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Chantress Alchemy

(Chantress Trilogy #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  373 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Lucy races against time and magic in this compelling 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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Margaret K McElderry Books
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Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Chantress Alchemy by Amy Butler Greenfield
Book Two of the Chantress series
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

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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
Sara Saif
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

Two days ago, I didn't even know this book existed and even if I had known I'm 316% certain I would never had picked it up. As fate would have it, I got it in a subscription box I received two days ago. Again, there would have been a certain amount of deliberation about when I was going to read it but I went for it straight up, because I had nothing new to read and there was no internet. NO INTERNET FOR TWO DAYS. It felt like opening a window in a dank, dark and gloomy prison cell. This book

Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

REALLY enjoyed this one, a lot!! I think this book may have been better then book one. But then again, book one was pretty awesome too!! I can't WAIT until I have book three in my needy little hands, and I get to see how it all ends. Because after reading book three's synopsis, it sounds like it's going out with a bang!!







4 Stars

CHANTRESS ALCHEMY was a beautifully crafted, and a utterly amazing read, that I was
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Chantress Alchemy, the sequel to Amy Butler Greenfield’s YA historical fantasy debut, is one of my hotly anticipated releases in 2014. Everything I loved about Chantress - the gorgeous setting, fabulous characters and Butler Greenfield’s elegant writing – is present in this sequel as well. Not only is Chantress Alchemy as good as its predecessor, I dare say it’s a much better book in some regards.

As much as I enjoyed Chantress last year, I thought its plot wasn’t complex enough. It was fairly
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it


This book just made me so happy. You know those kind of books where the ending doesn't rip your heart out but instead the ending leaves you feeling content and happy? Yes that was Chantress.

I'm intrigued by the excerpt and I cannot wait to see where this goes considering I thought this was only one book.

Oh and I love the covers to these books, I love the way they sit on my shelf and they have that shiny appearance.


Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely amazing sequel that was even better that the first, Chantress Alchemy was a brilliant read. It had thrills, secrets, betrayals, romance, and it was all wonderful. Loved it!

Lucy became an even stronger character in this book. In book 1, she was already badass, but she got even tougher in this book. She proved that it wasn't just her magic that made her strong. She also had the strong will and cleverness that made her a force to be reckoned with, magic or no magic. She was just
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read Chantress last year as one of my Alyssa Recommends and enjoyed it well enough, then it took me a lil while to get this book and it's been sitting in the TBR pile for quite some time, but finally I started it a few days ago, and although it didn't grab me instantly and I had to put it aside to finish some other books, once I got back to it, I read it in one sitting!

I had some issues with Lucy at first because she was such a mix of unsure and reckless at the same time, that she was a bit
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
This book was such an emotional roller-coaster!!!

I thought that Lucy's life after defeating Lord Scargrave would be much calmer but it seems her adventures never end. In the first book we didn't have the chance to experience the life in the palace but now we can see the way Lucy's life changes after entering the court, a place full of plots and traitors. New characters are introduced in this book and they all are as much interesting as suspicious!

I could feel Lucy's pain as she was facing her
****FINAL RATING: 4.10 STARS****

I loved this book. It was absolutely dazzling. Lucy is a strong heroine, and it’s written so beautifully that it’s hard not to love. The world it’s set in is fantastic, and everything about it screams to be loved. Though not without its flaws, it’s such a beautiful book that it was impossible for me to walk away from it with anything but an overwhelmingly positive attitude.

Lucy is a strong heroine who is extremely relatable. She’s needed
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Chantress Alchemy allows readers to immerse themselves in a world of historical intrigue, magic and romance. This sequel brings back all of the amazing components of the first book in this series, while introducing a slew of new characters and exciting new story-lines. Amy Butler Greenfield is an extremely talented writer who seems to bewitch readers with her immensely addicting plot-lines that compel readers to continue reading.

Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Chantress Trilogy continues to enchant me and weave me under it's magic spell. As much as I enjoyed Chantress, I loved Chantress Alchemy even more! Lucy is a Chantress, who's strong magic has been inherited and passed down through all of the women on her mother's side of the family. Everything around her has a song, and when she performs her magic, she listens very carefully, and sings the song that calls to her. Lucy has been living peacefully with Norrie, away from Greenwich Palace, until ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to this book, however, I didn't enjoy this sequel or at least not as much as I enjoyed the first book in the series. Le sigh. I have to say I was really disappointed in the book and I'm not exactly sure why . . . again disappointed.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This Was An Amazing Book I Hope Amy Butler Greenfield Writes Book 4 I Read Every Other Book Written By Her.
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
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It is with a mind filled to the brim with mentions of The Philosopher's that you?? Oh wait. Wrong book. But all the same, magic is abound!! And in Chantress Alchemy , Amy Butler Greenfield has brought it back with a vengeance. Book two isn't exactly a direct continuation of book one, which is absolutely fine with me-sometimes we need that in "trilogies," books within them that could stand completely fine on their own, thank you very much.

The author was
Wait, what? That's how this one ends? Well that just stinks. 3.5 stars, then, instead of the 4 I was prepared to give it.

So I don't recall all that happened in the first book, but I do remember the main points. Strangely, however, I don't remember this Wrexham guy at all. But I'm pretty sure I hate him enough after one book to make up for not remembering him from the first.

Honestly, I was pretty frustrated (or more) with a good deal of the characters in this book--Wrexham, the King, basically
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's been about a year since I'd read Chantress but I still remembered liking the book. Because of the time that's passed though, I couldn't remember some of the plot details of the earlier book. But it's no matter because Amy Butler Greenfield does a decent job at recounting some of the key events in the earlier book and it took me no time at all to get back into Chantress Alchemy and delving back into Lucy's world, with her guardian Norrie, her love Nate and her fledging Chantress powers.

