Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Stag Hunt by Laura Deluca.
About the book: In ancient Britannia, the warrior who brought down the king stag was named the defender of the land.
Eartha’s brother Balen has been in love with Princess Galiene since they were children. Upon the death of the High King, the tribesmen of the realm vie for the throne, and with it, the hand of the fair princess.
Balen is desperate to win his lady, but a rival tribesman is equally determined to keep them apart.
With her brother, her dearest friend, and the country she loves all hanging in the balance, Eartha must do the unthinkable to ensure her brother’s victory in the stag hunt. Sometimes true love needs a helping hand…or some blood to be spilled.
My review: This is a quick read that really struck a chord with me. I’m a huge fan of coming of age stories where the hero is a regular type who is put, or chooses to be, in extraordinary circumstances. And this fulfilled that perfectly.
The story was fast paced and engaging to the point where I didn’t have a problem envisioning the older forests of Britannia along with the people and customs. In many ways, it reminded me of some Native American legends where the braves are said to ask the animal’s spirit if it would allow them to kill it to feed their family. If the answer was no, then it would run off. If the spirit said yes, it would allow the brave to kill it.
The characters were interesting, and I couldn’t help but root for Eartha to win as well as for a certain bad guy to get what he deserved. I won’t give away spoilers, so if you want to know more you’ll have to read it yourself. 😀
Like the author’s other books, this quickly became one of my favorites I look forward to reading again and again.