I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Chantress Alchemy by Amy Butler Greenfield
Series: Chantress Trilogy
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on May 6, 2014
Genres: Magic, Young Adult
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Also in this series: Chantress, Chantress Fury
Also by this author: Chantress, Chantress Fury
Lucy races against time and magic in this sequel to the “richly and thoughtfully written” (Publishers Weekly) Chantress.
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.
Chantress Alchemy is the sequel to Chantress, and it surpassed my expectations. I was pulled in from the very beginning.
Lucy has grown up so much from the first book. She still has many insecurities when it comes to her magic, though. Nat is acting really weird in this installment, and it seems like our favorite characters from the first installment have lost their minds. We also meet a few new characters. Some of them I adore, and others were terrifying.
There is more romance in Chantress Alchemy, but it isn’t overpowering. It takes place in the background. I love that because it doesn’t take away from the plot of the story. Now the plot is great. It’s a mystery, and everyone is trying to find out who took the piece needed for the alchemy experiments going on. I liked that we get a look at alchemy since it was very popular in this time period. I also enjoyed the fact that I didn’t realize who the culprit was until it was announced in the book. I freaking love when that happens.
Chantress Alchemy is definitely stronger than the first book! I hope we get to see more of the new characters in the next book. You never know who you can trust.
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