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Stag's Run

(Iron Breakers Trilogy #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,011 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Edited and updated version released June 2017

Book one of the Iron Breakers Trilogy.

Ren Frayne is the bastard son of the Queen of Frayne, a title he’s more than comfortable with when it brings him limited responsibilities and all the luxuries of life he could ever want. But when the king and Ren’s half-brother, Crown Prince Hellic are brutally murdered, Ren is accused. Now,
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published November 18th 2016 by Zaya Feli
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Aug 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: please-go-die
hate to break it to you but there is nothing subversive about master/slave fiction. even if it is gay lol it’s disgusting and i don’t know how shit like this gets published.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Here it is, my first book of 2017.

I liked the story, a lot, even though it was nothing I hadn't seen before. This is the story of Ren, accused of treason against his own family, and Anik, accused of having killed the King and Crown Prince under Ren's orders. You may think this is the typical boy meets boy trope: they both escape, save each others a few time while they're on the run and fall in love and blablabla. Well yeah, except for the last part, at least for this book, and that's what I like
Another new-to-me-author, another DNF. This was her debut novel, though, and I still have hopes for Teeth, which was published after this series and is waiting in my TBR pile.

The event that sets up this story requires believing that people would think/react/behave in a way I cannot believe they would think/react/behave. And I'm not just talking one or two characters, but a whole host of them. It's the plot device that gets the book (and presumably series) underway, and it is simply not credible.
DNF at 30%

If I had to use one word to describe the writing style and the story it would be ‘superficial’. There’s nothing awful about this book, but everything lacks complexity and depth. Big, serious, even tragic, things happen and the writing makes them sound like it’s everyday business. Same thing for the worldbuilding (I don’t need an essay on slavery if an author wants to include it in their worldbuilding, but maybe don’t throw it in like you would say, oh, look, there are goats in this fa
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I came across of a beautiful artwork on tumblr couple of weeks ago and immediately wanted to know who the artist was and who were the characters. As it turned out the characters and the art belong to talented Zaya Feli. I was even more excited to find out that she's writing the the trilogy with these characters! The first book is Iron Breakers: Stag's Run and it's been available to read since the end of November.

Why did I jump into the story as soon as I was able to get my hands on it? Kingdom p
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why it's not showing the review I wrote the first time I read it so I guess click here if you want to read it. My thoughts haven't really changed. But I'd like to add that having a fantasy world in which being part of the lgbtqiap+ community isn't looked down on is really nice!

anna (½ of readsrainbow)
☒ the writing is so weak i honestly started skipping whole paragraphs somewhere in the middle. it's not bad bc it's simple but rather it just doesn't make sense. especially in descriptions of characters' actions u just get Things™ ppl always do (raising eyebrows, sighing, holding breath, rolling eyes, etc.) & there's literally nothing behind that. it's like the author thought oh, it will sound good for this person to shake their head now but forgot to give them a reason to do that?

☒ the characte
Mar 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbtqia, sf-fantasy
DNF @ 45%

I don’t want to make a habit of rating books I DNF, especially when less than 50% was read... but I couldn’t continue this. Nothing was changing, and although it moved along quickly and was easy to read, I was still bored and annoyed.

Here’s the thing:
•Lost me at the nonchalant inclusion of “slaves.” It’s just thrown in there like some offhanded fact about this world. And everyone, including the main character, is okay with this— that there are slaves everywhere (who are also used for se
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The resemblance to Captive Prince is quite obvious and I don't think it can be denied. However this was a quick and enjoyable read that left me wanting to continue on with the series.
Ren and Anik are interesting characters and I'm looking forward to reading more of their interactions and what the two of them are going to do after the ending of this first installment.
If you enjoyed Captive Prince, then definitely give this a try.
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
The idea behind this one wasn't bad, but I couldn't connect with the characters. The story reads as a sketch, without depth and the situations and reactions from the characters, sometimes were unbelievable. I know, I know, this is fiction, but still, I need to believe in the world we're into, and that was even difficult because the worldbuilding was non existent...
So, it wasn't bad, really, I've read worse and paid for the privilege (I got this one as a freebie), but not enough for me.
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜

Trigger Warnings: Violence, Murder, War.
Rep: Bisexual MC.

This book was a good start to the trilogy and I’m looking forward to the next books. It was a little on the short side, especially for a Fantasy.

The characters were my favorite part. Ren started off spoiled and while sweet he was also quite shallow. He seemed content to let his younger brother( the rightful king) take on all the kingdom responsibilities and be there if needed. However shit hit the fan and now Ren and a slave who
Anja V
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, this was a fun and quick read. An interesting start into a trilogy, that, even though not entirely original, has potential to turn into something really good.

The reason I can't give this more than 3 stars though, is Anik's name.
So, Anik is supposed to be this broody, strong, intimidating fighter. My problem is that one of my closest friends is also called Anik, and she is small and cute and cheerful (the least intimidating creature on earth basically). Now, imagine everytime I read Anik
färbe mich rot
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, not-bad
Rating : 3.75 stars

Above them, dark clouds rolled in. It began to snow.

Honestly, this could be a Captive Prince fanfic in an alternate universe.

