Before I go any further I have to be honest. I never venture into the fantasy genre. Well, I’m glad I did.
K.A. Krisko’s STOLEN has opened up a whole new world for me.
The opening paragraph drew me into the world of Lefollah “who in the day resembled the trees of the forest in which they grew.”
From that point I was drawn into Stolen. A civilization built upon a foundation of the tradition of the Council of Sorcerers, and a multi-dimensional array of cleverly crafted Skills. Many of these Skills were accepted by the Council, and had successfully been incorporated to add diverse and practical value into the functioning of everyday life.
It was the forbidden skills that had me the most excited. Their collective powers were masterfully described, and brilliantly crafted. Shape-shifting, mind-bending, viewing, and more. All brilliant.
As a young girl, Rioletta was abducted by the Tree People. Years later while attending a life changing meeting of the Council of Sorcerers, Rioletta learned of her destiny. “Your task.” Mosse said slowly, “is to solve the mystery of your life.” From here, the story of Stolen begins in earnest. Traversing a dynamic, well crafted fantasy world of dramatic landscapes, civilizations, might, power, Skill, and the complexity and frailty of relationships.
Rioletta is placed in numerous threatening situations and is pitted against people who are unknown to her world. It is during these times Rioletta has to make tough decisions. As her chosen course of action will not only affect her, it will also impact her community, and reverberate throughout the rest of civilization as she knows it.
The backbone of the story is skilfully crafted upon the sense of what is right and wrong, the moral strength of the value of community, the importance of caring for the environment, and in turn protecting the legacy of our future. Personal relationships interweave throughout the story adding warmth, empathy, understanding, and an admiration at the tenacity of the human spirit.
Perhaps it is my lack of experience with reading science fantasy, at times I did get lost, and confused with the different locations, character names, and the numerous Skills employed. I felt at times, the pace of the story was too fast, and in my opinion could have benefited from a slower more descriptive pace to concentrate the reader focus on all that was unfolding.
At times I felt I needed more depth to allow me time to grasp everything that was happening in the storyline.
If fantasy is your genre, Stolen is a very worthwhile read. If you are like me, and don’t tend to read fantasy, Stolen is a book worth exploring.