Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #1
Rating: 4 out 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realizes that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…
But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…
My Review: I really liked reading Stolen Songbird. It’s a book I had been meaning to read for a long time and I’m so glad I finally got to it. Also, the cover is just lovely green goodness I love it!
The trolls are seeking salvation from a witch’s curse and Cécile plays a vital role in achieving that. And things just go deeper and dangerous once she arrives in Trollus. That’s such an interesting premise and what immediately made me want to read this book.
To Cécile (btw love her name!), trolls are creatures told in scary stories, so she already has preconceived notions about them. It takes living with them to really know them, that they laugh and cry like anybody else. I think that’s such a good aspect of the book. It leaves Cécile with a choice to make between escaping and doing what’s right.
There’s an often confusing, conflicting slow burn romance that I think you’ll either like or dislike. I didn’t like it as I was reading it, but post-read I did ended up liking it because of how it was integrated within the story, how it clashed with the conflict.
Once again Jensen manages to write an action-packed, heart-rendering conclusion that keeps readers wanting to more. It has to be magic!
Who knows what’ll happen next? But I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series. I am becoming more and more of a fan of this author with each book I read of hers!