Book Review: Stolen SongbirdAuthor: Danielle L. Jensen
Published: April 2014
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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.
My Two Cents
Okay. You guys might take me as a giant sucker. When I read the premises for Stolen Songbird the only thing going through my head was: witches, trolls, and romance... oh my! You had my nerdiness at trolls. But reader beware, while the SOME of the trolls are somewhat deformed many of them are shockingly beautiful. Forget the mucus covered, towering trolls like in Harry Potter. And the only thing that makes a troll a troll is their ability to do magic. Hmmm, so isn't that a witch? "Witch" is it? Hahaha! Well Jensen never cleared that up! Okay onto the setting: Trollus. So the city of the trolls is called Trollus? Couldn't we have thought of a more fantasy-inspiring name? Yeah that bugged me...the entire time! So what about the plot you say? Eh. Not doing it for me. This was truly a romance with a splash of fantasy (okay the man-eating slugs were pretty cool and make up most of the fantasy in this book). Overall I was expecting more from Stolen Songbird, like some actual trolls! I'm awarding Stolen Songbird 2 out of 5 stars. Not for those expecting a romance fantasy adventure. And the intro promised me "For fans of Graceling"...have they ever read Graceling? Not anywhere close!