Review: White Stag

Review: White Stag

White Stag (Permafrost #1) by Kara Barbieri

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Official synopsis

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.


Goblins, magic, kings AND a sprinkle of romance? It's like this was written just for me! This was so good. SO GOOD! From the very first page, this book had me hooked. I became obsessed with Janneke and Soren almost immediately and was so captivated by this unique story.

The world-building was seamless and perfected with every word. It was easy to read, easy to visualize and easy to become obsessed with.

Thank you for making me look forward to another fantastic series! I can't wait for the next one.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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