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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Book Review: The Stag Lord (Bannerman Boru) by Darby Kaye

The Stag Lord (Bannerman Boru)
By: Darby Kaye
Paranormal Romance
299 pages
Publisher: Spence City/Spencer Hill Press

On the run across America from a vengeful shape-shifter, Bannerman Bann Boru has only one thing on his mind: keeping himself and his young son, Cor, alive. At any cost.

Then he meets Shay Doyle, healer and member of a secret group of immortal Celtic warriors, the Tuatha De Danaan, who live in modern-day Colorado. When Cor is injured, Bannerman is forced to accept her help. He quickly realizes that the golden-haired healer is shield-maiden tough and can hold her own on the field of battle with the big boys. And Shay soon discovers that there is more to Bann then meets the eye.

Now, with the shape-shifter Cernunnos teaming up with the local pack of Fir Bolgs (Bronze Age creatures with a nasty taste for children), Bannerman, Shay, her wolf-dog Max, and the rest of the Doyle clan must figure out how to battle one insane god.

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Do not judge this book based on the cover or the title, both of which needed some major work, cause this story is amazingly wondrous! I'll get into this a little more in a minute. For now, the Fey are coming at you in a whole new light. Demons and fighting ancient evil, sure it's been done before. But not like this!

I was sucked in from the first heartbreaking chapter. The humanness of this tale is off the charts. The character development and interaction was everything you could hope for and more. Lore that was deeply rooted and well thought out. The heavy situations these folks face, while fantastical, seem realistic in this dynamic world. I was blown away, on many levels and this continued throughout many of the chapters.

In a word: marvelous. I wish to the lore I could say "flawless", but there were a few things that needed to be reworked a tad. The cover and title, as mentioned. Both of which do not do justice for the tale. The face, it has no meaning to the overall depth this story portrays. The title of this book, it holds no value for the struggle and obstacles that are faced.

There was a lot of build up to the Stag Lord himself, but once you get to him the story almost comes apart. He's not the imposing character that I thought he would be. I mean maybe he's got more to come, but with book one you just really expected something a little more dangerous.

Overall, this is a great start to a new series. Book two is not coming out until the end of 2015, which I hate! I want it now! But, this gives everyone the time needed to get caught up. And maybe, just maybe, change the cover. *shudders*

The sequel, Unholy Blue, will be released December 2015 from Spence City.

Getting 4 Sheep 


About the Author:
Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. Her books include the Griffin Rising series,theAdventures of Finn MacCullen series, and writing as Darby Kaye, The Stag Lord and its sequel, Unholy Blue.

A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Pikes Peak Writers, Darby has been known to run in blizzards and bike in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, she writes urban fantasy for tweens, teens, and adults.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for being part of the blog tour and reviewing my book. Glad you enjoyed getting to know Bann, Shay, and the rest of the Doyle clan. And Cor. We can't forget about dear Cor. It was a hoot to write! Cheers!