Spellbinder Saturday: Prelude to a Prequel, then the Prequel

Easy as A, B, C . . . from HA

Don’t be confused by the title of today’s review. Witch Rising by Amber Argyle is, in fact, a prelude toWitch Rising Witch Fall, the prequel to Witch Song and Witch Born. I thought it was a very clever move.

Witch Rising is more of a novelette, short and introductory to a whole new cast of characters. Not all are new, actually. We met Lilette in Witch Born. Witch Rising is our intro to her true history.

Argyle’s introduction to the story of Lilette hits the floor running. We find the ship she’s on under attack. I’m not going to give too many, if any, spoilers. I sort of got carried away with my review of Witch Born.

So, the ship is under attack. She is the only survivor, thanks to her mother’s quick thinking. Her harrowing escape leaves her on an island, rescued by a fisherman. We watch her settle in to a new life, hiding her abilities for many years.

Of course, it’s not all roses. There are bad people, no matter where you go or how hard you try to keep a low profile. In this case, it’s the head honcho of the village and he thinks Lilette will make a fine addition to his group of wives.

Let’s just say she tries everything she can to keep from becoming his latest– and youngest– wife and fails. She even tries singing for the first time since her rescue to no avail. That’s where Witch Rising ends: she’s waiting for her wedding day.

Witch FallWitch Fall, the full story, picks up shortly after Witch Rising ends. Lilette is still awaiting her impending marriage when the island is invaded by the same group responsible for the destruction of her previous life.

From there the story starts opening into realms of magic, international intrigue, war between nations and war between witch factions. This is where the tearing apart of the witch world’s cohesion begins.

Lilette is responsible for bringing the war to an end, but at what price? It’s touched upon in the previous novels, but explained fully in Witch Fall without the bias of history writers changing things to match their own views.

Amber Argyle has gotten better at her craft with each new book. The characters are rich and full; they’re complex and believable. She writes in a way that makes you see how each side of the conflict thinks they’re in the right.

Read the Witch Song story, all four volumes. You won’t regret it.

See you next time for Tips on Tuesday.

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