Stolen Songbird was pretty good. The first instalment of a series is not an easy story to review. You know that you've only got part of the story. We also have to wade through the world-building, getting to know characters, and finding out what the point of the whole journey is. It was a good start and I'm hoping we'll see improvement as we go further along in their journey.
I think a narrator has a lot of pressure interpreting and presenting a story to show it in the best light. A narrator can make or break a good story, enhance a great story or sink it even further. In this case, both narrators were good but the female really brought the story to life for me. I could see the trolls and where they lived. I felt the anguish, desperation and frustration the characters felt and was sucked into their plight. I want to go on with The Malediction Trilogy because I need to know how it will all play out.
Now, saying all that, why wasn't this a 5 star read? Well, I'm sorry to say, I didn't feel the connection between Cecile and Tristan. While they are both young, I felt that Tristan was a lot more immature. He holds a lot of responsibility on his young shoulders and he doesn't seem to handle it well. Obviously, being the first instalment my fingers are crossed that we will see a lot of character growth in the upcoming instalments.
I'm hoping in the next instalment, both Tristan and Cecile will find their way back to a place where they can develop their budding relationship. I hate nearly all of Tristan's relatives and I would love to see them dealt with. I can't decide if I want the Trolls to gain their freedom or not. I would hate to see the havoc they would create...egotistical buggers.
I will definitely be going on in the series and can't wait to see what happens next.
2019…let’s make it a good one. May your year be filled with love, laughter, health, happiness and plenty of awesome books.