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What would you die for? Samantha Danroe doesn't believe in magic. Her ex-husband cured her of happily-ever-after when he cheated on her three days after saying I-do. She doesn't believe in ghosts. Until her mother's ghost rises from a Halloween bonfire with a warning of death from beyond the grave. And she certainly doesn't believe in witchcraft. Until she becomes the pWhat would you die for? Samantha Danroe doesn't believe in magic. Her ex-husband cured her of happily-ever-after when he cheated on her three days after saying I-do. She doesn't believe in ghosts. Until her mother's ghost rises from a Halloween bonfire with a warning of death from beyond the grave. And she certainly doesn't believe in witchcraft. Until she becomes the prey in an ancient war waged between good and evil. A war whose rules she must scramble to learn to stay alive. In need of protection, Samantha turns to the mysterious Nicholas Orenda, a sixth-generation witch on the trail of a creature who is systematically killing off his family. According to his family's prophecy, three will be sacrificed to the dark. His mother and grandmother are already dead, and Nicholas doesn't have time to play by the rules. Samantha finds herself in the center of a deadly hunt for a mysterious foe. Can she find the strength to defeat a supernatural killer and prevent the third sacrifice? Or will she be the catalyst that opens the gates to the Underworld? Song of the Ancients is the debut book in the Ancient Magic series. Readers interested in witchcraft, shamanism--or just the dark side of the supernatural world around us--will enjoy this paranormal suspense, written by a real-life Wiccan High Priestess. Look for information on the next book in the Ancient Magic series in 2016. Ms. Wright has been authentic to Witchcraft, blending in real spells and rituals throughout her tale. The landscape and its traditions are strong characters." ~ Lady Caria Dawn, High Priestess, Circle of the Moon, Fairfax, VA...

Title : Song of the Ancients
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ISBN : 25578663
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Number of Pages : 331 Pages
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Song of the Ancients Reviews

  • Amber Polo
    2019-04-18 21:05

    A contemporary Sedona witchcraft novel, the first in a series. Samantha Danroe moves to Sedona to begin a new life, buys a vintage clothing shop, and learns about witchcraft. As frightening dark magic looms, she needs to learn a lot about wiccan and who to trust. A story filled with the sights, sounds, and spirit of Sedona.I'll be looking forward to Book 2And Song of the Ancients has one of the most beautiful covers ever!

  • Zookie
    2019-03-30 15:08

    I came away with one question, When does the second book in the series come out? Sandy has created the beginning of a spectacular series blending several cultural magic belief's; Native American, New Age white magic, and tried and true witch/warlock. I would have said before reading Song of the Ancients that her goal was lofty but would be difficult. This was not the case, her story was brilliantly orchestrated. The choice of Sedona Arizona for the location blends the Native American Shamanism with the spiritual Sedona magnetic fields known for accenting abilities in witchcraft as well as spiritual awakening. The two main characters of our mystery love story are Samantha Danroe and Nicholas Orenda. Two more dissimilar people you will ever meet. Yet sparks fly with the chemistry that flows between them from the very first meeting. How will this relationship change as Samantha grows more aware and confident in the witch's realm? Can she trust Nick or is he really the enemy?Samantha is the epitome of light and all things that are good and right with the world. She fights herself and her beliefs through out the book. There can't be things as ghost, or dream travel, or potions and black magic. It's all the stuff of fiction isn't it? Nicholas is dark and broody, the bad boy every woman dreams of finding. He is a witch of one of the oldest families, looking for a creature that is out to open the portal of our world to demons by killing 3 witches within his family, two have died and there is one more left to let the demon's in.Will Samantha trust Nick long enough to help stop the demons from coming through the portal? Can they put all the pieces together in time and stop fighting each other long enough to become a formidable team? I guess you will have to see for yourself.

  • Beth
    2019-04-13 19:33

    Sandy Wright's initial offering is a gift to all who choose to partake of it. In addition to learning about Native American spiritual beliefs and some magick, a wonderful, electric romance lives within the pages. The setting of Sedona, Arizona (an area many believe to be filled with "energy") is woven throughout the story in such a way as to be one of the characters. Additionally, the heroine is likable, the hero is prickly but redeemable, and the secondary characters flesh out the story, adding to its believability. Oh, and of course, there is a dark antagonist. Samantha Danroe flees a cheating love-rat husband, crossing the country with no destination in mind. She settles in Sedona, buying a vintage clothing store and starting a new life. She comes into contact with many locals who seem to have the "gift" and then the fun begins! A reluctant possessor of a "gift" of her own, she has not one, but two men vying for her affection. No spoilers here, but Sandy takes us on a roller-coaster ride throughout this story, and I am eagerly awaiting her next book in the series!

