by Kara Barbieri
Review by Bronwyn Eley
Let me just start by saying that I read this book in a few hours, which might not sound that impressive but as a notoriously slow reader, it says a lot! White Stag by Kara Barbieri is such a fun, fast-paced read that I couldn’t put it down. Sadly, I had to put it down because life often gets in the way of reading, but I was back to it as soon as possible!
Kara Barbieri’s book started out on Wattpad and became a sensation. With over a million reads, how could it not get noticed? Her publishers helped her to expand the story and now it has been released as this stunning and thrilling book.
It’s a little bit Beauty and the Beast, a little bit A Court of Thorns and Roses and even a little bit The Hunger Games.
Basically you’ve got Janneke – a human girl who was kidnapped from her home when she was seventeen and enslaved by a cruel goblin called Lydian across the border in a land known as Permafrost. Time is different there and Janneke has been living in this land for over 100 years, all the while retaining her youthfulness.
Although she wouldn’t call it luck, Janneke is lucky enough to be passed onto Lydian’s nephew Soren for the majority of her time so far in the Permafrost. Our story picks up after these hundred-or-so years have passed and Janneke has formed a routine with Soren. They aren’t friends, but they aren’t slave and master either.
Janneke is a really strong character, determined not just to live, but to live true to her beliefs, desires and will. She is stubborn, bold and a survivor! Most humans who are taken as slaves in the Permafrost die after a few years… but not Janneke.
Our story revolves around Janneke and Soren’s involvement in this ancient hunt. When the Goblin King dies, a hunt begins to find the next king. It’s goblin vs goblin, and Soren takes Janneke along. Why? He has his reasons.
I thought I had the end figured out from the get-go but I’m pleased to say that I was wrong! Barbieri did a great job of taking me by surprise with her inventive and emotional ending, I’m very eager to see where this story goes from here!
~ Bronwyn xo