White Stag (Permafrost, #1) by Kara Barbieri

White Stag (Permafrost, #1)

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, Jann...

Details White Stag (Permafrost, #1)

TitleWhite Stag (Permafrost, #1)
Release DateJan 8th, 2019
PublisherWednesday Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews White Stag (Permafrost, #1)

  • megs_bookrack
    **3.5-STARS**As the sole survivor of a goblin raid on her village, Janneke is wracked with survivor's guilt. This would have been bad enough, however, to make matters worse she is taken hostage by the raiding army and forced into a life of servitude at the hands of the sadistic goblin, Lydian.Her life while with him is absolute hell. This is putting it mildly. We learn about this time through flashbacks but let's just get the trigger warnings out...
  • Alana • thebookishchick
    tw: mentions of rape, torture, violenceLadies and gentlemen, there's a new Rhys in town and he goes by the name of Soren.I honestly, didn't doubt for a second that I was going to end up loving this one. I mean, I freaking LOVED Wintersong, and it changed my life basically forever because I am now just one giant pile of goblin trash. So, its not really a surprise that the minute I heard about this book I knew I was going to spend the rest of my d...
  • Caylin
    TW Mention of rape. At first, I couldn't figure out what bothered me about this story. I read it, and then read it again, trying to figure out why I just didn't feel comfortable with it. Then, after thinking on it, I realized what was wrong. The main character's rape is used for shock value. It's brought up again and again, to either reinforce how 'bad' the bad guy is, or to force sympathy for the character. It's a go to whenever the character is...
  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    This isn’t going to be a warm and fuzzy review.I love dark fantasy stories that involve the folk and jumped on the opportunity to read and review White Stag. I discovered the origins of this story after I had started it (so cool!) and highly commend the author for getting her work published after originally publishing online.That said, this story needs A LOT of work still. The premise is very interesting and I enjoyed the main characters, Janne...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Rating ~3.5We are all monsters in some way.Whitestag tells the story of Janneke/Janneka a young girl stolen away from the mortal world 100 years ago, into the Permafrost, after the death of her family. For 100 years, she has lived among goblins. She has suffered a lifetime of hurt and continues to struggle, but she also to fight. All with the hope of one day returning to the human world, until she learns that she is changing and it may be too lat...
  • Krystal
    Here we have a story that's part fantasy, part recovery-from-trauma, and all around SAVAGE. But also loved up. So ... yay?I'll admit, it threw me a little. The story kinda starts in the middle which I normally enjoy (usually means more action) but it bothered me that it never went back to properly explain things. This feels like one of those times where the author held this story in her mind for so long that some of it got trapped there and never...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I was a bit worried about reading this book after seeing friends of mine DNF the book on Goodreads. However, I'm glad to say that the book did work for me. Up to a point. Yes, I have some issues with the book, but that has nothing to do with the rape or any abuse Janneke had to deal with. I know that it's a trigger for some readers. But, in this case (unlike some other books I've read that really got to me), did it not bother me. And, that's beca...
  • Ellie
    New release Tuesday!I’m so excited to ring in the new year by participating in the blog tour for White Stag!Janneke has spent 100 years as a thrall (basically a human slave) to the young goblin lord Soren. Previously, she “belonged” to Lydian, Soren’s cruel and sadistic uncle, and before that, lived in her family’s village before Lydian burned it down. When the goblin king dies, the hunt begins to have a new power on the throne, and Jan...
  • Dianne
    Raw, gritty and brutally bold, WHITE STAG by Kara Barbieri is a fabulous foundation for a dark fantasy about a young woman whose life was stolen away as she became the prisoner of a sadistic goblin, bent on dehumanizing her in every way possible before sending her on to his nephew.Janneke was always different, raised as the son her father never had, the sole survivor when her village was burned to the ground, she still has no place to call home, ...
  • A.L.
    As I approach the final chapters of White Stag, I must admit; at times I felt disgusted, frustrated, and wanted to give up. Indeed, despite the five star review that I have finally decided upon, I have had to restart this book twice over the past year. Why? it is becoming clearer to me that my feelings about this story and it's imagery, messages, and it's recurring allegory in relation to grief, self-atonement and rebirth in the face of deep regr...
  • Scrill
    This review and others like it can be found on my blog, Vicariously & VoraciouslyARC received via Netgalley for a fair review.The death of the Goblin king has spurred The Hunt for the white stag and Janneke finds herself in the middle of it. After being a thrall for the goblins for 100 years now she seems to be losing more of her humanity and becoming more like the monsters they are. During this hunt, the goblin who controls her uses it as an opp...
