Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/17/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Fiction
Praesidium is the most prosperous city-state in the world, due not only to its location at the mouth of a great bay but also to its strict laws, stringently enforced. Ordinary criminals become bond-slaves, but the worst punishment—to be suspended in a dreamless frozen state known as Stasis—is doled out by the wizard and reserved for only the most serious of traitors.
Ennek is the youngest son of Praesidium’s strict Chief. Though now a successful portmaster, Ennek grew up without much of a purpose, unable to fulfill his true desires and always skating on the edge of the law. But he is also haunted by the plight of one man, Miner, a prisoner for whom Stasis appears to be a truly horrible fate. If Ennek is to save Miner, he must explore Praesidium’s deepest secrets as well as his own.
First Edition published by CreateSpace, 2009.
Kim Fielding is hit and miss with me. There are some of her stories that absolutely suck me in and blow me away. There are some that I can barely finish. However, I have found that in general her fantasy stories fall into the former category. With that in mind and a blurb that just wouldn’t let me pass it by, I picked up Stasis for review. Stasis is a reedited and reissued edition of a formerly self-published work. I had the second and third books in the trilogy forgotten in my eBook library for a while, but I never had book one.
I can’t say that Stasis grabbed me from the beginning. I actually think I started and stopped this story 3 or 4 times before I finally stuck it out. However, once I got my head around the world and the plot I couldn’t stop. Since books two and three haven’t been reissued, I even pulled out those aforementioned first editions to complete the trilogy. Don’t worry, I will read the new editions when they come out. I will happily revisit Miner and Ennek time and again, in fact.
Stasis matches two men opposite in so may ways, from station to temperament to looks to ambition. It also teaches us that things aren’t always what they seem and that we can’t always trust a pretty face. Stasis is the start of a journey of discovery – of self and of the world at large. It is about finding your own path and your own convictions. It is about magic and power and humility.
Stasis is a beautiful start to a journey that will continue later this year. I will be revisiting these two then.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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