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The Stolen

(An American Fairie Tale #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  28 reviews
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
ebook, 464 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Harper Voyager Impulse
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Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
My first book, and I'm quite proud.
Nathan Garrison
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Stolen by Bishop O'Connell is a fast paced thrill-ride set in a modern day dark faerie tale.

The best part about this book is that it knows exactly what it wants to be, and does it very well. It doesn't try to be something it's not. It relies on tropes a lot but uses them as a platform for telling a story that features plenty of action and keeps the tension ramping throughout. Not since Myke Cole's Shadow Ops series has magic and machine guns been paired so well together. The world of the fae
Rebecca McNutt
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, family
In The Stolen is a story of fairies and folklore, but it's not your average changeling story. It's been modernized to the point where fairies have adopted human tools and weaponry, making this fantasy novel even more interesting.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A single mother comes home to find her daughter stolen by the fae. Now, she must team up with a wizard, elf, and warrior in order to get her daughter back in this book that had a lot of promise, but ultimately ended up falling a little flat.

Opening Sentence: Brendan Kavanaugh smiled and examined the wrought silver claddagh ring, admiring its fine details.

The Review:

I’ve lately become very interested in books dealing with the fae, whether the
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
First, my expectations going into this was that it would be a cool adventure about a group of people teaming up to retrieve a stolen child. I wasn't expecting great writing, just functional.

The first chapter almost made me put the book down. It was loaded with stereotypes that made me cringe. A redheaded stud in a kilt who's a great singer and warrior is buying a claddagh for his love Aine in old Boston, using atrocious dialogue. If that wasn't bad enough, our character development is that Aine
Carrie Mansfield
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
eARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for fair review

The full review can also be found on my blog Fantasy Findings

2.5 stars

On the one hand, the mythology is done well. Sometimes the classics don't really need to be spun. They're classic for a reason. This book is also action packed. O'Connell doesn't watch much time with set up and we get to the meat of the story rather quickly and the story never loses this fast pace.

On the other hand, fans of character building or having the world fleshed out
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Stolen was an intricately woven story that unfolds magnificently before your eyes.

Caitlin is attacked by fairies and is saved by Fian, a fae outcast. They quickly discover that the fairie attacked had much more sinister motive...which leads to Caitlin's daughter Fiona kidnapped. Fian jumps on board to help Caitlin. Combined, they recruiting more assistance from their friends which ends up giving them a very unique band of allies. Can they uncover the nefarious plot before its too late to sav
Ingrid Seymour
Jul 21, 2014 added it
Shelves: voyager
The Stolen is a fairy tale that is as action packed as any good thriller, except . . . well . . . with fae and pixies and brownies and ogres and more. The action sucks you in from the very first chapter and carries you until the very end of the book. There are a few surprises, interesting magic tricks and intrigue. The fast pace will please anyone who enjoys snappy action, although it may be too speedy for one who enjoys character driven stories with more room to breathe and ponder. Brendan is a ...more
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Caitlin Brady’s daughter, Fiona, is kidnapped by oíche-sidhe, she finds her fate lies in the hands of Brendan, a mysterious kilted stranger. Caitlin’s everyday world seems suddenly peopled by terrifying creatures she thought only existed in fairytales. Yet, help also arrives from unexpected places, like her dear friend and confidante, Edward, a doctor by day and a fledging wizard in secret.

This breathless, action-packed novel introduces a mysterious fairy world that coexists with our own. P
Michelle Hauck
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure if I would like The Stolen after the first chapter. I don't usually care for books that jump right into heavy emotional scenes. But then the next chapters also jumped ahead in time and brought us to the modern world and introduced a whole new situation. I was soon hooked.

I like Caitlin and her desperate quest to find her daughter and recover her from the Fae. She was a great leading character just from her sheer determination to be involved in all aspects of the rescue. She wasn't
Shayla Gibson
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book on the recommendation of another author, who's writing I quite enjoy. So I was pretty sadly disappointed by how far from what I was expecting this book turned out to be. I really didn't like this book, but gave it a 2 instead of a 1 because it's possible some of that dislike was due to over-expectation.

Per both the recommendation that lead me to it and the summary on the back cover, I was expecting a clearly primary female character (the mother) on a quest to save her child
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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My English review

I have a real weakness for Faes and when I saw this novel, especially the synopsis, I knew it would be perfect for me. And I must say that I had a great time with it and I am now very curious to read more. Bishop O’Connell presents us a rich and interesting world that we take pleasure to discover.

