I wrote this story as a tool to help me with writing Hidden Huntress, and it turned out well enough that I decided it would be fun to share it with fans of Stolen Songbird rather than leaving it to languish on my computer's hard drive.
It takes place four years prior to the events of Stolen Songbird, and it will give a taste of what Cécile's life was like before the trolls.
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.
Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.
Beneath the mountain, the king's reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king's power. Or his manipulation.
Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.
To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…
My first review of Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress
It was just so fantastic to reread this series! I do wish that I'd been approved for Warrior Witch so I could add that to this review, but oh, well! Maybe, hopefully, I'll be able to read it next week. Hopefully, because I'm so desperate for it!
I just absolutely loved seeing Cécile go on this journey again, from the decision to go to her mom in 4 years, to breaking the curse! Meeting Tristan for the first time, learning about this world, learning magic, just so fantastic!
I did read these books faster, which meant that I missed on a few details, like her compulsion, and the bond's marks, but I did remember other things. Like the reason why Anushka cursed the trolls, and how she wasn't the one that broke the mountain.
Danielle L. Jensen has a read-along, with bonuses that I've been following. And there's been such details like when Tristan almost died in Stolen Songbird, those were his dad's emotions. And the fact that we're going to learn what happened in the past with his dad. And that Tristan's sister is going to be a bad guy!
I just love this series so much, it's so fantastic, and I just really need to know how it's going to end!!!!
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #0.5, 1, 2
First Read: January 24th, 2014, March 17th, 2015
Read: March 8th, 8th, 9th, 2016
Source: Free, Own,
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Historical Fiction 2016 Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books!
Publisher: Strange Chemistry, Angry Robots
Published: April 25th 2014, April 1st 2014, June 2nd 2015
The Songbird's Overture: