Margaret K. McElderry Books, Hardcover, 9781442457034, 324pp.
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
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, 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 but sing—and she is swept into darkness.
When she awakes in England, Lucy hears powerful men discussing Chantresses—women who can sing magic into the world. They are hunting her, but she escapes and finds sanctuary with the Invisible College, an organization plotting to overthrow the nefarious Lord Protector. The only person powerful enough to bring about his downfall is a Chantress. And Lucy is the last one in England.
Lucy struggles to master the song-spells and harness her power, but the Lord Protector is moving quickly. And her feelings for Nat, an Invisible College apprentice and scientist who deeply distrusts her magic, only add to her confusion…
Time is running out, and the fate of England hangs in the balance in this entrancing novel that is atmospheric and lyrical, dangerous and romantic.
"Richly and thoughtfully written."
"[E]ngaging...girl-centric historical fantasy."
"Wonderfully felt, seen, and dreamed, Greenfield's debut fantasy is an enchanted read."
-Franny Billingsley, National Book Award finalist and author of Chime
"I simply loved it. It was a delicious journey into a fantasy world that mingles music, magic, altered British history, and romance."
-Cinda Williams Chima, NYT-bestselling author of The Demon King
"Chantress is one of those rare books that's so beautifully written you want to read it slowly and savor every word, but the story is so compelling you want to race through the pages! I loved it."
-Mary Pearson, author of The Adoration of Jenna Fox and The Fox Inheritance
"With a spirited heroine, fearsome monsters, and luminous worldbuilding, this story had me hooked from the first page. CHANTRESS is truly enchanting."
-Jessica Spotswood, author of Born Wicked
"Chantress is like the best kind of magic — absorbing, mysterious, and delightful."
-Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal winning author of When You Reach Me
"A pure and elevated pleasure, like strawberries of the perfect ripeness or a gorgeous aria. In Greenfield’s gripping fantasy novel the menace is palpable, and the practice of magic is described in such an evocative and haunting manner that I yearned to hear it. This exploration of the costs of a fear-based society and the real but worthwhile risks of freedom is deeply relevant to our times."
-Katherine Sturtevant, author of At the Sign of the Star and A True and Faithful Narrative
"Chantress is a beguiling and mesmerizing story, full of mystery and song. From the first word, I was enchanted by Amy Butler Greenfield's unique twist on English history and by her compelling, magical, and loveable heroine, Lucy."
-Nancy Werlin, NYT-bestselling author of Impossible and Extraordinary