I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.White Stag (Permafrost, #1) by Kara Barbieri
Published by Wednesday Books on January 8, 2019
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.
This is one of those books that took me reading several chapters to fully get into the book. But once I did I could hardly put the book down. I feel like this is one of those books you will either not care for or really love. This is also one of those books I will probably keep my daughter away from for a few more years due to some more graphic sexual and abuse references that at 13 I think she’s too young for. Other than that I found this to be a very enjoyable book