Power and politics, heartbreak and danger, magic and mermaids - Lucy must conquer it all in the compelling conclusion to the enchanting series that began with Chantress and continued with Chantress Alchemy.
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. And now he's called her to investigate attempted murder - 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, but 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 she is not the last Chantress after all?
Chantress Fury, the final book in Amy Butler Greenfield’s YA historical fantasy trilogy, continues in the same vein as its two predecessors. It’s beautifully written, gorgeously detailed, deeply emotional and romantic. Greenfield’s writing is elegant and perfectly polished. It’s something I always admired about her – her style is graceful and flawless without being flashy or disruptive. She also does a lot of research, so even though her story is filled with magic, it is loosely based in reality. King Henry in Lucy’s story is Henry Seymour, an actual historical figure and a distant relative to King Charles I.
Chantress Fury takes place in the early 1670’s and the world Greenfield paints for us is gorgeous: a dash of court politics, a formidable enemy, considerable magic and a romance to remember. Lucy truly discovers her powers in this book, but with such powers come solitude and isolation. People either fear her or want to use her in some way, and besides, King Henry leaves her very little time to socialize. Lucy’s loneliness was heartbreaking in this book and the amount of emotion that came through made me admire Greenfield even more.
I mentioned the romance, which I loved from the start, but oddly enough it was Fury’s weakest point. I wanted to see a united front from Lucy and Nat, but instead I saw stubbornness and a whole lot of misunderstandings. Truly these two needed to talk things through and face their enemies together, instead of fretting over silly things and being pigheaded and proud.
Mary Jane Wells narrates the story beautifully, just like the previous two. She has a soft British accent and a really pleasant voice, which is just right for our Lucy. She was able to convey and even amplify the feeling of loneliness and isolation. She mostly narrates stories I’m not really interested in (some historical romances, for example), but I hope she’ll get a chance to read more YA. She is truly wonderful.
Minor grievances with romance aside, the Chantress trilogy is everything you could ever hope to read. The writing is smooth and just wonderful, the world is gorgeous, and Lucy is a character you’ll never forget.
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Beautifully enchanting, and wickedly thrilling, CHANTRESS FURY has brought a whole new evil to this complex world, that was engrossing and addicting from start to finish!! With twist and turns, and a whole new plot line, CHANTRESS FURY was full of surprises and adventures that will keep you engaged and second guessing yourself until the very end!!!
The CHANTRESS Trilogy was epic, truly wonderful in just about every way! But I have to admit, I did have my doubts that I would like this trilogy at first for numerous reasons, and was reluctant to pick it up. But when I started to get into to the fantasy genre last year in 2014, I decided it was high-time I gave the CHANTRESS trilogy it's fair shot!! And let me tell you, the complete trilogy exceeded my exceptions and found it's way into that special category for books that I absolutely loved, and will read again and again for many years to come!
The world building in this conclusion was unlike the first two, and totally the best out of all of them!! I LOVE the idea about otherworldly creatures surfacing and attacking the human world. And the water turning against them, flooding their city and killing their people, and becoming the ultimate weapon instead of the trusted ally it's been. And Lucy finally finding her match in power. I just loved the whole plot idea and the way it was executed was beyond perfect!! Well done Amy Butler Greenfield, I applaud you!! ;)
One issue I did have in this one though was the romance. Don't get me wrong, I love Lucy and Nat, I think they're a great match and compliment each others personality. But what I didn't like and the whole reason I knocked off a half of a star was because Lucy and Nat were still fighting, still at each others throats, still neglecting the love that they grew and formed from book one. And they were doing it the entire book, right up until the very last chapter. And that was a HUGEEEEE let down for me. I mean it was okay in the first book, even in the second, but come on, I want the third book to be full of passion, and love, and acting desire. I want them to be building their relationship, and watching the romance blossom and bloom. Not suffering through them hurting each other, and determined not to be with each other but still have the love and desire burning at full force.
After conquering evil at every turn, Lucy has come to accept that her life will never be easy, that she may have to always fight for her life and the peace of her kingdom. Being the last remaining Chantress left, she knows it comes with a heavy burden. But what Lucy doesn't know is that the real storm is coming, that all she's ever faced in the past is nothing compared to what she's about to face in the future...
THE SEA IS COMING. WE ARE COMING. AND WE WILL DROWN YOU ALL...
First theirs sightings of creatures in the sea, then a mermaid attack, then the waters rebel, fighting Lucy at every turn. Then serpents appear, killing men by the hundreds, then the waters come, flooding their city and drowning their people, then the music starts... Whispering of vengeance, and vowing to take it in blood, singing songs so similar to a Chantress, yet so different. Raging power so strong it surpasses Lucy's own. But that can't be right, can it?? Lucy is the last remaining Chantress alive, or is she...???
With the weight of her world on Lucy's shoulders, and her power at a standstill against the evil force driving their city to it's knees, Lucy knows she should be focusing only on the issue at hand, but she can't, her heart won't allow her...
It's been over a year since Nat walked out of Lucy's life, taking her heart and soul with him. And now that he's come back, and they're finally face to face again, all though's feelings come rushing back at once, bombarding her with the love she lost, and feelings she yearns to explore all over again. But time has not been on their side, and the unfamiliarity they feel for each other only strengthens the gap, and wears on their relationship until their left feeling more alone then ever, and more like strangers then lovers.
Lucy must untangle the web of deception and reveal the evil power unraveling their kingdom from the inside out. All while determining who—or what is behind it all, and what they hope to accomplish by turning the water, her most trusted ally, into her most feared enemy...
CHANTRESS FURY rocked the pages and had me fully engrossed until the very end!! I liked book one and two, but I LOVED book three!! This conclusion tied up a lot of questions that has been nagging at me since book one. And I am more then pleased with the way it all ended, minus my issue with the romance it was perfect.
Overall, I would HIGHLY recommended this conclusion and the rest of the trilogy, as I'm sure you can tell with all my blabbering I LOVED IT...lol!! Each book in this trilogy had it's own special adventure that was thrilling and heartwarming to explore!! 4.5 Stars to this EXPLOSIVE conclusion of CHANTRESS FURY that you don't want to miss!! And 5 huge stars to the author, Amy Butler Greenfield for her creativity, suspense, and wonderful cast of characters that have made their way into my heart for years to come!! I can't WAIT to see what else Amy comes up with next, because I will DEFINITELY be reading it!!
NOTE: I received a physical ARC from Margaret K McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster) for reviewing purposes! All opinions express are my own and are not influenced in any way!