Tuesday, May 7, 2013
REVIEW: Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
In honor of today being the release day for Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield, I thought I would share my review of it. I received an ARC of Chantress several weeks ago (via the publishers and Goodreads) and I loved it! It is Amy Butler Greenfields FIRST YA novel. You can learn more about her and how to contact her here.
Sing and the darkness will find you.
Shipwrecked on an island seven years ago, Lucy has been warned she must never sing, or disaster will strike. But on All Hallows Eve, Lucy hears tantalizing music in the air. When she sings it, she unlocks a terrible secret: She is a Chantress, a spell-singer, brought to the island not by shipwreck but by a desperate enchantment gone wrong.
Her song lands her back in England — and in mortal peril, for the kingdom lies in the cruel grasp of a powerful Lord Protector and his mind-reading hunters, the Shadowgrims. The Protector has killed all Chantresses, for they alone can destroy the Shadowgrims. Only Lucy has survived.
In terrible danger, Lucy takes shelter with Nat, a spy who turns her heart upside-down. Nat has been working with his fellow scholars of the Invisible College to overthrow the Lord Protector, and they have long hoped to find a living Chantress to help them. But Lucy is completely untrained, and Nat deeply distrusts her magic. If Lucy cannot master the songspells, how long can she even stay alive?
Chantress is a beautifully written tale of a young girl coming to terms with who she really is and who she can trust. It is full of magic, both good and bad, adventure, secrecy, and the perfect amount of mystery. I loved how it was written and the pace of the story. I thought Lucy to be an empowering heroine who showed determination and care for the people around her. Chantress takes you back to 17th century England but with an extra added flare. I am excited to read what happens next with Lucy and continue on the chantress journey.
4 out of 5 stars!