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Amber Argyle 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 Uiversity.
She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three small children.
on Dec. 26, 2013 :
I am awed by the sheer intensity of emotion that can be found in this very short story. Forty pages full of drama and pain. This tale tells about the making of tragedy and revenge, the making of a reluctant witch who cannot hide from her power. Lilette has barely escaped from death along with her parents. Betrayal plunges her into an even worse nightmare and not even her voice can save those who fight for her. It is the mingling of words and music that become a powerful, deadly weapon sought after by many. Despite all she's lost, despite the kindness of one wise stranger, she grows into a woman who yearns for freedom and family. No fate stays dormant forever, thus tragedy strikes again but she vows to prevail.
I loved it! From the very first page, this story is powerfully written and emotional. It promises such a great world that I will definitely explore in the author's longer novels. I feel very drawn to a power harnessed to a singing voice that runs on the female side. Lilette suffers deeply and becomes riddled with strong convictions and hurts. I was genuinely moved when so many bad things happened to her family, and how heart-wrenching it was for her. Also later on when Lilette connects with someone else who has suffered greatly and offers his help knowing all the time how it will all end. So beautiful and sad at the same time. I'm sure there is a lot of adventure, hardship and passion lying in Lilette's future. The best ingredients for a great story, no doubt.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 12, 2013 :
I would definitely recommend this story to people who like fantasy with dramatic scenes and intense storylines. The emotions were very strong in this book and a driving force that keeps you reading. I gave it 4/5 because I personally enjoy light-hearted stories more, but that is only a personal preference and was a great read regardless!
(reviewed the day of purchase)