My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Purchased Kindle Edition
Genre: YA Fantasy
Book Description: 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.
My thoughts: Cecile is kidnapped by a boy she knew and sold to the trolls. She was about to make her debut to the world as a singer. She was to follow her mother's footsteps onto the stage and awe the city with her talent.
Her dream changed in a matter of minutes and she is now in a dark place under the mountain. She is a pawn in a game of political intrigue. Both sides of the conflict want to use her for their own purposes. Her strategy changes as she learns more of her position and the possibilities of change she can help implement. She no longer seeks escape, but to survive and bring hope to an oppressed people.
I really liked the characters of Cecile and the troll Prince, Tristan. They both are playing a dangerous game and their bonding changes as they progress and change as characters. I liked how they became reluctant allies into a growing relationship that eventually led to love and trust.
Danielle Jensen was able to add many dimensions the plot and character development. I appreciated the way she could drop hints into the overall plot to add interest. The city of Trollus is unique and I enjoyed the dilemma that Cecile and Tristan are faced with. I don't want to say too much and give away key points of the story.
It looks like this is the first book in a trilogy. The next is coming out soon and I look forward to continuing reading the books. I just requested the second book from Netgalley, crossing my fingers that they approve it, :)
There is a little bit of innuendo in this book. I would recommend to ages 16+.
About the Author (taken from Amazon): Danielle was born and raised in Calgary, Canada. At the insistence of the left side of her brain, she graduated in 2003 from the University of Calgary with a bachelor's degree in finance. But the right side of her brain has ever been mutinous; and in 2010, it sent her back to school to complete an entirely impractical English literature degree at Mount Royal University and to pursue publication. Much to her satisfaction, the right side shows no sign of relinquishing its domination.
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