Series: The Malediction Trilogy #1
Published by Strange Chemistry on 4/1/2014
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.
Stolen Songbird was an absolute delight to read. With an elegant writing style and captivating world as well as storyline, my eyes were locked to the pages until the very last.
The Lost City of…
Trollus! You know you could even compare this city to Atlantis. I wonder if there was any inspiration there perhaps? A city buried not under the sea but under a mountain of rock. The concept was fantastic. This city governed by trolls has been buried for hundreds of years, locked away from humanity, but humanity can still come within its bounds. The race of trolls possess a type of magic so strong and yet cannot release them from their prison. When reading the descriptions of the city I could feel the weight of the rock pressing down on me and see the beautiful palace yet all things were locked in an eternal night. Sounds like my kind of place considering I rarely like to leave my own cave.
They Own You
Trolls are a proud race and if you believe history as well as the current state of things in Trollus, they are also a very cruel one. Now combine that with nobility and that is one hell of a nasty pit of vipers for our heroine Cecile. Lucky for her not everyone is as bad as they seem. Many unspeakable horrors have taken place in all the time they have been trapped under the mountain. With all of that I found it very refreshing that instead one of the main focuses in Stolen Songbird is the issue of slavery and discrimination. Let’s start a revolution, I’m all for freedom fighting.
The Two Faces of my Lover
As to be expected with anything involving royalty, there are schemes within schemes within schemes. If you fancy court intrigue and all of the trickery and deceit that goes along with it then this is a smogasboard for you. Cecile and Tristan have some serious trust issues – but how could they not? Considering Cecile was abducted and brought to Trollus against her will – I’m amazed she trusted anyone as much as she did. And Tristan!? He grew up in one twisted family let me assure you I mean that both literally and figuratively. Still these two somehow manage to fall into a painful yet exquisite love. I ached for these two, I really did.
Sing Sweet Nightingale
There was a lovely focus in the early portion of Stolen Songbird on Cecile’s singing talent. Hence the title. Cecile’s singing was going to be the the skill that would take her away from her small village and give her a life in the big city. It appears this talent also plays a role in why she was chosen for the prince’s bride, but I’m not quite sure on that point, and of course it also aids in drawing the prince to her. I really did love the musical focus and hope we get to see it more in the forthcoming books. I have an inkling that we will be meeting Cecile’s famous mother.
How could you leave me like that!?
Oh, Stolen Songbird, oh how I loved you but you torment me just a wee smidge with your ending. Because obviously it wasn’t an ending. This was but the opening and closing of the first part of the trilogy. As we often see in young adult trilogies there is no way you can only read the first book because you are just left with too many questions and such anticipation for what will transpire next. *wails* How in the world will these lovers overcome such insurmountable obstacles? Curse you witches! Where is the next book already!?
Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1)
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