Stasis by Kim Fielding
Series: Ennek Trilogy, Book 1
Published by: DSP Publications on May 17, 2016 (2nd edition)
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)
Ennek is the youngest son of the Chief of Praesidium. Since he’s not the heir, he’ll need to find his own place in this society with a strict moral code. A code that is enforced in a unique way. Instead of prison time, criminals are sentenced to slavery. And for major crimes, those convicted can be placed in Stasis for dozens to hundreds of years. While in sleep-like Stasis, one’s body doesn’t age. And when the convict awakes, everyone they knew and everyone who knew them is long gone. They live out their days as a slave in an unknown world.
When Ennek was a child, he was allowed to visit the cells where the Stasis prisoners are kept. During that brief visit, he became fascinated with one of them, and he hasn’t been able to shake him from his mind. And as a new threat reveals itself from inside Praesidium, Ennek will need to decide what’s most important–the rule of law or saving people from the most horrible of fates.
There was something about the world that Kim Fielding has created here that struck me as unique and refreshing. Although one can certainly find some elements here common to other fantasy stories, nothing here seems like a trope. Readers get something original and compelling.
One thing I find interesting is the character of Ennek. He’s not a typical hero. Because he’s resigned himself to being second–he’s not the heir–he seems content to just let things happen to him. And that gets him into some tight spots. Spots he’ll only get out of if he can try to find a way to step up. He’ll need to make difficult decisions, the likes of which he’s never faced before.
Ennek and Miner have a journey before them. And it’s one I look forward to reading in the remaining books.[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]