Chantress Book Review

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Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

Publisher: McElderry Books

Published: May 7, 2013

Pages: 336


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.

My Thoughts:

First off, I want to say that I absolutely love this cover. It is so beautiful and looks so amazing. But this book is so much more than a pretty cover. With the abundance of books out now that have gorgeous covers but not so great stories out right now, I was really surprised buy how good this book is.

The plot was really unique. I have never read a book about chantresses, and was in love with the world and the magic that the author creates. Reading about Lucy’s training and trials with magic felt so real, and I wanted more. The book is very well written, and is a great start to a series.

There were a few plot twists that were unexpected, and left me at the edge of my seat. I was rooting for Lucy the whole time and wanted everything to work out for her. Another thing that surprised me about this book was that even though it is historical fiction, it is really light in the language and writing  I know  a lot of people find that aspect hard for them to read historical fiction, and if that is you, you should pick up this book. It is really easy to read and is not a heavy or dense in that aspect.

The romance is really slow to start, but develops in a very realistic way that is really refreshing. Their relationship is believable, heart warming, and I can not wait until the next installment in the series comes out so that I can see what happens to them.

Rating: 4 Stars / 5 Stars

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