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(Chantress Trilogy #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,371 ratings  ·  316 reviews
“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 bu
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry
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Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
Book One of the Chantress trilogy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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,
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Here’s what you need to know about Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield:
1. It is part one of a trilogy. Although there's nothing on GoodReads to indicate that this is a series (oh, GoodReads, how you have failed me) and the story has a nice, clean ending, Chantress is the first book in a trilogy. And thank goodness for that.
2. It is more than just a pretty cover. It’s true. These days, a pretty cover usually hides all kinds of nasty surprises, but not in this case. Chantress is a wonderful histori
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once upon a time, there was a boy who read a book. He really liked it, although if pressed, he couldn’t really explain why, because the book was kind of straightforward and full of exposition. Unfortunately, the boy had a friend who was a girl who kept him on a short leash, and for whatever reason his friend was exceptionally curious about the book that he couldn’t really explain, and continually harangued him for his opinion, even though she most likely would never read the book herself.

Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
Sadly, it's not a heart that she's holding on the cover, it's her stone necklace! Boo! Just wanted to get that out of the way first. A gorgeous cover, however--though slightly less interesting than when I thought it was a heart--Chantress is pretty on the outside, and intriguing on the inside.

We begin this book in an interesting setting while we learn how Lucy was told never to sing or bad things will occur. I was made both curious and alarmed at the uncertainty surrounding Lucy's life and life
Tamora Pierce
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
The Lord Protector has done his best to eliminate Chantresses, the women who sing magic, because only a Chantress can destroy him. Lucy has been hidden away on an island by her mother, who then disappeared, but one night she hears music, and sings a reply--which almost drops her straight into the Lord Protector's hands. Now she must hide with the teachers of the Invisible College, learning a lifetime's worth of spells, as the Lord Protector searches all London for her.

This is a riveting read. Lu
shady boots
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-faves, covergasm
Yet another pleasant surprise.

I guess I can safely say that historical fiction is no longer out of my comfort zone now. From the growing number that I've read, I've loved all of them, save for one which fell in the "meh" category. Chantress could very well have fallen in that category too, but while some people could find the story slow-moving and even boring, because it's a character-based storyline, I found the book to be very entertaining.

I liked the characters a lot, and I also liked the rom
Whitley Birks
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, almost-good
See this review and more at Whitley Reads

My Reaction: While many of the concepts and settings were interesting, I found the overall execution in this book to be bland and lacking. The characters were dull, the plot straight-forward, and the set up entirely too convenient. While not a technically bad offering, it still lacks the daring and creativity to do anything truly impressive. It also hit a few of the common problems in stories about female-only magic, which I’ll cover below in “Rants and R
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

4 Stars

A hypnotic and alluring read, that delivers magic, corruption, rebellion, a kingdom in turmoil, an evil dictator, and the fight for survival that could possibly end it all for the better or worse...

The CHANTRESS was an enticing blend of fantasy and historical fiction, that intertwined magic with a splash of romance to keep the reader reading well into the night. I was instantly hooked from the very first page. And I was VERY surprised of how much I liked the CHANTRESS, as I was always r
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A beguiling and mesmerizing story, full of mystery and song. I was enchanted by its unique twist on English history and by the compelling, magical, and loveable heroine, Lucy.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

Sing, and the darkness will find you.

That's what Lucy was raised believing. Stranded on an island since she was eight years old with her elder sort-of maid, Norrie, that's all she knew. Past her fifteenth birthday all she knew was solitude, Norrie's cooking, and the island. She had no memories of her mother and the shipwreck that supposedly landed them on the island. But all she knew was that she was to never take off her necklace and that she was to never sing. However, on All-Hollows
This review and a giveaway can also be found on my blog.

Lucy has been told never to sing, for if she does, nothing good will come of it. But when she hears a song on the wind, she cannot help but sing it herself, and this leads to her finding herself in London. She stumbles upon members of the Invisible College, a group dedicated to overthrowing Scargrave, the Lord Protector whose power has all of London terrified. The only one strong enough to defeat him is Lucy, who is thought to be the last C
Anasheh Satoorian
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that the first time I came across this cover at a Barnes and Noble I was immediately drawn in to the gorgeous cover. My friend Amber liked it so much that she immediately purchased it. After reading it she told me how much she adored it and that she was dying for the sequel. Fast forward a year and when I noticed on Edelweiss that the sequel was coming out I immediately texted and her and asked her if I could borrow her book. Patri had been contacting authors to participate in ou ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Amy Butler Greenfield unleashes a unique and fresh tale of a supernatural element sure to mesmerize many readers.

Lucy lives on an island with her guardian Norrie, whom survived a ship wreak. Norrie had that was set above all others: There must be no singing. Ever. The next rule was to wear her necklace and to not take it off.
Pretty simple, right? Not for Lucie. Once she pulls the pendant over her head, music floats in the air, calling her to sing. Against her guardians warning and w
Actual rating: 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
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
It started off well. I was interested in the things that were happening. I could empathize with Lucy, stuck on that island with a caregiver who seemed content to live there while Lucy suffocated from the emptiness and the loneliness. She was forbidden from singing – something that came naturally to her and I would go so far as to say that it was something necessary for her to live. I expected something more when the first incident happens and the wild magic deposits Lucy into the library of the ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This book had so much potential, the idea is awesome and interesting it offers something intriguing and a little bit different, but somewhere along the line this book just got lost for me.