  • Eva Millien
    2019-03-24 15:12

    Samantha Danroe didn’t believe in magic until she becomes the prey in a war between good and evil and Nicholas Orenda is the only one who can prepare for what’s two come or is he…in this enthralling paranormal suspense. The author joins cultural myths and crosses boundaries, creating a powerful world of ancient magic and beliefs with unexpected twists and surprising elements. The story starts off a little on the slow side but it’s obvious that the build-up is needed to acquaint Samantha with her magical side and of course her search for answers on how to stay alive and once things really got going there was no way I could put the story down because I was hooked and I am looking forward to finding out what happens next.“Copyright Night Owl Reviews”©See my full review at:https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Re...

  • Lorrie
    2019-03-31 21:35

    Wow, just WOW! This book drew me in so fast I didn't want to come up for air until things settled down in the story. Awesome read! Normally my favorite genre to read is medieval romance but sometimes I like to break away and pick up a paranormal read. I'll lean towards magic, witches, shapeshifters, the Fae, or Native American stories, etc. This one blew me away. At times I felt like it was a text book with all the knowledge of herbs this author noted. It's one thing to be drawn into a book but to feel it surround you is another. This book actually affected my dreams and while I was awake I only wanted to return to the story. It's that intense and one of those reads you won't soon forget. The author noted at the end of the book that book 2 will be released in 2016. I'll be in line to get it!

  • Lily Woodmansee
    2019-03-29 21:15

    Loved it! This isn't one of those paranormal romances that is so squishy you almost get a cavity by the time you are done. This one has so many twists and turns and you have a hard time keeping up with who is really the nemesis...it is so unpredictable. It's a refreshing change of pace for fiction.Lots of rich scene description and references to shamanism and paganism that was well-researched.

  • Patti
    2019-04-20 16:35

    This storyline created a perfect blend of Native American and Wiccan folklore. An ingenious story of a young woman discovering her hidden family secrets. It remained a mystery to me whether or not Nicholas was a good guy or bad, which made the pages fly by even quicker. Beautifully written, this book will definitely keep you fully immersed.

  • Lorraine Carter
    2019-04-06 18:11

    Dark magic, romance and deadly consequences all together make a recipe for a riveting story and for my money Sandy Wrights nails it on the head. I picked this up on the strength of reviews and didn't put it down until I had finished. Thoroughly enjoyable all the way through.

