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The House of the Stag It Begins With A Tragedy Before The Riders Came To Their Remote Valley, The Yendri Led A Tranquil Pastoral Life When The Riders Conquered And Enslaved Them, Only A Few Escaped To The Forests Only One Of Them Possessed The Necessary Rage To Fight Back Gard The Foundling, Half Demon, Who Began A One Man Guerrilla War Against The Riders But His Struggle Ended In The Loss Of The Family He Loved And Condemnation From His Own PeopleExiled, He Was Taken As A Slave By Powerful Mages Ruling An Underground Kingdom Wiser And Bitter, He Found Subtle Ways To Earn His Freedom This Is The Story Of His Rise To Power, His Vengeance, His Unlikely Redemption And Marriage, And His Maturation Into A Loving Father As Well As A Lord And Commander Of Demon Armies i am enjoying this series lots of capers, plots, clever dialogue, humor, some magic, traces of darkness some sex but it s not ridiculous or overly descriptive if you enjoyed the Locke Lamora series, you d probably enjoy this. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Kage Baker s The House of the Stag is a stand alone novel set in the same world as The Anvil of the World and The Bird of the River In this story, the pacifist Yendri tribe has been enslaved by cruel invaders, and the half demon foundling named Gard is the only one who will fight back When he s exiled from the tribe, Gard is captured by mages who live underground and set to work with their bound demon slaves With some advice from his fellow slaves, he r ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Kage Baker s The House of the Stag is a stand alone novel set in the same world as The Anvil of the World and The Bird of the River In this story, the pacifist Yendri tribe has been enslaved by cruel invaders, and the half demon foundling named Gard is the only one who will fight back When he s exiled from the tribe, Gard is captured by mages who live underground and set to work with their bound demon slaves With some advice from his fellow slaves, he remakes his own image and ends up styling himself as The Dark Lord Meanwhile, back in the tribe, a prophet arises who promises the coming of a Saint who will lead the Yendri to a promised land The separate plotlines are eventually united when The Saint meets The Dark Lord.My summary of The House of the Stag doesn t do justice to the novel it explains, ostensibly, what the novel is about, but I don t pick up one of Kage Baker s books or stories because I think the plot sounds interesting I pick it up because it was written by Kage Baker There is muchto her work than the plot she knows how to tell a story What I like best about Baker s stories is her creative world building and her sense of humor Her stories are unique, peculiar, smart, and often very funny in that dry deadpan way that I love Her style is similar to Jack Vance s, though without the elaborate use of language that is part of his humor.Despite some serious subject matter slavery, racism, colonialism and plenty of darkness, violence and gore, The House of the Stag is delightfully humorous On his way to becoming The Dark Lord, Gard becomes a gladiator, a gardener, and an actor He collects fashion and personality advice as he goes, keeping his thoughts mostly to himself and often limiting his speech to epigrammatic replies of Yes, Oh, and Thank you Somehow, this is very funny Along the way, he meets many colorful characters such as the werewolf butler who collects celadon porcelain dishes and the female theater groupies who wait outside the Dark Lord s dressing room Baker never overdoes these bits of humor their subtlety is what makes them so funny.Too little of Kage Baker s work has been produced on audio, so when I saw that Audible Frontiers had recently released The House of the Stag, I snatched it up It s read by Sean Crisden, whose voices are perfect for Baker s dry humor He s absolutely hilarious in the scene where the theater manager is explaining the stock characters of epics to Gard.I didn t need the plotline about the promised child, even though it eventually joined Gard s story Gard s adventures were so fascinating that I was always disappointed when the POV switched, but these interludes didn t last long, fortunately It s rare that I say this, but I was sad when The House of the Stag was finished I wantedand I felt again the loss of such a brilliant writer It s always an event when I buy a new book in hardcover there are only a handful of authors that merit this honor, especially since I became a broke ass student Kage Baker deserves it House of the Stag is the best fantasy novel I ve read since Swanwick s Dragons of Babel It takes place in the same setting as Baker s Anvil of the World, though it s been so long since I read AOTW that I couldn t tell you how they overlap and diverge Like AOTW, HOTS is considerably less plot driven than the bo It s always an event when I buy a new book in hardcover there are only a handful of authors that merit this honor, especially since I became a broke ass student Kage Baker deserves it House of the Stag is the best fantasy novel I ve read since Swanwick s Dragons of Babel It takes place in the same setting as Baker s Anvil of the World, though it s been so long since I read AOTW that I couldn t tell you how they overlap and diverge Like AOTW, HOTS is considerably less plot driven than the books in Baker s Company series, with aintimate focus on character and conflicts.HOTS is about how difficult it is to be a Bad Guy or a Good Guy, a Dark Lord or a Messiah, when really all you want to be is a person It s about the conflict between social progress and tradition, and whether it s better to meet repression and enslavement with nonviolent resistance, or with armed force It asks whether it s possible to respond to a malign society by remaining aloof from it, or if one is obligated to engage, accommodate, and master the system It s a feminist subversion of mythic tropes like the Hero s Journey and the Chosen One It s a love story, and really pretty funny, too And yes, there are swords and magic and monsters and all the other set pieces The strangest thing is that it starts off as a tragedy, and ends as a comedy I suspect that Baker deliberately inverted the structure of Anvil, but starting dark and ending light is much harder to pull off than the inverse She pulls it off.I won t waste time reciting plot points, I ll just say to the fantasy fans read it If you don t want to splurge on hardcover, go to the library, or borrow my copy I thought this was a sequel to Anvil of the World , but it s actually a prequel, telling the story of the parents of Anvil s protagonist.My first thought, starting the book, was that it was much too earnest The tale of an innocent agrarian society living in Edenic peace until attacked by violent slavers wasn t bad, but also wasn t what I was expecting Anvil was just much funnier.But as the book progressed, I was caught up by the story of Gard, a foundling raised by the peaceful Yendri wh I thought this was a sequel to Anvil of the World , but it s actually a prequel, telling the story of the parents of Anvil s protagonist.My first thought, starting the book, was that it was much too earnest The tale of an innocent agrarian society living in Edenic peace until attacked by violent slavers wasn t bad, but also wasn t what I was expecting Anvil was just much funnier.But as the book progressed, I was caught up by the story of Gard, a foundling raised by the peaceful Yendri who, regardless of their nurture, grows to be a fighter, insistent on pursuing retribution against the oppressors of his people His journey takes him through a variety of scenarios, from slave to gladiator to laborer to actor to Demonic Dark Lord Around the time when he becomes an actor, it begins to get funny again By the time the story ends, I was like, yep, this book is awesome It also prominently features Balnshik, the demoness from Anvil, who is just a great character.So sad that there won t be anybooks set in this world the loss of Kage Baker is such a tragedy

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