There were four real issues I had with this book. The first was the lack of action, not much seemed to happen for a lot of the book. There was a lot of sitting around and talking but not much else, I wasn’t exactly bored by it but it didn’t grip me either. I just needed more to happen.

The second problem was th
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review also on my website, My Friends Are Fiction

The Story:
Overall Chantress was an enjoyable read for me. It was fairly slow paced but this made for a relaxing read. I was able to comfortably sink into the story without feeling overly anxious or stressed until the very end of the book. A good amount of Chantress focuses on Lucy's journey to figure out who she is and what her powers are. Though our heroine faces a very real threat for the most part I felt like our characters were safe. I despe
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating from the very first paragraph. Chantress grabbed my attention and stubbornly refused to let go. Lucy has been shipwrecked on an island with her guardian for 7 years. She lost he mother on that journey (or so she was told). Her guardian Norrie has warned her to never sing. EVER.

But on Allhallow's Eve a song pulls at her and after discovering a letter from her mother she breaks the rule and immediately regrets it. Magically teleported to London into the home of Lord Scargrove, she over
Dec 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Note: I received an electronic ARC of this book from the publisher.

This book is sort of a cross between Star Crossed, The Singer of All Songs, and some book where the main character spends most of her time shut away in a dark basement studying.

The shut-away-studying part wasn't as boring as it could have been, but, well, it was a little boring, and I wish the plot had been a bit more intricate. It was fairly straightforward sort of three step plot:
1. Learn about the bad guy's evil doings.
2. Lear
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya

This book is not an action pact story with many fight scenes, even though the action picks up at the end, most of the time things are a bit slow as the characters need a certain time to get to know each other and themselves as they are trying to explore their gifts and put them to good use.

The story is set in the past(in 1667) and there is something very interesting happening in it: Scientists and Chantresses(a special type of witches who use songs to do their magic) are working together for the
The Book Queen
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coverlove
You know those books where the blurb sounds pretty good, but there's something about it, like 'a spy who turns her heart upside down', that you don't like the sound of, so you lower your expectations? And then you read the book and BAM, it's actually a really great story and you're so glad you picked it up? It's the kind of book that creeps up on you and surprises you - by making you like it - when you least expect it.

Chantress is that kind of book.

I really recommend it. For those who are unsur
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
+ Intriguing story and premise
- Flat, awkward characterization
- Some big loopholes or question marks, such as why didn't they just have an archer assassinate the one dude causing an entire kingdom so much trouble--especially since he apparently rides around in the open--rather than come up with so much convolution
- Heroine did a lot of stupid things
Izzy Fry
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
"If anyone is to be trusted, it is not the person who seized power. It is the person who turns it down."

Chantress was such a fast read that it didn't give me any time to get bored with the book. Too book captured my attention from beginning to end. I can't wait to get my hands on the second book in this trilogy.
Teri Terry
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I read an early draft and that was 5 star, so I'm thinking this one is at least 6 or 7 star (but it will only let me go up to 5). ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield. I was drawn to the beautiful, and magical book cover. Once I read the synopsis, I was highly intrigued, for I had never read a book about a Chantress or anything similar. As I began this story, my interest was piqued, as I learned about Lucy, the main character in the story. She lived on a deserted island with an elder woman, her caretaker, Norrie, who was very superstitious, and had all kinds of rigid a ...more
usagi ☆ミ
This is such a breath of fresh air within the realms of witchery within YA. I'm automatically in if there are witches, but doubly in if there's music involved. Put the two together, and you basically have me buying your book. And while "Chantress" was awesome, I think it needed one more good smooth edit before getting to the ARC stage of things. I'm hoping that some of the things that got me slowed down got fixed before publication. Other than that? If you're looking for something deliciously ne ...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
I've been anxiously awaiting CHANTRESS since reading the book's unusual, intriguing summary. It sounded like something that could have been influenced by Greek mythology, yet it was also original. And it involved singing. I would like to see more fantasy novels where singing is considered magical art in and of itself. I never had time to read the title, though, and it fell down my TBR list. I was recently lucky enough to take part in Lena Goldfinch's Blog Tour for her new novel SONGSTONE. I revi ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

This book has a cover to die for, I fell in love with it the instant that I saw it. I decided in that moment that I wanted to read this book. So when I got a copy of it from the publisher to read, I was ecstatic! Before I started this book, I put my hand on it gently and prayed that it wouldn't disappoint me. I hate being disappointed by books that I want to read this badly. Let me just say t
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I can’t imagine a life without music, one where I couldn’t sing out loud (in the shower or in private) or where I couldn’t listen to my favorite songs over and over again. The fact that singing appeared to pose a threat to Lucy’s life was, in fact, the reason that I was drawn to Chantress initially. What kind of world was this where singing could bring evil to you? My desire to read this increased upon my discovery that it was a historical fantasy, the first I’ve ever encountered that is set in ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ever since I laid eyes on the cover for Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield, I knew I had to read it. Without a doubt. But this cover isn't just pretty on the outside. Between the flaps of this gorgeous book is a magical tale with beautiful prose, a creative plot line, and endearing characters that I loved from the start. Chantress is a historical fantasty that you won't want to miss.

First off, I'd like to mention the concept of this book that's intriguing and definitely something that's not typi
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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 misc

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