Hello guys!! Welcome to the blog tour for Chantress Fury by Amy Butler Greenfield, the final book in the Chantress Trilogy!
Chantress Fury (Chantress Trilogy #3)
by Amy Butler Greenfield
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rate: 4 stars
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.
After the rather heartbreakingly emotional ending of Chantress Alchemy, I was so very happy to have an ARC of Chantress Fury at hand to see what was in store next! As this one is the last book in the trilogy, you might expect spoilers for the previous books happenings, so this is your warning to keep reading at your own discretion!
The beginning of the book threw me off a lil bit, because a year has passed since the ending of Chantress Alchemy, and Lucy and Nat have been apart during that time, both of them doing the King's work and both of them avoiding being at the same time at Court.
It might be because of my personal situation but I could relate so very well with the feeling of loneliness that Lucy carried for most of the book, no matter what no one can carry your pain for you, even if your friends would want to be there to share it. It is also true that Lucy had spent a year working herself to exhaustion with her own company of soldiers and not having someone to confide in, not even Norrie and even less Sybil, since she's now Queen and therefore not so free with her time herself.
Then the one time Nat and Lucy will be at Court at the same time, something extremely unexpected happens and London is under attack by magic, and Lucy finds herself unable to fight back properly. Mermaids have appeared in the Thames and are threatening with drowning London and the world. This really was a very unexpected twist, but one that lead us to learn so much more about the world of the Chantresses and their past, piecing together old legends and that in the end gaves us all the answers we might have wanted!
The way the world building and the plot was woven together in this book was fantasic and if you add all the character growth for Lucy, it's remarkable how well everything flow! From the threats and the mistrust the new magic brings once again against Lucy, to the way she has to deal with the change in her relationship with Nat and how she has to face the revelations about her nature and her past and her heritage. And how the way it all makes her grow as a character and that moves the plot forward, I really couldn't put this one down!
The mix of accurate historical feel with the fantasy elements is done superbly well! The descriptions of London, the Court, the intrigues and the ambiance of the book feels very genuine, and somehow makes even more plausible all the fantasy elements woven! In that time magic & science were pretty much one and the same, not so easy to distinguish, so the magic elements feel like they really belong.
I really wasn't expecting so many of the revelations about Chantresses and their history and Wild Magic and some of the surprises & shocks that Lucy had to deal with, but they were so well done that they never felt random or thrown in without rhyme or reason. Prepare your heart because there is plenty of heartbreak to come!
Tightly woven plot, amazing world building and very well developed characters, even the secondary ones, makes for a fantastic final installment for this trilogy! Very much deserved 4 stars!
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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.