All things fall.
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?
4 out of 5 stars
Witch Fall is a treat from the stunning cover to the exquisite story woven within! Amber Argyle’s world of Witch Song and Witch Born is shown to greater depths in the last book of the trilogy. Technically, Witch Fall is a prequel, but it is meant to be read either before or after Brusenna’s story. Argyle weaves many aspects from the previous books into Lilette’s story, while creating a unique tale of the struggle for power in a world that feels threatened by the magic of the witches and their song. I don’t typically like prequels, but this is one I would definitely recommend to all fans of the Witch Song Trilogy. The ending will both break your heart and give you hope for new beginnings.
Lilette has lost the power of her song after her parents’ deaths. The kind man who took her in warned her that something awful would happen if she ever did sing again. When his life hangs in the balance, she makes a desperate gamble—and loses. Now, coveted and lusted after for the power she can bring to the leader of her village, she searches for a way to escape. Things go from bad to worse, though, when an old enemy shows up and takes away the one chance of freedom she had. Dragged back to the land of those who destroyed her family, she faces unexpected perils from the most unlikely sources. Those she thought were her allies may be her greatest foes, and one of her enemies might provide her greatest happiness. Either way, Lilette soon realizes that she can’t escape what the fates have decreed must be. No one can.
Set in a time when the majesty of the imperial city is at its peak, and when witches are the most powerful force in the world, Argyle’s latest book shows what happens when absolute power falls. I enjoyed seeing what events and corruption led to the condition of the witches in her previous books. Her world once again was given in such vivid detail, with plenty of action and unexpected twists thrown in, that I was instantly absorbed. Lilette’s strength and stubbornness made me root for her, even when those traits appeared to only make things worse for her and others. Argyle doesn’t pull any punches when making her characters go through hell and back to win their own happiness, and Lilette’s story is no different. It wrung my heart with each new trial she faced. Han and Jolin were a great supporting cast as their different character strengths and weakness helped Lilette come into her own power as she works to save a world that either covets or despises her. After reading this tale, I had to read the whole trilogy again. A great end—or beginning.
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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.