“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.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17926775-stolen-songbird)
I’d like to thank Angry Robot Ltd and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
When I picked this book up to read, I was a bit hesitant, as I was having a streak of bad books, when I couldn’t care less about what happened to the characters. Fortunately, Stolen Songbird came to break this streak.
This is an action-packed book, with the action starting at the very beginning, when Cécile is kidnapped, right to the very end when… Wait, I’m not spoiling it! Cécile was a strong character in my opinion, as she handled quite well what was thrown her way. I could relate to her, I could care about her, and I could root for her, feelings I had sorely missed in the books I read before this one.
While my sympathy for Cécile was immediate, Tristan had to work a bit harder for it. At first, he came across as a very conceited character, full of himself. Then, as the story unfolded, I began to understand his reasons and his goals, and Tristan became a likeable character.
Because there is no insta-love here (yay for that!), the romance between them can be incredibly frustrating. There were scenes where all I wanted to do was lock them in a room and only let them out when they finally admitted their love for each other. It was a good type of frustration, though. While we, the readers, know that the main couple is in love, they don’t know yet, so we have to wait until they find that out.
The world building was also well done, in my opinion. I found the concept to be both original and engaging, and I also really enjoyed the writing style. To be honest, there were only two things I didn’t like in this book. 1.) Sometimes, it felt like the arguments between Cécile and Tristan were just too frequent. 2.) There is no word yet on the next book.
Rating: 4 out of 5