April 30, 2015

REVIEW + EXCEPT + GIVEAWAY: Chantress Fury by Amy Butler Greenfield

Chantress Fury (Chantress Trilogy #3)
by Amy Butler Greenfield
Page Count: 288 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Rating: 5 STARS

Book Summary:
The sea is coming. We are coming. And we will drown you all.
With a song, Lucy can control the wind and the water; she can bring castles and kingdoms to their feet. Since Lucy mastered her powers, King Henry has kept her close as he’s rebuilt England. She’s his best ally—and his workhorse. And now he’s called her to investigate attempted murder: His men claim they were almost killed on the Thames…by a mermaid. All Lucy can glean from the creature they’ve captured is a warning: The sea is coming. We are coming. And we will drown you all. 
And then the floods begin. Swaths of London are submerged as the people scramble to defend themselves against the water—and the monsters—that are flooding their streets. As mistrust of Lucy's magic grows, the king relies on Nat, Lucy's great love, to guide them through the storm. But Nat is cold and distant to Lucy. He swore his love only a year before, and now he calls her “stranger.”
Lucy is determined to defeat this powerful new magic alone if she must. But then she hears an eerie song within the water…can it mean that she’s not the last Chantress after all? 
Sweepingly romantic and crackling with magic, Chantress Fury triumphantly concludes the powerful Chantress trilogy.

Chantress Fury was a great ending to a wonderful trilogy! The final book in this trilogy was just as exciting as the first two. I got sucked into court life and Lucy's role as the Chantress. The plot was super intriguing and there were more than a few twists and turns that I did not see coming. The writing was lyrical and beautifully descriptive, which I have now come to expect from Greenfield's books. She takes you on a magical journey filled with history, great characters and gorgeous prose.
I loved how Amy Butler Greenfield created the Chantress world, and other fascinating details in the book from the true-to-life history of the time period, characters, and setting. This author does her research, which is something I feel gives the book that "special something" in a historical fantasy novel! I was especially interested in the "Historical Note" section at the end of the book. Here, Greenfield talks about which parts of her book came from actual history, where she took creative liberties, and how she developed parts of the plot based on real facts and mythology.
While I am sad to leave the Chantress world behind, I felt more than satisfied by the ending of not only this book, but the entire trilogy.
If you haven't started this series yet, and are a fan of historical fantasy, courtly intrigue, and an all around great story...then I definitely recommend you pick up the Chantress trilogy.
I will be eagerly anticipating Greenfield's next novel, and I cannot wait to see where her imagination takes her next. Wherever/whenever that happens to be, you can bet that I will be along for the ride!

*My Rating*

The other men in the circle were now coming over to us—and one of them was Nat.  For more than a year, I’d pretended that he meant nothing to me.  Now, in the half-dark of this moonlit night, I stopped acting a part. I was simply myself, hungry for the sight of him.
The King’s right-hand man, Sybil had called him, and he looked it.  He’d always had a quiet strength about him, but now that strength was in the open.  Tall and sure and capable, he came toward me, and what I saw in his face made my heart hammer like a drum…
But then I caught sight of what had been at the center of the men’s circle, and my heart nearly stopped altogether.  It was an enormous barrel, stood on its end. Just visible inside it was a woman, and she was gagged.
Seeing her, I felt sick.  Gags and muzzles and scold’s bridles—until the King had come to the throne, these had all been common ways of stopping a woman’s tongue.  Especially a Chantress’s tongue.  My own godmother had been gagged before she’d been killed, and the memory filled me with horror. 
“What’s going on here?”  My voice was shaking with anger.  “You’re gagging women and putting them in barrels?”  
I could’ve asked the question of any of them.  But it was Nat I was looking at.
Even in the dim light I saw his face change.  When he answered, his voice was guarded, almost steely.  “She isn’t a woman, Chantress.  She’s a mermaid.  And she’s gagged because she tried to kill us.”

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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 mischief.

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  1. Samantha DApril 30, 2015

    I have Chantress and Chantress Alchemy! I can't for the next isntallment!
    Mary Loki

  2. Morgan @ Gone with the WordsMay 04, 2015

    I'm glad you enjoyed this!! I really liked Chantress and just bought Chantress Alchemy. I'll have to catch up so I can read the amazing conclusion!

  3. This sounds intriguing... I think I should take a break from classic literature and give a chance to some contemporary authors to sweep me away :)


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