- Series: Shadowlands (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140226206X
- ISBN-13: 978-1402262067
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,532,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kiss of the Goblin Prince (Shadowlands) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2012
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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 goldsometimes literally.
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First of all, Shona Husk's magical vision is superb. And I'm not just saying it because it's a bunch of "wibbly-wobbly timey-whimey stuff". No, really, it knits the characters together in a way unlike anything I've read before. Okay, seriously bad simile coming: you know how you track a package, and with every step on the checkpoint, the status bar moves over, telling you it's closer to its destination? The magical "weave" in this story is like that status bar. Every time Dai [The Goblin Prince] describes what he's seeing, since he's the only major character who can do magic now, it shows the progression of the story as it happens like a "real time romance tracker" for the reader.
>>> "Even when he wasn’t looking at her, he’d felt [Amanda's] gaze on him. It was an odd sensation […] to feel the fragile magic of attraction spin out from her and reach for him, seeking a connection he doubted she even knew she was making and he wasn’t sure he wanted. For half a second he considered pushing the threads away, but he was curious." <<<
I mean, isn't that the embodiment of every tentative glance and attempt at flirting right there??? Brilliant. And then, when the characters launch a futile battle against their attraction:
>>> "He held his hand up and let his vision slip. The damage was worse than he’d thought. This was no tentative connection; instead a silken thread of sunlight passed through his hand, wove through the door and out. He knew where it ended. Amanda. Could he pull it out like a splinter? It didn’t hurt. He turned his hand over and examined it closer. It pulsed and glowed with a life of its own. Dai gave the thread a tug, but it remained enmeshed in the weave of his body." <<<
Just perfect. Now, it's one thing to say that a character has a past to overcome with regrets surrounding his heart, and it's entirely another thing to have it appear on another magical plane… Dai has a unique hatred for Rome [no spoilers on why], and this hatred is manifested in the Eagle of Rome, whose talons are wrapped around his heart... That's some pretty vivid imagery. I know the following quote is long, but I just couldn't shorten the beauty of it. [Plot-related name changed to X]:
>>> "He wanted to see [Amanda's] light run through his veins. To see if it felt better than the bitter blood that had fueled him for so long. He wanted his heart to be in her hands, not the grip of the eagle. He sank to his knees and held his head in his hands. Her words chased his thought. He had to free himself or [X] would always control him. The whisper in his soul echoed in his skull. Let it go. Just let it go. Dai reached over his shoulder. He knew the wings were there and that the talons lodged in his chest were preventing him from healing. His fingers closed around air, but he tried again. In his mind, he held the glimpse of what he’d seen. His fingers touched a silken feather with no more substance than a sigh. He pulled and it came free. So he used both hands to rip out more, tearing at the ghost that wouldn’t let him sleep. The more feathers he ripped out the more substantial they became. Blood welled. His blood since they fed off him. He didn’t stop until the floor was coated in crimson blood and black plumage. It wasn’t enough. His hands closed over the bones of the skeletal wings that still hung from his back, their roots in his heart. He tightened his grip ready to pull them free. The muscle of his heart gave a twinge. A stab of pain. Every tug would do him damage. Ripping them out would kill him. [X] and Rome would win. […] How did he forgive the man who took first blood? Tears formed but never fell. His vision wavered and the feathers vanished, invisible to the average human eye. His breathing rasped in his throat, pain burned in his chest as he fought with himself. He couldn’t let go." <<<
Now, all readers of romance know to expect the "something" that will put a damper in the budding relationship we so desire. Maybe we expect it so much that we're almost numb to it some of the time and just want to read on to the HEA. Even though this "something" was there from the beginning and the result was inevitable, the effect on Dai sucker-punched me in the gut. Once again, I attribute it the "magical weave" of the story:
>>> "[S]he’d walked away and he’d let her take the threads that linked them together. They’d trailed after her, shortening with each step. That way would hurt less. […] But he felt the loss of each one. The tear as it left his body and the raw, gaping hole that remained in him once she was gone.[...]And he had no one to blame but himself. His shoulders hunched as he battled the agony crushing him. The talons of his past had never cut so cruelly and made breathing seem like such hard work. He fisted his hand. He’d kept one golden ribbon, the first one that had moved through his hand when she’d touched him." <<<
I've been kind of a downer here for a bit, but when Dai finally lets go of the regrets weighing him down - that is one of my favorite parts of the book. It's so wonderfully done, and it resonates deeply… Once again, 5 stars for this wonderful addition to an engaging series.
No spoilers! Just read it. It is a beautiful read.
There were parts that were frustrating, but overall it was put together well, and I like Dai even more after reading this book.
Can't wait to finish up this series and see what Meryn's all about. :-)
Here's the thing... it took a looooooong time to get to the point where things were moving along. The first half (or longer) of the book was a lot of rehashing how Dai felt (guilty, didn't want to be powerless, alone) and how Amanda felt (guilty, lonely, powerless against her daughter's illness). I liked that these two lost souls were working toward one another and feeling each other out (VERY TENTATIVELY) about the potential for a relationship but the repetition slowed down the narrative. A lot. It wasn't until Dai started acting decisively that I found myself unable to stop reading. However, once he was kicking ass and taking names, things rocked.
I enjoyed the bits about Meryn and his troubles in the Shadowlands (dude is MESSED in the head from all his years as a goblin) and I liked seeing Eliza and Roan settling into a normal life together, I just wasn't enamored of the constant circular thoughts that plagued poor Dai and Amanda. Also, I think I would have punched the Birch Trustees in the junk after the stunts they pulled. IN THE JUNK. There would have likely been tears. Not mine this time, either.
Enjoyable once the action picks up and Dai starts revealing his secrets (I do love my tortured heroes, you know) but you have to wade through a fair amount of slow moving introspection to get to the fun. Still, I can only guess that the things we learned about lives and rebirth will have some impact in later books. Or at least I hope so because that part was pretty neat.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal