Tuesday, December 9, 2014

#Review: The Stag Lord

Book Title: The Stag Lord
Publisher: Spence City ( Spencer Hill Press)
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
Series/Standalone: Series Book 1
Format: ebook, physical 
How I got it: Blog Tour Company
Publication Date: Dec 2014

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. Until he meets Shay Doyle, healer and member of a secret group of immortal Celtic warriors, the Tuatha De Danaan, living 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 than meets the eye. Now, with the shape-shifter Cernunnos teaming up with the local pack of Fir Bolgs (Goth wannabes 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

I've been in a reading slump for ages. I haven't been enjoying reading since late august, but then this book came on my radar and I jumped at the chance to review it. And boy am I glad I did. I laughed when reading this book, teared up a bit, got mad on the character's behalf, felt all the feels and even fell in love.

I totally loved reading this book, I loved Bann and his wittiness, his sharp tongue and how much he loved his son. He was willing to do anything to make sure his son survived and had a happy life and i loved him more for it.  An old world Knight of the Fey, he spent his life living by the code he'd been raised by and he was devastated when push came to shove the ones who should have had his back bailed and left him and his son out in the cold.

I personally loved Shay the Healer who is also a Knight of the Fey.  I absolutely loved her devotion to her craft, her people. and her family.  Her family's devotion to her was wonderful to read and it just made me so happy to see a  healthy family dynamic being portrayed in the story.  Shay is stubborn, witty, fun and just the kinda healer I would love to have taking care of me.  She pushed Bann's buttons when she needed to and totally cared for Cor from the second she met him.  She totally made their lives more fun while being the one connection to 'humanity'.

Even though as a Celtic Pagan I should totally be offended of the portrayal of one of the Old Gods, I wasn't, I absolutely loved the lore, the presence of the other Celtic stories and the coming alive of the legends. It totally made me love the myths even more. And actually made me want to back and read even more of the ones I haven't yet.

This story was full of adventure, love, lore, sarcastic and witty characters and just great fun.  It also had it's villains, the idiots and quite a few WTF moments. I loved it.  And of course that ending??!!! Totally threw me for a loop. I can't wait to read more of her writing. It was extremely engaging and just what I needed to kick my slump.

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Go get you a copy and enjoy!!
Happy Reading

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