  • Damian Southam
    2019-03-28 15:19

    Samantha Danroe owns a clothing and apparel store, although I'm sure this rather bland description would be farthest from how she might describe her business. Her unruly red hair with it's tendril already escaping her efforts to tie it up only an hour before, was one of the first things Nicholas Orenda, with his six-foot frame and 'perfect' pianist hands, was checking out to the degree that brought warmth across her cheeks. He'd been awaiting her arrival to show her the Victorian items he offered as a consignment should she determine them sufficient in quality to be displayed in her vintage clothing store. Past Lives sold both period items and reproductions of a minimum standard, Nicholas' items showed their handmade quality craftsmanship, making them entirely suitable. Seeing an opening, as lame as it sounded to her own ears once it had escaped her mouth, Sam enquired if the belongings were his wife's, surprised after asking that she did indeed care what he would say. Her ruse, obviously discovered as a genuine smile spread across his face whilst he advised their ownership by an aunt, her blush heating further and spreading down to her neck.Given how out of practice her interest in a man was, Sam didn't have the first idea as to where she thought her line of enquiry would go. As it happened she wouldn't need to know, for as she removed the final item from the bottom of the lockable trunk used to transport the items to her shop, a black cloak with a silver crescent moon clasp at the neck grabs hold over her consciousness. A vision of a woman, a time and a life not her own grabbed at the attention of her mind. At the small sound of interruption drawing her back from what she was seeing, his subsequent enquiry to assess if all was okay, Sam recovers slowly from what had incomprehensibly occurred; how could she see a woman she'd never met before who had been making an escape from a danger unseen. Now trying to extricate from a bewilderment hitherto unseen, Nicholas shocks her further by announcing the cloak was not for sale; but is instead for her, producing a chill which spread across her skin as their hands made light contact when he pushed the cloak back toward her. Sam is rattled further by his tightly lined lips telling her its the cloak that chooses an owner.According to her next door neighbour, Kamaria, the land where their town sits is a place of unusually high energy and power. Something to do with the constituents of the rocks, Sedona is indeed revered by the many who choose to live there. Regardless of whether Sam believes in the 'New Age' doctrines or not, her belief is not needed for the truth to still be there. Because of these said beliefs, Kamaria took the announcement of the cloak choosing her as it's owner much better than Sam ever could have. She'd only opened her doors a month ago, after she'd needed to escape a cheating husband following thediscovery of his girlfriend a year ago. Kamaria had already started her surrogacy as Sam's older and wiser psuedo-mother. And of course, her self-appointed role of trying to steer her toward a new suitable man in her life, to help close the chapter of her past once and for all.Whether Sam supported Kamaria's beliefs about Sedona or not it was largely redundant, those living in Sedona long enough do believe it to be a special place. As Kamaria made to leave, irrespective of anything happening or discussed this day, irrespective of her belief in the notion of magic or even whether Sedona contains such forces, Kamaria sagely suggests Sam consider one truth only: of all the places she could've moved to in this world, why chose Sedona? On appraisal, Sam could only admit to a single decision being made when she fled that did not come from some sense of serendipity; the knowledge that unless she got far enough away from her ex and his long-time girlfriend he'd been seeing before the need for divorce arose, then she'd slowly erode away to a pitiful and empty version of her prior self. As it turns out, hitherto not even considered, every other event that lead to settling in Sedona was made of serendipity.Sam's only other friend and colleague is her cherished and accomplished business manager, which is how they met. Rumor was managing Past Lives for the absent owner so well that Sam kept her on in the same role for her. In the proceeding weeks they fast became friends, which is how on the same day she received the mysterious cloak she ended up at a Crescent Moon Coven full moon ritual, a place where she would 'conveniently' be wearing the mystical cloak. Rumor had recently begun witnessing the public rites and favours the matriarchal focus and their idiosyncratic orientation toward self-empowerment. In some ways they were kindred souls. Sam had been led through her married life by the male determination and had been so misled. Rumor, being an army brat, had experienced a patriarchal power structure and had felt disenfranchised by her father's lording over his family. It wasn't until Sam agreed to try something new, thereby discussing Rumor's feelings and reasons for attendance, that this similarity came to light. But ultimately, it had been present regardless of their discussions and it therefore was influencing their choices whether they knew them or not.As a true cynic at heart Sam did not go into the situation as the Wiccan require, with open heart and mind, and open trust. Luckily for her she wasn't anyone doing the calling this particular night and thus could avoid the formal consequences of braking a fundamental tenement. Her internal musings hinting at the bigotry her failed six-years of marriage now conditioning her to see upon appraisal of male participants in the ceremony. Her commentary to herself also extending the sarcasm to the female equivalents, her scope of reactions potentially preventing her from seeing any truths because of closed mind and sentiments. It is in the end Rumor's excitement and expectations that lead Sam to be included, as opposed to sitting back to watch what occurs. Nonetheless Sam's own excitement picks up as she enters the circle, senses on high alert as small changes in her body begin to breach her perception of what she was actually feeling despite all of her cynicism.As the high priestess invokes the power from the connections moving from the boundary of the moon's power to the boundary of the spirits invoked by the circle and the practitioners therein, even though Sam entered without open love and open trust, and in ignorance of the warnings given by Rumor of what she could expect to happen, Sam stunningly detects the changes and the cloying of energy she has no repertoire in her feelings or abilities to understand. Suddenly and rather completely Sam obtains the realisation of the magic they were truly practicing, in opposition to every preconception she'd ever had before this culmination. But most of all the realisation is of the giggly excitement and her necessary expenditure of effort to contain it, for they do now truly relate to the possibility that it could be actual magic she's beginning