Thursday, September 26, 2013

Book Review - Chantress, by Amy Butler Greenfield

13721337Title: Chantress 
Series: Chantress Trilogy #1 
Author: Amy Butler Greenfield 
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: May 7, 2013 
Source: Simon Pulse
Purchase: Amazon/The Book Depository

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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.

Many years ago, I was a two genre reader. Thrillers and Horror. Until the day that my mother brought home a thick fantasy novel that one of her clients had read and wanted to share with me. The main female character in the novel was a 'Chantress' type, and her songs were powerful weapons of destruction. I was enthralled, and moved on to read Fantasy, after Fantasy.  Though I can't even remember the title anymore (I still remember the cover), or the writer, that story has stuck with me for years.

'Chantress', though an enjoyable YA Fantasy, did not do the same for me. In fact, it isn't even very memorable months after having read it.  The plotline was predictable, though the characters were very interesting. 

It did not take me long to get through it, but it was missing that special something that I was hoping for when I read the synopsis, and I was reminded of that mysterious fantasy novel from so long ago. Maybe approaching this novel with that comparison in mind was my mistake.

 As a Young Adult Fantasy, this novel delivered.  The writing skill is excellent in submerging you seamlessly into this storyline. There is young romance, enough action and political intrigue to fulfill reader's expectations and get you excited for the next in the series. 

Amy Butler Greenfield was a grad student in history when she gave into temptation and became a writer. Since then, she has become an award-winning author.
Amy grew up in the Adirondack Mountains and later studied history at Williams College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Oxford. She now lives with her family in England, where she writes, bakes double-dark-chocolate cake, and plots mischief.

Author Links: Goodreads/Website/Twitter

1 comment:

  1. I actually had this book out from the library, but never managed to read it and finally just returned it. It sounded interesting, but for some reason I was just never motivated to pick it up! I still think I'll read it at some point, but I'm not rushing to do it soon!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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