This is another book that I’ve received from a Goodreads Giveaway. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but by the time I hit the second part, I was gripped by it.
White Stag stars a large cast, but focuses mainly on Soren, Janneke, and Lydian. Soren and Lydian are goblins; full blooded monsters that can change from inhuman beauty to true terrors in a heartbeat, those without the ability to lie, and a weakness to iron. Janneke is a human thrall, enslaved by Lydian but gifted to Soren.
The three are on The Hunt. They are after a white stag; whoever kills it becomes the next king. This is a serious tradition followed by goblins, but the only two who have any real chance are Soren and Lydian. This is a competition that ends in so much death, both Soren and Lydian know that they both cannot survive. Janneke is out to do her best for Soren, but is struggling with her identity.
Because Janneke has been a thrall to goblins for so long (over 100 years), she is becoming goblin-like. On The Hunt, she learns much about her history, and has to decide if she wishes to attempt an escape back to humanity, or stay in the Permafrost and become a goblin.
There is a bit of an info-dump world building in the beginning, but once The Hunt begins, Barbieri pulls you right in. I fell in love with Soren and Janneke, loathed Lydian, and needed to know who ended up with the White Stag at the end.
Packed full of adventure with just a dash of romance, White Stag is a powerful read. I absolutely adored it, and hope to read more from Barbieri in the future. White Stag was released yesterday, and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all of your regular booksellers. Happy reading!
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