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The Goblin Market (Into the Green #1)

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Meredith Drexler must save her sister, Christina, from the wicked goblin king, Kothar, who has kidnapped the girl in order to convince Meredith to uphold an ancient commitment Meredith doesn't remember making. Sent Upland disguised as a human child, she has no recollection of her former faerie life, or her uncle's promised marriage betrothal to Kothar.

When she ventures ba
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Published January 26th 2011 by Jennifer Hudock, via Smashwords
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Heather Faville
Give me the child. Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen, for my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great. You have no power over me ~Labyrinth

The Goblin Market is the tale of Meredith, who is forced to travel beyond the Goblin Market to a kingdom that has been divided by war, to find her sister who was seduced by the delicious fruits of the Goblin Market and the un
Jennifer Hudock’s novel The Goblin Market references several canonical works of prose and poetry from the past which will evoke familiar memories in any fan of fantasy literature. While, as a result, parts of the plot feel very familiar, they are reworked in a way which is exciting and original. Meredith begins with a commitment to save her sister from the goblin king, no matter the cost, but finds that bargains of that kind are rarely simple.

While Meredith’s physical journey to the goblin king’
Elita Daniels
Sweets for the sweeties!

Jennifer Hudock expertly lures her readers into an eerie, mysterious world, painting vivid imagery for the imagination. She knows how to provide information about her characters and the story in a very atmospherical way.

For the most part, the text flowed smoothly. I enjoyed the rich descriptions of the characters and the love, conflict, and anguish Merry feels as the tale unwinds. The author uses minute details to enrich the experience, making sensations and emotions rea
Riley Keith
I've been a stickler for High Fantasy recently. Nothing seems to get my attention or hold it for long enough that I end up finishing the story.
The Goblin Market was different. It's the perfect mix of fairytale and darkness that really kept me going.
Jennifer has a way about her writing that makes you fall instantly into the world that she's created. Her imagination is rich and bountiful and expansive and personally, I'd not see it end if only so I can live in her world longer.
The story revolve
Overall, this was a pretty underwhelming book. Personally, the only redeeming factor about this book was the ending, which was rather realistic and darker than I had expected. There is no fairytale happy ending here, instead, it’s all rather bittersweet.

I was already pretty iffy about this novel when I realized just how similar it was to Labyrinth (which is a huge guilty pleasure from my childhood. Who doesn’t love David Bowie in makeup and exaggerated hair dancing around in super tight leggings
Michell Plested
The Goblin Market reads a lot like a fairy tale. A young girl gets carried away by a wicked goblin king and the heroes undertake a quest to rescue her. But this isn't the modern fairy story you might expect. It is dark and gritty and the happy ever after you might be waiting for never comes.

The reader is treated to both the beauty and ugliness of the world of the fairy. It is a world that reminded me of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Despite the reminder, it is by no means a simple rework of stori
I have just finished reading The Goblin Market, by Jennifer Hudock. It has all the things I most enjoy in a book -- a quest/journey, characters who are well drawn, believable, and easy to tell apart, lots of tension and surprises, non-human characters, and the bonus of a female protagonist. Meredith has a very compelling reason to see her quest through to its end, and her experiences along the way are believable and well written. Ms. Hudock did an excellent job of creating the Underworld and its ...more
Mary Beeson
Accompany Merry along her journey through the world she had been cast from a lifetime ago for her own protection. Follow along with her as she makes her way through two new worlds, as she tries to remember the life she has lived, all while trying to save another..
The details of his book fills your mind with such vivid images you soon feel as if you are traveling right along with Merry and Him.

Jennifer is truley gifted with words, using them to pull you deeper and deeper in thought as you mindles
Debi Faulkner
This was the first book I read by Hudock. And now I have to confess -- she is my new favorite writer. The characters in this story came alive for me, and the settings were beautifully handled. The Goblin Market was ghastly and horrific, while the fairy "town" was lovely and enchanting. The journey into the darkness and the romance that somehow thrived there . . . let me just say that the writing is beautiful and engaging. I'm on the lookout for any and everything I can find by this author.
If you loved the movie Labyrinth, this is your flavor of mind-candy. It reminded me a little of George MacDonald because it does have a Victorian flavor and there are elements of Grimm and Rosetti, of course. Him of the Green and Sir Gwydion were very well-done.
Lil Bone
Had a lot of fun reading and listening to this. All I can say is HIIIIIIIIIIIIM!!!!!!! (and I'm ready for the next book!)
Had me drawn in from the first chapter....loved it! Beautiful story, beatifully written!! Very, very good read!!
One chapter in, as awesome as I remember from the podcast..
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
The Goblin Market reads like a classic fairytale, with a traditional beginning plotline: the abduction and necessary rescue of a loved one from lands afar and dangerous by an unassuming, unsuspecting "normal" girl. Meredith Drexler is the likable and capable rescuer, and her sister Christina, the carefree, dependent rescuee. Though similar to fairy-tales and myths with goblins, pixies, etc., Hudock's Market is original and refreshing to read.
Descriptive and vivid, this is a well-written and enjo
Jennifer Defoy
I really liked this book. I couldn’t put it down, it just drew me in right from the beginning. It reminded me of the movie Labyrinth – which is one of my favorite movies. I pictured Meredith as Sarah, and of course David Bowie was in there too. And while parts of the book are similar to the movie there is enough of a difference that it wasn’t just a rewrite of Labyrinth.

