Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blog tour: The Stag Lord (Bannerman Boru #1) by Darby Kaye with review

The Stag Lord (Bannerman Boru #1) 
by Darby Kaye
New Adult Urban Fantasy
Releasing December 2, 2014
Publisher: Spence City/Spencer Hill Press

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

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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 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.

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The Stag Lord grabbed my interest on the opening page and kept me hooked until the very end. Can I say how much I enjoyed author Darby Kaye's adult fantasy novel? I loved her rich descriptions and how everything was easily visualized. I felt as if I was there alongside Cor looking out into a canyon, or beside his father ready to take on any pursuer or watching Shay with her wonderful hands as she healed someone. The rich details of this author's work fae world is steeped in Irish/Celtic mythology and the Tuatha De Danaan and she put her own spin on things to make it unique

Wow, that opening chapter was tense! I couldn't read fast enough. At the heart of The Stag Lord is Bannerman Boru (they call him Bann) who has given up on his fae people since they didn't help him when he needed them most. On the run from a villainous creature hellbent on destroying the Bannerman lineage, Bann and his young son, Cor, have tired of life on the road. Cor is only eight years old and yet he's experienced things and horrors most adults never have their entire lives. We know something terrible is following them which only adds to the suspense Kaye has deftly created. There were so many intense moments which made me finish the story in one day. I had to know! Plus, I will readily admit my crush on Bann as I read. Shay is very lucky!

I especially loved the family dynamics, the realistic way father and son interacted-from their apparent love of one another to their outbursts of anger or moments of disagreement-each rang true. When they encounter a healer, Shay, the story takes an interesting turn. The interactions between the characters was so fluid, even the dog, Max, was a welcome addition (I'm a sucker for animals in stories).

I've only read one other book by this author (a wonderful YA) and now I need to make a note to check out more of her novels. Solid storytelling, totally believable characters and situations, a rich fantasy lore and world, I thoroughly enjoyed The Stag Lord and look forward to reading the next installment, Unholy Blue, when it's released next December.

Rating: 5

Cover comment:
Pretty cool.

Book source:
I received a promotional copy.

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.

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  1. Thank you so much for being part of the blog tour, and for the terrific review. It was a hoot writing about Bann and Shay and Cor. Max is my favorite. Cheers!