  • Olivia Farr
    "White Stag" is a really fantastic YA fantasy that I was absolutely pulled into and found it hard to put down. We mainly follow Janneke/Janneka (male/female declension as she was raised to be a male heir), a human who was captured and brought into the Permafrost by a goblin. Since then, she has been a thrall (slave) to goblins. The first goblin (Lydian) who enslaved her tortured her (see warnings below) before giving her as a gift to his nephew (...
  • Luupi
    2.5 starsTW: Slavery and rape.You know when you didn't like a book but then you sit to write a review and you don't really know the reason why? That's me right now.To begin this with I have to say I found our main character, Jenneke, really entertaining to read about. She was so well fleshed out, I could feel her pain and fear but also her need to survive and to not give up on her life. She was so strong and she never backed up from a fight, of c...
  • Lou
    White Stag, the first novel in the Permafrost fantasy series by self-publishing success story Kara Barbieri, is a dark, brooding and superb read; in fact, it's difficult to believe that this is a debut, let alone a book written in the authors teen years. If this is the first, I am already ridiculously excited for the upcoming series instalments but also what comes after the too. Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, this is an intricately plotte...
  • Cassandra **The Bibliophagist**
    Review to come
  • erica
    Y'all, I am so torn about this book! There was so much I LOVED but there were also quite a few things that I thought needed some work.First of all, this is a book about sexy goblins. Yes, that's right. But this shouldn't be a stretch for anyone who's seen Labyrinth:White Stag opens in a palace in the Permafrost, where the Erlking is seated on his throne next to a white stag, surrounded by Goblins paying respects to their king. A fight between two...
  • Katie
    Thank you NetGalley for sending me this book in return for an unbiased review. Sorry these always take so long. I had real difficulty getting into this book, and then I read that the author used to write on Wattpad, and it all made sense. Quite quickly though the pace picked up and the plot began to come through. One element I absolutely adored was the Norse mythology and settings, seeing the history of Janneke and her understanding and religious...
  • Irena
    White Stag is young adult fantasy that made notice even before it was released, and now when I read it, I can see why.This is the first fantasy about goblins that I have ever read, and I can tell you that I have enjoyed learning about these creatures that I knew so little about before (basically, my whole knowledge before this book came from Lord of the Rings movies).The world was fascinating, and I wish we got to see more of it. Since this is on...
  • Charlotte Bayley Westcott
    *ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review* I hate, hate, hate to say this but I did not finish this book at 50%. Honestly, I probably should have stopped earlier, but I had hope that it would get better. In the end, it just got even worse. Every few pages I had to stop and check to see if this was the second in a series. Information seemed missing from the backstory and the world building. Why are these goblins beautiful? Why do...
  • kath | novelandfolk
    DNF @ 20%It really sounded like my perfect recipe for a YA fantasy: Norse mythology-inspired, wintery setting, a goblin king. I had such high hopes for this one but sadly it just was not my cup of tea. It reads precisely like fan fiction for The Cruel Prince with toned-down characters with very little chemistry and some Norse mythology sprinkled in to appeal to the folklore crowd. Just replace ‘goblin’ with ‘fae’ and the story feels redun...
  • Robin Bonne
    3.5 Stars. I struggled to keep my attention on the plot. I thought about it for awhile and determined this was because the dialogue between characters never found a natural rhythm. It felt wooden, disjointed, and strange. I did really like the book’s concept, and I enjoyed the Goblin King character. Also, the cover on this book is lovely to look at. I just wish the dialogue flowed a little more smoothly. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher fo...
  • Sheila Goicea
    See my full review of this book on my blog along with others at: foalsfictionandfiligree.comI received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.Content Warning: Slavery, Violence/Gore, Rape, ProfanityBLURB: An exhilarating story of one girl’s journey to finding her place in a world of monsters. Cursed with pain upon d...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “My point is we’re all monsters to someone or something by some definition. It’s the context of the situation that matters.” Who doesn’t want more golbin stories in their life? White Stag is an excellent story about accepting yourself as you grow and change - not always i the ways you expect. We follow Janneke as she’s forced into the merciless Goblin world after her village is destroyed. When the Goblin King dies, a new and deadly h...