By Amy Butler Greenfield
Published on May 7, 2013
Published by Margaret K McElderry
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
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.
First of all, the cover for this book is gorgeous. And the stone she is holding kinda looks like a heart, so it is creepy and beautiful at the same time.  I am a fan of the colors- the purples, blacks, and pinks.

Chantress starts immediately with action.  We aren't given much background information going into the story.  Typically- I really dislike this way of starting a story, but the author did a great job of grabbing hold of me as a reader without causing me too much confusion.  I would say that the first fourth of the book and the last fourth of the book held all the action.  I think this was a bit of a weakness - I found myself getting bored and trying not to skim read through the middle.  The parts of action where Lucy was in danger were exciting and exhilarating.  The author excels at writing high action scenes.

I am not sure why this book is being pumped up as a romantic book.  It isn't.  Not to say that there isn't romance in it- there is a slight romance storyline, but it is absolutely not one of the main focuses of the book.  I went into the book thinking there was some sort of epic romance, and it was sorely lacking.  Now, this is not to say that it was a bad book- not at all.  But it is wise to go into this book thinking it is alternate history or fantasy- not as a romance.  The small amount of romance that was there was slow building and in no way insta-love.  I am suspecting that there will be a sequel based on the ending of this book- it isn't clear cut and obvious but the storyline is left open. There is a ton left to write about - so many characters that are still shrouded in mystery.  I really do hope that the author explores them more.

Chantress was an enjoyable read.  Though it had some parts that dragged, the ending made up for the slower parts.  Chantress would be enjoyed by middle grade readers and fans of fantasy (especially historical fantasy).  I will be looking forward to more books about these characters!

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