Book Review: White Stag (Permafrost #1), Kara Barbieri

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By: Kara Barbieri

Expected Publication: January 8th 2019

Length: 368 Pages

Rating: ⭐⭐


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.

To Be Released On : January 8th, 2019


I’m just going to start by saying that White Stag was one of the darkest YA fantasy reads that I have come by. This should also come with a trigger warning. I can see why this would be a factor into why some people may not read the book. Even though I understand that it was used as a shock factor.

I thought the premise of the novel was fantastically written and really does sweep into this world. Leaving you wanting and needing more. But when actually once you get into the book which can take about 35-40% of the way (way to long to in my opinion) your still left with characters that you don’t feel much for. Almost with the feeling of, well if this or that happens to so and so. It’s not that big of a deal.

I think what kept me pushing through was not the characters that were created but the world in which I characters thrived in. I did finish the book, but I don’t think I will move forward with the next. There was no connection with the characters and while the plot was well written it wasn’t intriguing.



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