Stolen Songbird: Malediction Trilogy Book One by Danielle L. JensenStolen Songbird: Malediction Trilogy Book One by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen Songbird: Malediction Trilogy Book One

byDanielle L. JensenIllustratorSteve Stone

Paperback | April 1, 2014

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The USA Today Bestselling debut from acclaimed author Danielle L. Jensen.

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.
Danielle Jensen began with writing several romance novels in 2006 before turning to her favorite genre, fantasy. Her debut, Stolen Songbird, is a USA Today Bestseller.For almost three years, she juggled going to school full-time during the day and working full-time at night, writing during her very limited bits of free time. In June of...
Title:Stolen Songbird: Malediction Trilogy Book OneFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:480 pages, 7.7 × 5.15 × 1.2 inShipping dimensions:7.7 × 5.15 × 1.2 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Watkins MediaLanguage:English

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointment This book had an interesting enough premise, and I thought it would be a dramatic, beautiful romance. However. This is written absolutely terribly. I hated the dialogue, the characters (or lack thereof), the setting, and the transitions between scenes. Everything was a hot mess. The setting was just boring and felt really randomly put together, along with the magic. The characters were very, VERY few and the ones that were there were really empty and useless. Even the romance was a huge letdown. It hardly develops at all or even makes me care. Huge disappointment!
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original Quite a good first book. Interesting. They had trolls in this which is quite unusual. The world and storyline are quite original. Will look at the second book.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great First Book I found I had a hard time putting this down the excitement of her being kidnapped starts right away and I really enjoyed reading their love develop and I feel Danielle did a good job showing the development of Cecile's character and how she changes.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Debut What a story this was! Trolls, a spell, politics and love – Jensen definitely lived up to what she promised. Cecile grows so much from the first chapter to the end, you can't help but feel proud of everything she has become and accomplished. Her and Tristan are so wrong for one another at first but then as their story develops, you warm up to the idea of them together the same way they warm up to one another. I had no idea a story that's built around the idea of trolls would be as beautiful as it was magical, but this was such a treat to read.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Didn't think it would work so well The whole troll thing made me weary but I gave it a chance since the last book I read with trolls was pretty good. Prince was quite a bit cruel to her at the beginning so I felt better when you got a glimpse into his story. Not that it excuses him. Overall It was a good book, and the ending surprised me. So I wonder how Cecile will save her prince and his kingdom and when they'll be reunited in the next book.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Quite interesting. Like the fact that there is no instant love. As a matter of fact, the main characters hated each other at first (sort of). It is through trials that they start to develop feeling towards each other. Really liked this aspect of it.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YA Fantasy Readers Will Love It I've been wanting to read this book for a long, long time, and I'm happy to report that it was worth the wait! The story is rich and complex with well thought out plot twists and complications. It starts off with a bang that carries to the last, heartbreaking page. The characters are terrific and many are physically unique, especially Marc, who I have a definite soft spot for. Cecile is a strong, female lead with a lot of spunk and fire to her, and Tristan is the broody prince who turns out to be incredibly romantic. Their relationship is exhilarating to read about, which made the last chapter so rough to read. I can't wait to keep going and learn more about Tristan's secrets (though I'm pretty sure I know one of them because I read so much fantasy) and learn more about the world. There's also a substantial amount of action, though I do think the final chapter crammed too much into too small a space. Still, I really enjoyed this novel and am very excited for the next two!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical!! I took a chance and ordered Stolen Songbird along with its sequel Hidden Huntress online, and finished the first within two days. I couldn't put it down! The characters were enthralling, the plot was suspenseful and captivating, and the world building was magical. The ending was the perfect segue to the next book, and there is soon to be a third! Seriously this is the perfect fantasy/romance read and the author does a beautiful job of making you feel invested in these characters. Pick it up!!
Date published: 2015-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yeah It was OK. Took some time for me to get really into the plot. If you like the hero saves his princess, then you'll enjoy this book.
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely enthralling I didn't put this book down until I finished it! The story is beautiful. The characters are believable and endearing.