Nicole Wang
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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First of all, let us acknowledge the absolute gorgeousness of the covers in this series. Okay? Okay.

Continuing on with the review.

I was unbelievably excited to read Chantress Alchemy especially since I adored Chantress and because there was a mention of “courtly intrigue” in the Goodreads description and I am a sucker for that, especially ones set in England (if you remember my Favorite Genres post.) And adding in magic? YES! Chantress Alchemy
Stephanie Ward
'Chantress Alchemy' is the second installment in the Chantress Trilogy - a young adult fantasy that follows Lucy, the last Chantress in the world, as she tries to learn more about her magic and how to harness it. Things have been quiet since Lucy helped save the kingdom and restored the rightful king - King Henry - to the throne. Suddenly, Lucy is called back to court because the crops have failed, the people are starting to rebel, and a key part of the Council's one shot at fixing everything ...more
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it

This is the second book in the Chantress Trilogy. The first book was one that I thought was great and really enjoyed, with the magic and the singing and the alchemy. The sweet little romance between the main character and her love interest certainly helped too. Now this one picks up what seems to be about a years or so where the first book left off. Lucy being called back to court isn’t what she wants at all. She has been practicing her magic, but it is changing like so many things in her life.
Jessica (Jessabella Reads)
I will start off by saying that while I really loved Chantress, Chantress Alchemy was EVEN BETTER! I felt that Amy Butler Greenfield really stepped it up with the second book in this trilogy. Because we had gotten soo much backround information, character and world-building in the first book, Chantress Alchemy was able to start right off with the action. Everything really just worked for me. I loved how mysterious and exciting this book was. It was jam packed with court intrigue, adventure, ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour
**4.5 stars**

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I may have had some problems (tiny ones) with the first book, Chantress, but holy moly, Chantress Alchemy was AH-MAY-ZING. So much happened and I’m still reeling it all in! It definitely keeps you on your toes with a classic who-dun-it with larger consequences.
When I heard that alchemy was going to be apart of the book (duh, the title should have been a big giveaway for me...), I got super excited! Nope, I’m not smart
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Allison Grace
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chantress Alchemy was mysterious, thrilling, and romantic! It's an amazing sequel that I couldn't get enough of! I cannot wait for the finale!

This book picks up almost a year after the events of Chantress. Lucy, our protagonist, is still trying to tap into her magic but is torn away from her
Anasheh Satoorian
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me just start off by saying that this book is one of the must action filled books I've read in a long time. With the first book, Lucy was just discovering herself and what it truly means to be a Chantress. The first book in the story was filled with such slow sweet character development and world building. But in the second book, everything that needed to be set up was done, and the story just took up beautifully. I feel like his is the first series, where I actually enjoyed the second book ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014

Chantress Alchemy may be second in its series, but it certainly stands well on its own. All I know is I tore through the pages of this novel, eager to know what would happen to Lucy, to the King, and to the rest of the Kingdom. Basically, Greenfield has managed that rare trick of writing a sequel that's even better than its predecessor.

If you've read my review of Chantress, one of my comments on Lucy was that she faded into a crowd of typical fantasy heroines. Chantress Alchemy has
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May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chantress Alchemy reminded me why I love the Chantress series so much. The magic, hidden secrets and the danger around every corner always have my desperately turning page after page. Lucy is stronger than ever in Chantress Alchemy, and even with all the dangers around court, she manages to remain ever outspoken and strong. As the story of Chantress Alchemy twisted and turned, it always left me guessing the next turn or reveal.

Lucy faces terrifying danger, and unknown foes at court, and the
May 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal-misc, meh
In this sequel to Chantress, Lucy finds herself summoned to Court again to find the stolen Golden Crucible, an alchemical tool that is essential in making the Philosopher's Stone. But all she finds is a starving kingdom and a court filled with intrigue...Chantress didn't seem like the kind of book that needed to have a sequel, which perhaps explains the general feeling of "meh" that permeates this book. Chantress Alchemy certainly has its strong points. The writing is strong and graceful, ...more
Theodosia of the Fathomless Hall
Too rapid of a pace, and a somewhat undeveloped cast of characters, the world-building and the hare-brained romance are the flaws of Chantress Alchemy...a writing style I myself found fault with participated also. Tho-though, mind you, it was NOT a bad book in the least. Lucy, Nathaniel, Henry IX (of Britain) and Sybil and Gabriel were all bright characters.

Particularly I myself favored the concept of Shadowgrims and their opponents the Chantresses. Needless to say the Shadowgrims were from the
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
I really enjoyed this book! Like the first one, it is a story that you want to savor but at the same time you want to race through because it is so captivating. Also like the first book, there is a mystery going on that is fast paced and adventurous.
There were two things that I didn't like about this book. Now this isn't a huge spoiler but it is in some ways so if you don't want to know anything at all about the relationships of the characters, I would advise you to stop reading.
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, fantasy
Starts out even stronger than the first book, but begins to sag in the middle. Long, aimless conversations and new character introductions just drag out the plot needlessly. Lucy couldn't possibly be more distracted by everything but the urgent mission she's been tasked with. At this point, she doesn't even think about it, like she hopes if she ignores it it'll go away. I mostly felt in the dark about the "vanishing" of her magic. I didn't feel the stakes of it until the reason was revealed at ...more
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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

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Chantress Trilogy (3 books)
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