Malediction Trilogy Book One
Angry Robot, Paperback, 9781908844965, 480pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
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 Cecile 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.
Cecile 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 Cecile 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.
“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