Wizards, Fairies and a stolen heart. A review for Stolen Hearts by Sasha L. Miller

Stolen Hearts Book Cover Stolen Hearts
Sasha L. Miller
Fantasy
Less than Three Press
2011
Personal Collection

Mervyn is accustomed to the unusual and strange. People of all walks come to him with problems that only magic can solve. A wizard of no little skill, he enjoys the challenges that come with his job and that he can offer help to people who have nowhere else to go. Even fairies, long abused by wizards for the special energy they can provide, find their way to his door.

But when Callisto, a terrified and maliciously attacked fairy, shows up to ask for his help, he presents a challenge that even Mervyn finds overwhelming. In place of his heart, Callisto has only a charm, and it will kill him in a matter of days if Mervyn does not find a solution.

 

Every so often I binge buy books and some I keep for a rainy day when I know I will be broke. Stolen Hearts is one such book. One I’d actually forgotten I had, but very glad I read now as it was exactly what I needed.

Stolen Hearts is a delightful mix of fantasy, drama, shy romance and a bit of a mystery. It has a bit of a steampunk air to it, but not full blown.

The story is about Callisto, a fairy in the wrong place at the wrong time and suddenly missing his heart and fairy energy is very coveted by wizards. He seeks help with Mervyn; a wizard specialized in health magic.

Needless to say a lot happens after that and I thought the story was originally written. It takes a different perspective on magic and how it can be used. The interaction between Callisto and Mervyn is especially sweet and the romance between them is a slow burn.

Denzil, Callisto’s brother, was a nice mix to the batch of characters. He’s unlike the other two. Headstrong and stubborn. It left me wondering if Denzil’s & Mallone’s story will appear sometimes. There was definitely something there.

What I did miss a little in the story was the world building. It’s a pretty interesting world, with fairies and wizards and the bond between them, but there is nothing but little hints. It would have been nice to get a better grip on the world Callisto and Mervyn live in.

The writing was well done, details and flowing. There was a bit of a lack of balance to the story, but not bothersome. There was a focus on the beginning and middle of the story, which is even spaced, but then towards the end things became somewhat rushed, especially the part between Mervyn and Callisto.

All in all, Stolen Hearts was a sweet little story to read.

Why you should read it: Stolen Hearts is a story between a fairy and a wizard, with a mystery and a sweet romance with characters that grab your attention and hold it. Why not read it? Go get it!

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