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The House of the Stag ❴Epub❵ ➝ The House of the Stag Author Kage Baker – Liversite.co.uk 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 It begins with a tragedy Before the of the PDF/EPUB » 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 The House ePUB ñ 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 House of the PDF/EPUB Ã 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.


10 thoughts on “The House of the Stag

  1. Kat Hooper Kat Hooper says:

    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


  2. Amaha Amaha says:

    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


  3. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    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


  4. Virginia Virginia says:

    Don t let the cheesy cover and the stupid title fool you This book is AWESOME I put off reading this book for so long Yes, yes, I know Don t judge a book by its cover and whatnot Well, I did Fie on my stupidity Don t let me idiocy be yours Fantastic world and story Utterly engrossing and satisfyingly self contained Plus, if you are accustomed to high fantasy tropes, you will be delighted by the humor and in jokes I am sad because Baker has passed away so there will be nonew st Don t let the cheesy cover and the stupid title fool you This book is AWESOME I put off reading this book for so long Yes, yes, I know Don t judge a book by its cover and whatnot Well, I did Fie on my stupidity Don t let me idiocy be yours Fantastic world and story Utterly engrossing and satisfyingly self contained Plus, if you are accustomed to high fantasy tropes, you will be delighted by the humor and in jokes I am sad because Baker has passed away so there will be nonew stories from her However, I am pleased because now, there is a new author to me, anyway that I can now enjoy EXCELLENT


  5. MB (What she read) MB (What she read) says:

    10 1 08 First Read I loved it Why Because it was witty, with a wry but kind humor to it Because I couldn t guess where it was going in anyway shape or form and the ending was a complete surprise to me For me, this is unusual Because it incorporated all sorts of strong interesting characters and points of view and a unique world Because it was such an interesting take almost a gentle send up poking fun at the typical male oriented fantasy novel Because I loved the give and take betw 10 1 08 First Read I loved it Why Because it was witty, with a wry but kind humor to it Because I couldn t guess where it was going in anyway shape or form and the ending was a complete surprise to me For me, this is unusual Because it incorporated all sorts of strong interesting characters and points of view and a unique world Because it was such an interesting take almost a gentle send up poking fun at the typical male oriented fantasy novel Because I loved the give and take between the strong male character and the equally strong female character This is the way I like my books Yay Kage I m looking forward to the next one Readers, if you like Lois McMaster Bujold or Sharon Shinn, try Kage s books Don t miss The Company series as well.6 28 11 2nd read I do love this book I smiled throughout


  6. Phoenixfalls Phoenixfalls says:

    I think this is the first Kage Baker novel I ve read whose jacket description properly captures its feel though the description for The Anvil of the World comes close The first paragraph and the first section of the second paragraph sound exactly like at least half of the heroic fantasy novels being written today, and in broad strokes, this novel follows that very popular story arc But throughout the story, and coming to the fore at the end, is the sort of wry humanism that is so at odds w I think this is the first Kage Baker novel I ve read whose jacket description properly captures its feel though the description for The Anvil of the World comes close The first paragraph and the first section of the second paragraph sound exactly like at least half of the heroic fantasy novels being written today, and in broad strokes, this novel follows that very popular story arc But throughout the story, and coming to the fore at the end, is the sort of wry humanism that is so at odds with most of heroic fantasy, and so trademark to Kage Baker s and Connie Willis and Lois McMaster Bujold s style.This is the story of how the Master of the Mountain and the Green Saint came to be who they were in The Anvil of the World, making it a prequel of sorts, though both books stand equally well on their own As in The Anvil of the World, Baker doesn t confine herself to even length chapters, nor does she stick with one viewpoint some sections are first person narrative, one is second person, and one is third person with a first person frame though while it isn t always clear who is speaking at first because they are characters that haven t been introduced yet Baker is always in control, and the reader is immediately aware that the perspective has shifted and where in the world it has shifted to.Most of the story revolves around Gard, who will become the Master of the Mountain the Green Saint isn t born until halfway through the book Gard is a wonderful character despite all the baggage handed him by heroic fantasy convention, he retains a wonderful clarity of purpose all he wants is the chance to live and be happy, and he will do what seems necessary to make that as likely as possible He encounters several mentor figures another fantasy trope including Balnshik, who we met in The Anvil of the World he attracts a ragtag bunch of followers, outcasts in the world at large, through his strength of character and he forges himself with the help of those mentioned above into the sort of tool so very common in heroic fantasy impossibly skilled at everything he sets his hand to, be it conventional fighting with any weapon or magic.But just as his journey appears to be veering too far into teen boy wish fulfillment, Baker grounds it yet again in his simple desire for happiness He bests his enemies not to make the world a better place, but simply to get himself and those he loves out of harms way that accomplished, he takes whatever jobs come to hand I particularly enjoyed his turn as an actor to keep food on the table and a roof over his head If I have one quibble, it s that the Green Saint was not given as much depth as Gard, and their romance was of the love at first sight variety But while that quibble was strong enough that I couldn t love this volume quite as much as The Anvil of the World, The House of the Stag is still one of the best heroic fantasy novels I ve read in a long time


