A war had been fought thousands of years before our time in another world, Anohori (The Upper World). The vanquishers had created a Lower World, Katohori – an entire parallel universe for one single planet, Earth. In this universe we are truly alone.
In Dacian times, their Solomonars priests had discovered gates which crossed from one world to another in the mountains on the land of Dacia of those days. The gates could be opened only from the other side and that was how Naiads and other supernatural beings had got into our world. Every gate opened for a certain type of beings, depending on the place they each lived in: on earth, under water or down in the gold mines.
The priests had managed to open them from the human world as well, with the help of their magic. They were travelling between the worlds under the protection of the Royal Guard. The warriors’ dance and fighting skills protected them and the ones surrounding them from those beings.
After the Dacian Empire had collapsed the warriors disappeared and out of their dance, the tradition of the Calusari was born. They remained the only protectors of the Romanian lands and the healers of diseases brought about by the Naiads.
It will come a day in which you will be grateful that a Calusar lives in your city. In the near future we will not be alone in this Universe. The Gates are being opened and nobody but he will be able to protect you from Naiads and all the other supernatural beings that you found only in your grandmother’s bedtime stories.
“Stolen Sky is a fantasy short story in which Emanuel Grigoras proposes a reconstruction of the Calus’s original matrix, an apotropaic, ancient ritual dance, inherited from Dacian times or maybe even earlier.”
CPSF – The Science-Fiction Stories Anthology ANTICIPATIA – Marian Truta
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average fantasy short story
By Irimia Bogdan
This is not your average fantasy. I must say that I expected it to be more unreal, like a story from a different realm.
It is a story on the fringe of reality with some very dark elements in it. The Calusar’s heritage is one of mystical rituals and dancing. This is their way of fighting the forces from a parallel reality. What I really liked is the fact that the metal seems of no use in magic. It’s a new and refreshing approach that guarantees that no chain mail armor and swords will be hurt during this story. I got kind of tired of the heroic fantasy that is pushed on us lately.
What I didn’t like about this is the open ending. I mean, it’s obvious that Stolen Sky is part of a series, but I would love to have them all at once. All in all is a good story that more than worth the time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read
By Gerry Marrs
Emanuel Grigoras stiches together a rich story about interdimensional threats to Earth, one that can only be repelled by a clan of warriors called the Calusari. If you enjoy very cerebral fantasy stories that involve battles between good and evil, and disciplined warriors, then I really think you would enjoy this book. The characters are based on Romanian historical and mythological figures that add a touch of cultural relevance to the story. Grigoras’ writing is in-depth and very imaginative. The descriptive prose will make you feel like you are literally alongside the characters fighting Ogres and Naiads. I recommend this story and it is short enough to get through in one night. This is a good thing as you will not be able to put this book down!
5.0 out of 5 stars An Imaginative Fantasy Novel
By L. Collins
I have to say that “Stolen Sky” managed to surprise me in how much I loved it and couldn’t put it down. I ended up reading it merely on a recommendation and within just a few short pages I was hooked, swept up by the imaginative storytelling of Emanuel Grigoras as he weaved a tale about parallel universes, magic, supernatural beings and the complicated balance that weaved all of it together.
The author has a talent for storytelling that is breathtaking in its complexity, adding layer after layer to the compelling world-building… drawing in everything from supernatural fantasy and human drama to spellbinding science fiction elements and suspenseful action. The story offers a promising start to the Legends of the Peakless Mountain series, making me eager to see what else springs forth from Mr. Grigoras’ mind as he creates amazingly vivid and well-written tales that spark the imagination. Overall, this was well worth the read and is a novel I would definitely recommend to others readers looking for something to sink their teeth into.