Witch Song by Amber Argyle

I had a great time at LTUE. Although I’m a hopeless introvert, I managed to meet a few people thanks to the generosity of my friend Michelle. One of the people I met is Amber Argyle, a writer whose first book, Witch Song, is coming out this September from Rhemalda Publishing. Witch Song is a young adult fantasy with a beautiful cover:

Witch Song by Amber Argyle
Witch Song by Amber Argyle

Here’s the concept behind the book:

The world is changing.

For thousands of years, witch song has controlled everything from the winds to the shifting of the seasons. But not anymore. All the Witches are gone, taken captive by the dark Witch, Espen.
As the last echoes of witch song fade, Espen grows stronger as winter and summer come within the space of a day. Now she’s coming for the one she missed—a shy, untrained girl of fifteen named Brusenna.

Somehow, Brusenna has to succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find Espen. Fight her. Defeat her.

Or there won’t be anything left to save.

It sounds great, doesn’t it? It reads great, too. I really enjoyed the first chapter, which is available for free on Amber’s website.

Amber is holding a contest on her blog to celebrate the publication of Witch Song. She’s giving away several books that I’m really excited about. The first is Song of the Dragon by Tracy Hickman. (He was at LTUE this year too, and he’s an incredible speaker.)

Check out Amber’s website to see more details about the contest and read the first chapter of Witch Song.

7 comments so far

  1. Amber Argyle | Monday, 21 February 2011, 2:39 pm |

    Wow! Thanks, Ben. I’m so glad I met you, corn dog and all.

  2. Ing | Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 1:14 am |

    The cover looks sweet and the synopsis sounds great…off to check out the website.

    But first, that corn dog reference sounds like an anecdote (maybe even a story) just begging to be told. Dang, I’m jealous of you people and that symposium. I need to find one like it in the Northwest so I can gloat to you about things like Tracy Hickman and networking and corn dogs.

  3. Ben | Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 10:05 am |

    Amber, it was a pleasure meeting you, too!

    Ing, the corn dog incident wasn’t anything incredibly interesting. I had gone over to the BYU Creamery just across the way from the LTUE building and gotten two corn dogs to eat during the 10 minute break between panels. I was busily scarfing them down while walking back towards the next panel, when I ran into Michelle and Amber. My mouth was politely overflowing with half-chewed corn dog, so I quickly swallowed it. We chatted for a bit while my second corn dog cooled off, and we were late to the panel.

    Oh, Ing, here’s another tidbit you’d be interested to hear. I ran into Cody Clark and his wife! Unfortunately we didn’t have time to talk since a panel was starting right then. I saw him a couple of times down the hall or across the auditorium, but we never had a chance to really talk.

  4. Ing | Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 5:16 pm |

    “Politely overflowing” — I like that, but I wonder how it works.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Cody was covering the symposium for the newspaper, considering he’s their movies/entertainment guy…although considering he’s also likely to go there for his own enlightenment anyway, it’s not surprising that he’d be there in any case. I haven’t seen the Clarks forever…

  5. Michelle Davidson Argyle | Thursday, 24 February 2011, 6:38 pm |

    I can’t wait for her book to be out! I really enjoyed reading it for copyedits. :)

  6. Amber Argyle | Saturday, 26 February 2011, 10:00 pm |

    Thanks Michelle and Ben!
    BTW Ben, did you know you won the book on my blog? I need your address so I can send it to you.

  7. Ben | Saturday, 26 February 2011, 10:22 pm |

    Ing—I don’t think Cody was there in an official capacity. He mentioned that he’d just found out about the event a few days before. But I could be wrong. Oh, and about the corn dog. I guess the “overflowing” part was an exaggeration. Nothing escaped my lips, I promise. (At least, I hope not.)

    Amber—Holy moley! That’s awesome. I hadn’t checked back at your blog yet. I’ll be sending you my address.

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