Life Lessons from Goblins

by Shona Husk guest blogger and author of The Goblin King

A goblin is a creature of nightmares, with grey skin, hooked nose, and yellow eyes. They damned themselves to the Shadowlands with their greed and lust for gold. Roan. However, was unfortunate enough to be cursed. He is caught between both worlds. He still has a human soul, but his heart is gold and as the curse takes over he shares many goblin traits—like the need to hoard gold.

There are a few things that goblins can teach us (aside from the obvious warning that greed doesn’t pay).

  • Gold can’t buy happiness or a soul…

No amount of gold will ever make a goblin happy. The more they have the more they want. While Roan and his men have human souls, true goblins don’t since they gave them up for a chance at more. Once given away a soul can’t be returned.

  • If something is worth having it’s worth fighting for…

Sometimes if you really want something you have to put yourself on the line for it. A goblin will fight to the death for a speck of gold. To them there is nothing more important than gold. For Roan that means keeping his men alive and breaking the curse…and having Eliza.

  • The passage of time has little meaning, it’s what you do with it that counts…

While spending close to two thousand year in the Shadowlands may not be everyone’s idea of passing eternity Roan didn’t waste those years. He hoarded silver and gems and gold, spoke to witches and wise-men, saw history unfold and played a part in some of it. He didn’t let being cursed stop him from living—or trying to live.

  • A little magic goes a long way…

Sometimes it’s the little things that count the most, like being able to purify the slippery river water in the Shadowlands, or being able to cross through the realms at will. That skill made Roan the envy of all other goblins as true goblins can only cross into our world at winter solstice. Like all magic there is a price, the grand gestures and magic battles chip away at Roan’s soul until there is almost nothing left…

  • Real love is worth waiting for…

Love can’t be bought, conjured, or faked. You either have it or you don’t. For Roan, finding Eliza made all those years in the Shadowlands worthwhile.

What have you learned from fairy tale creatures?


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 forever his chance at a … Happily Ever After.

Buy: The Goblin King


Debut author Shona Husk is a civil designer by day and an author by night. She lives in Western Australia and through history, myth and imagination she creates heroes that are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold-sometimes literally.  For more information on Shona and The Goblin King, and where to download the FREE prequel, The Summons, please visit:

GIVEAWAY: I have 2 copies of The Goblin King up for grabs today. Open to US and Canadian readers only. Enter by leaving a comment about life lessons from fairytales. Last day to enter: October 30th, 2011. Good luck!

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9 thoughts on “Life Lessons from Goblins”

  1. The thing I’ve learned from fairy tales is to always follow the Golden Rule and treat others as you would have them treat you. You never know when that elderly, slightly confused person you meet on the road might be a witch or wizard who can curse or reward you depending on how you treat them LOL.

  2. This book is on my wishlist. I have never read about goblins before so it’ll be interesting to meet one. I’ve learned lots of life lessons from fairy tales, especially to believe in love no matter your status (Cinderella) and inner beauty (Beauty and the Beast). Best of all is that is that love is possible for anyone 🙂

  3. I love fairy tales but grew up with more mythology and folk tales than fairy tales. I learned a lot of life’s lessons about working and sharing from folk tales like the Grasshopper and the Ant and Stone Soup. Icarus brought home what pride and disregard of others could cause. But my all time favorite fairy tale has always been Beauty and the Beast – true beauty is reflected by the heart not the face. Congrats on the release of The Goblin King!

  4. One of the consistent lessons I have learned is you must take care of yourself and be smart. I love that Belle from Beauty and The Beast is a bookworm. I can’t stand needy princess wannabes!

  5. I have learned that people are not always who they seem to be. Many fairy tales of my childhood featured “innocent” girls, boys, men, women who were turned into ogres, frogs, beasts, etc. by witches for some wrong done to them. As the “fat, ugly” child, I relished these fairy tales because it took a special someone to look beneath the surface and see the kind and loving soul that truly existed within them. I still fall for these stories, whether they’re Disney movies or romance novels.

  6. I’ve always loved fairy tales, especially Disney movies when I was growing up. One thing I’ve learned from fairy tales is that good will always prevail!


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