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The Goblin King (Shadowlands #1)

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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?

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Once upon a time...

A man was cursed to the Shadowlands, his heart replaced with
Paperback, 317 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published October 1st 2011)
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Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was so excited to read The Goblin King, but sadly it couldn't live up to my high expectations. The concept was interesting - I liked how Roan was cursed to appear as a goblin in the human realm and the increasing despair experienced by both Roan and Dai as the book wore on had the potential to be moving.

Unfortunately, I could not invest in the character of Eliza and the relationship with the titular Goblin King never prompted a stronger emotion than mild interest. Eliza doesn't really develop
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: August 1, 2011 (Available Now)
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Imprint: Casablanca
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Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Okay so I have a teensy admission to make — I love the movie Labyrinth. Love it. The whole idea of wishing for help from a mythical Goblin King only to find
Shari Kay
Feb 15, 2018 marked it as mercy-rule
DNF @ 32%

Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heeding a summons, the Goblin King, finds his summoner unconscious, but seizes the chance to bring the woman back to his lair – and a goblin never gives up his treasures.

Having read the free kindle prequel Summons: A Goblin King Prequel and being a fan of Labyrinth (yes, it has muppets but there is also a touch of forbidden romance) I was completely intrigued by the premise of Husk's series. Roan, the Goblin King, is a cursed warrior trying desperately to fight the greed that threatens to turn h
All Things Urban Fantasy
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I can’t not immediately think of David Bowie and the movie Labyrinth when I see the title of the first book in Shona Husk’s paranormal romance trilogy, THE GOBLIN KING. I always thought that movie was missing a romance and it was great fun to get to read a book that delivered a truly magical goblin/human love story. Why don’t we see more goblins in paranormal romance? Oh, right, because they look like goblins. Not exactly ideal for making the heart go p
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
I liked the prequel novella better :/

I have to admit going into this expecting something along the lines of the movie "Labyrinth"

But it disappointed me in so many ways.

I never managed to form an attachment to the heroine and the hero was just of sort of mopey and thinking about gold or something like that most of the time.

There was no magic in the writing,no flow to make you want to read along to the end.I skimmed through a lot of it.
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goblin King by Shona Husk
Paranormal Romance - Oct 1st, 2011
4 stars

Roan is the Goblin King. He and his surviving men were cursed by a vengeful Druid for a past misdeed that they could not control. As Roan loses his humanity, he becomes
closer to becoming a full and vicious Goblin without morals or scruples but there is one
person who can hold back the tide, if she dares.

Eliza met the Goblin King, and he gave her one of his beads after saving her. She has been the only one in centuries who summoned
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ms. Husk has layered this world and each character with intense feelings, decisions and outcomes. The Shadowlands is a savage world but the protagonist Roan still has an ounce of humanity left, so when the heroine Eliza enters his world the contrast between hope and despair, beauty and evil, taking and giving, is both magnified and questioned. It’s a tale that is both heart wrenching and heartwarming. The question of doing what is necessary and doing what is right are in play throughout. It many ...more
Cathy (cathepsut)
Feb 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
The prequel was ok, but not great. I should have listened to my gut and given this a miss. The heroine is too whiny for my taste, the hero is endlessly going on about almost being a goblin, but not yet and about saving his soul and so on and so forth. A lot of talking, not much action, not a lot of plot development. Very repetitive and the reasoning of the main characters did not make sense to me. I was bored and did not finish at about 30%.

Edited review (original review from February 2013), as
3.5 Stars! (GR you really need to add the half star if you're going to have such a short range for rating!)

This book is like the amber beads so oft mentioned throughout- it feels like only a short moment captured. You will spend your time in this book within the Heroine and Hero's minds cycling through The Big Dilemma. This can be at times repetitive but Husk does manage to make me understand the desperate passion between the characters. The major points subtracted from this book: it could have
What I wanted:

What I got:

Sure, make assault sexy and the female protagonist a pawn in every man's agenda. No thanks. I did not even get to the cool parts such as the curse and how it changes the way the hero looks and all that because I was just so grossed out.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review originally published at Reading Reality

Goblins are not the stuff that dreams are made of. Not unless those dreams are nightmares.

But somehow Shona Husk managed to make The Goblin King into a sweeping romance of love and redemption as well as a darkly sensual twist on Beauty and the Beast.

Once upon a time, Roan was a Celtic prince, back when Rome ruled the Western world. Back when the Druids practiced real magic. His people rebelled, and failed. Roan and his band of warriors were condemned
The Goblin King was a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for something very different from standard paranormal romances, and the goblin theme sounded promising. Goblins aren't easy to sexify like vampires, shapeshifters, etc. Goblins are squat, ugly, crafty little bastards who like to make mischief. At least, that's the type of goblin I've read about in fairy tales and children's stories. The goblins in The Goblin King were very different (dumber, nastier, more animalistic), and the book wasn ...more
No doubt this title will immediately bring to mind thoughts of Labyrinth, but other than the title I think that's about all that's in common with the film. The Goblin King -- the first in a paranormal romance trilogy by Shona Husk, that finally gives goblins their spotlight in this ever-growing genre -- throw us into the midst of Roan's life: one where his soul is hanging in the balance as the curse of being a goblin tugs at him at every moment and leaves him craving gold.

