Chantress Fury by Amy Butler Greenfield

Chantress Fury

Chantress Furry

Chantress Fury (Chantress #3)
Amy Butler Greenfield
Releasing: 19th May, 2015
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Age: Young Adult
From: The Fantastic Flying Book Club

Summary:

The sea is coming. We are coming. And we will drown you all.

With a song, Lucy can control the wind and the water; she can bring castles and kingdoms to their feet. Since Lucy mastered her powers, King Henry has kept her close as he’s rebuilt England. She’s his best ally—and his workhorse. And now he’s called her to investigate attempted murder: His men claim they were almost killed on the Thames…by a mermaid. All Lucy can glean from the creature they’ve captured is a warning: The sea is coming. We are coming. And we will drown you all.

And then the floods begin. Swaths of London are submerged as the people scramble to defend themselves against the water—and the monsters—that are flooding their streets. As mistrust of Lucy’s magic grows, the king relies on Nat, Lucy’s great love, to guide them through the storm. But Nat is cold and distant to Lucy. He swore his love only a year before, and now he calls her “stranger.”

Lucy is determined to defeat this powerful new magic alone if she must. But then she hears an eerie song within the water…can it mean that she’s not the last Chantress after all?

Sweepingly romantic and crackling with magic, Chantress Fury triumphantly concludes the powerful Chantress trilogy.

What I liked: Chantress Fury is a great way to end a trilogy. With so much that has happened in the first two books, it was lovely to see how everything ended up working for Lucy by the end of her story. We see the return of many of the characters that were present in the first two books, and we even learn the truth behind the origins of the Chantresses and the stories that Lucy heard about the magic of the Chantresses. My favorite part about this book is how you don’t have to exactly read the first two books to understand what has happened to lead the characters to where they were in the final book. There’s plenty of tidbits and pieces scattered within to give a clear idea of what happened. Indeed, it even seems a bit more compelling and makes you wonder more than if you had already read the first two books (or if it has been a while since you read them). Lucy is a girl who has grown quite a bit over this series, and in this one her determination to figure out what was happening and why really stood out above all the underlying things that happened alongside the main plot. I loved the secondary characters, watching to see how they played an intricate part of the story

What I didn’t like: I feel like I have nothing to complain about this book really. The magic and how everything worked was explained in ways that didn’t contradict what we had already been told, the story made a lot of sense as a whole, even the myths and layout of London in this world worked well (of course, this realms London is similar to that of the London around 1670 instead of present day). I can’t even complain about the small love triangles because they were handled in a very light manner and romance didn’t nudge into the story more than it was needed, and only when it was needed.

Overall Review: While I’m sad to part ways with the characters who I have come to love in this series, I was glad to get glimpses into how the future for many of them might be as the tale wound down to the end. I’m especially happy that Sybil has become the queen that she wishes to be for her people, and that through everything Lucy has what appears to be a happy future ahead of her. In a series with mystery and magic that is different from what I’ve seen before, I’m happy to see how everything from the myths and the magic came together to explain itself and how we learn the answers to questions I have had since the first book.

Recommend?: If you haven’t picked up this series yet, then I have a few words for you: Magic done by singing. That right there was what drew me in, the different kind of magic that this trilogy presented! I do recommend you read it!

Goodreads: 4.2/5 Amazon: -/5 Barnes&Noble: -/5 BookDepository: -/5

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My Rating: 4.1/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 4.1
Idea: 4.2
Story: 4.3
Characters: 4.1


Favorite Quotes*

“I’m a Chantress, but I’m human too.”

Angel? Monster? Whatever they called it, it had nothing to do with reality. The truth was far more complicated.

“Indeed, to us the wonder isn’t that we shift; it’s that you stay the same.”

*Taken from an ARC of Chantress Fury. Lines may be different in the final version.

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Chantress

Chantress (Chantress #1)
Amy Butler Greenfield
Published: 7th May, 2013
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Age: Young Adult

Summary:

“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.

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Chantress Alchemy

Chantress Alchemy (Chantress #2)
Amy Butler Greenfield
Published: 6th May, 2014
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Age: Young Adult

Summary:

Lucy is the last Chantress, the only remaining girl who can sing magic into the world. Since she defeated the evil Lord Scargrave, England has changed – and not for the better. With crops failing and the people rebelling, Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry’s court. His Inner Council is convinced that making gold through alchemy will save England. But a critical element to the alchemical process has been stolen. Lucy is tasked with finding it with her magic… or else. And until she succeeds, the castle is on lockdown.

Court too has changed. Scargrave’s brutal Chantress-hunter has become King Henry’s closest advisor. Lucy’s beloved Nat has fallen out of favor and is shunned by his colleagues. Their romance means trouble for both of them. Worst of all, something goes wrong with Lucy’s magic. The palace is a labyrinth, and there’s a monster at its heart – a monster who may have the power to defeat Lucy once and for all.

Amy Butler Greenfield returns to the beguiling world of Chantress for a suspenseful tale of courtly intrigue, music, and magic in Chantress Alchemy.

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Amy Butler Greenfield

About the Author

Amy Butler Greenfield was a grad student in history when she gave into temptation and became a writer. Since then, she has become an award-winning author.

Amy grew up in the Adirondack Mountains and later studied history at Williams College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Oxford. She now lives with her family in England, where she writes, bakes double-dark-chocolate cake, and plots mischief.

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