Look my dudes, there is denying the similarities between this and Captive Prince. But there is no denying that this was fun. It was quick (a bit too short for my taste), fun and frankly engaging. Although it was predictable in parts, I think the author did a good job with the characters. Also, a well done slow burn romance is hinted and I
It's a pretty good effort for a first book and I liked it. Let's call it solid but I didn't exactly chew my fingernails off while reading it. I'll probably read the second book in the series (if only because this one here just ends. It's a bit of a cliffhanger but I didn't spend a sleepness night wondering about about what is going happen next. Still I want to know.)

As for the story... It's kind of predictable but not so badly that I feel my intelligence as a reader insulted. Well, just a tiny b
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
My past review of this was not helpful, and I apologize for that.

After reading this trilogy I did enjoy it immensely. The problem with the first book does not pertain to the last two. They are well formulated, the plot is sound, and the m/m romance is a very sweet slow burn enemies to lovers.

The first book, to put bluntly is slow. It does not pick up until the very end, and then gives the audience a giant cliffhanger where you feel forced to get the next one. I was grumpy about thi
jessica ☾
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: beautiful-covers
Let me just start off by saying that this cover art is insanely gorgeous! This was a splendid start to the series, loved Ren and Anik, it had a couple great plot twists and I definitely look forward to completing the rest of the books in this trilogy. I did wish there was a bit more depth to the story and that it had been longer, I just felt like more could’ve happened? Anyway, onto book two!
Apr 12, 2020 marked it as dnf
I decided to abandon this book at 25%. the main character evidently has no problem with keeping slaves, and while I'm sure (or at least damn well HOPE) there is character development about that later, he already hinted he doesn't have anything against summoning those slaves to his bed, so I don't really feel like waiting around until he actually does it. ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
So yesterday I left Akata Witch, the book I am currently reading at home and this all trilogy - courtesy of Line who pointed out it was free on amazon - was on my kindle.
I started reading on the commute to work and I was hooked. I am in fact half way through book three type of hooked.
I have decided to come back and rate the trilogy when I finish book 3, in the meantime though: this is a highly entertaining series, an easy (as in a well written, easily flowing) read with interesting characters a
Apr 21, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
💝 FREE on Amazon today (4/21/2018)!💝
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, na-lit, lgbtq-lit
actual rating: 3.5 stars
how dare they leave it like that I need to start book 2 asap
~ 3.5 stars ~
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This review contains some spoilers for Telltale's Game of Thrones game, so beware!!

Let me preface this by stating the comparison between this book and Captive Prince is extremely over exaggerated. The only similarities is a prince on the run, who happens to be bisexual, and teams up with the last person he would expect to, who happens to be a slave and apparently "not a prince" (but I have theories about that). That's where the similarities end. To me this book reminded me of the Telltale G
Apr 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
I didn't gel with this from the second it mentioned slaves. The few pages before that were okay, although they did not draw me in too much either. I just did not feel the world as it was not fleshed out much beyond generic medieval-ish terms and then the slaves were mentioned without explaining how that fit into the wider world or kingdom politics and ... just naaah. Such a topic should not just be thrown in for flavour and should be explored more in depth. The book might actually do that at som ...more
Javi reads and reads and reads
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018, lgbt
OMG! I am obviously reading the next one immediately.

Ok ok ok

So, Ren is the bastard son of the Queen and lives happily as one of the princes in the castle.

Everything changes once his little (half) brother (the crown prince) and the King are killed. To add more to the drama, Ren is accused of the murder and has to run away with the slave Anik to Stag’s Run (a fort protecting the North) to get the help of his uncle and have him claim the throne as regent while Ren’s youngest brother comes of age a
Feb 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
White redemption story with savages and slaves? I absolutely hated every single second of this book. Unless you absolutely loved Captive Prince (which I also disliked severely), I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Stumbled across this on Tumblr, the amazing cover and the blurb drew me in, and when I discovered the first book was for free I thought I’d give it a go straight away!

I’m on a mission to find and read more self published and indie authors as I’m starting to get very sick of mainstream ya/fantasy novels, they’re all the same!!! Anyway, that’s why I was really hoping to love this book even if my expectations weren’t too high.

Verdict: it was an easy read and I could feel both the story and the wr
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer-lit
55% — 2.75 stars

A bit pile of eh that's significantly less eh than a lot of other books because it's gay and it's pride month and I'm here for it.

The world was interesting and I wished we knew a bit more about it, the writing was so bland, and the plot was choppy. I didn't click with the characters until the second half because although Ren's relationship with his brother I adored, his ignorance was appalling and I'm just not here for it. Anik, yes, Anik all the way. Everyone else was irrelevant
Maria A 🌙
Feb 01, 2021 marked it as never-finished
Nothing compelling about it, and it reads a bit too amateurish.
Alice Worthley
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Iron Breakers: Stag's Run is a unique reading experience. The characters are fresh and relatable. No one is perfect and they're all the better for it. Our main protagonists are flawed but are fully fleshed out - they feel like real people.

The story is quite simply put, a page turner. The story has many twists, turns and mysteries that got me hooked. There is plenty of juicy plots and narratives that weave towards a conclusion that opens up to the second book, which, if you've read Stag's Run, p
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, series, indie, fantasy
Not going to lie, this was a total cover buy (well, when I say buy I mean download for free on Kindle) because the covers of all three books as absolutely stunning!

This is set in a fantasyish world, we follow Ren, the bastard son of the king, who likes nothing more than to lounge about, enjoy his life of royalty without the trouble of ruling, and bed anyone and everyone he desires.

During a big celebration Ren's brother - the prince, and the king are both murdered, and Ren is accused of killing
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