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Stolen Songbird: Malediction Trilogy Book One Paperback – April 1, 2014

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Book 1 of 3 in the Malediction Trilogy Series

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Stolen Songbird an fantastic debut. The book had an amazing cast of developed characters, an intriguing plot, an swoon- worthy romance and an ending that’ll have you itching for the next book. I’d definitely recommend it.”
- YA Midnight Reads

Stolen Songbird is an absolutely wonderful edition to the fantasy genre.  The book is full of magic, adventure, outlandish creatures, and at its heart is one of the most touching love stories I have ever read…This novel takes a very old fairytale cliché, and turns it into a stunningly original and beautiful story…   So obviously I really like this book and I am going to go ahead and give it a 9/10.  This is the highest rating so far!”
- Avid Reviews

“It’s rather rare for me to sit down just after finishing the book and start the review. But here I am, only few minutes after reading the last word of this book writing this. I cannot tell you how much this book makes me happy.”
- Ja čitam, a ti?

“Every once in a while you run across a new series that sucks you in and you know you will be anxiously following every installment…Stolen Songbird book 1 of The Malediction Trilogy is just such a book.”
- Tome Tender

“The underground kingdom was an astounding setting, it was just… I don’t even have words, it felt real!”
- Paperback Wonderland

“This book is such a beautiful story.  A world filled with fantasy, romance and politics...what are you waiting for, get this book added to your Goodreads shelf, spread the word to your fellow readers and get ready to purchase this book on the 1st April 2014.  This is going to be another amazing series!”
- Opinionated Cupcakes

Stolen Songbird is really the kind of book I wished I had to read when I was growing up. I really think today’s YA audience is incredibly lucky to have such an abundance of diverse fantasy novels from authors like Cashore and Bardugo and Marchetta… and Jensen has definitely earned herself a place alongside those names with this debut. I will be watching her work avidly from now on.”
- Emma’s Miscellaneous Maunderings

“I laughed, I ranted, I cried twice. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy.”
- Leanne Crabtree

“One of the many amazing things about this book is the world-building, which is only enhanced by the beautiful writing style…Stolen Songbird is a must-read.”
- The Mad Reviewer

“I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. It’s a wonderful fantasy book filled with tons of magic that will leave you wanting more. I am very much looking forward to the next installment.”
- The Nightly Book Owl

“If you’re looking for a YA fantasy full of magic and mystery and intrigue and romance and wonderful, heartfelt characters that you could easily accept to be trapped under a mountain with, then don’t just read Stolen Songbird – inhale it. Deliciously written in two POVs that are deep and personal and completely intertwined with one another, this book is at once like hot chocolate on a rainy day with a cat on your lap, and a shot of something wicked when you’re feeling wired. There’s nothing I even remotely disliked, and a list as long as most Welsh train station names of things I loved. Stolen Songbird was a dream to read, a dream to adventure through, and a nightmare to leave. I didn’t want to wake up – and neither will you.”
- Jet Black Ink

Stolen Songbird is a must-read.  It doesn’t come out until April 1, but you had better pre-order a copy right now if you find this book even remotely interesting.  Just like me you’ll also want the rest of The Malediction Trilogy to come out this instant as well. I can’t wait for book two! I give this book 5/5 stars.”
- The Mad Reviewer

“If you love fantasies, romance, and political intrigue, then you really need to add this book to your wishlist and tell all your friends you want it for your birthday, because Oh my gosh, it is my new favorite book of this year.”
- Book Marks the Spot

“There are too many good things about Stolen Songbird for me to list them all. Suffice it to say that I didn’t want this book to end, I didn’t want to have to leave the cast and Trollus behind. Tristan and Cécile will certainly be a pair that I look forward to returning to, and book two of the Malediction Trilogy is already on my list of anticipated reads for next year whilst Stolen Songbird has already set a very high bar for any book to top it as my favourite book of the year.”
- The Serpent’s Quill

“Overall, this lengthy fantasy novel offers a lot of adventure, romance and political intrigue. It would suit any voracious young reader looking for an entertaining read with thoughtful substance behind it. Highly Recommended.”
- Laura Dunford, Canadian Review of Materials, Feb 14th 2014 issue

About the Author

Danielle Jensen began with writing several romance novels in 2006 before turning to her favorite genre, fantasy. Her debut, Stolen Songbird, is a USA Today Bestseller.

For almost three years, she juggled going to school full-time during the day and working full-time at night, writing during her very limited bits of free time.

