When a young witch tells Elena that a group of humans are kidnapping supernaturals, Elena ignores the warning. After all, everyone knows that there’s no such thing as witches. As for the thought of other “supernaturals” , well, she’d rather not dwell on the possibilities. Soon, however, she’s confronted with the truth about her world, when she’s kidnapped and thrown into a cell block with witches, sorcerers, half-demons and other werewolves. As Elena soon discovers, dealing with her fellow captives might be the least of her worries. In this prison, the real monsters carry the keys.
Stolen is the second book in the Women of the Underworld series by Kelley Armstrong and man… this book was good. I’m always impressed when authors manage to inject real suspense into a book. This book had me sitting on the edge of my seat. It was un-put-downable. I am feeling much better about this series after reading this book.
In Stolen, we once again get things from Elena’s perspective, and I think I like her a little bit more. She’ll never be one of my favourite female characters, but she’s redeemed herself somewhat.
The story starts with Elena investigating a case where it appears that someone is selling information on werewolf attacks. Now, this happens all the time, but the problem is… this looks like it’s for real. She goes to Pittsburgh to meet the person selling this information, but the whole thing doesn’t work out like she’d planned. Instead, she meets two witches, Ruth and Paige, who tell her that other supernaturals are being kidnapped and studied. At first, Elena scoffs at them. Other supernaturals? As in, things that aren’t werewolves or human? Please. However, despite her disbelief, an attack by some masked crazy makes her realise that she should probably take this issue seriously. So Elena calls in Jeremy, the Pack alpha, for some backup at the witches’ meeting. There she meets an assortment of other supernaturals, and she’s forced to admit that maybe she isn’t the only scary thing running around.
Things really start going down hill when Elena is kidnapped by the mad scientists. The people involved in this operation range from the greedy, to the stupid, to the batshit crazy, to the misguided. There are some scientists who genuinely want to understand what makes these supernatural creatures tick. Unfortunately, these people are outnumbered by the evil and the sadistic. The guy who funds the “institution” is once seriously messed up character, and I wanted him to die in a spectacularly painful fashion.
We didn’t see much of the Pack beyond Clay, Elena and Jeremy, but that’s okay. I wasn’t particularly attached to them, and the new characters we were introduced to in Stolen more than made up for the Pack’s absence. Paige, the feisty young witch, was awesome. This chick didn’t take shit from anybody. Then we have Savannah, a twelve year old girl with some insane powers that she can’t quite control. I’m excited about what’s going to happen with her. Then we have Xavier, the half-demon who worked with the mad scientists. I think he may have been my favourite new character and I hope we see more of him in the next books. He was a self-absorbed ass, but he was a funny self-absorbed ass.
Just a word of warning to those who are a little on the squeamish side: this book is graphic. Like, properly graphic. I was shuddering at some points with the mental images this book conjured. I’m not saying that you should avoid this book if blood, guts and gore aren’t your thing; just remember to take a deep breath before reading it.