Stolen Songbird: Malediction Trilogy Book One

Paperback | April 1, 2014

byDanielle L. Jensen

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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.

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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 t...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 1.2 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Watkins MediaLanguage:English

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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

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Editorial Reviews

“Stolen Songbird an 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 edition 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...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“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“One of the many amazing things about this book is the world-building, which is only enhanced by the beautiful writing style…Stolen Songbird is a must-read.”- The Mad Reviewer“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“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“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