Stolen Songbird is a book that I took some time to warm up to. In my defense, it was rather too long, but it did have several unique elements that have me championing it now. First, the protagonist is not special — don’t you get tired of all those special girls plucked from obscurity? Everyone thought she would be “the one,” but, nope. Ordinary. Second, the romantic element in this book is not insta love/lust. These characters hate each other on sight, and that snarky prince’s handsome face isn’t so hot when he opens his mouth. That makes it all the more interesting when we, and our leading lady, start seeing past the surface and instead recognize this incredible balancing act that the prince is shouldering. Third, there is a great cast of secondary characters that are really more likeable than the primary characters. If you ever watched Labyrinth on a loop, or if you enjoy the strange characters and dangerous politics of Alice in Wonderland, this recommendation is for you.
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.