I read Gifted by H.S. Stone September 21-25, 2016.
What a thoroughly enjoyable read! Set in a land where people fall into two categories, Regulars and Gifteds, the Gifteds find themselves at the mercy of their twisted King. Although a Gifted himself, King Yolus has decreed that all Gifteds are to be imprisoned and forced to fight to the death in gladiator-like combat.
Caught in this web are a brother and sister, twins, one of whom is Gifted and one of whom is not. Despite all their efforts to hide, they find themselves embroiled in events pitting them against the evil King and his equally depraved sister, Pahia, to try and save the kingdom… and with it, the Gifteds.
While the basic events may have been told in stories before, and the “mutant” powers displayed by the various Gifteds seemed familiar, I found their combination here and the author’s narrative to be engrossing. The entire story was well planned, the action points distributed with just the right cadence, and the ending satisfying. I would highly recommend this to young adult readers as well as any who enjoy a good fantasy tale featuring underdog heroes.
If you’d like to read it for yourself, check it out HERE.