When Caitlin returns home after a party, she is attacked by a gang of some very strange young persons. Narrowly saved by a stranger who kills without flinching one o
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brendan is a “Fian” or part of the Fianna, ancient warriors of Celtic mythology (their leader was thought to be Fionn Mac Cumhaill, or “Finn McCool” in the English version). Early on we see Brendan has this Celtic ‘berserker’ mode that he goes in to if he’s not careful, and while it can help him destroy plenty of enemies, it doesn’t allow him to differentiate between who he’s aiming death blows at. His girlfriend, Aine, gets caught up in that when he’s in a skirmish with some nasty “Oiche” creat ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2015-books
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
While the premise of this book really intrigued me, the story itself let me down a little. The plot was interesting, the characters were intriguing, the writing was good, and I love anything to do with the Fae. So why didn't this book draw me in as expected?

Most of the story is told from Caitlin's point of view, then it splits and we have Caitlin's and Eddy's parallel adventures. The duel story lines were easy to follow and interesting enough, but I found myself putting the book down more than o
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a strong opening to what I hope is at least a trilogy. Bishop O'Connell deftly integrates classic celtic mythology with urban fantasy elements and creates a nailbiter of book. Although we start off with the entrance of well meaning yet tragic Brendan, the true heart of the story is Caitlin and her daughter Fiona. The theft of Fiona is where Caitlin's hero's journey takes off. Caitlin is a strong character with depth and a vivid personality. Oddly, she stands out best from the key trio th ...more
Maryann Huber
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mockingjay
I know that I have been hooked on a story when I find the characters running around in my head till I get to the end. I truly know that it has become an intricate part of my reality when I wonder what next will become of those within the story once I close the cover and move onto the next book.

Did Brendan survive and at what cost. Will Edward and Caitlin find a life with Fiona? Oh and what will become of the Fae
The characters that he has filled the book with are rich, full and very believable.
Victoria Case
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not a bad read! Started out typical (first chapter, long ago tragedy morph to present day, damsel in distress, yada, yada) but quickly changed in to actually a pretty decent story. I've now bought the second book because this one suddenly became a page turner and (SPOILER ALERT) yes it turns out as you imagine it will, damsel realizes she's in love with nerd guy, daughter is rescued, everyone returns safe except for one of the main characters but you're left to believe he's alive. But for the mo ...more
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great fairytale

Without giving away any spoilers, the only thing that kept this review from earning five stars were the main protagonists. While I came to like Caitlin, I never loved her because she was too weepy. Brendan kept everyone at arm's length, so really connecting with him was equally difficult. By the time you really start cheering for them, the story abruptly ends. Despite the drawbacks it's a great story with plenty of adventure and inner workings of the fae.
Matt Braymiller
Aug 29, 2016 rated it liked it
With apologies to Bob Seger:
Here I am
Reading tropes again
There they are
On every page
There they go
So predictable
And yet I
Turn the page

This book reminds me of 80's hair metal . . . a guilty pleasure with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. So I will give the book three stars and cannot explain why.
Dann Todd
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4 stars - on my scale, if I loan out a 4 star book, then I want it back so I can read it again. It probably was closer to 4.5 stars.

This was a great tale that created a new vision of faeries, magic, the Irish, and how they all work in our modern world. The protagonist was particularly inspiring in his dogged pursuit of the kidnapped child.

I devoured this book.
Jack Heckel
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I enjoyed Bishop's world, especially the faerie folk. It has a nice twist that I didn't see coming and several good characters. There's one part that's a bit dark which I think will haunt Caitlin for a long time to come.
Stephanie Kay
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
At first I was nervous about reading this, because of faeries and guns, but the author handled that well. In fact, the book was quite amazing and hard to put down - especially towards the end. I think a sequel is set up, and I more than look forward to it! ^^
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*Recvd 06/24/2014 via Edelweiss* Expected publication: July 22nd 2014 by Harper Voyager Impulse
Sep 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I intend to write a review later, but wanted to get the read dates and star rating in today.
Sarah Kervin Otto
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
It started out a little abruptly but soon was lost in their world!! I Definely read the next book!!
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Bishop O'Connell is the author of the American Faerie Tale series, a consultant, writer, blogger, and lover of kilts and beer, as well as a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Born in Naples Italy while his father was stationed in Sardinia, Bishop grew up in San Diego, CA where he fell in love with the ocean and fish tacos. After wandering the country for work and schoo ...more

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