Review: The Goblin King by Shona Husk

October 7, 2011 Review 14

Review: The Goblin King by Shona HuskThe Goblin King by Shona Husk
Series: Shadowlands #1
on October 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Sexual Content: Several graphic sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Abigail
4 Stars

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.

I can’t not immediately think of David Bowie and the movie Labyrinth when I see the title of the first book in Shona Husk’s paranormal romance trilogy, THE GOBLIN KING.  I always thought that movie was missing a romance and it was great fun to get to read a book that delivered a truly magical goblin/human love story.  Why don’t we see more goblins in paranormal romance? Oh, right, because they look like goblins.  Not exactly ideal for making the heart go pitter pat.  But Shona Husk’s mythology handles this situation perfectly.  In our world, goblins look a lot like Gollum from Lord of the Rings. But in their home in the Shadowlands, they look human.   That is until they completely use up their human souls.  After that it’s full goblin mode all the time.

Roan was an near perfect romantic hero.  He’s lived for millennia as The Goblin King, a human cursed with a golden heart and an all consuming desire for the shiny metal.  His curse forces him to answer the summons of humans and grant wishes.  But he’s far from a complacent genie.  He’s crafty and merciless.  His humanity all but gone.  When Eliza summons him to escape an engagement she is trapped in, he snatches her from her world with every intention to enjoy her whether she wants to or not.  It’s only when he recognizes her as the little girl he saved and spend one perfect day with years ago (which you can read about in the free prequel ebook), that what’s left of his humanity flickers back to life.

There’s a beautiful Beauty and the Beast quality to the romance in THE GOBLIN KING (with a super hot sensuality level) that I found completely enchanting.  Eliza is forced to wrestle with her emotions where Roan is concerned and decide what’s she’s willing to give up to save him, if saving him is even possible.  She’s also got a serious situation back home with a blackmailing fiancé and a family legacy caught in the balance.  I really appreciated the separate yet complimentary stories that each character had apart from their romance.

If, like me, you had a crush on The Goblin King from Labyrinth and always fall for the Beauty and the Beast type stories, you’re going to love THE GOBLIN KING. Fresh mythology, wonderful character redemption, and the power of true love.  This is exactly what paranormal romance fans crave.  The next book in the Shadowlands trilogy will be published in May 2012, and is called KISS OF THE GOBLIN PRINCE.  I’m certainly ready to pucker up.

Series Titles:

0.1 Summons: A Goblin King Prequel

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14 Responses to “Review: The Goblin King by Shona Husk”

  1. Proserpine

    I was so in love with Labyrinth when I was young! This book sound great! I'm looking forward to read it! 🙂

  2. Abigail

    Proserpine – Then you will love this! I've got the free prequel on my kindle right now just waiting for me 🙂

  3. rahne

    The review sounds good but what caught my attention was the cover. Is it just me or does he look a lot like Jensen Ackles from Supernatural? That makes me want the book right there. 🙂

  4. Abigail

    Addicted – So glad the prequel was good too…need to squeeze it in.

    Deedles – Hope you enjoy it!

    Rahne – He does look like Jenson…although the description in the book is a bit different.

  5. Na

    Hmmm I couldn't leave a comment on the giveaway post and I tried re-loading it a few times. To answer the question I don't have a favorite mythical king but have been fascinated with myths. A goblin story sounds good!

  6. Abigail

    Na – so sorry you had a problem commenting. Some times people have been able to comment anonymously when problems like that occour.

  7. Tanya1224

    I could not leave my comment for the contest under its post so I did here under the review. Thanks for the review by the way. I'd love to read this. My answer to the question is King Minos. I love that greek myth.

  8. Lexi

    Thor, I love Norse mythology and he is just awesome. Kind of a bully but mad skills. Valhalla, snow, ice and gods!

    I am very excited about the Goblin King, any book that uses mythology (of any kind) grabs me right away. And Husk's version sounds downright drool worthy, if not a little intimidating. And I am also a sucker for any Beauty and the Beast type story…so yup I am sold! Nice review!