simply his role as protector to Senna.
For me it wasn't the characters that made this novel so much as everything surrounding those characters! I cannot say enough about Amber Argyle’s world building. In a word it is incredible. With every page the island of Haven came to life a little bit more, from the tree houses, to the herbs the apprentices gathered to make their potions, to the way they called on the elements in their songs. The way Argyle was able to put all of this beautiful scenery and the Witches extraordinary way of life into words took my breath away. Being the second novel in the series I didn’t expect to feel the same excitement and awe that I felt when reading Witch Song, but it was all there and more.
Witch Born is an intensely satisfying read for the paranormal YA fan who loves an adventure! I enjoyed the characters but what really made the novel for me was the adventure and the incredible way that Argyle was able to breathe life into this world that she created where nature was controlled by Witch Songs.
I received an e-arc of Witch Born via the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.