The Goblin King by Shona Husk #Review

The Goblin King by Shona Husk #ReviewThe Goblin King by Shona Husk

Series: Shadowlands #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on October 4, 2011
Pages: 348
Format: eBook
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The Delight

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?

And…..

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.

But….

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*.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • I read the ARC of this when it first came out and I too felt as though I needed a nap after reading it. I just couldn’t click with the book. I felt as though I was missing something so I read the prequel but I still felt lost. I tried the second book and ended up DNFing it so I gave up on this series.
    I did enjoy the first book in her Court of Annwyn series, although that deals with fairies rather than goblins.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I started book 2 by accident and had to quickly go get book 1. I regret even doing that! I just can’t place my finger on why I couldn’t get involved with these characters. Roan really was a stand up guy who got a raw deal, but I didn’t like the way he treated Eliza. The sexy scenes were quite dull. I didn’t know there was a prequel, but I will take your word it doesn’t help and just skip trying to read book 2.

  • Oi the flip flopping will drive me nuts!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Flip flopping drove me batty! They needed to spend some time talking or doing something productive.

  • And here, I was excited at the idea of a ‘beauty and the beast’ goblin tale, but this doesn’t sound fun.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I so wanted to enjoy this series. It’s been in my TBR pile for so long, but I think it is a bust.

  • I did enjoy these, but sure, awesome nah, but good for a quick escape

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Glad you enjoyed them, but I just couldn’t feel anything for the characters.