Series: Chantress Trilogy
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on May 7, 2013
Genres: Magic, Young Adult
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Also in this series: Chantress Alchemy, Chantress Fury
Also by this author: Chantress Alchemy, Chantress Fury
Lucy, shipwrecked on an island at 8, is forbidden to sing by guardian Norrie. On All Hallows Eve 1667, at 15, she sings, and is swept into darkness. She wakes to hear powerful men hunt Chantresses who sing magic into the world. At the Invisible College she finds sanctuary, plots to overthrow the evil Lord Protector, and distrustful scientist-apprentice Nat. Only a Chantress can overcome the Protector, and Lucy is the last in England.
First I have to say that I adore this cover. It’s stunning! Secondly, I thought I knew what kind of magic this book would be talking about, and I was wrong. But wrong in a good way, because this was so much better than what I went in thinking.
I love Lucy. Her innocence is so sweet, and she only wants to try to help free the kingdom the Lord Protector. I think she was naive is some parts thinking she could use her magic on others without their permission. She begins to realize that she shouldn’t do that. It’s fun watching her interact with people because she’s been isolated for most of her life, and is pretty awkward. The secondary characters were done well, also. I love Nat. He’s cautious, and isn’t sure how he feels about magic. Penebrygg is so sweet, and Lady Helaine is crazy. Well, maybe not crazy, but drives you nuts because she’s so pushy.
Chantress starts off pretty slow, but events pick up pretty quickly. She’s constantly on the run, and trying to hide. I like that there was a bit of history mixed into the story to make it more real. We also see how awful, and enchanted, people can get when it comes to power and magic.
I enjoyed Chantress, and hope the next one is just as good.