I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #1
Published by Angry Robot on 1st April 2014
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 realises 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...
I heard so many mixed things about Stolen Songbird, I wasn’t entirely sure whether or not I actually wanted to start reading it. I’m pleased I finally gave it a chance though, as I sped through it as if my Kindle was on fire!
Stolen Songbird appealed to me in a way that Switched didn’t. The two books aren’t hugely different, but their writing styles are, and I much preferred the rich descriptions Jensen provided in Stolen Songbird. I felt as if I was living in Trollus myself, although, if that were the case I probably wouldn’t last five seconds there! The place really came alive in her writing, and certain scenes almost left me aching for a chance to visit there and see these places myself.
So, the writing and setting were both excellent. The characters were a bit more of a mixed bag. I liked Cecile but that was about it. She was extremely emotive and vocal, but I just couldn’t connect with her. She was resourceful, yes, and she tried her hardest to do right by everyone but she also made some damn stupid decisions. I had no doubt though that her feelings for Tristan were real, and I found those to be a huge driving force behind the story. Tristan was frustrating, there’s no getting away from it. He starts off incredibly arrogant, changes, has lots of lovely moments with Cecile and then resigns himself to almost certain death, the idiot. Sylvie was a favourite character of mine, as was Tips, and I hope we get to see more of them in the future.
The ending to Stolen Songbird nearly killed me. Seriously. You cannot just end a book like that. But Jensen did, and now I’m pining stupidly hard for the second book to just hurry up and get here already. Hmph. And here I was thinking I’d never get this attached to trolls, but it’s happened.