samedi 15 mars 2014

The Goblin King (Shadowlands 1) by Shona Husk


           So yesterday i shared with you the prequel to this book but let me tell you how i came to discover it. This title: The Goblin King was recommended to me several time but i didn't really checked was it was about... the prequel was free and i got it but it stopped there. Until Brenda cited it again in her paranormal event for Halloween there it really caught my interest. Why? Because it was one of the suggested titles for the Goblin category.

Goblins yes i couldn't rememebr any book on goblins, yes there are some in fantasy books but not as main characters and let just say i never pictured them as this cover so i had to know more and mhmmmm i don't regret at all^^.

Happy reading
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication: 2011
ISBN:  1402259859
Genre: paranormal romance
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: strong
Public: 18+
Source: bought

Short description from goodreads :

 Cursed by a Druid millennia ago, Roan lives a bleak existence in the Shadowlands, desperately trying to retain his soul and not succumb to the goblin horde. When a beautiful human summons him to grant a wish, he sees a glimmer of hope. But will she ever agree to be his queen?

Back Cover Synopsis:
Once upon a time...
A man was cursed to the Shadowlands, his heart replaced with a cold lump of gold. In legends he became known as The Goblin King.

For a favored few he will grant a wish. Yet, desperately clinging to his waning human soul, his one own desire remains unfulfilled: A Willing Queen.

But who would consent to move from the modern-day world into the realm of nightmares? No matter how intoxicating his touch, no matter how deep his valor, loving him is dangerous. And the one woman who might dare to try could also destroy him forever

My opinion:
          For my first try on a goblin book I’m completely swept by them… oki it’s not completely true because Roan is fighting against becoming a Goblin and his goblin aspect isn’t like the cover at all ( or goblin would have a totally different reputation I’m sure ^^) but it was something different and celtic related so I loved it!

At the beginning of the book, on the cover there is an ad for the prequel “The Summons” a short novella that happens before the event in this book…since it was a free one I had taken it even before obtaining this book but it was seeing it in the cover that made me read it first and I’m glad I did. I think it really offer an additional value to the Goblin King” story so I can only recommend you to give it a try first before jumping back on this story.

Right at the beginning I was swept by Shona Husk’s writing style and immersed in the story….i couldn’t see why Roan didn’t Recognize Eliza to start with (but it’s only because I’ve read the novella prior to this and because I didn’t now the timeline either) it seemed so evident to me and then…Eliza seemed surprised which intrigued me even further. I must say I was happy to see Eliza’s evolution along the book and see her becoming the woman she was inside. Roan had lost hope before he even realized it so seeing little sparks appears was really well done and believable.

Part of me was a little glad my goblin information was still exact ( little greyish evil things)and at the same time I wanted to learn more about Roan and my heart is even more moved by Dai the scholar, so responsible one. I appreciated the fact the author did reveal their past to us ( a large part of it at least)- because it really helped to understand them, to see how the curse affected them and how they were suffering from it. I was so angry against the druid who should have been the wise one not the monster  but as monsters… human have the palm with Steve….the goblin in human disguise. Really the author manage to make you feel a lot for the character loving the good, wounded one, dislike and more the villains no matter their nature. It was a wonderful read and I can wait to delve into the next book and Dai’s story.

If you want a fantastic love story, with characters you can related to, a touch of magic and Celtic legends this is right your alley!

Score:  4/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


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8 commentaires:

  1. Miki I am suppose to be reading books from my tbr pile not adding them and you've made me want this!!!

    1. ^^ at least it show that i did this review right^^ and believe me since it started my wishlist grew as well ( tbr not because i don't have a so easy access to book so it can take time for me to get those i want^^ which is positive for my tbr pile i guess)

      good luck to reach your goals^^ because some others excellent titles are still in my pile

  2. Very strange, both my comments seem to have disappeared! I mentioned that Shona Husk is Australian like me and that the Goblin King on the cover is a very sexy one; the only other time I've seen a sexy Goblin king is in Labyrinth, played by David Bowie. Definitely NOT the one from the Hobbit film!

    1. Hi Sue, your comments haven't disappeared don't worry you put them under the prequel reviews so just the post before this one^^ ( yes on both cover it's roan^^)
      i can't remember if i did watch the Labyrinth....

  3. je crois que j'ai un roman de l'auteure mais il faut toujours que je le tente.

    1. elle a plusieurs séries en cours je pense au pire tu peux essayé le préquel d'abord^^. Nos piles doivent regorger d'auteurs que nous devons encore découvrir^^

  4. Oui, évidemment, la couverture (chouette couverture) ne fait pas vraiment penser à de petits trucs gris ! J'ai hâte de découvrir cette série, merci de l'avoir mise en avant ;)

    1. ^^je dois admettre que la première fois que je l'ai vue j'ai pensé à tous sauf à des goblins^^
      j'espère que tu aimeras cette série, la prequelle te donnera un bon aperçu ^^