  7. Shaun Duke Shaun Duke says:

    Every once in a while you come across a book that raises the bar, that blows the competition out of the water Some years back, that book was Harry Potter or books, to beaccurate now, Kage Baker s The House of the Stag has done what few books can ever do.The House of the Stag is a modern fairytale that chronicles the struggle of a young man after his people, the Yendri, are invaded by a barbaric, horseback riding people called the Riders As his people are rounded up and killed or turne Every once in a while you come across a book that raises the bar, that blows the competition out of the water Some years back, that book was Harry Potter or books, to beaccurate now, Kage Baker s The House of the Stag has done what few books can ever do.The House of the Stag is a modern fairytale that chronicles the struggle of a young man after his people, the Yendri, are invaded by a barbaric, horseback riding people called the Riders As his people are rounded up and killed or turned into slaves, a strange figure appears called the Star, who takes on the role of a prophet But Gard refuses to accept the sit and do nothing stance of the Star and takes matters into his own hands When his actions get him accused as a murderer by his own people, he finds himself exiled and flung out into the wider,dangerous world beyond There he discovers new cultures and customs, and important information about his past, all while vowing to gain the power and influence he needs to destroy the Riders once and for all and free his people forever.Baker s novel is an astonishing fantasy tale, with rich detail, fantastic world building, enjoyable, complex characters, and a unique postmodern structure that is as readily aware of its fairytale roots as it is of its emotionally impacted literary attention to issues of post colonialism, slavery, and racism That s a mouthful, for sure, but The House of the Stag deserves such long winded praise This book influenced me so much that I actually used it for a second senior thesis during my final quarter at the University of California, Santa Cruz I now regret having never read anything else by Ms Baker, because her writing is impeccable, her characters are realistically flawed, and her world is stunning in its design You can t ask for muchin a stand alone fantasy novel.The most difficult thing about reviewing this book is trying to find the cons of Baker s story I loved the book from start to finish, which leaves me with only one complaint the chapters are too long A pointless complaint Yes, but to say that any book is perfect is to tell a lie The House of the Stag is not a perfect novel, but it is certainly close.The House of the Stag is the kind of novel for anyone who wants somethingin their fantasy This is not your typical tale of elves and magic, talking animals It s a modernized fairytale replete with the escapist power of epic fantasy As such, lovers of virtually any kind of fantasy should enjoy The House of the Stag Baker s book is, in my opinion, a one of a kind fantasy treat


  8. Johne Johne says:

    I was saddened to read about the passing of Kage Baker, and when I read that she wrote twonovels in the universe she created with Anvil of the World, I immediately bought both those novels without any further research.I was astonished by this work I expectedof the black humor of The Anvil of the World, but this was a straight up Fantasy, which tells perhaps the coolest, strangest love story in recent memory I love how she mines the richness of Fantasy without any Tolkienesque overt I was saddened to read about the passing of Kage Baker, and when I read that she wrote twonovels in the universe she created with Anvil of the World, I immediately bought both those novels without any further research.I was astonished by this work I expectedof the black humor of The Anvil of the World, but this was a straight up Fantasy, which tells perhaps the coolest, strangest love story in recent memory I love how she mines the richness of Fantasy without any Tolkienesque overtones.It helps to have read The Anvil of the World first, although this story takes place before that one This was farthan Gard and the Saint s origin story, this is the origin story of their world, and it is very personal for being so very different from typical Fantasy fare Kage Baker was brilliant, and now she s gone The world is a poorer place after her passing


  9. Tasula Tasula says:

    Kage Baker is one of my favorite fantasy authors especially for the Company series House of the Stag is part of a different series, which includes the Bird of the River and the Anvil of the World This world is populated with Children of the Sun reddish skinned human types , Yendri greenish skinned human types , demons, mages, and others Anvil is my favorite of the series it islight hearted and has some hilarious parts it occurs much later in time than Stag Stag tells the story of Kage Baker is one of my favorite fantasy authors especially for the Company series House of the Stag is part of a different series, which includes the Bird of the River and the Anvil of the World This world is populated with Children of the Sun reddish skinned human types , Yendri greenish skinned human types , demons, mages, and others Anvil is my favorite of the series it islight hearted and has some hilarious parts it occurs much later in time than Stag Stag tells the story of a baby found in the woods, adopted by a Yendri family, how he is torn from his home, taken captive by evil mages, becomes an actor, soldier and leader of demons, and how his dark path intersects with that of the Child a baby promised to bring hope and healing to the Yendri It s entertaining, sometimes brutal, but ultimately fairly gentle and optimistic


  10. pie pie says:

    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.


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