This is a shout-out!
Name: White Stag
Don’t show fear. Don’t attract attention. Don’t forget who the monsters are. Those are seventeen-year-old Janneke’s three rules for surviving in the Permafrost. Her family is dead, her village burned to the ground, and now she’s a slave in a court of merciless goblins. Though her master, Soren, offers her a small sphere of protection it comes at the cost of abandoning her kind and their ways for good.
When the King of Goblins is defeated in a fight, it ignites an ancient competition to become the next King. The goal is simple: kill the sacred White Stag before the other goblins kill you. For Soren, it’s the perfect opportunity to make Janneke accept the goblin way and give into the hate and violence festering inside her.
Forced to join the hunt, Janneke’s only hope for survival is to outrun, outfight, and out-kill every creature in her path, all the while dealing with Soren, whose fierce desire for her to be a goblin is shadowed by his fascination with her human heart. Hunting the Stag is Janneke’s best chance at revenge over those who enslaved her, but to succeed she’ll have to watch her humanity bleed out like the creatures she’s sworn to kill.