Today’s Featured Author post is a review and giveaway of Bishop O’Connell’s The Stolen, the first in the American Faerie Tale series. The sequel, The Forgotten will be coming in March, so this is the perfect time to get caught up!The Stolen by Bishop O'Connell
Series: American Faerie Tale #1
Published by HarperCollins on August 5th 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Tonight, for the first time in over a century, a mortal child will be kidnapped by faeries.
When her daughter Fiona is snatched from her bed, Caitlin's entire world crumbles. Once certain that faeries were only a fantasy, Caitlin must now accept that these supernatural creatures do exist—and that they have traded in their ancient swords and horses for modern guns and sports cars. Hopelessly outmatched, she accepts help from a trio of unlikely heroes: Eddy, a psychiatrist and novice wizard; Brendan, an outcast Fian warrior; and Dante, a Magister of the fae's Rogue Court. Moving from the busy streets of Boston's suburbs to the shadowy land of Tír na nÓg, Caitlin and her allies will risk everything to save Fiona. But can this disparate quartet conquer their own inner demons and outwit the dark faeries before it's too late?
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Stolen is a story of a stolen child, the fae who took her, and the heroes who save her. Caitlin Brady’s always had a sense that things aren’t always as they seem, but never as strong as the day she’s attacked – by fae, if the big hulking hero who saved her can be believed.
When her daughter Fiona is abducted later that same day – by the same fae who attacked her, Caitlin’s world is turned upside down. All of a sudden there’s fae and goblins and wizards and elves and all kinds of otherworldly creatures she’d never have imagined.
The Stolen is a classic adventure quest story, where a group sets out to save the world (and a child) from evil, secrets are revealed, and redemption hard-won. The characters are predictable (you can only fit so many quest-bound in 400 pages), but fun (when not killing bad guys) and I enjoyed the camaraderie that built up as they went along. I didn’t love Caitlin, though I can’t quite put my finger on why. She just didn’t do it for me. I preferred Brendan and Dante, and thought Edward was a tad annoying (until the end).
Overall, The Stolen was a fun read to while a few hours away with.
drey’s rating: Pick it up!
Have you read The Stolen? What did you think? And if you haven’t, read on to win your own copy!
The publisher has copies of The Stolen for you – TWO for US residents (no PO Boxes, please), and ONE for international winners! To enter, fill out the form below before January 31st. Good luck!