- Page Count: 469
- Release Date: April 1, 2014
- My Rating: 4 stars
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…
But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…
I know “Beauty & the Beast but with trolls” probably doesn’t sound like something most people would jump at, but this book is SO underrated.
With all of the YA books about vampires, demons, fae, werewolves, etc, I guess it’s time to make trolls sexy too. I was pretty skeptical about the book description (some kind of Moria dwarf scene came to mind), but it honestly turned out to be really entertaining! Cecile is stolen and married to Tristan, the prince of the trolls, and a Beauty & the Beast scenario ensues.
The troll world underneath the mountain was my favorite part — it’s all stone and lit by these floating lights! The trolls have some magic and can light places around them up even more and it all just sounds so pretty. There’s more awesome worldbuilding with their history of how they’re trapped underground, the politics, and the divide & brewing rebellion between the trolls and those who are deemed inferior because they have some human blood. The whole premise is really creative and unfolded well!
This book is very YA, which is actually a fun thing if you’re able to embrace some of the cliches and have fun with them. I keep reading this genre for a reason, so I’m obviously entertained by the angst, how the prince is a troll yet the main clue he’s not human is he’s so incredibly attractive (and of course smells like soap and steel like any good YA guy), and how they’re super in love but can’t be together because of reasons.
Tristan was a bit of an ass, but also just seemed like a younger teen. The story is told as a split POV between them, which worked really well. I liked Cecile’s character, too. There was no instalove or love triangle, though, so that was a nice change! I’m not against love triangles if they work, but it’s also fun to see a plot with something different. The romance felt kind of like the one in Poison Study where there’s a good buildup that makes sense (they go from dislike to distrust to an alliance) but then… they were suddenly in love. So I didn’t connect with the romance as much I wanted to, BUT honestly didn’t even care that much because the rest of the story was so much fun.
If you like YA fantasy, I definitely recommend this one! I mean, TROLLS. Allusions to Beauty & the Beast. An amazing world underneath a mountain lit by pretty lights. Yes to all.