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Kelley Armstrong
Viking, 416 pages

Kelley Armstrong
Kelley Armstrong is married with three children and lives in rural Ontario, Canada. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in psychology, she moved on to study computer programming. She is now a full-time writer and parent.

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A review by Alisa McCune

Stolen is Kelley Armstrong's second installment in the Women of the Otherworld series. In Bitten we are introduced to Elena and her fellow werewolves. Stolen introduces us to other supernaturals; witches, vampires, demons, voodoo practitioners, shaman, and so on.

Someone is kidnapping supernaturals and they are never heard from again. Elena, Jeremy, and Clay are invited to a 'United Nations' for the supernatural world in an attempt to stop the kidnappings. Unfortunately for Elena, the council is unable to stop her abduction.

Elena finds herself alone, cut off from the pack, and held captive for study. An unstable, megalomaniac man with money has decided it would be 'fun' to study supernatural beings and when the study is completed -- to have a little hunt. Elena must draw on all her resources to find a way to protect herself physically, mentally, and emotionally. As the hunt draws closer, Elena struggles to free herself and the other captives.

Stolen is one huge adrenaline rush that can be addictive. As the story unfolds, it brings us into the supernatural world deeper and deeper. We learn about demons and their offspring in our mists. While werewolves have many advantages over other supernaturals, they are still vulnerable. Each supernatural has abilities that must be harnessed for survival. This blending of beings evolves into a partnership and friendship between groups that have never cooperated with each other before.

The supernaturals of Stolen are written with a great deal of care. Each being is unique and strong in their own manner. Kelley Armstrong has created a world where everyone is a mixture of good and bad -- only a few are truly evil. Elena may be feral and a killer, but she is a moral sentient being. Her outrage at captivity allows the reader to identify deeply with her.

Werewolves have considered themselves too strong to be held captive. Their experiences in Stolen show them just how vulnerable they are. Elena, Clay, and Jeremy are forced to rely on others, in contrast to their nature.

Copyright © 2004 Alisa McCune

Alisa discovered science fiction at the tender age of eight. She devoured The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and never looked back. She lives in Chicago with her husband, cat, and 5000 books. For more information please visit her website at

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