Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

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Formulaic doesn’t mean faulty, though, and girl-centric historical fantasy’s ever-growing niche can certainly hold another volume.
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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.

 

About Amy Butler Greenfield

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Amy Butler Greenfield makes her YA novel debut with Chantress. Originally from the Adirondacks, Amy lives with her husband and daughter in England. Visit her at AmyButlerGreenfield.com.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 353 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Apr 08 2013

Richly and thoughtfully written, the story situates its fantastic embellishments firmly in the lived reality of the 17th century and brings to life a diverse cast of deeply human characters.

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Above average
on Mar 20 2013

Formulaic doesn’t mean faulty, though, and girl-centric historical fantasy’s ever-growing niche can certainly hold another volume.

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