Series: The Malediction Trilogy, #1
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Category: High Fantasy/ Romance/ Paranormal
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
I loved this book! It’s just the type of high fantasy I love getting lost in. Stolen Songbird was filled with adventure, mystical creatures, things that go bump in the night, witches, curses, love, and a story-line that combines those wonderful elements into a tale that sucked me in.
I really enjoyed Danielle’s writing style. It flowed so well with each word and it really took me into the world she created. The detail was crafted just beautifully and I loved each element I encountered. I also felt that her magical elements were unique in their own way. The trolls, who they are and what they are, were really fascinating. And I loved the depth of each character.
"I'm sorry," I whispered. But what good were my regrets? He was dying because of me.
Cécile is a very determined character. I think that is what I loved about her. When she gets kidnapped and sold to the trolls, she never stopped hoping and looking for ways to escape. But what I loved most is her compassion she ends up showing. When she slowing starts to uncover the magic, the tragedy, and the curse that has binded the trolls she is determined to help the more misfortune. And as she starts to slowly unravel the secrets her life was slowly put into more and more danger, but despite that, Cécile never stopped trying.
Tristan was such a dynamic character. Unlike Cécile, who I could easily figure out, I couldn't do that with Tristan right away. I can’t go into much of why he was such a hard character to pin without revealing some of the plot, but I can say that I really did enjoy his character. Though he appeared one way at the beginning of the story, Cécile was to slowly unravel his true character throughout the book, and I loved who Tristan was deep down. And, of course, I just loved watching Tristan and Cécile’s relationship develop. It was one of my favorite aspects of the story - though, at times, it was frustrating and I so wanted to shake them!
There was quite the roundup of characters in this book, each bad and good. I enjoyed all, even the evil ones. Each played such a part in the book and added great elements that moved the piece along, caused tension, or gave the book a twist I enjoyed.
From the pacing to the buildup of the story I was enthralled. I also loved that the author gives not only Cécile’s POV, but Tristan’s as well and that definitely helped with why he did the things he did. I also loved the author’s interpretations of trolls, I found it to be refreshing and something I haven’t really encountered before. And the ending left me wanting more!
I closed my eyes and listened, Cécile’s fear making my hands grow cold. Every inch of me yearned to go after her, to bring her back, to keep her safe, and yet...
Stolen Songbird was an adventure of a read! And I loved every single second of it. I loved the author's interpretation of trolls -- their story, their magic. I really enjoyed the story, how it played out, and the pacing. I also fell in love with so many characters; each one wonderfully written. This was such a great high fantasy read, packed with magic, prophecies, secrets, an almost forbidden romance, danger, and mystery.