In June of 2012, she graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Arts English (Honors).
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Product Details

  • Series: Malediction Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908844965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908844965
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Hlizmarie VINE VOICE on August 22, 2014
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I've had some good luck with young adult fantasy novels and once I saw this one involved trolls I was sold. Cecile is stolen by the king of the trolls in order to marry the prince and hopefully break a many, many, many year old curse confining the trolls to their city under a fallen mountain. Since this involves a vaguely worded poetic prophesy of course the bonding of Cecile and Tristan doesn't bring about the end of the curse and then they find themselves stuck with each other. Tristan is playing a supposedly deep game going against his father in pretty much all things. Cecile is trying to figure out how to cope with troll politics, her complete lack of magic and power in troll society, and her ever growing feelings for Tristan. This book is frustrating to review since there are some really enjoyable parts but it's overwhelmed by a lot of clumsy storytelling and a juvenile approach to Cecile and Tristan's relationship. Some of the characters are quite wonderfully drawn and I enjoyed their interactions with Cecile and how they fit her into their lives. The way troll magic works is very cool and I found those descriptions to be compelling and entertaining. The villain(s) however are really crudely drawn, obvious and not remotely interesting. Tristan is so obvious it's no wonder the king is aware of his plans. Most disappointing is the relationship between Tristan and Cecile. I was shaking my head at their idiocy multiple times. Both are so busy in their own heads it's hard to believe they'd fall for each other. All in all the book lacks subtlety in many areas and is just too much on the YA side of things for me to find it truly enjoyable. Age Cecile about 5-7 years and don't wallop me over the head with plot points and then we may have something that works.
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I just love the cover of Stolen Songbird and I'm so glad to say that what the pages held inside was just as awesome. This has to be my first troll book and I loved every minute of it thanks to such a wonderful plot and characters to match.

Cecile is kidnapped and sold to the trolls who live under the Forsaken Mountain a place called Trollus. She is bound to Prince Tristan and it is prophesied that she will be the one to break the curse that has been placed on the trolls that keeps them prisoners under the mountain. At first all Cecile wants to do is escape but slowly she starts making friends and their fight becomes hers as well.

There is romance in Stolen Songbird but there was a lot of politics as well. Trollus is ruled by a cruel king who hates any and all humans so any troll that is not full blooded is treated like crap and many almost as slaves to the full bloods, all this creates a ton of tension and hostility which honestly kept things very interesting and not just focused on the romance which was just as good seeing how both our characters had so many obstacles to overcome. Also the world building was just downright phenomenal I was able to picture Trollus perfectly even though Trollus is set to be a very dark and horrid place we got glimpses of the beauty within it and I think the author did a great job being able to do that.

Now as far as the main characters lets just say as much as I loved Cecile I didn't start loving the book until we met Tristan. These two hated each other right off the bat and the conversations, insults and the sarcasm between them just made things so very entertaining. I loved that they both had so much personality and even with all the insults thrown between them you could just feel the chemistry brewing between the two.
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STOLEN SONGBIRD had me at trolls. Yes, there are TROLLS in this book. I’ve been waiting forever for a troll book, and STOLEN SONGBIRD was more than worth the wait. This is a book I savored, and I didn’t want to turn the last page because I didn’t want it to end!

The trolls of the court are inbred, creepy, and powerful beyond belief. The magic of the royal family keeps the city and its inhabitants from being crushed to death. Cursed by a witch five hundred years ago, Trollus is a city buried and forgotten beneath the world.

Cécile is a gifted singer, about to start her career when she is kidnapped and taken to Trollus. Before she knows it, she’s bonded to the troll prince Tristan; their bonding is supposed to undo the curse keeping the trolls caged away from the rest of the world. Plunged into a life she doesn’t want, Cécile doesn’t spend a lot of time crying. She doesn’t give up her hope of escape, but she bides her time, learning what she can of the trolls and their lives.

That’s how she becomes invested in the plight of the half-bloods. In Trollus, if you aren’t a full-blooded troll, you’re less than nothing. Half-bloods are property, bought and sold as slaves to the powerful, or sent to short lives in the mines.

And let’s not forget Cécile’s new husband, Tristan. Their relationship gets off to a rather rocky start, as neither want to be married, and trolls *hate* humans. There’s lot of fighting, but because they are bonded, they can sense each other’s feelings, and Cécile is surprised by a lot of what she senses from Tristan. For example, when their bonding fails to end the curse, Tristan is actually relieved, instead of upset.

Their relationship is one I really liked.
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