Three new titles have hit the shelves here at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester. Chantress, by Amy Butler Greenfield; Doll Bones, by local author Holly Black; and The Enchantress, sixth book in Michael Scott’s The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series.
Amy Butler Greenfield is a new author on the scene, and Chantress is her debut fantasy novel. Main heroine Lucy has been living shipwrecked on an island for seven years, warned that she must never, ever sing, or terrible things may happen. The story follows young Lucy as, on her fifteenth birthday, she embarks on an unintentional adventure when she sings to a tantalizing music in the air. Lucy is brought into a world that she had been hidden away from and discovers that she is the last Chantress, spell-singers who have all been hunted down and killed by the Lord Protector – all but Lucy!
Doll Bones is the latest work of local author Holly Black. This is the story of Zach, Poppy, and Alice; they’ve been friends forever, and have been playing a game of imagination for just as long. Within the game their world is populated by pirates, thieves, mermaids, and warriors – and ruling them all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll kept in a cabinet overlooking all and cursing any who displease her. The years of middle school brings pressure from Zach’s father to give up these childhood games, and when Zach decides to give up the game it seems their friendship might come to an end as well – until Poppy reveals that she’s been having strange dreams about the Great Queen, and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the china doll is buried in her empty grave. Is the doll just a doll? And if there is a ghost, will it let them go now that is has them in its clutches? Join these three friends as they set out on one last adventure, one which will blur the lines between their imagination and their reality.
If you’ve been following along with Michael Scott’s The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, you’ve probably been waiting for the paperback release of the sixth installment in this ongoing tale, The Enchantress. Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel are left with one day left to live, and one job left – to defend San Francisco against the monsters gathered on Alcatraz Island. Will the two succeed in their fight, or is this the beginning of the end of the human race? Meanwhile, Sophie and Josh Newman have traveled thousands of years into the past to join in on a legendary battle – but no-one is sure which side the twins will choose. Will they stand together? Or will they stand apart – one to save the world and one to destroy it?