Not much delight did I find in this story. It was hard to follow and understand. Constantly I wondered why I kept going, well because I wanted to know what happened to them as I had started book 2 by accident. I didn’t like either character, nor understand the love interest.
Soooooo, how do I explain this book when I found it utterly confusing? I guess with a little thought.
Roan and some of his clan were cursed by a Druid. I don’t know much of the Druid’s motivation other than he wanted a war with Rome. For a millennia, Roan and his brother Dai, along with several of their men, have been fighting their curse to turn fully goblin, a maddened state of craving gold. Not having read much about Goblins, a lot of what Roan does confuses me, like he creates nightmares, can’t deny a summons, etc. He is now at the end of his days with no hope of killing the curse when he is summoned by a woman.
Eliza, a teenager, once summoned the goblin king when she was frighted at a party by her brother’s friend. Saving her that night, Roan once again felt the need to do right rather than wrong.
Now years later, he is once again summoned by Eliza, but Roan does not recognize her. He needs a queen, someone who will help slow down the curse or at least break it. But can a human accept a Goblin King? Giving up her whole live to be his queen in the Shadowlands?
This is where it got a whole lot of confusing and just boring. It was back and forth between these two. Eliza is attracted to the man, but wants to go back to the fiancé that is blackmailing her for his gain of power and fortune. The fiancé threatens her and she makes a decision to get rid of him. But then goes back to the Summerland (which seems like a dream state), then back and forth, changing her mind left and right that I just got tired of her leading Roan on to what he hoped would be his queen.
Roan I think expected a miracle and when it didn’t happen, pushes her away. So here we go back and forth again. Roan is not a gentleman, but he is faithful and the king. Dai, his brother, seems like a complete ass at times towards Eliza, but I guess when faced with turning Goblin, it’s not a rosy world.
The ending comes hard and fast and left me scratching my head wondering what happened. It was just to much work to feel anything for these characters besides disdain. I felt bad for the situation that Eliza was in, but I had no invested interest since most of the bad stuff had happened before the story began. Roan got a raw deal and I could respect the way he wanted things to end, but he to couldn’t make up his mind what he wanted besides breaking the curse.
This book was too much like work rather than pleasure. Not sure I want to read book 2 even though I have bought it. Just left me needing a nap *yawn*.