Title: Stolen Songbird
Series: Malediction Trilogy, book 1
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: April 1, 2014 by Strange Chemistry
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.
**A copy was provided for review purposes**
Cecile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken to Trollus where she is sold to the King and bonded to the heir, Prince Tristan in hopes of breaking the curse placed on Trollus by a powerful witch. At first Cecile wants nothing but to leave but once she gets to know the people and what they’re fighting for she is determined to help them or go down fighting.
I’ve never read a book about trolls so I was very excited when I heard of Stolen Songbird, the synopsis is catching and the cover is beautiful. Not only that, but the writing is magical, it drew me in and I was spellbound. My house suffered as instead of cleaning I was reading and reading some more.
Cecile de Troyes is a human girl kidnapped and sold to the trolls. Bonded and married to Prince Tristan, the hope to half-blooded trolls. For it is she who is supposed to break the curse holding them in Trollus, cursed to live in darkness buried beneath the earth. She is a strong character who puts others before herself. She is focused on her goals and once she sets her mind on something she puts everything into it. I really liked her character, I felt sorry for her for losing everything she knew and threw into a world she believed was fantasy. She handled it all remarkably well and adapted.
Tristan was a difficult character to like at first, all his moves were calculated, he fought the bonding at every turn but it was for a good purpose, and once the reason became known I warmed up to him quickly. He is a great character and will hopefully one day be an awesome king who values all his subjects, not just the full bloods like those before him, including his father.
I love how the story evolved, so many parts were unexpected and I was pleasantly surprised at many turns. The ending was definitely a surprise but a welcome one even if it broke my heart. I hate cliff hangers as now I’m dying to know what happens next, it’s going to be a long wait!