to feel as the tingling of her body's pores extends to glide over her whole body.Sam's internal commentary builds until it overflows into one single thought, that "The idea appealed to me like no sermon ever had". Following the reinventing of her beliefs in the world of possibilities and desire, Sam sends out a wish to be cherished as completely as one cherishes life, her tears of awakening now spilling from her closed eyelids. Although not addressed herein or at this point in time, and even though her wish is positive in its essence, Sam may need to be careful of the rule of three. Most Wiccan lore calls for the practice of magic never for the own practitioner's entitlement. Safer magic should only ever be called for to benefit an other. Despite her cynicism Sam undoubtedly achieved at minimum a small group of new and interesting acquaintances, who might one day be able to bridge the differences between knowing and friendship. That the group finished up their night crammed into a single diner booth is exemplary of this potential.With a timely shift to Nicholas and how he sees the burgeoning events of the story unfolding we learn he is a born witch with the power of his own traditional family's heritage, giving him not just the abilities of channeling and shaping magic to suit his goals, but also prophetic images brought on by contact with the person they're intended for. Its now that we learn not only did Sam detect something more than mere skin contact when Nicholas handed over the items, but also Nicholas did as well. His sight was affected considerably more by the opening of a vision regarding Sam's part to play in upcoming events, of which we're yet to be afforded the specifics of. As is generally well known, the cost of having true magic granted to the wielder is never without penalties, for him it is blinding headaches, various illness, and a weakened immune system that takes their toll.As you might imagine it therefore becomes imperative that he be sure before taking on whichever cost will be the penalty for any new magic. The young boy he was when his heritage appeared meant he dabbled, but his parents couldn't take the costs on his behalf, so the man is a lot more cautious than the boy ever was. Forgetting any of the specifics regarding what he saw in the black crystal ball used to focus the requested vision, one extremely important piece of the puzzle is revealed, in the place he sees Sam acting out the vision there exists in the background another viewing it too, the man Nicholas is tracking, as his familial responsibilities require. Sam has now become all the more important regardless of what he feels for her. The mechanisms in play cross cultural and lore barriers to bring together vested parties from different social groups in a prophetic situation that continues to play out millennia after millenia. Seemingly unrelated events spanning years have drawn both passive and active individuals who have either been chosen, or have volunteered to play the roles assigned them.With changes which shift points-of-view and thus perceptions this technique adds to the feel of getting more of a story's events. Knowing not only what is happening with other key protagonists, the shifts are informative and gives not only other behind-the-scenes information, it also succinctly adds the importance of other characters through adding views about them that wouldn't seem natural had they been detailing the same perspectives from their own first person roles within the plot. As much suspenseful thriller and mystery as it is paranormal and urban fantasy, a splash of Native American mythology and folklore combines the elements of the plot to create an intriguing fantastical who 'dunnit. Captivating readers to keep on going so as to solve the questions of not only 'who is/are responsible', but also the 'what will happen next'. These aspects promote and maintain interest throughout the whole book, making the entertainment and enjoyment high on the list of things you feel about the story while you're reading it.The insightful writing style builds contexts with ease, there's a memorable experience of the economical choice of words. This elicits meanings well, without any ceremonial pomp of saying things differently just to show the reader how versed an author's vocabulary and technical skills are. The style herein says it simply and without unnecessary ambiguity. Sam is the budding heroine who will come into her own as she loses her innocence relating to the witchcraft that's been hidden from her life, by her preceding lifestyle and naivety and connections she was never aware of. A woman unknowingly held back by her six-year marriage to a high school sweetheart, who'd betrayed her by having more than just the one sweetheart. It turns out, as it often does in similar betrayals, that the best thing he'd ended up doing for her was getting caught: a reality long overdue, that had started from the time of their honeymoon onward through six wasted years.Nicholas is the guy you want to like, but only as much as he's prepared to stop allowing his duties to get in the way of being liked, and doing the right thing to do. So many in such roles let the greater good overrule the small hurts and betrayals they commit along the way. Born to a role that can bury those close to him should they ever be used against him, he sequestered himself off of anything more than carnal relations, believing that by doing so he protects the ones he might grow to love should he permit any indulgences in more than just sex. By keeping himself separated however, he allows the gaps where people close to him get hurt anyway, because those doing the hurting fill the gaps he left in order to prevent them.Its always a precariously slippery slide when people try to predict what might happen, instead of dealing with what has or is happening. The problem of predictions guiding behaviours is that the only person we can predict well for is ourself, and even then the efforts aren't foolproof, because once again there are factors we expected to happen which would've shaped the original prediction had they occurred, but not in their absence. Although the younger and less experienced of the two its Sam who gets this more than Nicholas does. In the same way he doesn't get it, he's also let the darkness fester in some misguided rationalisation that because he used it for good, that it didn't blacken his soul. Ax they say 'the road to hell is made up of the best intentions'.Song of the Ancients has definitively positioned Ancient Magic as a series to watch out for and an author, Sandy Wright, to follow. I cannot think of any reasons to not give maximum stars on my rating, I can only think of the myriad reasons to give the best. Five stars and looking forward to the next struggle, as although the smaller scope of the storyline reached its appointed closure, there's still the knowledge that one got away; and therefore there's at least one more confrontation brewing. Given how the current one played out there's high expectations as to how the next one will do as well as the past one did.

