Review: Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

Posted May 2, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield


by Amy Butler Greenfield
Series: The Chantress Trilogy #1
Pages: 336
Published on May 7th 2013
by Simon & Schuster
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Edelweiss
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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 Allhallows' 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?

Beguiling and lyrical, dangerous and romantic, Chantress will capture readers in a spell they won’t want to break.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5 Stars

Sing and the Darkness will find you…

With a sentence like that on the cover I was totally prepared to read an awesome book with some cool action and a kick-ass heroine. But… I expected to much because, although I liked it quite a bit, I still feel like it let me down. And I would’ve liked to know that the story takes place a few centuries ago. Between 1667 and 1669. Maybe that sounds stupid, but I like that kind of information beforehand. Not that it matters a lot in what time the story takes place, it’s just a detail that’s important to me.

First of all, I liked the characters in this story. Lucy and every other character in it matter. How small their part may be, they’re all important and I like that. So many books have characters that don’t really help the story and are unnecessary, this one didn’t. So that’s a good thing. I wanted to see a little more from the villain though… We meet him once in the entire book and I can’t even remember his name right now… He didn’t really leave a big impression on me. The Shadowgrims are cool but they also don’t play a big role yet. Maybe we’ll get to see more of the bad guys in the sequel? Let’s hope so!

The story is well thought out. I do believe the author really took some time to work it all out, so that is good. But although it’s interesting and quite original, is so slow. I would’ve liked to see more action, instead most of the book lucy is underground, hiding and training. Love the character development we get from that, but it gets boring after a couple of hundred pages. I wanted more action! What I do like about that is the romance. It builds nice and slow. it’s more realistic and it’s not a big part of the story yet. But I think it will be in the books that follow. They probably shouldn’t have called it romantic in the blurb, because it isn’t that romantic yet.

So this is a pretty good book and fans of the genre might like it. If you want a nice relaxing read, I recommend it as well. If you love books that move to the action quick, I wouldn’t recommend it because this isn’t one of those book. I really hope we get more action in the next book. The cover is awesome though.

autograph bieke


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