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THE STAG LORD by Darby Kaye — Book Review

November 21, 2014

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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 onthe 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 (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.

I dunno about you, but knowing a book has a sexy Irish Mythological Knight in it increases its appeal. That’s why reading, and then writing a review for, The Stag Lord by Darby Kaye was a no brainer.

Kaye has a wonderful way of incorporating mythology and modern times. It was plain throughout the story that some of the characters were from the old times, yet they had obviously learned to adapt to current civilization. So many authors have trouble combining these two ways of life and it makes the story clunky and hard to follow. Kaye found a way to make these two different times fit together seamlessly.

What really stands out in this story is the father/son relationship. A lot of stories only focus on one aspect of a relationship and miss the deeper, more realistic parts. Kaye made the interactions between Bann and his son, Cor, so real. Well, not including all of the scary monsters and super powers. She stripped away the myth at certain points to show the core. There were moments of distress and anger between Bann and Cor along with moments of happiness and pure love. I smiled at how they joked around and cringed when they fought. Kaye certainly knows how to construct a real, down-to-earth relationship buried within all the mythology.

That being said, there was something I wished she had focused a but more on. Toward the beginning of the story, we meet the Healer, Shay. She is supposed to be a talented Healer for her people. This is mentioned often throughout the entire story. However, you don’t exactly see this. I mean, sure, she heals many of the characters multiple times. But, it’s always using the same potion. A potion that can be made by many of the other characters. I just wish Kaye had delved more into the different healing techniques and shown more of the different ways Shay could have healed her patients. I felt like something was missing throughout the entire story on this front.

I also wanted to mention that this is NOT a Young Adult story, which had been what I first believed. This is Adult Urban Fantasy. So, yes, there are some sexy times contained within. I’m not usually into this sort of thing. But, I will say that Kaye has a tasteful way of incorporating these scene into her story.

If you like Irish Mythology, tons of cool sword fighting, incredibly strong young characters, and a romance contained within it all, give The Stag Lord by Darby Kaye a shot. I seriously doubt you’ll be disappointed. Oh, did I mention the insane plot twist at the end? …


Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. She’s been known to run in blizzards and bike in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby writes urban fantasy for tweens, teens, and adults, and is now trying her hand at contemporary romance. She’d love to talk with you. No. Seriously.        

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  1. November 21, 2014 1:08 pm

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing my book, and an extra big thank you for being part of the blog tour! Cheers!

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