About the Book:
Title: STOLEN (Stolen#1)
Pub.Date: January 22, 2019
Publisher: TheParliament House
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Its difficult taking care of a delusional father by yourself. Sixteen-year-old Shaleigh Mallet would rather explore and photographdilapidated buildings that cater to her father’s dark episodes. But when she’s kidnapped by a creature who carries her atop a flying bicycle into another world, she realizes this wasn’t the escape she wanted.
In a kingdom known as the Garden, where minotaurs pull carriages and parties are held in hot air balloons, Madam Cloom and her faerie servant, Teagan, rule over the land with incredible but terrifying magic. Shaleigh must prove that she is the reincarnation of a long-dead ruler, not because she believes it, but because it’s her only chance to survive. With the help of a trespassing faerie, a stoatling, and a living statue, Shaleigh hopes to outwit everyone. She aims to break the bonds of servitude and finally make her way home. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that she’s playing right into the hands of a far worse enemy…
This turned out to be a very different story then I expected. I was expecting it to be like a changeling switch with a fae creature kind of story. What we got is an interesting adventure into a fairyland that had stone lions, fairies who drive flying bikes, and a land that is influenced by Queen Mab but not ruled by her. The first few chapters really set up the background for our main character Shaleigh who has a father who believes in Fae and suffers from some pretty strong disillusions about seeing them in the real world. We also find out that her mother disappeared and I have a strong feeling we are going to find her in the next book but that mystery is not explored very much in the first book.
Our main character likes to adventure into abandon houses and that how she is so easily “stolen” off to fairyland. I like that all the great elements from fae stories are included in this book. Fae contracts, evil trees, corrupt rulers, living statues, and what you think you know you really don’t.
I think my favorite part of the book is when we meet Mawr the stone dragon he a very unique character that plays a huge role in various part of the stories. I felt really sad for him with him stuck in a destroyed library and an abandoned city. It was really cool to read about him getting his glasses and finding a place to teach and be a librarian of sorts again.
They’re a lot to love in this story and the cliff hanger ending just when you think Shaleigh finally escaped and gotten back home although with a companion along for the ride you find that no it just the next part of the journey. A journey that takes us into the realm of Queen Mab oh joy I am enthused to see where this series goes.
About the author
I write about strange creatures. Typically they shouldn’t exist, or they have bled through from a different reality, or they’re pretending to be a crying baby in a crib. Sometimes that lands mystories in horror and other times in fantasy, but there’s always an air of strangeness to my tales. If you want to get a better feel for what I’m talking about, check out a few clips or read a few drabbles.
My work has appeared in a spattering of short story collections, but Ido has a few novellas and novels in the pipeline. Other than talking about writing, I also talk about cryptozoology, werewolves, wildlife conservation, and of course kitties.I’ve also been known to nerd out about Batman and TheHobbit, and have recently discovered the cracktastic fun of Black Butler cosplay, so there will likely be more of these incidents.
By day I work as a web developer, so I’ll occasionally talk about web issues like finding the right theme.
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