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 thoughts are mixed on this one. I had seen it on Netgalley a while back and wanted to give it a try, so I finally got myself a copy, but unfortunately wasn’t all that blown away by it. There were some definite positives to Stolen Songbird but there were also some parts that I found myself having a hard time getting past.
For starters, I was pretty hot and cold on the main character, Cécile. On one hand, she’s a young girl who thinks that she has her life figured out and knows that she wants to be a singer, only to find herself kidnapped on her way home and thrust into a secret society, where it turns out that she’s the key to breaking a super old curse. All things considered, she deals with this pretty realistically, complete with some freakouts and crying and general shock. She’s been taught that the people who have kidnapped her, aka trolls, are brutally cruel, and so she’s understandably pretty wary around them. But then it turns out that the guy who she is supposed to marry, the troll prince, is actually really gorgeous and not completely evil after all. And that’s when things start to take a turn for the worse. Not even halfway through the book, she’s already putting her trust in her kidnapper and most (not all, but most) fears are thrown to the wind. I get that the troll prince wasn’t all bad and that he actually had secretly good motives, but it all seemed a tiny bit Stockholm Syndrome-y to me with how fast she starts sympathizing with the people that ordered her entire life taken away.
As for the prince, Tristan, he wasn’t really my favorite either. He was supposed to be snarky and cold, which he was, but he also ended up coming off a little pretentious sometimes, and kind of over the top. I’m aware that this was intentional, but he still rubbed me the wrong way. But don’t get me wrong – he had his moments where I caught myself swooning, cause he’s actually a big softy underneath all the asshole-ness.
I did enjoy the plot and the writing though! The whole concept of Trollus being this underground city trapped by a curse was fascinating, and I loved learning about their cruel society. The writing was really gorgeous too! My only complaint would be that some of the dialogue and scenes were written kind of strangely sometimes, and I occasionally had a hard time following the action. Other than that though, Danielle Jensen is definitely someone to keep an eye on!
Date Published: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Strange Chemistry