Meredith seems to have been given a TON of responsibility that she might not have been ready for. She’s the guardian to her sis
The Goblin Market (Into the Green Book 1) by Jennifer Hudock was a decent fantasy novel. As I was reading the goblin king played by David Bowie in the 1986 movie Labyrinth kept popping up in my head. Wonder where she got the idea for this story? HMMM.... Anyways, it was worth the read. Christina stumbles upon a Goblin Market in the forest where she is tempted to consume all of the fruits available for free. She becomes poisoned and forced to reveal where her sister Meredith is to Kothar, the Gob ...more
M.A. Kropp
A retelling of the Goblin King story, with a few interesting twists, The Goblin Market was not a terrible book. A princess is sent from the Underground to the human world above to escape marriage to the Goblin King. She is born into a human family, with no memory of her former life. The Goblin King tracks her down, and when she refuses him, he kidnaps her poisoned sister, forcing Meredith to seek out his castle to save her. She is joined on her quest by Him, a Hunter.

Overall, the story is good.
Steve Thomas
The Goblin Market opens with a prologue ripped out of Grimm's Fairy Tales. A girl, wandering away from her boyfriend, stumbles upon a goblin market, where she is tricked into sampling the food. Soon, she is kidnapped by goblins, and it's up to her sister to enter the faerie world to save her.

The fairy tale aspects of the book were wonderful. Everything functions by the same crazy, but somehow coherent logic as it does in the stories you heard as a child. The worldbuilding was well-done, but spar
Christina is walking home with Will, when he asks her to marry him. She goes the rest of the way by herself so she can think and have an answer for him. All of a sudden a goblin market is in her way. They are calling her offering her the best of fruit and she eats too much of it and is poisoned.
The goblin king is searching for his missing bride and it is Christina older sister that raised her. Meredith does not believe him and asks him to save her sister. He agrees if she can make it too his cas
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This book, reminiscent of fairy tales of old, follows the story of Meredith, the human reincarnation of a fairy princess. Meredith was reborn into the human world to protect her from Kothar, the Goblin King, her promised betrothed who was obsessed with possessing her. When the original betrothal was made, Kothar was a different man, a soldier in the fairy kingdom being sent on a mis
JP Harvey
The Goblin Market is a wonderful story, often times captivating in the same way a good movie causes you to forget you're not actually there. Some scenes were so vividly described, I wondered if Jennifer had actually gone through similar excitements and traumas in real life. Also, although I wouldn't classify this novel as child-friendly, there were significant portions I read to my young child without worry. Certainly it's suitable for adults of all ages. I was glad to see it lacks the unnecessa ...more
Paulette Jaxton
The Goblin Market by Jennifer Hudock is the tale of one young woman's journey to find and rescue her sister from the clutches of the Goblin King. Meredith journeys into the Underground where she discovers her true nature, meets her true love, faces numerous dangers and betrayals, and finally confronts the king himself.

What should be a rousing and uplifting tale of courage in the face of strange and terrifying circumstances frankly left me flat. That's primarily due to the portrayal of the main c
The Goblin Market

When asked by a friend on Twitter to read and review a book for her I was excited...but when I realized that it was YA with a little romance thrown in I became a bit disheartened. However, with that being said, The Goblin Market by Jennifer Hudock is a very well written story about a woman with no memory of any other life than the one she remembers getting drawn in to the faerie world of the evil goblin king in order to save her little sister. The king believes her to be his pro
Ralf Graeber Graeber
The Goblin Market

When asked by a friend on Twitter to read and review a book for her I was excited...but when I realized that it was YA with a little romance thrown in I became a bit disheartened. However, with that being said, The Goblin Market by Jennifer Hudock is a very well written story about a woman with no memory of any other life than the one she remembers getting drawn in to the faerie world of the evil goblin king in order to save her little sister. The king believes her to be his pro
KV Taylor
An enjoyable fairy tale-style quest in the tradition of Labyrinth and something like a darker Princess Bride, with hints of The Lord of the Rings and A Midsummer Night's Dream thrown in for good fun. It begins with the Goblin Market of poem fame and weaves its way through some stunningly painted territory -- the odd sights, sounds, tastes, smells of the Market, the Forest, and the Wald are expressed wonderfully. The characters are good fun, and, as is always super important in these quest type d ...more
A.R. Norris
I was very happy with this book. The characters were as vivid as the settings. Hudock wrote the descriptions with such wonderful detail, I felt I could reach out and touch it.The middle did drag a bit, but not to the point that it hindered the overall story.

The main characters were 3 dimensional, and I cared for Merry and Him. I loved reading about Merry reconnecting with the world she'd come from. And, I loved the interplay between Merry and Him. Kothar was the realistic villian, evil and obses
If you're looking for a strong, capable heroine, look elsewhere. You will get a damsel in distress, who is incapable of making her own decision, and instead waits for everyone else to help/fix/make it happen for her.

While the writing is pretty good, and the premise of the book is fun, I could not get over how useless Meredith was. She didn't make anything happen, instead things happened to her. Her supposed noble quest-adventure didn't feel like quest at all, but more like she was dragging alon
Sëan'agh Utber
New and interesting. Found it a fresh mix between Labyrinth (the movie) and the Chronicles of Prydain (The Black Cauldron etc)
Isa McLaren
This book could benefit greatly from some editing and proofreading. There are numerous minor mistakes of punctuation. I don't just mean missing or too many commas. I mean, a period in the middle of a sentence. Or, a pronoun and a name used as if it was a re-write that didn't quite get changed. The worst part was a character described as having lavender skin in one chapter, only to be referred to as green-skinned in the next chapter.

It's a shame, because the story is good. It's rich and compelli
Patricia Burleson
Great book full of fantasy.
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Jennifer Melzer enjoys spinning elements of the fantastic with strands plucked from the heart. She spent most of her life denying the romantic overtones sewn into her fiction, but awoke one morning and realized every single tale she'd ever spun somehow revolved around the heart. She has since given woven from heartstrings.

She currently resides in Northeast Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter a
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