Date published: 2015-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stolen Songbird Great book, grabbed hold of you from the very beginning to the last page. Can hardly wait to read the second book.
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What I expected in a great way I wanted a love story and that is what I got! Well written with twists I didn't see coming, kept me interested in reading page after page. I can't wait to read the next one now!
Date published: 2015-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stolen Songbird: Magical and Unique Stolen Songbird is magical, a unique fantasy where a promised miracle fails to happen and the girl who was the promised savior must learn to survive inside a mountain. Cécile is willful, at times afraid and clueless, but nothing special. She acknowledges that there's nothing that important about her, even though the trolls initially believe otherwise. Afterwards, they're stuck with her, and she is stuck with them. She wants to leave desperately, but any attempt to escape could mean death. But, as she learns, so could staying. But so could asking questions, getting involved, trying to make things right. But so could doing anything. Tristan is extremely complicated. And extremely secretive, but he has to be. If he wasn't then too much attention would be on him, and enough attention is already paid to him, but that's what happens when you're the heir to the troll kingdom. In Tristan there's a middle ground between attractive prince and hideous monster troll. Cécile acknowledges that he has an appealing face but knows without question that it's not a human one. I do wish there were more chapters from his point of view, though. Compared to hers, his were few and far between. I like that their relationship began with hatred and distrust. There was nothing magical about it, their "marriage" didn't make them suddenly attracted to one another. They have an odd forced together relationship that slowly builds up to tolerance of the other because they discover they can use each other, and friendship when they realize there are similarities between them. The underground/under a mountain world of the trolls is creative and different in terms of the description and the social hierarchy. Trolls living in a mountain or underground is nothing new, but this world is. The varying appearances and heights of trolls, the differences in their magic, the many personalities and quirks and leanings. The supposed architecture of the inside of the mountain sounds complex and rather detailed. I don't read a lot of epic fantasy, mainly due to the length and how often it feels like little happens in those 500+ pages, but I'm glad I read this. I enjoyed this. Cécile comes off as something special, but when things stay the same, prophecy or not, both she and the trolls have to cope with the fact that she's there. She can't leave. They can't just kill her. So, what's next? As much as I'm not a fan of endings like the one in this book, it makes complete sense, and so I'm really looking forward to what will happen next to both Cécile and Tristan.
Date published: 2014-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put Down! Stolen Songbird is a compelling new entry into the YA genre. A young woman, Cécile, is kidnapped and taken to the Foresaken Mountain to be bonded to a starkly handsome Troll prince, Tristan, in order to break a centuries-long curse. Cécile is a strong young woman, not perfect but with relatable flaws that make her character more realistic and likable. Tristan is was distant and aloof at first, but that makes him more intriguing because when the two of them are bonded, we get to see more and more of his thoughts and personality. The author also does a few chapters in Tristan's POV, which I found refreshing because all too often YA novels make the male hero "unreadable" and "inscrutable" for the whole novel and you don't understand their motivations or why they heroine falls in love with them and the romance that develops. I also really liked the world-building... the author really provides amazing description and detail about the otherness of the Trolls and their city. Trolls are powerful, stark and magical . Their culture, politics and their way of life are unique to this book and not a re-tread of any historical human culture. An impressive debut novel!
