Chantress : Praise and Reviews
"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 Award winning author of When You Reach Me, First Light, and Liar & Spy
"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
"Richly and thoughtfully written, the story situates its fantastic embellishments firmly in the lived reality of the 17th century and brings to life a diverse cast of deeply human characters."
"This is an enticing medieval fantasy with a headstrong heroine that will pique the interest of girls who like strong female characters….. Lucy is a very engaging character who immediately has readers rooting for her and the band of rebels she encounters."
Library Media Connection
"[C]ompelling plot and skillful narrative style…"
"[E]ngaging...girl-centric historical fantasy."
"The heroine of this whimsical and entertaining young-adult novel could be the female answer to Harry Potter.... This is mesmerizing reading for girls in pursuit of their own power."
Marjorie Preston, Shore News Today
"Young readers who prefer action with a touch of fantasy and strong female characters will enjoy this book."
Kelly Czarnecki, VOYA, August 2014
"Alchemy, feminism and two separate wicked plotters...keep the pages turning."
"An overall compelling sequel, with plenty of red herrings to keep readers guessing and wondering what’s next in store for the last lady chantress."