“I don’t think what happens in the past dictates what will happen in the future.”
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Publication: April 1st 2014 by Strange Chemistry
Rating – 4/5
First of all, I have to say that this book far exceeded my expectations. The basic description of the novel does not give it any justice because there is much more development and world building which Danielle provides that had me so intrigued. Everything from the characters, the plot, the mystery and the amazing politics within Trollus was so captivating. The first 3/4 of the book was amazing but I didn’t really enjoy the last 1/4 of the book since it was way too romance driven. Nevertheless, once you get through 100 pages I was completely glued to the book and ended up finishing it overnight. For this reason, I gave this book 4/5 stars.
Cécile de Troyes life suddenly takes a turn for the worst when she is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain to a city called Trollus, one that is inhabited by trolls. She is believed to be the key to breaking a witch’s curse which was placed on the kingdom for five centuries. The only way to do this is by marrying (or in Trollus terms, being bonded) to the heir of the throne, Tristan. As soon as she arrives, Cécile wants nothing more to escape from this nightmare but as she slowly learns about the trolls and their history, she begins to understand them in a way that alters her perspective of Trollus and its civilians.
The entire bonding aspect of the trolls is quite interesting since by marriage, the pair becomes one entity both mentally and physically. Moreover, the could also feel each other’s emotions – pain, fear, happiness, etc. There are also a lot more complications to this though which I won’t say too much about since it would be best if you all read about it yourselves 🙂
Danielle also does a great job in terms of writing. Its descriptive enough to understand the world but not too much that you would get tired of it. It is a decent pace from the very beginning and I loved the main character from the start. She was bold, yet compassionate and not afraid to show her feelings which is worth appraisal. This is unlike other YA novels where the lead tends to make poor decisions but Cécile was smart even though she may not be a soldier or warrior. Yes, I approve!
Another aspect of the novel which I truly enjoyed would be the whole political side of Trollus where its governed by so many distinct and sometimes even unfair laws. Some examples include the choosing and disposal of certain trolls as slaves and banishment as punishment.
- Cecile de Troyes – Optimistic, Stubborn, Smart, Compassionate – Cecile was a great heroine who did not feel diminished by her weaknesses – if anything, she was the type to improve on her incapabilities and that is what made her stronger.
- Tristan Montigny – Cold, Strong, Mysterious – Tristan did start off as concrete and meticulous but he later grows to be compassionate due to Cecile’s influence. Their conversations were hilarious, especially when they first meet and I ended up laughing out loud. The sass is strong in this one 🙂 *sighs* another one to be added to my fictional boyfriend list lol
Overall, I think this novel is a great read and if you are interested in a book with themes of fantasy, politics and romance, then you should definitely pick this one up! Have any of you read Stolen Songbird before? Let me know your thoughts on it!