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Five centuries ago, a witch cursed the trolls so the would be trapped in their city beneath the Forsaken Mountain. The humans who knew about the trolls have long since disappeared and they’re nothing more than a myth. So when Cécile is kidnapped and brought to the city of Trollus as a part of a prophecy to undo the curse, she has no idea what to expect. Her only plan involves escaping her fate. Until she starts to fall for the troll prince she’s bonded to and comes to care for some of the trolls. The more she learns of secret rebellions, half-blood trolls treated as slaves, the past and what happened around the time of the curse, the more she wants to help. This was an extremely enjoyable read. The characters were great, the world-building was detailed, the plot twisted, and it was really hard to put down. Cécile was a character I really liked. She has common sense, she fights for what she wants and believes in, she knows her flaws and can admit to making mistakes. She’s not perfect and she’s not portrayed as such. She was compassionate even though was she kidnapped by the trolls. Tristan took a little longer to like but the more that was revealed about him and the more he and Cécile bantered, I found myself enjoying him. There were so many side characters I really loved as well. The twins were hilarious and I wish we’d gotten to see a little more of them, Cécile’s maids were great, but Marc really stood out from all of them. I would love to see more of his story. The romance is definitely more slow-build than anything else. No insta-love to be found here. It was really sweet getting to see how they came to care for each other. The world that was created seemed amazing. The descriptions were vivid and really sounded like a place that could take my breath away at the sight. The development of the world was really solid. There was a royal family and their version of government, glimpses at past rulers and how the city became to be today, job regulations, trading posts, so many things to make it complete. I would have liked to have more information on the troll’s magic and its limits. The book is told in two different POVs, Cécile and Tristan, but there was a lot more Cécile than Tristan. As much as I enjoyed getting to discover Trollus with Cécile, a few more times in Tristan’s POV to get a better feel for the world would have been nice. This book was definitely a great surprise. Any reservation about the synopsis(possible special character Mary Sue, insta-love, whiny female protagonist) were put to rest and I enjoyed it. I look forward to the sequel, coming way, way too many months away. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down! I devoured this book in a few days! I literally loved everything about it and cannot wait for the second one!
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One word: Excellent! Fantasy. Romance. Intrigue. Trolls, humans, magic, politics. Stolen Songbird is an intelligent adventure that takes everything you thought you knew about YA fantasy and turns it on its head -- in the best possible ways. Cécile is a strong, relatable heroine whose tenacity and courage stand firm against the slippery intrigues of troll politics. Tristan's snarky attitude covers a compelling concern for his people and determination to do whatever it takes to do right by them. Their relationship has the potential to shake the foundations of their world -- literally. Jensen's debut novel is truly impressive, and I can't wait for the next.
Date published: 2014-04-03

Editorial Reviews

“Amazing world building. Incredible writing. Awesome characters. No dull moments. Fierce and not-whinny-and-annoying heroine. And a swoon worthy Troll prince.  Stones and sky! I was completely engulfed in the world of Trollus. It felt like I have been living inside its world throughout the entire time I’m reading this incredible book.”– The Nocturnal Fey“Stolen Songbird is a fantastic debut. The book had an amazing cast of developed characters, an intriguing plot, an swoon- worthy romance and an ending that’ll have you itching for the next book. I’d definitely recommend it.”– YA Midnight Reads“Stolen Songbird is an absolutely wonderful addition to the fantasy genre. The book is full of magic, adventure, outlandish creatures, and at its heart is one of the most touching love stories I have ever read… This novel takes a very old fairytale cliché, and turns it into a stunningly original and beautiful story… So obviously I really like this book and I am going to go ahead and give it a 9/10. This is the highest rating so far!”– Avid Reviews“It’s rather rare for me to sit down just after finishing the book and start the review. But here I am, only few minutes after reading the last word of this book writing this. I cannot tell you how much this book makes me happy.”– Ja čitam, a ti?“Every once in a while you run across a new series that sucks you in and you know you will be anxiously following every installment…Stolen Songbird book 1 of The Malediction Trilogy is just such a book.”– Tome Tender“The underground kingdom was an astounding setting, it was just… I don’t even have words, it felt real!”