Book Review: Goblin King by Kara Barbieri

Title: Goblin King
By: Kara Barbieri
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 368
Release Date: November 3rd, 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Goodreads:

In this stunning sequel to Kara Barbieri's White Stag, Janneke must find how far she's willing to go to save her world from destruction--even if it means sacrificing everything she's fought for.

The Hunt is over but the War has just begun.

Against all odds, Janneke has survived the Hunt for the Stag--but all good things come with a cost. Lydian might be dead, but he took the Stag with him. Janneke now holds the mantle, while Soren, now her equal in every way, has become the new Erlking. Janneke's powers as the new Stag has brought along haunting visions of a world thrown into chaos and the ghost of Lydian taunts her with the riddles he spoke of when he was alive.

When Janneke discovers the truth of Lydian and his madness, she's forced to see her tormentor in a different light for the first time. The world they know is dying and Lydian may have been the only person with the key to saving it.


We fall back in love with the permafrost world as the White Stag battles with the monsters in her head and is faced with Ragnarok.

I think the one thing that prevented this book from being an epic tale was the pacing. The beginning really bogged me down with the slow advance of the story and the almost nothing that happened that was interesting. Towards the second half, we finally got to the good stuff and I was unable to put the book down.

I really liked how the Norse mythology was woven into the story. The main female character, although she struggled, she really came into herself by the end and was even stronger than before.

This story didn't grab my attention like the first one did, but by the end I was glad that I read it.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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