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Goblin King

(Permafrost #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  108 reviews
In this stunning sequel to 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.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 17th 2020 by Wednesday Books (first 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
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
*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
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.

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, she gets more philosophical and more attuned to her new powers 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]
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 (ᕗツ)ᕗ
Netgalley is really too good to me
Nov 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Taylor Hansen
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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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
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, fantasy, own, young-adult
Many thanks to Wednesday Books, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for the ARC.

Warning: There will be minor spoilers for White Stag (Permafrost #1) in this review.

I picked up the first book in the Permafrost series, White Stag, last year with high hopes and ended up disappointed. While I did like Janneke as a protagonist and think Barbieri had some great concepts, the plot fell flat for me and I disliked the way the dialogue was written. However, I did want to learn more about the Permafrost and
Sara G
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goblin King by Kara Barbieri

3.5 out of 5 Stars

***ARC received from St Martins Press and NetGalley in exchange for honest review, opinions are all my own. Thank you!***

Goblin King is the follow up to White Stag and takes place approximately a year after the end of White Stag. I don’t know how many books there are in this series, whether its just a trilogy or not but it really feels like the middle book in a trilogy. In that not a lot gets resolved but sets the time to set up a bigger conflict.

Melissa Mitchell
“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
Tonja Drecker
Norse mythology meets a darker, psychological tale and is packed with tons of action in this exciting read.

After surviving the Hunt and receiving the Stag's powers, Janneke is having trouble sliding into her new role as The Stag. No matter how she tries, she can't even begin to touch upon the powers she received. And it's frustrating. Especially since the evil she defeated, Lydian has joined the nightmare visions in her head and speaks to her constantly. Now, she must take on the next stage of h
Story Eater
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, arc-2020
This review contains minor plot spoilers for White Stag. If you haven’t read WS, and wish to avoid spoiling it, read it first.

Unfortunately, while this book was one of my 2020 highly anticipated, it fell very flat of my expectations. I don’t know whether this was because my expectations were much too high or if this dumpster fire of a year affected my mood when I was reading it.

That being established, I don’t feel my opinion about the book (which is not objective, obviously) should affect how
Laura•Sincerely Reads
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs

Thank you to Netgalley and the author for providing the opportunity to read and review this book.

Thoughts & Feelings
This was a fantastic second installment to the Permafrost series! We catch up with Janneke and Soren roughly a year after the events of the first book and unfortunately it has not all been peas and carrots. Janneke is having nightmares where Lydian has infiltrated, taunting her. She is also having visions of the end of the world. When she finally comes clean to Soren, the
Oct 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I read White Stag around this time in 2018 and it leaped to my Top 10 of the year. For a debut author and a book that I picked up so late in the year, THAT is some high praise. I have been dying for Goblin King ever since. When I saw the opportunity to grab an advanced copy...I jumped, squealed and hunkered down preparing to devour it in one sitting. I'd say I'm disappointed but I don't think that's a strong enough reaction.

I don't even feel like this is a sequel. The characters are the same, t
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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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