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They See Me Trollin’, They Hatin’ | Book Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Loved every minute of this new high fantasy debut series – Stolen Songbird.

Book Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

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Title & Author: Stolen Songbird: Malediction Trilogy Book One (The Malediction Trilogy) by Danielle L. Jensen

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Magic, Trolls

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Series: The Malediction Trilogy #1

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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.”

The Only Time Being a Troll is Kind of Amazing

Looking for something different, I used Literally‘s TBR Challenge feature to choose Stolen Songbird. Man, am I glad I did.

The problem is, I almost didn’t pick up this book. “Troll” is sort of a book description no-go for me. It’s because it reminds me of this movie I saw as a child – A Troll in Central Park.

Does this jog anyone’s memories?

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Anyway, it’s really hard when you have weird images pop in your heard when you read certain fantasy descriptions.

But, I was so wrong. Yes, there are definitely some deformed trolls in Stolen Songbird, but it’s only because of gross inbreeding. I’m getting ahead of myself though.

The lost city of Trollus is all but legend. Cecile thought it was a myth…until she was kidnapped and brought to its secret location amidst rock ruins. The people of Trollus are trapped under a mountain because of a witch’s evil curse.

Cecile could be the key to their escape, though. And the first part of that release starts with her marriage to the price of Trollus, the very irritable and anti-human Tristan.

Stolen Songbird is just fantastic, you guys. Cecile is such a great character -she is smart and understands her situation better than anyone expects. She’s not sure who to trust, despite what her heart is telling her. I loved the freshness of a female character who knows her own mind and doesn’t let her emotions rule her (well…not too much anyway).

Not to mention, that there is always something going on, so I felt like I had to keep reading because new mini-dramas kept breaking out (you clever author, you).

The best part of Stolen Songbird is that there’s more than meets the eye. There are hidden plots, killer betrayals and so. many. amazing. surprises. I love being introduced to a new idea I was wary of and being totally proven wrong about everything.


Clear your mind of everything you thought about trolls. This book redefines what a troll is and what YA high fantasy can look like. If you love epic romances, clever heroines and gut-wrenching cliffhangers, you will adore Stolen Songbird as much as I did.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Brittany Welsh

    This book was such a great surprise! One of my recent favorites and I would have never guessed it. I am surprised I even gave it a chance. Spot on with the “Troll in Central Park” reference. It still gives me the creeps when I think about it so when I saw the whole kidnapping/troll plot I had a scary flashback.