Source: Ya Book Tour/Amber Argyle- I received this in exchange for an honest review
Series: Witch Song #2.5
Narrator: Melissa Reizian Frank
Edition: Audiobook, 1 hour and 28 mins
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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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.
Witch Rising is a prequel novella that connects to the Witch Song books but can be read by itself without any worry about being out of the loop or lost. It should precede the book Witch Fall however as it goes over the main character, Lilette’s past.
Lilette is a character mentioned in Witch Song and further explored in Witch Born, and she plays an incredibly important in the history of the Witches. She’s destined to be incredibly powerful, but everyone starts somewhere and I really loved getting to see the events that occurred in her childhood that would shape the woman. The first chapter starts with immediate conflict and pulled me into the story with little to no trouble. It was heartbreaking to see so much inner conflict within Lilette as a child, and the fact that she harbored so much fear and guilt…and to have to deal with it growing up without her parents. But one thing I love the most about Argyle’s work is her strong female characters. Most are independent thinkers, most don’t feel the need to seek shelter under a care taker, and Lilette is no different.
I’m still not overly fond of the narrator, but I’ve grown used to her and I actually don’t mind her as much anymore. She definitely has a feel for the characters and does some pretty interesting accents to help distinguish the cultures.
I have Witch Fall on my wishlist so I’m hoping I get to further explore Lilette’s story.