Ah, this book has given me feels. Good feelings…Bad feelings…Whyyyy feelings. Yeah, it’s given me quite the emotional mix. I know I’m probably weird for it, but I like stories that have human-like goblins/trolls (You know, not the monstrous trolls that attack poor Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings). Add in a human girl who is forced to live in their underground society , and you get a lot of interesting scenarios.
Things I liked about this tale? Well, first, there’s the world of Trollus (Ah, the originality of this name…). It was depicted so well that it seemed like a real place. A somewhat dreary place, but still, a real one. I especially liked how the story had be guessing—and still guessing— how and why the once powerful Trolls and their city ended up being buried underground (not to mention cursed to remain that way). The story also dealt a lot with the unstable relationship the “noble” Trolls have with the “lesser” Trolls/Part-Human Trolls. The unfairness of the social system and an ensuing rebellion really gave this aspect of the book a Hunger Games vibe despite this being a fantasy.
I also liked the characters. They were all so well developed, and seemed just as genuine as their world. I also have to say that the hero, Tristan (save for his potty mouth) was quite amusing.
There were also some surprising moments that kept the book from being dull. And that’s a good thing, wouldn’t you agree?
However, there are some things that keep this book from being a five start read. For one, the foul language. The language was not necessary and just…Bleh. Secondly, the romance between a couple got a little too steamy. They were married, but still. 😛
So, while there were parts of this book I quite enjoyed (it reminded me a bit of The Hollow Kingdom, a book I love), there were other parts that make me frown inside. Because of that, I’m giving “The Stolen Songbird” a rating of three and a half.
Book Review Ratings:
4.I liked it!
2. Did not like it.
1. Did not finish.