Published by Thomas Dunne Books on February 7th 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy
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.
This review is a long time coming and I had meant to post it a while ago but… I haven’t really had the motivation to review. During the summer I read more than I could review the books, but you know? That’s okay. I’m not mad about it, in fact, I can’t believe I have read so many books this summer, I am SO close to completing my reading goal for the year.
ANYWAY, back to the review. I honestly did not want to finish this book. Why may you ask? Because it was such a beautiful story that I just wanted it to never end and as I got closer to the end, I took even longer to finish the book. I was in disbelief that this was her debut novel. It was seriously that good. The writing was incredible and lush, the setting was so atmospheric and dark. The characters? AMAZING.
I am going to try to do this without spoiling anyone, even though I just want to talk and talk forever about this incredible novel.
WHAT I LIKED
- The mystery and wonder of the Goblin King. You don’t know much about him, only that he is immortal (I think, forgive me if I am wrong it’s been a few months) You wonder how he became the Goblin King or well, I did of course. I definitely think that he was the best part of the book. I absolutely LOVED his characterization and how playful he came off as. He is definitely one of those kinds of characters.
- The importance of music. Music is a HUGE part of this book, a huge huge how can I emphasize how huge music is to this book. Now, this is my honest opinion, but I do suggest you have a love of music to get the full experience of this book? I am sorry, I don’t know how to put it into words but hopefully, you can get the gist of what I am saying.
- Liesl’s relationship with her sister and brother: Liesl is very family oriented and you can tell how much her siblings actually mean to her. I mean half of the book is dedicated to her trying to save her sister, but she is the type of character who would do ANYTHING for her siblings.
- The love story of Liesl and the goblin king. Another part that I absolutely lived for. I loved watching them fall for each other and you can definitely tell how much they care for each other.
WHAT I DISLIKED
- I will admit… this was kind of slow paced. Not that it is bad or anything, but I know for some people that is a deal breaker. I would have liked for things to have happened a lot quicker but… overall it wasn’t something that really bothered me.
- The ending. If you’ve read this book then you know and that is all I am saying.
Overall this was such a strong debut and a lovely book. It took mE by surprise and brought me on such a wild ride, I literally cannot wait for the sequel!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 NEW RELEASES