Below Forsaken Mountain, a plot is being hatched to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right-hand man of its leader. His involvement is information more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it a secret from everyone, even the girl he loves.
After accidentally ruining her sister's chance to become queen, Pénélope is given one last opportunity by her father, the Duke d'Angoulême, to make herself useful: she must find proof that the boy she's in love with is conspiring against the crown. If she fails, her life will be forfeit.
Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.
Except being together may turn out to be the greatest risk of all.
I absolutely loved reading this book! It was so amazing to be in the world before Cecile, to see these friends together when Pénélope was still alive, when she and Marc were falling in love. That love changed the group's dynamics, and I loved reading about it!
Honestly, it was hard to read this book. If you've read the main trilogy, you know that Pénélope died before Stolen Songbird. And that these two were headed right down that path. So it was hard, but it was also fantastic!
Since we're only getting this one book with this couple, I'm really glad that we had both of their POV's. I mean, we knew what was going to happen, but not the details. And seeing it from both of their sides just made it all the more heart-touching!
The ending of this book was so heart wrenching! Of all the futures that were available to them, this was one of the worst. But not the worst, their love wasn't used against the other. Though Marc would've preferred that to losing her, well, they won't come to hate each other, which would be the absolute worst!
Yeah, this book was an amazing addition to the series, and I can't wait to see what Danielle L. Jensen writes next!
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #0.6
Read: April 18th, 2017
Reason Why: Love her books and writing, and this series, so much! And yeah, it's a Historical Fiction 2017 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Angry Robot
Expected Publication: June 6th 2017