Both Worlds From Crumbling | White Stag by Kara Barbieri



Title: White Stag
By: Kara Barbieri
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 368
Release Date: January 8th, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books

Summary from Goodreads: The first book in a brutally stunning series where a young girl finds herself becoming more monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.


Review: Oh, I love this kind of book. The Goblin world is one that I haven't delved in and love to read more about. This story was a wonderful ride of emotion and war. There were so many intense moments where you could feel the emotions tensing. The characters were wonderful and really melded together well. The one thing that I would have liked to change was how quick Soren and Janneke fell in love. It could of had a little more tension, but other than that, I blasted through this book and couldn't put it down. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.