Let’s start with a confession: I was totally drawn to Stolen Songbird because of the gorgeous cover. Look at that glass rose! I’m happy to report that the inside is just as lovely. I loved every second of this book, can’t say I expected that! I’ve never read about trolls before but thought they could be a refreshing and intriguing concept. The world building and intricate mythology of Stolen Songbird was fantastic and I really loved the characters. Cecile and Tristan’s alternating POV chapters worked well; they each had a distinct voice and it helped paint a full picture of Trollus, as well as their prejudices, their motives, and their feelings. The romance was awesome, total bickering and getting-to-know each other, forced together, etc. The friendships that Cecile makes were wonderful too, especially with Vincent and Victoria, and even though the evil characters were less three dimensional I’m desperate to know what they’re up to.
You’re thrown immediately into the action from page 1 and even though it was a hefty book (close to 500 pages!) there was never a dull moment. There was, however, political intrigue, treachery, romance, and secrets. I’m really really eager to read the sequel Hidden Huntress (next June! Boo…) and thought the last line was wicked. Plus there are still so many secrets to unravel! Highly recommend for fantasy fans, even if you don’t think trolls sound like your cup of tea. Trust me, they are!
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #1
Published by Strange Chemistry
Pub Date: April 1st 2014
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy…
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.
But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.
As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.