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The Silver Stag (The Wild Hunt Book 1) Kindle Edition
Caught between the worlds of Light and Dark Fae, Ember Kearney was born with the mark of the Silver Stag. Rejected by both her bloodlines, she’s turned her back on her people to become a freelance investigator, hiring herself to take care of common problems like hen-stealing goblins.
When Ember’s best friend asks for her help, it leads them both into a glittering world of conspiracy and danger. Angel’s little brother has vanished, and Ember must race against time to save his life. But when Ember discovers what’s happened to DJ, both she and Angel find themselves recruited into Herne’s elite squad of bounty hunters. Now, Ember must not only face her heritage, but she’s bound to preserve the balance between the Fae Courts, for if order isn’t maintained, war and chaos will spill out into the mortal realm.
The Silver Stag: Book 1 of the Wild Hunt Series
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NYT, USA Today, & Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author
Yasmine Galenorn is the NYT, USA Today, and PW bestselling author of over 75 books. With over 2,000,000 books in print, Yasmine is best known for her urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and paranormal women's fiction. She won the 2012 Career Achievement award in Urban Fantasy from the Romantic Times Convention. She spent 20 years in traditional publishing until 2016, when she moved to indie in order to expand her horizons and to write what she wanted to write. Best known for her Otherworld Series, Wild Hunt Series, and now her Moonshadow Bay series, Yasmine has written in many genres.
- Moonshadow Bay Series (paranormal women's fiction)
- Wild Hunt Series (urban fantasy)
- Lily Bound Series (gritty urban fantasy)
- Whisper Hollow Series (paranormal suspense)
- Bewitching Bedlam (paranormal mystery/romance)
- Fury Unbound (dystopian urban fantasy)
- Indigo Court Series (dark fantasy/romance)
- Chintz 'n China (paranormal women's fiction/mysteries)
More to come:
- The Hedge Dragon Series
- The Magic Happens Series
- The Wyrd Sister Series
Order of the Moonshadow Bay Series
- Starlight Web
- Midnight Web
- Conjure Web
- Harvest Web
- Shadow Web
There will always be animals in my books...
I love cats, and you'll find them liberally sprinkled through my books as either pets or main characters.
The settings are characters in their own right...
The forest will always play a huge part in my books because nature is alive and vibrant and home to magic.
The Wild, the Fae, the Gods...they make their homes in my books.
I find magic everywhere in life, and try to infuse it into my worlds.
From the Author
- ASIN : B0785NTHDH
- Publisher : Nightqueen Enterprises LLC; 1st edition (March 5, 2018)
- Publication date : March 5, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2085 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 320 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,906 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Half light Fae, half dark Fae, she was never supposed to exist, but working for Herne, the demigod in charge of the Wild Hunt, allows her to take charge of her life, and introduces her to the parts she never knew…
Ember has always been a misfit, so it seems appropriate that she be on a team of them. Her best friend Angel is along for the ride, and they both need some protection from the beings that hunt them.
They’re tough though, and ultimately this new job gives them both the opportunity to grow in strength, and have something to show for it.
An enjoyable urban fantasy for UF fans.
Ember is an interesting character being half light and dark Fae. She doesn’t know what gifts she has nor do we, but I’m sure as we read on in the series we will learn more. I liked that she is so dedicated to her BFF Angel. She is an amazing friend and it shows in this novel when her friends brother is missing.
We meet many characters along the way. One is Herne - Ember’s love interest, Angel - Ember’s BFF, and the Wild Hunt crew. All the characters we meet are unique and add to the story. I had a fun time with them all.
Things move fast and Ember is forced out of the shadows and into the Wild Hunt. They are a group of supernaturals keeping balance in the world of humans. Its an interesting set up. The world building is great with loads of mythology woven in. It is a lot to take in in one book. As first books go it was an info dump, but still I was pulled into the mystery and the Wild Hunt.
The romance is subtle in this first novel. We focus on the mystery and helping Angel.
I had a blast with The Silver Stag and I acutely went out and bought books 2 & 3 after finishing this one. I really enjoyed the mist-fit cast of characters and the world. I can’t wait to see where things go and what mystery we will solve next with the Wild Hunt. Urban Fantasy fans will enjoy this brisk and dynamic read!
Rated: 4 Stars
Ember is a private detective in modern-day Seattle... but she's also a Fae, born of a forbidden union between the Light Fae and the Dark Fae, and living in a world where Fae, vampires, witches, shapeshifters, and other creatures live side by side with humankind. When her best friend's little brother goes missing, she sets out to find him... but in the process runs into Herne, leader of the Wild Hunt, who informs her that as one bearing the mark of the Silver Stag she's destined to join said hunt. But the Wild Hunt isn't the terrifying band of hunters from mythology, but actually a well-run detective agency... and they need Ember's help to save Seattle from a violent creature...
This could have been a great story, or at least an entertaining one. I've read other detective stories set in urban fantasy settings (Ari Marmel's "Mick Oberon" series, Jim Butcher's "Storm Front," etc.), and they've managed to be fun reads that blended their urban elements with their fantastic elements quite well. "The Silver Stag," sadly, doesn't manage that as well. I never felt like the fantasy elements meshed well with the modern-day elements, and that sometimes said fantasy elements felt tacked on as an afterthought. It doesn't help that the terrifying legend of the Wild Hunt (look it up sometime) is reduced to a bland and boring detective agency, draining it of its mystical elements. Herne, too, is reduced from the mythical Herne the Hunter to an utterly boring love interest.
The writing itself is at its best when describing the magical elements, such as Ember's connection to water elementals. But these elements are sadly under-utilized, and much of the book is taken up with boring office work, boring descriptions of what characters are wearing, boring repetition of things we've already heard before, and a boring attempt to force a romance into a story that doesn't necessarily need a romance to work. The prose is often wooden and bland, and I found far more grammar and editing errors in this book than I should have. I don't care if it's a Kindle book, there's no excuse for missing words and grammatical mistakes...
I could have forgiven some of the above flaws if I'd cared anything about the characters... but I feel nothing for them. Ember is your stereotypical action girl with a tragic past, and sadly her dead parents and status as a half-breed isn't enough to make me feel sympathy for her when she has no personality whatsoever. None of the characters, from her boss/love interest Herne to her best friend Angel, is more than a cardboard cutout that occasionally spits out dialogue, and the only glimpses we get of their personalities are what the narrator informs us (Talia is supposed to be snarky and sassy, but we barely get any sass from her). And of course we get the ex-boyfriend who's supposed to be the jealous type but doesn't really exhibit this trait (or any other traits, for that matter).
I really wanted to like "The Silver Stag," but it's just such a bland and boring read that I found myself utterly disappointed in it. There are glimmers of promise, but it largely feels like wasted potential. For a good detective story involving the Fae, I'd suggest "Hot Lead, Cold Iron" instead.
Top reviews from other countries
Nicely written with believable exploits and potential romance between our heroine and Herne. Book 1 of a long series.
Ember both light and dark fae and doesn't belong to either. Life turn upside down for her best friend Angel when her brother goes missing but this leads them to meet Herne. Herne who ends up helping Ember and offering help protect them both and with a new job with wild hunt agency. Where will this path lead and what will happen along the way.
Another winning series for Yasmine and can't wait till the next book in the series.