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Stolen Songbird: Malediction Trilogy Book One (edition 2014)

by Danielle L. Jensen (Author), Steve Stone (Illustrator)

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Title:Stolen Songbird: Malediction Trilogy Book One
Authors:Danielle L. Jensen (Author)
Other authors:Steve Stone (Illustrator)
Info:Angry Robot (2014), 480 pages
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This book was unexpected. There is nothing romantic about trolls, and yet, here we are. This was a high fantasy romp with sort of a Beauty and the Beast vibe, but less Stockholm Syndrome-esque. Cecile is rather average, which we need more of in YA, and not at all thrilled with her kidnapping and subsequent forced marriage to the bitter, rude troll prince. Cecile is meant to fulfill a prophecy that will break the curse which keeps the trolls in bondage, and yet, it fails. Trapped in Trollus, Cecile becomes a reluctant ally to the unexpectedly compassionate prince and finds herself ever more absorbed by the plight of the troll people. A slow burner romance, a premise that felt fresh, and an underground troll world that is grotesquely magical and fascinating. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
Two things I loved about this book: NO love triangles and NO insta-love. Good heavens, I am so turned off by all the YA books that seem to think that only angsty love triangles and hard choices in romance is what will sell.

Good plot and memorable characters matter! ( )
  iShanella | Dec 2, 2016 |
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen is everything I wanted in a book. It has Trolls who are actually fae and a headstrong girl who is kidnapped to marry the Troll Prince like the rape of the Sabine women. Cécile is preparing herself for her journey to the city to join her absent mother as a professional singer and actress, but the night before on her way home to her going away party and shifty guy named Luc meets her and kidnaps her. She finds herself taken under the mountain to a hidden city called Trollus that was long thought to only be a myth. There is is forced to marry the heir to the throne, Tristan, to fulfil a prophecy to free the trolls from the spell of an evil witch who is Cécile's mother I am sure of it that keeps them trapped under the mountain. Of course this doesn't succeed, because if it did there would be no story. Cécile finds herself stuck in Trollus with people whose motives she doesn't understand. She makes friends with her captives and starts to fall in love with Tristan.(I wouldn't necessarily call this Stockholm Syndrome, but more like the Beauty and the Beast effect).
Overall this book was an enjoyable read. If you like Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire this is a good book for you, though the political intrigue is a bit watered down for younger readers as this is a YA (Young Adult) book. It also is a great read if you like anything fae, troll, goblin, Labyrinth (1986) -esque. I look forward to the rest of this series! ( )
  oxlabyrinthxo | Jul 10, 2016 |
4.5.. Just stopping by before Hidden Huntress arc.. May the hunting begin.. ( )
  BookFrivolity | Apr 23, 2016 |
Well, well...what a surprise! Strong world-building, very interesting story-line, good characters.

Stolen Songbird -anche se di genere young adult che, diciamocelo, ha un po' stufato- è stato una bella sorpresa che anzi mi ha catturato e portato molto velocemente alla fine di questo primo capitolo della trilogia.
La trama in realtà spiega già un po' tutto quello che il lettore ha bisogno di sapere per decidere se è interessato o meno al romanzo della "Malediction Trilogy" e pertanto raccontare di più vuol dire rischiare di fare spoiler. Comunque, brevemente, Stolen Songbird è la storia di una maledizione...appunto :). Il romanzo è un fantasy ambientato in un mondo dove, accanto agli umani, in tempi passati esistevano e commerciavano i troll. In realtà i troll hanno sempre visto gli umani più come animali da sfruttare per i loro scopi che non come esseri eguali, ciononostante i rapporti tra le due razze si sono protratti per secoli senza eccessivi problemi dati i mutui interessi (forza lavoro per i troll, oro e ricchezze per gli umani). A seguito però della maledizione lanciata da una strega, da cinquecento anni i troll sono imprigionati nella montagna sotto cui sorge la loro città, impossibilitati ad uscire alla luce del sole e, fortunatamente per gli umani, anche a compiere qualsiasi manovra di conquista del regno umano. Cécile, la nostra eroina, è una ragazza di diciassette anni che vive nel paesello rurale a fianco della suddetta montagna. Tutta la sua vita è trascorsa nella consapevolezza che la madre, cantante d'opera, ha lasciato la famiglia per seguire la sua carriera nella città Reale. Solo alcune sporadiche visite negli anni le hanno permesso di conoscere superficialmente la madre che però, in compenso, dopo aver appreso delle capacità canore della figlia, le ha fornito un'istruzione con l'idea che, a diciassette anni, la stessa l'avrebbe seguita in città per seguire nella sua stessa carriera. Il romanzo inizia proprio il giorno prima della partenza di Cécile per la città quando, di ritorno da una visita al paese, viene rapita da un conoscente la cui reputazione è decisamente pessima per essere barattata ai troll in cambio di una fortuna in peso. I troll, infatti, stanno cercando di far avverare una profezia che ha loro promesso la libertà dalla motagna...una montagna che rischia di crollare sulle loro teste da un momento all'altro. Questa profezia vede l'intervento di una ragazza dalla voce d'usignolo e dai lunghi capelli rosso fuoco, esattamente le caratteristiche che rendono Cécile unica. Starà ora in lei decidere se il suo desiderio più grande è riacquistare la propria libertà o aiutare i troll.
Questo romanzo mi è piaciuto nel suo insieme. I personaggi, anche se giovani, non sono risultati falsi e smielati come spesso accade ormai con gli YA. Il mondo creato dall'autrice - anche se richiama elementi del fantasy classico e pertanto non veramente originali- diviene originale, oltre ad essere ben costruito, una volta collegato alla storia che racconta. Come primo volume della trilogia non posso che dire che, per me, sia un pieno successo. Non vedo l'ora di proseguire con il secondo volume: [b:Hidden Huntress|21851568|Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy, #2)|Danielle L. Jensen|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1421627113s/21851568.jpg|41122766]. L'ultimo volume, invece, il cui titolo è [b:Warrior Witch|21851572|Warrior Witch (The Malediction Trilogy, #3)|Danielle L. Jensen|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1434472347s/21851572.jpg|41122777] uscira a maggio 2016.

http://azurestrawberry.altervista.org/review-danielle-l-jensen-stolen-songbird-t... ( )
  AzureStrawberry | Jan 12, 2016 |
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Trolls are said to love gold. They are said to live underground and hate humans, perhaps even eat them. They are said to be evil. When Ce cile de Troyes is kidnapped and sold to the trolls, she finds out that there is truth in the rumors, but there is also so much more to trolls than she could have imagined. Ce cile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus, the city she hadn't even known existed under Forsaken Mountain: escape. But the trolls are inhumanly strong. And fast. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity. But something strange happens while she's waiting--she begins to fall in love with the handsome, thoughtful troll prince that she has been bonded and married to. 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.… (more)

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