– Paperback Wonderland“This book is such a beautiful story.  A world filled with fantasy, romance and politics.  An introduction to a hidden, magical place, full of a race that we thought only existed in fairytales.  So well described, you have no problems imagining it.  You get to experience Cécile’s emotions as she is torn away from her dream life, forced by a magical bind in marriage to a prince of a cruel race. Grow with Cécile as things begin to change, making new friends, experiencing feelings she didn’t think would be possible and discovering powers that she never realised she had. So what are you waiting for, get this book added to your Goodreads shelf, spread the word to your fellow readers and get ready to purchase this book on the 1st April 2014.  This is going to be another amazing series!”– Opinionated Cupcakes“I seriously lack the superlatives to express how much I adored this book. An intelligently-written romantic fantasy with an engaging moral conflict at the heart of the story, original and creative worldbuilding, political intrigue, an enigmatic and appealing hero, and, best of all, a quick-witted and strong-willed heroine who grabs your affection and doesn’t let go? You had me at hello. When I was reading it, all I could think of were the fantasies that I grew up reading in the 90s, but with a few exceptions from authors like Sherwood Smith and McKinley and Stevermer and Wrede I can’t think of any books that pull off all those elements so successfully, which made me realise that Stolen Songbird is really the kind of book I wished I had to read when I was growing up. I really think today’s YA audience is incredibly lucky to have such an abundance of diverse fantasy novels from authors like Cashore and Bardugo and Marchetta… and Jensen has definitely earned herself a place alongside those names with this debut. I will be watching her work avidly from now on.”– Emma’s Miscellaneous Maunderings“I laughed, I ranted, I cried twice. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy.”– Leanne Crabtree“This book has it all, a unique and well-developed cast of characters, romantic tension, political intrique, and high-stakes fantasy elements. And a centuries old witches curse as well! Gotta love it. And oh I so did.”– Don’t Shush Me“Stolen Songbird is blessed with a setting so vivid that the characters have no choice but to flourish and become real in the reader’s mind.  I loved the author’s surprising new depiction of trolls!”– Cowering King“I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. It’s a wonderful fantasy book filled with tons of magic that will leave you wanting more. I am very much looking forward to the next installment.”– The Nightly Book Owl“Stolen Songbird was everything I wanted, but at the same time nothing I expected.”– The Innocent Smiley“If you’re looking for a YA fantasy full of magic and mystery and intrigue and romance and wonderful, heartfelt characters that you could easily accept to be trapped under a mountain with, then don’t just read Stolen Songbird – inhale it. Deliciously written in two POVs that are deep and personal and completely intertwined with one another, this book is at once like hot chocolate on a rainy day with a cat on your lap, and a shot of something wicked when you’re feeling wired. There’s nothing I even remotely disliked, and a list as long as most Welsh train station names of things I loved. Stolen Songbird was a dream to read, a dream to adventure through, and a nightmare to leave. I didn’t want to wake up – and neither will you.”– Jet Black Ink“Stolen Songbird is a must-read.  It doesn’t come out until April 1, but you had better pre-order a copy right now if you find this book even remotely interesting.  Just like me you’ll also want the rest of The Malediction Trilogy to come out this instant as well. I can’t wait for book two! I give this book 5/5 stars.”– The Mad Reviewer“If you love fantasies, romance, and political intrigue, then you really need to add this book to your wishlist and tell all your friends you want it for your birthday, because Oh my gosh, it is my new favorite book of this year.”– Book Marks the Spot“There are too many good things about Stolen Songbird for me to list them all. Suffice it to say that I didn’t want this book to end, I didn’t want to have to leave the cast and Trollus behind. Tristan and Cécile will certainly be a pair that I look forward to returning to, and book two of the Malediction Trilogy is already on my list of anticipated reads for next year whilst Stolen Songbird has already set a very high bar for any book to top it as my favourite book of the year.”– The Serpent’s Quill“I love this book. This is something I would read everytime before I sleep. And for my own record, this could be my next inspiration for writing.”– Shining Jewels“Overall, this lengthy fantasy novel offers a lot of adventure, romance and political intrigue. It would suit any voracious young reader looking for an entertaining read with thoughtful substance behind it. Highly Recommended.”