Book Review: Stolen by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld #2)
First Published: December 24th, 2002
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Synopsis (from Goodreads): It was in Bitten, Kelley Armstrongs debut novel, that thirty-year-old Elena Michaels came to terms with her feral appetites and claimed the proud identity of a beautiful, successful woman and the only living female werewolf.
In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, she is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the other races and their supernatural powers. Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormalswitches, vampires, shamans, werewolvesare then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game. But when Winsloe captures Elena, he finally meets his match.
This novel picks up a few months after Bitten ends. Elena Michaels is back and involved with pack life and her romantic relationship with Clayton. But for werewolves, it would seem, life is never with it’s complications.
Elena is kidnapped and taken to a high security facility who’s inmates include a half demon, a shaman, a vampire and even a witch or two.
It’s a similar sort of set up to the facility that of Kresley Cole’s Dreams of a Dark Warrior and Demon from the Dark novels involve. Hoards of otherworldly beings in one place… I’m starting to think it’s not a great idea for anyone involved.
I loved the Elena we saw in this novel. She’s scared but brave and fiercely determined. She’s a sociopath but lacks the insight to realise that about herself. I loved that she never gave up. And she wasn’t prepared to stop and wait for help to arrive. She could be her own hero. Clayton is deliciously dangerous, as usual, but because the majority of this novel occurs in the facility and the loved up couple have few scenes together, this novel is not so much a romance. In parts it’s down right violent – at times disturbingly so. If you’re at all squimish, this is not the book for you.
This book does lay the groundwork for the rest of the series. We meet Paige – a witch who is still learning to control her powers to their full extent who goes on to be the narrator of the next few books in the series. I’ll be sad to say goodbye to Elena but I’m excited to see what Paige can bring to the series. Although this book was gory and violent, it’s also funny and exciting. I love Armstrong’s version of werewolves and the other supernatural beings that have been introduced. The half-demons are extremely interesting. I hope there’s more pyromaniac Adam in the future along with Leah and the rest.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I’m trying to pace myself and make the series last but my fingers are twitching with anticipation.
A link to my review for the first in the Women of the Otherworld series: Bitten
4.5 out of 5
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