Title: Summons: A Goblin King Prequel
Author: Shona Husk
Page Count: 161 KB (novella length)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was a free download from Amazon
Every fairy tale has to have some basis in fact, right? That's what Eliza thought as she made a desperate plea to the legendary Goblin King. If he could grant her wish, she'd finally be safe. He would protect her. But what would he ask in return...?
Two things you should know right off the bat- 1) this is a teaser introduction to a new series that's coming out, not a separate entity, and 2) it's free, so you certainly can't argue with the price!
Anyway, this story tells about Roan, the Goblin King, whose crappy decision making in the past makes him the sufferer of a curse that seems to be neverending. When he's summoned by Eliza as she tries to escape a loser's drunken advances, he figure he'll grant her stupid wish and that'll be the end of it and his miserable life can go on as always.
Eliza isn't like anyone who's summoned him before, though, and there's plenty of hinting at some sizzle that will come between them in the upcoming series. Eliza is thoroughly a youngster in this book, and nothing gross or inappropriate happens, but it's a perfect illustration of a formative experience that can have dramatic repercussions later.
With the basic outlining of the mythology and the whole goblin king/queen element, this is a series I'm definitely looking forward to. While this story will probably be more enjoyable when read in conjunction with the first volume (Amazon has the release date for The Goblin King as October 1st, so not too long to wait) it accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do, which is make me as a reader want to invest time in the series. Mission accomplished!
Overall Grade: B
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