Wednesday, 30 April 2014

BLOG TOUR!! Chantress Alchemy by Amy Butler Greenfield

Chantress Alchemy (Chantress #2)
Behind 352 Pages
Released: 6 May 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Historical
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books
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At the Other End:
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. 

One more spell, that's all I meant to sing. One more song-spell and then I'd go home.
I blew on my icy fingers and faced the wintery sea. I'd been out for hours, honing my magic, and the sun had long since vanished behind sullen clouds. My boots were damp from the froth of the ocean, my cheeks wet with its salty spray. the wind sawed along my very bones. I thought with longing of the snug cottage I shared with Norrie and the soup that would no doubt be simmering on the fire.
Something easy to finish on, I promised myself. Something that won't go wrong
Clutching my woolen cape, I tilted my ear toward the ocean and its tangle of watery music. A simple song-spell that's all I needed...
But what was that sound? That distant humming?
Forgetting my frozen hands and feet, I listened, perplexed.
No one knew better than I that the ocean could sing a thousand songs: music to cradle me, music to drown me, music to call up waves and tides and storms. I was a Chantress, after all. Yet this wasn't a tune I had heard before, Indeed, its faint thrum was quite unlike any melody I knew. That alone was disturbing. 
A woolen bundle clumped toward me: Norrie in her winter wraps. The wind snatched at her hood and cap, and her silver hair stood out like dandelion fluff around her wrinkled face.
"You've been out here too long," she called. "You'll catch your death cold."
I was about to reply when I heard it again: a disquieting drone in the midst of the sea's other songs.
Norrie marched up to my side, her gait uneven. "Lucy, are you listening to me?"
"Yes," i said quickly. "Of course I am." But I was listening to the humming, too. If I concentrated hard enough, I usually could make out at least the gist of the sea's song. Of all elements, water was the easiest for me to understand. Yet these notes held fast to their secrets.

Chantress (Chantress Trilogy #1)
Behind 324 Pages
Released: 7 May 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Historical
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books
At the Other End:
Lucy, shipwrecked on an island at 8, is forbidden to sing by guardian Norrie. On All Hallows Eve 1667, at 15, she sings, and is swept into darkness. She wakes to hear powerful men hunt Chantresses who sing magic into the world. 

At the Invisible College she finds sanctuary, plots to overthrow the evil Lord Protector, and distrustful scientist-apprentice Nat. 

Only a Chantress can overcome the Protector, and Lucy is the last in England.
Author Bio:
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.
Find Amy:
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1. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
That week is always such a blur! My writing life is usually very quiet, but right after publication my schedule can be crazy. By the end of that first week, I’m wishing I could give bouquets to all the readers and bloggers and booksellers and librarians and reviewers who’ve helped me get the word out about the book.  

2. What inspired you to write this novel?

I’ve always been fascinated by alchemy – not just the idea of turning dross into gold, but the whole wild history of it, and the way that it promised to confer all kinds of supernatural powers on people.  So I wanted to see what would happen if it someone with Lucy’s singing magic got tangled up with an alchemy experiment.  And I also wanted to see what (and who) would be waiting for Lucy when she came back to Court.

3. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?

I didn’t have any idea what the cover would look like, but I was delighted when I heard it in was in the hands of the same art director and photographer team (Michael McCartney and Ali Smith) who did the cover for the first Chantress book.  They put so much time and care into this one, too – from the photo shoot to the overall design.  My very favorite part? The gorgeous swirly title lettering!

4. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?

I’m at work on the third Chantress book right now.   It’s been a real challenge – but also very exciting.  All kinds of secrets come out, and the stakes have never been higher.

5. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?

I would love to have written Code Name Verity, which is an absolutely riveting WWII story about friendship, spies, and loyalty.  I’m also a big fan of Holly Black’s Curse Workers series (White Cat, Red Glove, Black Heart), which is a miracle of plotting - and wonderfully wry and funny.


  1. Thanks for featuring this post Gina, I love the concept of Alchemy in this series, and the cover is beautiful too.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    1. Hope you enjoyed the post! Yes, it is gorgeous!! Love all the swirls :)


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