For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy...
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.
Wow..what a story! what superb writing! what an amazing...EVERYTHING! I LOVED IT! A MUST OWN!
The world building was incredible, I felt like I had actually transported to the world of Trollus and walked side-by-side with these characters. The setting was magical and I was sucked in by page 5. The plot was interesting, complex yet it flowed and had good pace. There was mystery, adventure, romance, action, everything that makes an amazing story.
A heroine who's not whiny but who is capable, fierce, believable, and intelligent! Yet she has her faulty moments like we all do which makes her human and relate-able. Cecile is the key to this whole story. A girl literally stolen/kidnapped from her life and taken to the caves of the trolls and is forced to marry the troll prince in order to break the spell/curse brought upon the troll kingdom by a witch, which forces the trolls to NEVER leave their cave kingdom.
Tristan-a swoon-worthy male lead who is everything I love in a male character. Smart, aggressive, passionate, sarcastic and kind. He is the good leader this kingdom needs in order to survive and not repeat the past that made the witch curse them and their kingdom. Yet he has to play his role to his father as the prince and future heir to the kingdom.
The overall story and idea of trolls as new and different and I loved every minute of my time reading this story. Some trolls are hideous and others are not, the workings of the troll kingdom was unique. The side characters were even worth reading about, and who contribute to the plot development. They were not just there to provide a counterpoint to the story and that is what makes this whole story so great. The romance didn't overwhelm the story but had a nice pace to it and the fact that Tristan and Cecile hate each other for a good portion of the story was GREAT it added conflict to the characters story themselves which I love.
Overall I loved this story it was everything I enjoy in story so I will own this in hard copy!
Sexual Content: mild (some kissing)
Language: moderate (PG)