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Title: Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1)
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Synopsis: 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.
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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And now, the interview!
1. If you could spend an evening with any author, living or dead, who would it be?
Oscar Wilde. He was so darn witty and clever, I can't imagine a day spent with him would be anything less than supremely entertaining. We'd visit dens of disrepute, drink too much absinthe, and get up to all sorts of shenanigans.
2. What made you decide to write a book about trolls?
I actually decided I wanted to write a book about a city that had been buried by rock, and the trolls came into being as I considered what sort of creatures would inhabit it.
3. Which author(s) has inspired you the most?
For writing fantasy in general, David Eddings, Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, George R. R. Martin are a few who come to mind. For writing YA, I’d say Maggie Stiefvater (I hero worship her), Cassandra Clare, and Rae Carson are some of the authors I enjoy the most.
4. Do you currently have any books on your nightstand?
I have a whole stack. Every room of my house has books littered about. I’ve even got a zombie survival guide sitting on top of one of the toilets.
5. Which character in Stolen Songbird did you most enjoy writing?
Marc, who is Tristan's cousin and best friend. I love him so much. Maybe I’ll write a short story or novella about him one of these days!
6. What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
I like reading, but I suppose that's a given. There are a few television shows I quite like, so I watch those when I have time. I'm currently working my way through the BBC's Sherlock, and I love it. I have a thing for clever people.
7. How would you describe Stolen Songbird in five words or less?
Magic, intrigue, mystery, romance, adventure
8. What is your favorite genre to read?
I like massive, complicated fantasy series.
9. What was the hardest part about writing Stolen Songbird?
Working out all the layers of politics in Trollus without it becoming boring was a challenge.
10. Did you have to do any research while you were writing Stolen Songbird?
A bit, here and there. I like using the names of places and people from things that inspired me while I was writing, and it's been interesting to see which ones people have picked up on. Cécile's surname is a big one
11. If you could visit any world from any fantasy book, which one would you pick and why?
When I was a teenager, I wanted so badly to live on Pern and have my own dragon. It really broke my heart that it was never going to happen. For me, that's one of the markers of a great fantasy novel: my absolute devastation that the world and the characters don't actually exist.
Thanks again for taking the time to feature me!
Thank you again to Danielle for taking the time to stop by and answer some of our questions! We'll be posting our reviews of Stolen Songbird sometime between now and April, so be on the lookout for those :). And don't forget to enter to win Stolen Songbird on Goodreads if you're as excited as we are for its release!
--Ashley & Paul