Author: S. Jae-Jones
Blurb: Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.
I wasn’t expecting to be able to read this so soon as it’s not been out long and I thought it would be out of my price range for a while until it popped up on my Kindle daily deals for 99p!
Umm…yes please! That was on the 23rd of April and when I checked Amazon again the following day the price had gone back up to £4.74, so I’d say I got a good deal there!
My first thought upon finishing this was “no! I need more” because I honestly loved this and I could barely put it down. In fact, I don’t think I’ve read a book so fast in my life!
I only made three notes while reading and one was pointing out that I was enjoying the Christina Rossetti poetry that was featured at the start of each part. It was a nice change and not something that you see very often.
The only things that made me a bit confused was that there was a lot of religious references and I’ve never read the Bible but after a while I just got used to it.
I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone so I won’t go into too much detail but this book was so beautiful and so magical that I truly, truly, recommend it for anyone who loves fantasy!