Brusenna is the last.
All the other witches have been captured, their songs stolen and twisted from harmony and growth into chaos and death. She alone must stand against an evil much older and darker than anything she could ever imagine—an evil every witch before her has failed to vanquish.
Brusenna must be the first.
First, I must thank YA Bound Book Tours and author Amber Argyle for providing an audio copy of this book for me to 'read' in exchange for an honest review.
I will be honest there was a part of me that hoped and prayed this story would live up to the blurb. I have issues with ones that pull you in with an exciting blurb but then the story falls through the cracks. I can say this one had a good story, the characters were interesting and it was kinda cool to see witches in a different light. But with that being said it did drag in parts. For me at least. I am by no means a YA expert. I say that because it’s not a normal genre I read but since this novel bad a bit of the paranormal and outside of the box feel to it I jumped at the chance.
My first thoughts were a mix of intrigue and wonder. The blurb was enough to catch my attention and say hey, that sounds good, let's give it a try. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the story and the characters. But I must say the first half of the story was a bit.. slow. Maybe even a little too much on the information side. So much happens in such a short time that you'd think it would move faster but it didn't. That again is not to say I didn't enjoy the story. I just wished it had moved a little quicker.
Brusenna and Joshen are really intense and awesome characters. Heck, even the brutes that are on the 'bad side' of things are entertaining. (Laughs) This is a very original. And magical story. Amber's depth of her characters, their world and the lands around them are well defined.
This story takes place in a world that's so much more different than ours. I guess that's why they call it fantasy, but you're able to get into the characters get into the story and see exactly what struggles Brusenna and Her mother are having.
Brusenna is growing up having no idea of who and what her mother is or who and what exactly she is. Or what she is capable of. Her mother has kept her hidden and it's not until someone from her mother’s past comes into their lives that Brusenna gets a real glimpse into what is actually going on around her. After the visitor Brusenna's mother decides to go along with Coyell to go after the dark witch. Someone has to stop her and save the other witches that she is taken captive after a long time of being alone,just her and her wolf dog Brusenna has to go to town. That's where she meets a merchant... One that turns out to be a witch hunter. Her meeting this arsemuncher is what sets off a line of events that puts Brusenna on a path to take on a dark witch.
The story is full of hope, honor, devotion and a lot of panicked moments that make it a tangled web of lies and misgivings. But those misgivings and heart aching actions of those around the witches is what helps press Brusenna into a place of renewed power and conviction. She's in for a long, hard fight and it's one she will now willingly going to accept in order to save not only her family but the world.
About the Author:
Amber Argyle is the number-one bestselling author of the Witch Song Series and the Fairy Queen Series. Her books have been nominated for and won awards in addition to being translated into French and Indonesian.
Amber graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in English and physical education, a husband, and a two-year old. Since then, she and her husband have added two more children, which they are actively trying to transform from crazy small people into less crazy larger people.