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?
(Terra's Thoughts) Oh this was ever so wonderful. A grim story that we should make our bodies quake in fear during the throws of our nightmares but with a sexual spin that will make you wonder if all the fairy tales from our youths have been exaggerated.
The first thing that comes to my mind with this hero is David Bowie. Hey I watched Labyrinth millions of times with my kids when they were younger and I always have loved Bowie and his other worldliness. Who else could pull off the role of the Goblin King? Hmm....Gerald Butler, Mel Gibson are just a few I would say.
Eliza our heroine is a tall blond beauty who is supposed to be getting married soon but is quite the reluctant bride until she finds out what a schmuck her bridegroom is. Already having a brief history with the Goblin King she should know better than to summon him but in her lost despair she calls out to the one with whom she could lose everything, including her life.
Roan is tall, dark and handsome with an evil that nearly swallows him. Gliding from shadow to shadow under a dire curse, Roan waits for the greyness of his life to engulf him in blackness so deep that he can only hope that death will take him before the evil does. Once a proud Celtic warrior King now reduced to living in a cave roaming the Shadowlands with little to no hope. A Goblin King in a mans body with only a thread of sanity holding him glued to a darker dimension.
A story made of nightmares with hideous creatures burned into our minds and memories from childhood. Creatures that steal little children and eat them if they are bad. Evil creatures that have no sense, honor or knowledge other than to eat and obsessively hoard that which they hold so dear, gold!
Can our hero escape a fate so terrible before he succumbs to it's life force as so many of his brothers have done? Can there be a cure for a curse that was put on him and his unjustly? Can there be an end to a curse that has consumed him for nearly two thousand years other than death? One can only hope.
I have to say I was very leery of this book by it's cover image and title but I should know better than to judge a book this way. The storyline grabbed me right from the first paragraph and held me in it's spell through the last words. My guesses on the ending were all wrong and what a lovely surprise that was in and of itself. It's nice to be surprised every now and then. I absolutely love what Shona Husk has done with this storyline and hope to see many more wonders from her.
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (October 1, 2011)