By: S. Jae-Jones
Release Date: February 7th, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Review: To tell you the truth, I found this book a little slow. There was a lot to do with music, which was very interesting, but it didn't seem to move the story along fast enough for my taste. With that being said, I thought the story was excellent. The author came up with a unique story that captured me. It painted a picture of the goblin world, but yet I still found myself wanting more.
The love story was intriguing, but at times I felt like it came out of the blue and then hid away again.
The ending left me sad. I wanted more. I wanted the characters to finally find peace, but the story ended with me having lots of questions and no way to answer them.
I still gave the book three stars because it was very well written and the story line was well constructed. I would recommend this read to anyone who loves fantasy and fairy tale style stories.