Review: The Goblin King (Shadowlands Series, Book 1) by Shona Husk

by Sharon S. on October 8, 2011 · 2 comments

in 4.5 Stars, Another Planet/Dimension, ARC, Blackmail, Cursed Lead, G-I, Guest Reviews, Kidnapping, Kings, Princes, Sheiks, Chiefs, Paranormal, Supernatural

Reviewed by Sharon S.

Now, when I first saw this title I thought “Goblin, really?” but I liked the blurb. Boy, am I glad I took a chance! This was an original and dark fairy tale. And yes, a Goblin King can be sexy <G>. More on him later…

This is a paranormal romance, but Husk took the old tried and true PNR plot formula and chucked it out the window. You still have your tortured alpha male and your strong human female, but there is more to the story than a lover’s tale and the characters don’t behave in the predictable PNR fashion. There are secondary characters, like Eliza’s controlling fiancé Steve and Roan’s brother Dai that are as well developed as our hero and heroine. We even get their POV in the story. She also meshes a fairy tale like feel with the elements of a smexy PNR giving the story a wonderfully dark and desperate feel. If I had to choose I would say it could be compared to Beauty and the Beast.

I don’t know much about Goblin myths, but Husk took these and combined them with a magic twist to create a savage and unique world where Roan and his men live called the Shadowlands.

Roan, The Goblin King, is a delicious hero. He is fighting to keep his humanity for the sake of his men, even though he wants to give in. He is always putting others needs before his, even Eliza’s who he desperately wants. Even his appearance is a break from the normal PNR hero. What I wouldn’t give to hear those beads in his hair chime <G>. You will have to read the book to see what I mean ;) I don’t want to give anything away about the book so I won’t go into plot, but if you have been looking for something a little different in the PNR genre then give this one a try.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: The Goblin King, The Goblin King (UK)

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1 Lynn October 8, 2011 at 6:47 AM

I look forward to adding this book to my must read list.

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2 Susan S. October 9, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Thanks Sharon, for the review. I was thinking the EXACT same thing. Goblin, really? Chiming beads?! Now I really must find out. Oh, I can infer like the best of them, but to truly know for sure—I need to read…the…book! Adding to the TBB list.

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