Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield


3 out of 5 stars.

I appear to be on a historical fantasy kick. This book is set in England in the 1600s. Lucy is a Chantress, a wielder of magic through song. Most of her kind have already been hunted down and slain, so when a group of rebels finds Lucy, she seems like the answer to their prayers. It is only her magic that can destroy the raven-like Shadowgrims that work for the crown and terrorize the country. Unfortunately, Lucy is completely untrained and unsure of her own powers.

Like the last book I reviewed, this one is a short read. It will take most readers just a couple of hours. Not a ton of descriptions or character growth, but the idea of magic working through song is an interesting one. I also like the training montage. Magic that is immediate and easy always seemed unrealistic and silly. IF magic did exist, it kind of makes sense that it would work a little more like everything else does and require practice and patience to master. Magic should take work, just like every other human endeavour. The cost payed at the end of the book (no spoilers though) will lead really nicely into the second in the series. The cast of characters is a bit thin, but there really wasn’t enough room to fit in any more people and still make them distinct. I would have loved to see more of the world in this one, since Lucy spends most of the book hiding from the king and his monsters.

This is a decent book, but much of my interest in it falls solely onto the shoulders of the premise. There just isn’t a lot of meat to the story itself since it is so short and straightforward. The world and people are not described in any great detail, and most of the story is plot. A decent book, but a bit simple.


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