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Chantress Trilogy 1
Author: Amy Butler Greenfield
Pages: 336 pgs
Genre: YA, Fantsay, Historical Fiction
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Review Source: Simon and Schuster
Lucy’s Chantress magic will make her the most powerful — and most hunted — girl in England.I was intrigued by these from the very beginning when all I found was a description. The cover only added to my interest and I'm so glad that I got the opportunity to read the first book in this new trilogy.
“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.
There's just something about historical YA books that I'm really enjoying right now. Everything about that time is so different from what we know and Amy really brings that to life in Chantress. Not only the clothing, speech, and societal norms, but also the mindset of people during the 1600s and the medical discoveries up to that point. Such wonderful research that really brought the world she was creating to life.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the magic behind the singing of the chantresses. Siren's are more common to read about- women (or in some cases men) who use a song to lure their victims to their death- so it was fascinating to read about this type of magical singer. There was so much more to them and I loved the detail that Amy gave to really bring them to life.
I'm definitely intrigued to find out what else will be in store for Lucy and Nat as this series continues. There was so much to enjoy and learn about this world, I can't wait for more!
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