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Goblin King

(Permafrost #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  134 reviews
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 bring along haunting visions of a world thrown
Published December 2016
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alana ♡
“I couldn’t change the horrors of my past, but I could still fix the problems of the future.”

Rating: 3.5

Goblin King is a solid follow-up to the first book in the series White Stag. Initially, I was a little hesitant jumping back into this because it had been so long since I read the first book and while I remembered all of the big events that happened I was worried there was a good chunk of this book I forgot. Luckily for me though, the author did a fantastic job of recapping the events of b
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Fantastic sequel to White Stag! The land of Permafrost reminds me a lot of Middle Earth, especially this journey and band of friends/enemies. I recommend both these books to any YA fantasy reader... I hope there will be more to come!

Many thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Dark River
*This doesn't contain any real plot spoilers, but fair warning in case you prefer to go into a book completely blind.*

I was very excited to pick up Goblin King after White Stag was such a surprise hit for me. Any small things I had to criticize about it fell flat in comparison to the interesting take on mythology, the ruthlessness of the world and the goblins inhabiting it and the unconventional and intriguing main character that was chosen to tell this tale. I enjoyed that Janneke wasn't yet an
Amy Imogene Reads
2.5 stars

Goblins, the underworld, and a lot of mythology references... I wish I'd loved this more.

Plot: ★★★
World: ★★★★
Pacing: ★★

Goblin King is the second book in the Permafrost duology. If you haven't read the first book, White Stag, please avoid this review as there are SPOILERS for the first book in the series. (You can read my review of White Stag here.)

The newbies gone? Good. Let's talk about this one.

So, first off, let me preface this by saying that it's been quite a while since I've read
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every bit as masterfully written as WHITE STAG, Kara Barbieri’s GOBLIN KING feels like more than the continuation of a fabulous tale, but the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of these amazing characters!
As Janneke discovers that reining in the power she possesses is seemingly beyond her grasp. Is there a reason she is caught in limbo? Her world is dying and her tormentor may hold the key to saving it and unlocking her powers, but isn’t he dead? Janneke must play roulette with the wheel of
Lucie V.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you St. Martin's Press). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

As in the first book, Janneke does not feel like she is 117 years old, she feels like a 17 years old teenager who lacks a certain maturity and wisdom. She has a sense of duty and she is willing to make sacrifices for the greater good, but it still felt like she was a regular teenager most of the time and not someone who has lived for over 100 years. It gets better near the end though
Nov 17, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books.

This is the second book in a fascinating YA Fantasy series. In this book, Janneke comes to grips with her new power as the mantle, making her an equal to Soren, who is now the Erlking. Her power comes with disturbing visions of the future, which sends Janneke and her companions on a dangerous journey to save the world.

Along with visions, Janneke's tormentor Lydian taunts her despite being dead. She can hear him in her thoughts, and
Cindy ✩☽♔
It’s been so long since I read White Stag, but I remember enjoying it overall. As such, I was very much looking forward to this sequel.

Unfortunately, I found myself thoroughly disappointed.

Both the story and characters fell flat in this installment, with no emotional connection, no sense of urgency, and way too questions being asked with very few being answered.

I don’t think there was anything inherently wrong with the writing, but it failed to establish or decide on a specific tone. This, I b
M.  [storme reads a lot]
I found this to be a wonderful sequel to The Stag, and I am so glad I was able to snag it when it was read now. I could not put this down once I had started reading, and it just kept me invested the entire duration of the novel. I adore the combo of fae and Norse mythology, it is unique and makes this one of my favorite series for YA fantasy no doubt.

Janneke is such a fierce MC, there is no way to not think she is amazing. She has been to hell and back, and she is still surviving. I know sometim
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Netgalley is really too good to me
Nov 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley, Kara Barbieri, St. Martin’s Press, and Wednesday Books for the opportunity to read Goblin King in exchange for an honest review.

Goblin King is the second installment to the Permafrost series following White Stag. I loved White Stag and thought the premise was quite enjoyable, so I was greatly looking forward to reading the sequel. Alas, there were a few things that made this book a little lackluster.

Let’s talk about the plot first. This picks up where the first book left
Goblin King: A Permafrost Novel (Permafrost #2) by Kara Barbieri

ARC provided by Wednesday Books/St. Martin's Press and Kara Barbieri via NetGalley. All opinions are mine and freely given.

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11-09: 'Goblin King; A Permafrost Novel' by Kara Barbieri is the follow-up to 'White Stag,' a story that had intrigued me from the get-go.

Janneke is our main character. A human girl who was a thrall, one of the slaves of the previous Erlking, that has become the new Stag.. a magical, liminal creature.. meant to maintain the bal
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, age-ya, fantasy
Now that Janneke is the physical incarnation of the Stag, and Soren is the Erlking, they find themselves part of a prophecy that means they cannot touch each other without destroying each other and the world. Plus there's the pesky problem of Lydian being stuck inside Janneke's head. Despite Lydian's torment, he tells the truth, and Janneke knows she must go on a quest to stop the end, which means fighting lots of different monsters, all of whom make Lydian look like a cakewalk...

This story is h
Mellie Antoinette
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I very much enjoyed White Stag, the first in the Permafrost trilogy, but this second installment struggled from a slightly noticeable repetitiveness that meant this never quite hooked me quite like the first book. Still, I do plan to read the third installment!
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books*

I enjoyed the sequel! As I had with White Stag this story is filled with mysteries and action and humor as both Janneke and Soren try to navigate their new positions of power and their growing dread as something far more sinister threatens Permafrost...and the world.

The mix of nordic mythology and the culture of the goblins was fascinating to read and the travels the gang had as t
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
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Lauren James  (storied.adventures)
Full review on my blog, Storied Adventures!

