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 Ccile 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.
Ccile 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 Ccile 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.
©2014 Danielle L. Jensen (P)2015 Audible Inc.
I bought this book on a whim when I ran out of things to read. It sounded kind of interesting and thought I'd give it a try. I started and dropped it a few times, never making it past the first chapter. Finally I decided to sit down and just listen for as long as I could. Next thing I knew I was deep into the story of Trollis.
This book has left me empty. It's one of those tales where afterwards, you feel so lost without it in your mind. Cecil and Tristan are characters with so much depth you can't help but love them. The story is well developed and the web of plots and subplots interlock together taking you for ride.
There really aren't enough words to describe how much I love this book. Definitely a must read for a bookworm.
The narrators presented the content in a captivating manner that made obvious their dedication to study prior to performing, and their voices were a superb fit for the characters portrayed.
The novel was not nearly as predictable as a lot of YA Fantasy, yet it was also maintained many motifs associated with the tasteful Romance of prior centuries.
The ending was surprising, and left me anxiously waiting for the sequel.
The narrator has a very odd vocal pattern and the words she stresses makes everything sound like a question. It detracts from the story line which is very engaging. I listened to the story at 1.25 speed which helped overcome some of the narration problems.
The story had interesting components and was decently written, but it has a lot in common with another book I've read, The Hollow Kingdom, only Stolen Songbird didn't use it nearly as well. I don't want to spoil either book, but I'd recommend reading the Hollow Kingdom because it's simply a pleasure and then comparing for yourself, if you feel like continuing with this.
The romance portions tend to reek of that sickening Romeo and Juliet kind of love. It's a little sickening and more than a little frustrating to watch drama unfold as a result of their puppy love mindset and terrible decision making. Rational can't really describe either of them.
There are numerous plot holes when you consider the author's own world setup for more than half a second, to boot.
I'm torn between getting the next one and, well, just something else. It was engaging enough that I want to know how it ends, but I just really can't recommend it. "Still a better love story than Twilight", as they say. It's a step above, for sure, but still lacking.
The narrator(s) did well, for the most part, but I hated when the lady spoke for any men. I hear it often in opposite gender character readings, and it gets me every time. in this case, she does that bizarre "masculine" voice that sounds like a joke or mockery. Still, I've heard worse attempts. Her female voices were great. The male narrator did women and men appropriately, which is a rarity.
This is one of my most favorite series ever. That is saying a lot as I love YA and have read quite a few of the greats. This story has strong characters, a fresh concept, beautiful details and a unique world. The story is so intricate and there are so many different characters that you fully believe every plot twist and surprise that this book has to offer. I couldn't put this down and was thrilled to see the second book was release just 2 weeks after I finished this one. Don't let the synopsis deter you. I don't feel it adequately describes all you are in store for when you engage in this series. The narrators are unbelievable!! Erin Moon is a new favorite for sure!!!
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat, with the perfect amount of action, adventure, cleverness, and love. Cecile is a lovely character with strength and smarts. No dumb weak females anywhere in this book! Tristan! I cant say much about Tristan without spoiling the story, so I will just say he is a perfect opponent to go toe to toe with our spit fire Cecile. Dont pass this book up!
Yes, I looked forward to continuing with the story in the next book. I usually re-listen to books if it takes the author a while to publish the next book in the series.
Ccile de Troyes and Tristan (main characters). You see the story through their eyes.
The readers of the book make all the difference. They did an excellent job and would search for them reading future books.
I liked the book alright. It was interesting enough to finish fairly quickly and I'm even moving on to the next book in the series but it didn't strike anything within me to make it feel remarkable.
Good story, good characters, good conflict, good ending.
I loved it and I'm having a hard time writing a review bc I just downloaded the sequel. I'm on vacation and should really sleep but I might be up all night with the next installment. I'm too hooked
At first I found it slow didn't really know if I was going to continue with it ... then it caught me! Imaginative and exciting. It built up and up until the very end and leaving me ready for more! the characters descriptions and emotions made them come to life. The described scenes playing out in my head. To the next book!
"Great adventure and romance!"
This story was exciting and well written, with the perfect amounts of both adventure and romance.
At first I was unsure about the narration but once I got used to it I loved it, so definitely give it a chance. The character voices the narrator does are great!
I absolutely adored this book. It was beautifully written and the story captivated me from the get go. Whilst I wasn't overly keen on the male narrator, the female narrator, Erin Moon, was fantastic. She brought the story to life and I'm thrilled that she narrates the entire series. I have already purchased the second and third books and can't wait to continue the journey. I honestly can't say enough about this book, just amazing. The story is unique and will leave you wanting more.
yes if they liked the kind of books i do
the troll element
when cecile finally uses her witch powers
enjoyable but just lacked a little more depth for me , was easy to pick up each time i came back to it
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