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Stolen by Kelley Armstrong

#22 of 200
Original Language: English
Publisher: Viking Press
Country: USA
Publication Date: May 2003
ISBN: 0-670-03137-2
Page Count: 532
On a mission for her own elite wolf pack, Elena Michaels, the only living female werewolf, is lured into the net of Tyrone Winsloe, a ruthless Internet billionaire. Winsloe 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 paranormals - witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves - are then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game. But when Winsloe captures Elena, he finally meets his match.
Stolen is the second instalment in Kelley Armstrong’s, Women of the Otherworld. Elena Michaels, werewolf, once again takes center stage as the protagonist. Set a year or two after the events of Bitten, Stole centers around a group of humans, led by celebrity Ty Winsloe who discover the existence of Supernaturals. This discover leads them to capture and experiment on a range of diffierent subjects; as the only female werewolf, Elena is at the top of that list.

A new range of Supernaturals are introduced in Stolen from witches and sorcerers to half-demons and necromancers. They are slowly introduced to Elena, and their powers explained, as the Pack is inducted into the interracial council and then as Elena meets her fellow experiments.

Elena’s strengths as an strong and independent women return in Stolen as she is envied and admired by the humans. Ty Winsloe is aroused by her hunting abilities while Dr Bauer is obsessed with her power as a woman. As a protagonist Elena is personable. She is quick witted and reacts well in the dangerous situations she is faced with.

One of the things I enjoyed most in Stolen, and that occurs regularly in her future books, is Armstrong’s character foreshadowing. In Stolen we are introduced to an array of new characters: Savannah Levine, Cassandra and Adam, Ruth and Paige Winterbourne, and many more. Each of those characters play a role in future books, and some, like Paige and Savannah will narrate.

Stolen is followed, in the WotOw series, by Dimestore Magic narrated by witch Paige Winterbourne and featuring the return of many characters from Bitten and Stolen.
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Judging by the Cover: I’m still not keen on these covers. Stolen works better for me, with the cover model lying naked (like Elena after a Change). The full moon in the background really pushes, without screaming, the werewolf side of things

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