- Strange Chemistry
- Release Date
- April 2014
- Book 1 of The Malediction Trilogy
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.
Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jun 08, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
114 people found the following review helpful
STOLEN SONGBIRD is a unique, compelling YA fantasy that even adults are sure to find engaging and enjoyable.
Cecile has a beautiful voice, and she is due to set off to Trianon (a city in her world) for the stage. However, she was kidnapped and taken to the trolls beneath the mountain to fulfill a prophecy. The trolls, long forgotten by humans and believed to be myths, were trapped beneath the mountain by the curse of a witch, and only the union of a songbird and their prince would free them from the curse.
Defiant at first, she was soon taken with the troll prince, and before she knew it, Cecile is involved in the trolls' politics. A secret rebellion is brewing, and the leader is her husband...
Both Cecile and Tristan, the troll prince, are sympathetic characters. I like Tristan's portrayal at the start of the story, where we see him from Cecile's point of view as this easy-going, worry-free, seemingly arrogant and snobbish prince, all the while knowing that he isn't really that kind of person, that he must have some depth to him, as we know from the summary that he's the secret rebellion's secret leader. This contrast especially stands out when we see things from Tristan's point of view (POV). And with such a device, the author shows us more substance to Tristan's character; we see his thoughts and his feelings. Hence, though the alternating first person POV is not my favorite, it works really well here.
The worldbuilding is superb and the troll's world is vividly described, such that one can almost "see" things as Cecile would've seen them. The idea of a world hidden away from the human world captures the imagination, and the magic system is logically created and plausible.
A mystery winds through the entire tale, even as twists and turns abound as the story progresses, and I was happily carried along, immersed as I was in the compelling story. Though this seems to be the first in a trilogy, it is a complete story in itself, and the separation of the hero and heroine didn't seem forced, as it was in other YA trilogies. I can't wait to read the next installment!
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