TITLE: The Stag Lord (Bannerman Boru #1)
AUTHOR: Darby Kaye; Darby Karchut
PUBLICATION: Published December 2nd 2014 by Spence City
GENRE: A/NA > Fantasy
PAGES: 376pages (paperback)
SOURCE: arc via publisher (netgalley)


4 ★★★★1/2


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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 (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.





“Fantasy would go like this—the hero overcomes the monster about beating incredible odds, he woos the girl, they fall in love, and they live happily ever after….. Real life is never that way. Real life is confusing. And messy. And painful. And too many good people get serious crap dumped on them”


I actually haven’t read anything by Darby Karchut and now I’m wondering why.  I fell in love with The Stag Lord immediately and its intense and rich writing totally hooked me. Darby is on my author-to-stalk list. I am sure that I will be reading her other books soon and I will not be surprised if I’ll devour it for 1 day like what I did in The Stag Lord.

Bannerman and his son, Cormac or Cor is on the run. First of all, let’s mention it already that this two are not ordinary human. They are part of the tribe Tuatha De Danaan. Tuatha De Danaan are warriors. They fight with other creatures that human don’t know about like Feys and goblins. But right now, Bannermans main enemy is Cernnunos. And Cernunnos wants something from him that he will never give. Good thing he met Shay and her clan and they fought with him against the shapeshifter Cernunnos.

Okay, that’s all I can give. Darby Kaye’s characters are phenomenal. They’re very real and authentic. Bannerman Boru is the reason some book nerds are not interested in guys anymore. This guy can make you hot all over.. but he can also make your heart melt. His son, Cor, is no different. He is a kid and he’s character is written well. The father and son relationship s to die for. There were scenes that really squeezed my heart.

Shay is one awesome heroine. Now this heroine is what I am dying to read. Funny, badass and kind hearted.

“Shay Doyle,” he declared. “You are in danger.”
“No. I’m in the kitchen.” She raised a hand, forestalling him.

Did I mention she’s funny? The chemistry between Bannerman and Shay is just..

 oh my gawd

But an Urban Fantasy book won’t be complete without its magical and entrancing myths and secrets right? Well, The Stag Lord didn’t fail to deliver. The world surrounding the Tuatha De Danaan and their culture and ways really captivated me. I want to know more. And although I can already feel the torture of waiting, I WILL BE PATIENT. For Cernunno’s next move. For what’s going to happen to Shay and Bann. And for knowing the secret that is surrounding Cor.

The Stag Lord is a success Urban Fantasy novel. It’s fast paced, it’s writing is impressive and the characterization is exquisite! This is 2014 favorite for me. It’s a MUST READ and I recommend it to any UF lovers. You don’t want to miss the heart stopping first book in this series.






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Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, teacher, and a compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado with her husband and owns more backpacks than purses. As she should.

Her Middle Grade books include FINN FINNEGAN (March 2013 from Spencer Hill Press). The next book in the Finnegan series, GIDEON’S SPEAR (Spencer Hill Press) will be released February 2014, followed by THE HOUND AT THE GATE (January 2015).


She has also co-authored a non-fiction book for teens entitled MONEY AND TEENS with her husband, author Wes Karchut.