  • LadyErynn
    2019-03-24 21:33

    Song of the Ancients was an interesting story from start to finish. Samantha gets thrown into a world of witches and magic, and she handles it pretty well for someone who's never dabbled in the occult before. Nicholas, on the other hand, is your typical dark and broody male. However, the chemistry between Nicholas and Samantha seems to build naturally throughout the story.The other characters are written dynamically as well. They're all flawed and incredibly human, which is something I love to see in a story about magic.And this is a story about magic. Magic permeates every feeling, action, and event that these characters go through. There are several magical beliefs in this book that are well-researched and intertwined beautifully. The rituals, traditions, and ceremonies are detailed enough to make you feel like you're a part of them, and they help move the plot along wonderfully.However, I did find a few flaws. There were several words that were hyphenated that didn't need to be (such as con-tinued), and they broke up the flow of the story. I also felt like parts of it were rushed; most notably being Samantha's magical training. Her training bounced between Nicholas and Sinclair, and it just felt jumbled.

  • Kari
    2019-03-31 18:24

    I couldn't finish this one. It was slow with characters that I couldn't quite connect to. I wish I could have finished because it was well written and the author obviously knows what she's talking about.

  • Alicia Richardson
    2019-04-15 14:19

    Spellbinding!Loved the way the author blended Native American traditions with European ones (and a smattering of Asian, too). Hard to put down!

  • Penny Noble
    2019-03-29 21:15

    I didn’t know what I was expecting with this book, but what I got wasn’t it. No, it wasn’t a bad thing, it was a good thing. Samantha needs new scenery after her divorce and moves to Arizona. There, she buys a business and eventually becomes involved in a coven. What she doesn’t know is something in her past is making her a target for evil, and she needs help. But, she doesn’t know who she can trust and time is running out. I really enjoyed Samantha as a character, especially when her growth wasn’t dependent upon the men in her life. I also really liked the other characters as well and would have liked to have gotten to know them a little better. Maybe in the next book. One thing that bothered me a little bit was all the distrust between Samantha and Nicholas for a good part of the book. At the beginning and maybe in the middle of the book, I can understand the distrust and appreciate it for the tension-builder it was. After a while, though, it was almost silly when just a few words would have changed things considerably. However, don’t let that turn you away from this book. This was an excellently written mystery/paranormal book where elements of Native American mythology/folklore and Wicca religion are wonderfully blended to create a dark, suspenseful mystery. I can’t wait for the next book, which hopefully will be soon! Highly recommend!Thanks to the author for the e-copy which I voluntarily reviewed. This same review will be posted on both Goodreads and Amazon.

  • Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
    2019-03-30 21:11

    Title: Song of the AncientsAuthor:Sandy WrightGenre:Urban FantasyFormat:EbookPages:331Rating:5Heat:3Thoughts: This was so much fun to read! I loved all the twists and turns, having no clue what would happen next or who was involved. Although Samantha did seem to accept everything pretty quickly but with the facts bashing her in the face it was totally understandable. Kinda hard to say it's not real when you witness it with your own eyes. I really hope there's another book, I'm curious to see what happens next. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, seeing the struggle of making a choice even when it's not all good. I also liked the diverseness of the characters. Please tell me the next book will be out soon!!!Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and chose to write a review.

  • Mandy Parmenter
    2019-03-24 19:11

    I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.Samantha Danroe doesn't believe in magic but is about to have to believe in it and learn about it really fast before she is killed. Nicholas Orenda is a sixth-generation witch and is generally grumpy and terrified of being weak by loving someone. Nicholas takes on the task of teaching Sam about magic in order to try to keep her alive - the alternative is death for her and the gates of the Underworld are opened.I'm in two minds about this book. In some ways it was written well, and in other ways it was mixed up and unclear. Sam is so confused and yet at the same time underhand about knowledge that I spent about half of the book just being very annoyed with her and wanting to give her a good slap and tell her to pull herself together. The descriptions of the spells, ceremonies etc were very good though.

  • Becky Baldridge
    2019-03-26 21:15

    After reading the blurb, I was so excited about this book, but it wasn't quite what I expected. It is well-written and the storyline is a good one; however, the constant POV changes were so distracting that I just couldn't stay with it. I put it down so many times and seriously considered not finishing it. I did finally make it through, and the ending was good. This had the potential to be a great story if not for the switches from 1st to 3rd person and back again.

  • Tera Comer
    2019-03-25 21:14

    I loved this book and can not wait to see what is in store for the Ancient Magic series. This book has so many interesting aspects to it that I could not put it down. I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it.

  • Cathie McManus
    2019-03-29 15:05

    Awesome story. I lived in Arizona for a few years. This story reminded me of those years. I could see the red rocks of Sedona. The story was extremely detailed. I like how witches and Shamans were included and came together for a greater purpose. Will be reading the second book in the series.

  • Sandy Wright
    2019-04-18 16:32