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Stasis Paperback – December 15, 2009
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About the Author
Kim Fielding has migrated back and forth across the western 2/3 of the United States and currently lives in California. She's a university professor who dreams of being able to travel and write full-time. She also dreams of having two perfectly-behaved children, a husband who isn't obsessed with football, and a house that cleans itself. Some dreams are more easily obtained than others. In addition to the novels she has written under her nom de plume, Kim has published successful textbooks, two of which are now in their second edition. Kim donates 100% of the royalties from her novels Stasis (2009), Flux (2011), and Equipoise (2012) to Doctors Without Borders. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I only wish I could find this kind of inspiration inside of thirty days.
This is a short but sweet fantasy yarn about an autocratic society where petty offenders are subject to bond slavery (a nearly inescapable form of indentured servitude), while the most serious criminals are placed in a state of stasis (a coma-like enchantment that can be sustained for a millennium or more). Fielding offers a frightening portrait of a world where individual rights have been sacrificed for the security and comfort of the upper classes, who enjoy both the benefits of a nearly crime-free society and the labors of state sanctioned slaves. The novel's protagonist, Ennek, is the sheltered son of a political leader who takes no notice of these injustices until one fateful evening when he sees a prisoner who has been in stasis for nearly three hundred years. This haunting encounter changes the course of his entire life.
The story sucked me in immediately with a creepy opening scene where we first find the hairless, pale and emaciated prisoners hanging suspended in silk nets in the dungeons far beneath the royal palace. The author provides just enough specific details to create a definite physical image of Ennek's world but also, and more importantly, to evoke a strong sense of atmosphere and mood. And the character of Ennek is an exceptional creation; his growth over the course of the story, from an over-privileged and irresponsible rake to a young man of deep conscience, is accomplished with a great deal of subtlety and believability. But beyond the main players, the author manages to create intriguing individuals out of even the smallest of parts. I especially enjoyed Ennek's childhood cohort, Gory (a bit of a Draco Malfoy-ish miscreant) and Hils, a fascinating combo platter of blue-collar and blue blood who is, perhaps, the "one that got away."
At 220 pages, the book is brief and my major disappointment is with the ending, which seemed extremely rushed (maybe if November had 31 days?). But my wish for more in terms of length is surely a testament to my enjoyment of the story as a whole. Other than that, I did take issue with a lot of the dialogue between Ennek and his lover, which reads less like quality speculative fiction (which this certainly is in all other respects) and more like Harlequin romance. But again, in the scheme of things, not enough of an issue to keep me from recommending this book.
This book deserves to find a significant fan base. I intend to buy the sequel and hope it lives up to my high expectations.
fairy tale with simplified language. However, once you get through the slow start the author entices the reader to keep moving
along. One is never sure what our main protagonist is going to do with his erratic , irrational and immature behavior. Admittedly,
the charm of this work had the right elements of drama not to be a let down.
Let me say this. Our young prince was almost inhuman in his restraint not to offend his freed prisoner. The understanding is the prisoner(Minor) had previous male encounters and wouldn't object to an experience with the prince. However, our prince( who is into guys but hasn't had any intimate experiences) will not allow it until they are both free. They sleep in the same bed for nine months and are attracted to one another. Wow, that's what I call an untouchable event! Hey, it's not my story.
Yeah, I'm still interested in this series to try the second book.
In this first book, you meet Ennek. He is the younger brother of the the Chief. He lives Praesidium. Praesidium is strictly ran. Petty criminals become bond-slaves. The worst of criminals is put into Stasis. Stasis is when you are 'frozen in time'. Ennek first meets Miner(a stasis prisoner) when he is a child. Though it took years to remember meeting Miner(and his promise he gave him as a child). Ennek is a gay. Unforunatly, being gay is against the law where he lives. So he spends his life running around and keeping it a secret.
When he finally remembers Miner(and his promise) he starts to figure out how he can save him. Then a solution comes. The sketchy Wizard from his court approaches him. He offers to help Ennek take Miner out of Stasis if he aggrees to become his apprentice. Enneck thinks about the pros and cons and decides to accept. He wishes only for the best of Miner and doesn't want to break his promise to this very handsome prisoner.
Miner, wakes to a time he is unfamilar with. He only has Ennek around to help him. One of the conditions of bringing him out of Stasis is that Ennek must keep him in his room. Addtionally, Ennek agreed to the Wiazard that when it comes for the annual inspection of the Stasis prisoners, Ennek will let Miner go back. After spending time with Miner, he decides early on, he will not let Miner go back to Stasis. Ennek and Miner have many obstacles as there relationship is formed. After being in Stasis for so long, Miner is terrified of water.
Ennek doesn't trust the wizard. Though, with the help of the wizard he does learn one true thing. He does have power and he could be a great wizard. But when tradegy falls onto Ennek's family, he learns that the wizard has his own selfish plans. How far will Ennek go to keep Miner safe?
In this first book, you will fall in love with Miner and Ennek.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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