Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Angry Robot
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I love it! It’s eye catching! The photo tells a story on its own! I love that I can’t see the faces either so it still leaves plenty to the imagination!
A prequel to the USA Today bestseller and Goodreads Choice finalist Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy).
Below Forsaken Mountain, a plot is being hatched to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right-hand man of its leader. His involvement is information more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it a secret from everyone, even the girl he loves.
After accidentally ruining her sister’s chance to become queen, Pénélope is given one last opportunity by her father, the Duke d’Angoulême, to make herself useful: she must find proof that the boy she’s in love with is conspiring against the crown. If she fails, her life will be forfeit.
Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.
Except being together may turn out to be the greatest risk of all.
In case you haven’t read the other three books that came out before this one here is what order the author recommends reading the books in as there are some minor spoilers for the future plot:
1. STOLEN SONGBIRD (Book One of The Malediction Trilogy)
2. HIDDEN HUNTRESS (Book Two of The Malediction Trilogy)
3. THE BROKEN ONES (Prequel to The Malediction Trilogy)
4. WARRIOR WITCH (Book Three of The Malediction Trilogy)
That being said, let’s talk about this prequel that will rip your heart out!
This story is about a character many who have read the previous three books are already familiar with and know little about. Marc and Penelope.
I really liked delving deeper into this tragic story. I liked seeing another side of things especially a part of the history of the trilogy. I really liked seeing characters I was familiar with act a certain way as if the reader themselves didn’t know the real reason for certain things being done. I just really enjoyed this whole other side! I think those who have yet to read the trilogy will be very interested in seeing it all with fresh eyes.
We get to understand MORE about the bond between man and wife in this world and how devastating it is when someone loses the ones they love while bonded and how our hero Tristin in the trilogy played a part and why Marc survived the bond afterward.
I really liked getting to know our most mysterious character, Penelope. Many know of her in the trilogy but this….oh man THIS, we really got to know her and what made the bond between Marc and her so heartwrenching.
Overall I loved delving back into the world of Trollus and seeing a whole other side of things before Cécile arrives into the picture. I loved how this story played on my heartstrings and made me ache for the characters. I loved Danielle L. Jensen and her stories and the way she writes. I love the world building and I feel like she is REALLY good at making you connect with the characters and the story. I can’t wait to read more from this author. I love her books and I love this whole series. It’s definitely a must own!
Sexual Content: mild
*A HUGE THANK YOU TO Angry Robot and Netgally for this ARC which I got in exchange for an honest review*