– Laura Dunford, Canadian Review of Materials, Feb 14th 2014 issue“Without any doubt, I can already say that Stolen Songbirdwill end up on my and many other lists of best novels for young adults published in 2014. Stolen Songbird is an example is how it looks when a team of professionals works on a book: great writing, editing & design. What did I like? The list is mile long.”– YA Books Central“Stolen Songbird is an enticing beginning to a magical new trilogy. The passion between Cécile and Tristan simmers tantalizingly beneath the surface, anticipating the slightest of sparks that will fully ignite it. Jensen has created a vivid and complex world that readers will be eager to explore further in the next two installments.”– Teen Reads“Stolen Songbird is a pretty mesmerising story, complete with beautiful, calculating creatures, an underground cavernous city, and a gutsy human heroine. There is fantasy, witty dialogue, magical oaths and rebellions, love and loyalty, and everything in between.”– Realm of Fiction“I thought this book was excellent. Unputdownable, even. And the end leaves us in a perfect position: a nice balance between wrapped up and need-to-know-what-happens-next. It leaves room for a sequel that I not only want to read, but believe has the potential to be a very different kind of story to this first installment. I’m pretty damn excited!”– Emily May (Goodreads)“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.”– Not Yet Read“The writing-style was superb. I was transported to the world of Trollus and I walked side-by-side with Cécile. The setting was magical and I was sucked into the story, which has a very interesting and complex plot without being overwhelming.”– The Daily Prophecy“Stolen Songbird was my top anticipated young adult novel coming out from Strange Chemistry this year, and I have to say all the lusting and the pining has been worth it. Author Danielle L. Jensen opens up a whole new world for readers who love magic, romance, and enchanted lands.”– The Bibliosanctum“This book is so different to the usual YA book that is appearing at the moment, fresh to read, I become captivated by the characters and the world that they inhabit.”– Homeport Blog“If you ever watched Labyrinth on a loop, or if you enjoy the strange characters and dangerous politics ofAlice in Wonderland, this recommendation is for you.”– Handheld Dream“I devoured this novel. Loved the action/adventure, the political intrigue, the interpersonal dynamics, and I could hardly wait to share it with you.”– Popcorn Reads“This book was beautifully intoxicating.  From the feeling of being in past generations from their dialect, to characters that enchanted my heart, to the intricate storyline that kept me glued to the pages, it was impossible not to become lost in their twisted world.  I was completely blown away by how much I loved this book and how Cecile and Tristan’s happiness, sorrow and horror became mine.”– Star-Crossed Book Blog“Without a doubt, Stolen Songbird is one of the better YA fantasy books I’ve read in a while. The novel follows a well known YA storyline but manages to make it its own, to make it appear fresh. It’s a book full of magic, political intrigue, strange creatures and coupled with Jensen’s lovely writing, I believe it will be a real hit for many fantasy lovers.”– The Book Geek“The romance is slow burn, the magic is plentiful–and the story is good. Readers will be taken on a fun journey with otherworldly characters, and odd happenings–Fantasy fans will enjoy this romance based YA.”– This Girl Reads a Lot“I really enjoyed the story , I look forward to the next book in the series, and I think it’s precisely the sort of story that teen and tween girls will really enjoy, and some of the teen boys might as well, if they’d give it a shot. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen is an engaging read for teen readers.”– Looking for a Good Book“For a debut book this was a really great read. I could not stop reading it. Even when I had other things to do, I just kept telling myself 5 more minutes.”– New, Borrowed, Used“An enjoyable fantasy romance that gets deeper and more complex with every chapter.”– Borrowed Worlds“Stolen Songbird was the start of an epic series, with a breathtaking setting and refreshing characters.”– Boricuan Bookworms"I ended up doing an 8 mile green way walk while listening to this novel and didn’t realize it until I was already two hours in because I was so engrossed in the story."– A Midsummer Night's Read"An unconventional story with fantastic characters, gorgeous settings, bountiful twists, and trilling action. A definite recommend for anyone interested in reading a fantastic fantasy-romance."– Amy Braun Author“This book is so amazing. I love the cover, love the world-building, the characters, the romance, everything! I eagerly await the next one so I can find out what happens because I am absolutely desperate to know and I think I’m going to be waiting a very long time. If you haven’t already, read it.”– Chased by My Imagination“The book is good. Trust me. If you like funny, witty, flawed, and strong willed characters, slow burning romances, and some very weird fantasy, then this is for you.”– The Book Cover Girls