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Review: Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

May 16, 2013
Ms. Greenfield has written an alluring story, one that is every bit as enchanting as it is exciting. The plot unfolds at an even pace, and does so thanks to a perfect blend of drama, action, and fantasy. The characters are colorful and engaging, the descriptions are vivid, and the setting is dark and fascinating.
Lucy is a great narrator and I think readers will instantly connect with her. Her voice is gentle, believable, and she comes across as someone you’d like to be friends with. Her internal struggle over who she should trust and what she wants for herself is believable as well, and never feels cliché or melodramatic.
The official description for the book briefly mentions Lucy’s relationship with Nat, a young spy and friend, and their romance is exactly that: brief. Their scenes together are rare and short, and I wish their relationship—both romantically and friendly—had been explored more. Still, their relationship is gentle and holds its own without relying on heavily romantic elements.
Overall, Chantress is a unique, engrossing, and utterly enthralling read that will sweep readers up in a whirlwind of magic. Amy Butler Greenfield is a seasoned storyteller and this book is sure to enchant the world.
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Lucy’s Chantress magic will make her the most powerful—and most hunted—girl in England.“Sing, and the darkness will find you.” This warning has haunted fifteen-year-old Lucy ever since she was eight and shipwrecked on a lonely island. Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever. Now it is 1667, Lucy is fifteen, and on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing—and she is swept into darkness.

When she awakes in England, Lucy hears powerful men discussing Chantresses—women who can sing magic into the world. They are hunting her, but she escapes and finds sanctuary with the Invisible College, an organization plotting to overthrow the nefarious Lord Protector. The only person powerful enough to bring about his downfall is a Chantress. And Lucy is the last one in England.

Lucy struggles to master the song-spells and harness her power, but the Lord Protector is moving quickly. And her feelings for Nat, an Invisible College apprentice and scientist who deeply distrusts her magic, only add to her confusion…

Time is running out, and the fate of England hangs in the balance in this entrancing novel that is atmospheric and lyrical, dangerous and romantic.

(GoodReads)

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