Book Reviews of The Stolen Child

The Stolen Child
The Stolen Child
Author: Keith Donohue
ISBN-13: 9780739474983
ISBN-10: 0739474987
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 319
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 33 ratings
Publisher: DoubleDay
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
I have a hard time parting with this book, but I am passing it along as I can't keep all my books forever, it is THAT good.

I call this a "fairy tale for adults" because it has the fancy of a children's story, but is also complex in nature. I liken it to Joanne Harris' Chocolat as that "kind" of story, although the main character is male, not female.

This is a magical story I enjoyed reading more than once. It is believable and yet fanciful.
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Helpful Score: 1
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I did not find this book hard to get into but rather the end was so long and drawn out that I almost gave up on it then. All in all I liked and it is different than anything else that I have ever read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Slightly slow, this novel began to grip me about halfway through. You start to root for the characters and pick sides.
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Helpful Score: 1
Rather haunting; like a Neverland gone awry. It was hard to get into the book, but once in it was hard for me to put down.
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Helpful Score: 1
Enjoyable, easy read, liked how it switched back and fore between the two characters.
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I have had this book for a while to read and was excited to finally get to listen to it. I listened to this on audiobook, I pretty much finish every audiobook I get because I am driving anyway while I listen to them. This is one I almost didn't finish as an audiobook. It was boring and pointless.

As mentioned above I listened to this on audiobook. The audiobook was well done; there are two different for each character. They both do a decent job of narrating. It wasn't fantastic but it was decent.

The book is about a boy named Henry Day who is stolen by changelings. He ends up being called Aniday by the other changelings and ekes out a living with them; an endless existence that is a struggle for survival. Meanwhile the changeling that takes his place takes on the name of Henry Day and takes over Henry's life.

The book basically alternates between Aniday's struggle to survive both an eternal existence as a child and everyday life. Meanwhile the new Henry Day is struggling to fit in and also struggling with his guilt over having taken over Henry Day's life.

Mostly the story is just boring; like put me to sleep while driving boring. This is just a story about these two characters living their lives. The characters are not likable or even all that interesting. The most interesting part to the story is the new Henry Day's search for information about his family before he became a changeling.

All of the characters are angsty and discontent throughout, mostly causing trouble and bringing down the characters around them. I just didn't enjoy it.

This is supposed to be based on a Yeats poem about changelings and I wish we had seen more of the mythology around changelings rather than all this day to day life drama. This book reads more like a soap opera in which the two main characters happen to be changelings than anything.

Overall I didn't enjoy the book and don't recommend it. I am not sure what all the hype around this book is about; I personally would skip it.
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Well written, I simply couldn't get into the story.