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The Goblin King (Shadowlands Book 1) by [Husk, Shona]
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Editorial Reviews


"Husk constructs a unique mythology for the goblin hero in her paranormal debut.... romantic and intriguing. " - Publishers Weekly

"The characters were amazing, the story line brilliant, and the ending was beautiful." - Sexy Women Read

"The story line grabbed me right from the first paragraph and held me in it's spell through the last words. " - Yankee Romance Reviewers

"Shona Husk put together an amazing story about loss, love, redemption and discovery... A Night Owl Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"Steamy, sensual, and dangerous... Dark and delicious" - Fresh Ficiton

"A great fairy-tale feel to it. Dark, fresh and tantalizing." - Anna's Book Blog

"A magical world... The Goblin King is worth its weight in gold. " - Cheryl's Book Nook

"Unique... Intriguing... " - Manga Mania Cafe

"A gorgeous world..." - Bookaholics Romance Book Club

"Entertaining... A very interesting world and mythology. " - That's What I'm Talking About

About the Author

A civil designer by day and an author by night, Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Drawing on history, myth, and imagination, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold-sometimes literally.

Product Details

  • File Size: 714 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (October 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EU50BK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,371 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am sure that many of the people who consider buying this book are like me and feel like over the past couple of years they have run the gamut of the paranormal romance genre. Obviously there are vampires and werewolves and assorted other shape shifters, not to mention demons and angels and dragons, random assorted immortals of various explanation and the vampireish-but-not-vampire heroes (and many other kinds not listed here). So when I was in the book store and saw the Goblin King when I was feeling glutted on the genre in general I thought "Why the hell not? Somehow they made the wolfman work" and I picked up the book (despite the cover, which is just as bad as many others in the genre. I think this book deserved a darker more romantic kind of cover instead of studly-guy-with-sword <sigh>) .
I am very glad that I did.
I have never read a book by Shona Husk but I will definitely be picking up the sequel to this book. I will not go into the plot details as they are given, but I would like to comment on the caliber of writing the Ms. Husk displays, which is not always a given in the genre. She writes beautifully. Her words are rich and resonant and more than once I found myself rereading a line. I agree with other reviewers that the hero and the heroine did spend quite a bit of time apart but I felt that made the time they were together better and allowed them to grow individually (in ways that they both needed to before the end of the book could happen). I was actually crying by the end of the book, which I don't do very frequently at all.
I would really suggest this book if you are looking for something fresh, original, and well written. I will be looking forward to the sequel The Goblin Prince.
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Eliza Coulter is a young legal secretary living in fear of her abusive, blackmailing fiancee Steven. In a free prequel (which I missed) When Eliza was 16 years old she summoned the Goblin King for the first time to protect her during a frat party gone wild given by her older brother. The Goblin King protects the young girl who is in over her head and gives her a gold bead as a token.

Years later the drunk and disillusioned young woman summons the Goblin King once more to take her away from her miserable, but privileged life and abusive, cheating fiancee. The Goblin King turns out to be a two thousand year old Celtic king named Roan who revolted against the crimes of Rome and was cursed with his men to live for all eternity in the Shadowlands, (a sort of underworld where goblins live and die) by a magical Druid priest. The curse causes humans to lust for gold unnaturally. Eventually they must fade and become full goblins, which are mindless hoarding demonic creatures that will kill and eat any humans unlucky enough to be trapped in the Shadowlands.

The Goblin King/Roan and his men are able to travel between worlds. In the Shadowlands they can retain their human appearance and in the real world called the fixed realms they looks like real goblins. The story encompasses the romance of Eliza and King Roan, and the breaking of the curse.

I won't go any further into detail in the plot to avoid spoilers. I will say this is the first book by Shona Husk that I have ever read and I must say she has brought an incredibly creative twist to Goblin lore. Roan was everything an alpha male hero should be, strong and honorable in the face of the unthinkable. Eliza was not quite as likable as some heroines I have read, but she grows on you as the book progresses.
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Suggested Prequel Reading: The Summons: A Goblin King Prequel
(I would not suggest reading The Goblin King without first reading the free prequel)

The first time Eliza summons the Goblin King she is 16 and doesn't truly believe that he exists but she is terrified and is willing to try anything to get away from the boy who is threatening her. At that time the Goblin King warns her not to summon him again, or the next time he'll grant her wish and take her away, this time for keeps.

Years later Roan knows he is fading quickly, he is searching for anything that may delay his fade by any amount of time to give his brother more time to find a cure to break the curse. In his cold golden heart he knows that if Dai hasn't found a cure in the 1900 years they have been goblins, he isn't going to, but he doesn't have the heart to take Dai's hope. When Roan feels the summons he is surprised, the last time he was summoned it was by a young woman he never quite forgot, who didn't forget him for years after their encounter. When he approaches his summoner he finds a unconscious beautiful woman, he decides to fulfill her wish and take her away, so he takes her to the Shadowland, to his home, against all his better judgment, but this may be his chance at some time. When he realizes it's the same girl, the young Eliza, who is no longer a girl, but a woman, grown, he decides to make her his queen, but to take her as is the goblin way her would mean his soul...


So why aren't there more stories about goblins? This was a delightful tale! Quite refreshing in the midst of vampires and werewolves, it's always nice to read something other than the norm and this one fit that bill.
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