I LOVED White Stag. But this one was a bit of a let down.
I loved the adventure and fighting Norse mythological creatures while saving the world. So freaking cool.
BUT there was no chemistry between me and the characters or between the characters themselves. There was no heat between Janneke and Soren this time.

I still can't wait for the next book though!
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
The publisher provided me with the opportunity to read this in exchange for providing feedback. (via NetGalley)

Somewhere between 3 to 3.5 stars. I didn't really enjoy this one as much as the first.. I feel like nothing really happened?
Julia |
I loved the first story in the series, White Stag, so much! So much so that I was trying to figure out when the second book would be released even though the first hadn’t officially been published and to my absolute delight, I discovered it on Wattpad.

Although I read Goblin King online and not an official published copy or ARC, I still devoured it. I will definitely reread this when it does come to an official book format because it was just that good. I love the world the author created and al
Melissa Mitchell
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
“ꜱᴏᴍᴇᴛɪᴍᴇꜱ ᴛʜᴇ ꜱᴛʀᴏɴɢᴇꜱᴛ ᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴡᴇ ᴅᴏ ᴀʟʟ ᴅᴀʏ ɪꜱ ᴡᴀᴋᴇ ᴜᴘ ᴀɴᴅ ɢᴇᴛ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴏꜰ ʙᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ᴄᴏɴᴛɪɴᴜᴇ ʟɪᴠɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ ꜰɪɢᴜʀɪɴɢ ᴏᴜᴛ ɴᴇᴡ ᴡᴀʏꜱ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʜɪɴɢꜱ ᴡᴇ ᴏɴᴄᴇ ᴅɪᴅ.”—Kara Barbieri

Rich with Norse mythology, this sequel explores some of the unanswered questions from White Stag. Against all odds, Janneke and Soren have become the Stag and Erlking. While they may have won the hunt, the war for the fate of the world has just begun. “What happens when the serpent stops eating its tail?” Lyndian’s famous question is
Taylor Hansen
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those sequels where I was a little nervous to read it because I LOVED the first one so much and just couldn't imagine anything better in a continuation. I needn't have worried. Where the first one was bolstered by the romantic tension this one doesn't feel its lack. If anything this one sunk its claws into me even deeper. Any author who can suck me into emotionally precarious places is a winner in my book (AKA - I teared up in this one, and that almost never happens to me, especi ...more
Skye ~ Court of Binge Reading
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

3.5 stars

Goblin King is the sequel to White Stag, the first book in the Permafrost series. I was a big fan of the first book; it was such an interesting, captivating book. I read it in one sitting. If you read White Stag a while ago and you’re worried about not remembering everything that happened in the book, don’t worry. The author does a great job of recapping the events of book one. You’ll quic
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
When I requested this book, for some reason I did not realize that it was the second book in a series. Some books can be read in any order but this one definitely should be read in sequence in order to be able to follow the story properly. Otherwise it feels a bit like jumping into the middle of a movie. That being said, I was still interested in the story line and found the writing to be fluid. The author drew me in enough for me to want to read the first book in the series. I actually have the ...more
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, so I read White Stag about two-ish years ago. So I'm going to admit that I didn't dive back into that book before diving into Goblin King. Definitely took a risk and I think it worked out for me in the end.

Due to this being the sequel, I assumed that this picked up right where the first book left me (which was a cliffhanger no doubt). So you will still be following Janneke and Soren but they are on a new journey. She
Thank you to Netgalley, Kara, and Wednesday Books for an advance copy of Goblin King.

This is book two in the Permafrost series. My review for book 1, White Stag, can be found on my blog. This review may be slim, as I try to avoid spoilers from book 1.

Goblin King picks up about a year after the Hunt ends, with Janneke and Soren working through the outcome and revelations. Facing a perilous journey, our core two team up with some old and new characters to travel into the unknown and attempt to sav
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Wednesday Books.

I definitely did not like this book as much as the first one, which is odd because it was a fairly quick read.

It almost seems like this is a sequel to something other than White Stag?

I didn't feel the weary age of Janneke and Soren came off as a petulant child and the goblins were acting like a squad?

By itself, it's a good book it just pales in comparison to White Stag.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed to read this book as soon as I was finished with White Stag - and my wish came true!

Now, this book started out with a different feel from the first. And I totally get and approve that. In book one, we meet the characters, get to know them - at least a bit, in some cases - and get acquainted with the world and how its been built. In sequels, we usually already have important info known to what's about to happen and why.

And we do have that, but we also get a new set of awesome side chara
Sophie Constable
Once again I am amazed by this book. The storyline continues on from White Stag perfectly and it never feels like it's just a rehash of the first book. The characters all grow and have to face new challenges. Janneke is struggling with her stag powers and Soren is adapting to being Erking. And then Janneke learns that she has to return her tormentor to life so that the world won't be destroyed. There are some new characters introduced in this book and my favorites are Freya and Rose. I can't wai ...more
Emily is Milling Around
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, 2020
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The sequel to WHITE STAG, Kara Barbieri’s GOBLIN KING is still the story of a girl who is trapped in a race against her own mind and powers she still struggles to contend with as a mortal in an immortal’s world. If Janneke is to continue surviving, she now has to prevent utter madness and Ragnorak from ensuing by resurrecting her greatest enemy and tormentor: Lydian.

There’s Norse mythology, a bit of rage-induced madness, and just
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Kara Barbieri is a twenty-two year old author with a love for the weird and mystic. She enjoys weaving ancient mythology into her stories and writing characters who are strong yet vulnerable at the same time. In her free time she trains with the same weapons her characters use, studies as a linguistic major, and generally tries her hardest not to be normal.

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