Release Date: May 6, 2014
Source: publisher via Edelweiss
Series: Chantress Trilogy, #2
Genre(s): Historical Fantasy
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Since defeating Lord Scargrave with her music, Lucy, the last Chantress, has lived by the sea, mastering the intricacies of Wild Magic. But now her quiet life is about to end: the wheat crop has failed, the people are rebelling, and Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry IX’s court. There she finds the Inner Council planning to save England by making gold through alchemy. But the golden crucible — the critical element in the alchemical process — has been stolen, its guards murdered. Lucy is charged with finding the traitor behind the attack.
Meanwhile, enemies old and new are gathering. Scargrave’s brutal Chantress-hunter has become King Henry’s closest advisor. Lucy’s beloved Nat has fallen out of favor and is shunned by his colleagues; their romance means trouble for both of them. Worst of all, something goes wrong with Lucy’s magic. The palace is a labyrinth, and there’s a monster at its heart — a monster who may have the power to defeat Lucy once and for all.
Amy Butler Greenfield returns to the beguiling world of Chantress for a suspenseful tale of courtly intrigue, music, and magic in Chantress Alchemy.
Special thanks to Margaret K McElderry Books and Edelweiss for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review!
Chantress Alchemy is the sequel to Chantress, a historical fantasy series centered on a girl named Lucy. Lucy is the last Chantress left, therefore she is viewed as very powerful and looked highly upon at court. This book begins shortly after the first left off, and starts right in with a new problem that Lucy must face.
Going into this book I had high hopes as I absolutely loved the first one! Book two didn’t disappoint. I found it to be a super light and fun historical fantasy book!
The introduction of many new characters, shocking twists and betrayals, and different types of magic made the story of Chantress Alchemy just as exciting as its predecessor. The revelations and ending will be sure to surprise readers!
I would warn readers who are looking for a dark and complex storyline to veer away from this book, though. This series is definitely one for a time when you’re looking to escape the real world for a bit in a fun and fantastical adventure!