Rather than Labyrinth,
Blodeuedd Finland
Ok so the guy on the cover might not look much like our hero, he has got dreads and when he is a goblin he is all icky, but then this can be how he looks at the end :)

Anyway, to the story! Roan lives in the shadowlands, a horrible place of nightmares. He is cursed and has been for 2000 years. He used to be a good king, but now he is a man whose greed might make him into the goblins he hate. He is loosing little by little to the curse. But there is something there, and sure at times in the beginn
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. A very different sort of hero in this interesting paranormal romance. Roan lives under a curse that is slowly turning him into a goblin, obsessed with gold and stripped of his humanity. He exists in the Shadowlands, ruling over his fellow warriors who have gradually succumbed to the curse and turned into true goblins. For the second time in his existence he is called into the Fixed Realm (our world) to answer the summons of Eliza, who called him once as a child. He has never lost that ...more
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Roan is the Goblin King. He lives in the Shadowlands and his heart has been replaced with gold. Roan has been summoned by a woman. When Roan arrives, he finds the woman unconscious and bleeding. Roan takes the woman back to Shadowlands.

Eliza awakes to find herself in a strange land with a strange man. Though the man is not a stranger to Eliza. In fact the last time that Eliza saw the Goblin King was when she was a young girl. At that time, Roan told Eliza not to summons him again. Now that she
Oct 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I first encountered this book on Goodreads and the cover and summary had me entering into their giveaway. Although I did not win, I was lucky enough for this to be one of the books my librarian friend had received and ended up giving to me. I read it the day I got it. I was not disappointed. When I first started reading, the book started reminding me about Jim Henson’s 1986 movie The Labyrinth. The Goblin King, the one woman he can’t resist, and the wish for the Goblin King’s help. But thats whe ...more
Christy Stewart
Now that little girls who grew up loving the movie Labyrinth (and learned about the difference between boys and girls thanks to David Bowie's tights) are old enough to read it's about damn time someone ripped the movie off so we can enjoy a more erotic version. I had high hopes and the plot is actually good enough that I raised my expectations, not to mention how much hope the positive reviews gave me...but as always you all lied to me.

Husk either cannot write or this book is satire. The thought
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another first read author for me and I enjoyed her writing .This book was def a bit darker pnr than I usually read, not in a violent way,just a darker tone.There was such a saddness to the middle part of the story when all hope of them being together was lost,but as always,love wins all.Curious as to who is lurking in the shadows.Looking to tead the next in the series.
Oct 07, 2011 marked it as on-hold_partially-finished
I was at 57% last time I read this, but kinda stopped reading. I don't even remember why exactly.. the premise was good, but I kinda couldn't connect with the characters, I think.

Will hopefully pick it up again later.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: goblins
So here's the thing; I have a weird obsession with goblins?????? idk but I love them as like antiheroes.

Buuuut this book was just... bizarre? The concepts are interesting but not fleshed out entirely. The pacing was super off. I wasn't introduced to anything in the start so it felt like the second book in a series (I seriously had to double check I wasn't going out of order.) I did like the book, it was a story that I enjoyed and finished and am considering the next book (I heard its better anyw
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Suggested Prequel Reading: The Summons: A Goblin King Prequel
(I would not suggest reading The Goblin King without first reading the free prequel)

The first time Eliza summons the Goblin King she is 16 and doesn’t truly believe that he exists but she is terrified and is willing to try anything to get away from the boy who is threatening her. At that time the Goblin King warns her not to summon him again, or the next time he’ll grant her wish and take her away, this time for keeps.

Years la
Shera (Book Whispers)
The Goblin King was a sure hit with me right from the get go. It took a fresh new look on goblins—who only ever get brief spots as creepy villains in fantasy—and turned it into an epic Beauty and the Beast retelling. Long ago a group of Celtic men trying to defy the Roman Empire were wrongly accused of betraying their people. An overzealous Druid cursed Roan—the King of his clan—and his men to have hearts of gold. They were banished to the nightmare realm, the Shadowlands, and cursed to lose the ...more
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
3.5 Stars

There is a prequel to this book (The Summons: A Goblin King Prequel) that tells the story of the first meeting of Roan, the Goblin King and Eliza, a then 16-year old girl. I thoroughly enjoyed the prequel but you don’t need to have read it to understand this book. This book picks up 9 years after the prequel when Eliza calls to the Goblin King for a second time.

Eliza is about to get married to a man she doesn’t love, a man who has blackmailed her into staying with him. And when Eliza c
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
My first thought about The Goblin King was “how is the author going to make a goblin the frickin hero of the story?” I mean, goblins are those nasty, ugly, mean entities we read about in many of those other paranormal stories, and frankly they are not anybody you would want to get down with (if you get my drift). ;-)

Well, Shona Husk was the author that could do it. She made me want a goblin. Well, even more than one goblin; she made me want Roan and then she made me want his brother Dai. I am t
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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....
T.E. Ridener
Okay. Dash it. I don't need sleep that badly. Honestly, I am surprised by how many 2 and 3 star reviews I am seeing. But you know, as the old adage goes, you won't be everyone's cup of tea. Let me tell you, this was definitely my cup of tea and I need a REFILL, stat!

I read the prequel about a year ago and I was hooked. I needed more. However, I never willingly buy an ebook that's over 2.99 unless I just absolutely MUST have it. In this case, a friend gifted me a copy from my wishlist (THANK YOU)
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars I definitely think you need to read the prequel, Summons, before reading this. They briefly explain what happened but it's better to read it on your own first, I gave that 5 stars and it was the reason I read this one. Although I gave The Summons a higher rating, I still really enjoyed this book.

Eliza and Roan didn't reunite the way I though they would, and things were a bit slower to get started than I expected, but it's nice when books don't always go how you though they would. I lik
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Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she
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