I am so excited to be today’s stop on the CHANTRESS ALCHEMY Blog Tour and to have had the chance to interview Author Amy Butler Greenfield. CHANTRESS is an awesome book and I can’t wait to read CHANTRESS ALCHEMY which released last week on May 6th. Although I just know that waiting for the third book in the trilogy is going to be torturous.
I absolutely love the answers to my questions – especially the one that describes CHANTRESS ALCHEMY in 25 words or less, the one that talks of a “young and mysterious alchemist,” the one that reveals a short passage, and the one that… okay I love all the answers. If you’d like to know what the author has to say about her amazing series, be sure to check the interview out below.
And if you haven’t yet heard about this enchanting series, I’ve included some information about both books, along with links to excerpts on the author’s blog. Also, if you happen to be a fan of book trailers, like I am, there are trailers for each book following their descriptions.
This tour also includes a few copies of the book, one of which is a signed copy. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter a bit further down in this post. And if you haven’t yet started reading this series, now’s the perfect time to do so, as you’ll be able to dive into the sequel, CHANTRESS ALCHEMY, right away.
Now, without any further ado, here’s a little bit about the book on tour, CHANTRESS ALCHEMY.
Series: Chantress Trilogy #2
Release date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
Lucy races against time and magic in this sequel to the “richly and thoughtfully written” (Publishers Weekly) Chantress.
Lucy is the last Chantress, the only remaining girl who can sing magic into the world. Since she defeated the evil Lord Scargrave, England has changed—and not for the better. With crops failing and the people rebelling, Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry’s court. His Inner Council is convinced that making gold through alchemy will save England. But a critical element to the alchemical process has been stolen. Lucy is tasked with finding it with her magic…or else. And until she succeeds, the castle is on lockdown.
Court too has changed. 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. Worst of all, Lucy’s magic has deserted her. She can no longer hear the song spells at court, and must find a way to access her powers soon—or be accused of treason.
Amy Butler Greenfield returns to the volatile world of Chantress for an exciting tales that weaves together courtly intrigue, mystery, romance, magic, and music.
Read an excerpt HERE.
Q. For those readers new to the Chantress Trilogy how would you describe the series in 25 words or less?
A spell-singing girl battles a vicious overlord with the help of a dashing spy, then must deal with the consequences.
Q. As the second book in this series, what can readers expect from CHANTRESS ALCHEMY that is new or different from CHANTRESS, the first book in the series?
In CHANTRESS, Lucy is part of a secret resistance movement, battling Scargrave and the Shadowgrims to put the rightful king on the throne. She’s on the run and living in the shadows, desperately trying to master her powers. In CHANTRESS ALCHEMY, she’s coming into her own, and she has a place at the king’s glittering court. But that doesn’t mean all is well. The kingdom’s in serious trouble, and there’s a traitor on the loose who could destroy everything–including Lucy herself.
What else is different? The court in CHANTRESS ALCHEMY is a whole new setting, one where lavish banquets, high fashion, and flirtatious courtiers are the rule. The magic has some surprises, too. And Lucy and Nat’s romance becomes much more intense.
Q. CHANTRESS has extensive world-building. What was the most challenging aspect to creating the world?
Figuring out how the magic works! I knew some things from the start. It worked by singing, and it could only be done by women. But it took me quite a while to figure out the balance of rules—not to mention the role of Lucy’s ruby and the long and troubled history of Chantresses. Some mysteries are revealed in CHANTRESS, but in each book of the trilogy Lucy uncovers more Chantress secrets.
Q. What are the pros and cons of being a Chantress?
Chantresses have powers no one else has. The world is full of music that only they can hear, and they can use that music to charm things (and sometimes people) to do their bidding. Because of that power, they have a position that most women in their society can only dream about.
But people fear them, too. In CHANTRESS, Lucy’s godmother warned her that Chantresses will always have enemies, always be hunted. Lucy learns the full truth of that in CHANTRESS ALCHEMY.
Q. In what ways is alchemy incorporated into the story and how important is it to the plot of CHANTRESS ALCHEMY?
I’m fascinated by alchemy, and I had a great time writing about it in this book. (Mystery, danger, and explosions – what’s not to love?!) I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but I can say that alchemy is absolutely key to the plot, and there’s a young and mysterious alchemist who plays a big role.
Q. Can you share a teaser quote or short passage from CHANTRESS ALCHEMY?
As the men galloped toward us, hooves thudding on sand, I started to sing. The salty air thickened between us.
A shout went up from the riders, and they checked their horses.
Pressing my advantage, I let the song swell in my throat and grow stronger. What Norrie made of this as she shivered beside me, I don’t know. Eerie was a word she’d once used about my singing. Unearthly. Fair gives me the chills.
Yet if my singing was unearthly, the sea mist I conjured up was real. Wet and gray as sodden wool, it was impossible to see through. By the time the last phrases poured out of me, it covered the riders completely.
Inside the clammy cloud, armor clanged and horses whinnied. Men shouted in blind panic.
“Chantress magic! God save us!”
It was a strong spell; I could tell that much. With luck, we could get well away before it faded.
Q. Your bio mentions that you enjoy plotting mischief. What sorts of mischief is your favorite to plot?
I’m always up for a good April Fool’s joke! But what I like best is mischief on the page, where I can plot all kinds of twists and turns to bedevil my characters—and my readers.
Q. Heroes or Villains?
Heroes, but I especially like the gray area in between—the heroes who make a bad choice, the villains who have a spark of conscience.
Q. Historical fact or historical fiction?
Impossible to choose! I love them both.
Q. Happily ever afters or happily never afters?
Happily ever after.
Q. Plots: character-driven or story-driven?
I love a good plot, but character trumps everything.
Q. Alchemy or sorcery?
Amy Butler Greenfield was on her way to a history Ph.D. when she gave into temptation and became a writer. Among other honors, her books have won a PEN/Albrand Award, the Veolia Prix du Livre Environnement, and a Beacon of Freedom Award.
Amy grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State and went to Williams College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, she studied Renaissance Europe, imperial Spain, and colonial Latin America. She now lives with her family on the edge of the Cotswolds in England, where she writes, reads, and bakes double-dark-chocolate cake.
She loves music, romantic adventure, history, quirky science, and suspense, which explains how she came to write her first YA novel, Chantress. Her next book, Chantress Alchemy, will be published in May 2014.
“Sing, and the darkness will find you.”
This warning has haunted Lucy ever since she was shipwrecked on a lonely island. Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever. But on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing along—and she is swept into darkness.
When she awakes in England, Lucy hears powerful men discussing Chantresses—women who can sing magic into the world. They are hunting her, but she escapes and finds sanctuary with the Invisible College, an organization plotting to overthrow the nefarious Lord Protector. The only person powerful enough to bring about his downfall is a Chantress. And Lucy is the last one in England.
Lucy struggles to master the song-spells and harness her power, but the Lord Protector is moving quickly. And her feelings for Nat, an Invisible College apprentice and scientist who deeply distrusts her magic, only add to her confusion…
Time is running out, and the fate of England hangs in the balance in this entrancing novel that is atmospheric and lyrical, dangerous and romantic.
Read an excerpt HERE.
This tour includes an awesome giveaway for…
2 finished copies of CHANTRESS ALCHEMY from Simon Teen (US ONLY)
1 SIGNED finished copy of CHANTRESS ALCHEMY from Amy Butler Greenfield (International)
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