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The Goblin and the Dancer

(A Villain's Ever After #5)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Grik the goblin spends his days as a janitor cleaning the Metropolitan Dance Hall, drawn to the Elvish world and tired of the darkness of his underground home. He secretly pines for the ballet company’s lead dancer, Rosanna, but his own ugliness and shyness stands in the way of confessing his love.

When a handsome rival appears on the scene, Grik’s jealousy bubbles over an
Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Published September 10th 2021
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Allison Tebo
May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Update: Because I care about you, it's time for some CONTENT WARNINGS!

The Goblin and the Dancer is very clean: it's more than likely that most families would feel comfortable reading it to small children. Here is the entirety of what you'll find in this book.


1. Magic: None.
2. Romance: Pure and sweet - a few, non-described kisses.
3. Swearing: None.
4. Violence: Some comedic fight scenes, but also a few scenes where characters are terrified and fighting for their life.
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A graceful, caring dancer. A handsome, self-assured soldier. A gentle goblin who doubts himself. Three people who struggle to belong to the worlds they know. And three hurting hearts that hide behind careful disguises.

Grik doesn’t fit in. He’s not like other goblins. Drawn to the soaring beauty of the elvish world, he is not content with his underground home. And he has a secret . . . he holds a forbidden love deep in his heart.

When a bitter rivalry drives Grik to a rash deed, the consequences a
Merie Shen
The Goblin and the Dancer was, as all of Allison Tebo’s books are, an absolute delight from beginning to end! This is definitely my favorite installment of the Villain’s Ever After series so far.

As a retelling of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”–a fairytale with which I am admittedly not familiar–the story introduces us to Grik, a poor young goblin who’s head over heels in love with the beautiful and gracious elf dancer Rosanna. I was drawn into this gorgeous fantasy world from the start; Allison Teb
H. S. Kylian (Hannah Killian)
Tricia Mingerink
This one is so adorable! If you are looking for well developed romance, this isn't it. If anything, it is more focused on the bromance than the romance. Yet...that is kind of the point of the book.

Grik is a great main character. He breaks all the molds. He's a goblin. He's ugly. He's a janitor and not a warrior. In any other book, he would be the secondary character. Probably a throwaway comic relief. But here he is given his moment to shine. If you have ever felt overlooked or not enough or ou
Cat T.
Sep 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 12+
Summary: A lovely fantasy story that shows love and kindness and companionship. It was such a fun twist on The Steadfast Tin Soldier. The characters were all well-written and relatable in different ways, and the worldbuilding of the elven and goblin cultures was amazing. The themes of worth, forgiveness, and hope in the dark were lovely.

Main characters: Grik's struggle with worth felt so real, and it was good to see the start of healing for that and for his relationships affected by it. His sa
At the very beginning this novella kinda seems like the origin story for a funny old bachelor. It clearly was to end up going in a different direction but you will not convince me Grik doesn't have funny old bachelor vibes.

Moving on.

I loved this book. But the first thing to really grab my attention was the world building. With The Goblin and the Dancer, Allison has created a new world, entirely distinct from Ambia but with a similar flavor. The underground world of the goblins is especially inc
Hannah Kaye
Sep 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was pretty much destined to love this book. Underground caverns, crystal caves, impossible odds, and THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER, for crying out loud. That’s been one of my favorite fairytales for pretty much forever, and this retelling did it justice (and then some.)

Allison Tebo’s signature lighthearted writing was as charming and glittering as ever. Her settings dazzled me; her world building delighted me. I loved the contrast between the above ground and underground worlds, and how she pulled
An adorable little story about overcoming one's fears, gaining confidence, trusting others, forgiveness and love.

This was my first read by Allison and somehow, the only way I know how to describe this book is that it's just like her—joyful, simple, deep yet lighthearted and heartfelt. This was a small book reminiscent of the fairytales I'd read as a child, and even though it contained romance, it didn't feel like a romance at all, but more like a coming-of-age novel, and I loved that.

I can't q
S.G. Willoughby
Oct 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was sweet, and beautiful! :D A friend of mine had spent a lot of time fangirling, I was excited for it's release! I enjoyed the varied settings and the rollercoaster of an adventure. It felt like a good old-fashioned quest, which I haven't gotten to read in quite a while. :)

Allison's characters are always unique and interesting, and her romances are so sweet and pure.

I loved the challenges and growth in each character, and I definitely related to Grik's struggles. I really appreciated how
Sep 17, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a retelling of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and I only found out about the story after this book was announced. I first read the original story and then started with this one. I was excited as I enjoy retellings that have rarely been explored. While the book was good, there were times I struggled to pay attention.

I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Grik came across as someone having an unhealthy obsession with Rosanna to the point where he convinces himself that she was taken
Sep 15, 2021 rated it liked it
I had trouble getting into this one. 25% of the way through, I didn't like any of the characters. The pacing was slow for me. It just wasn't a good fit for me. ...more
Sep 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I almost don’t know where to begin! Allison is one of those storytellers where you feel the intense need to sing her praise from the rooftops but you fear your words would be inadequate in doing so. As Jane Austen once said, “If I loved you less, I may be able to talk it about it more.”

But I shall try ;)

In the Goblin and the Dancer, Grik (the goblin) is a janitor for the Metropolitan Dance Hall, where he meets Rosanna (the dancer who is a beautiful and talented elf) and harbors a secret love fo
Sep 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
I normally really like series like this - series of standalone books where you can try different authors - but I’ve been pretty disappointed in this series so far. This is the second book I almost DNF and wound up skimming large sections.

I keep hoping that the villain MCs will have more depth or reasons for what they do, but for most of the books in this series so far, that hasn’t been the case, and so I wind up just not liking the MCs.

For this book in particular, the relationship development wa
Aug 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!! RTC
Emily Golus
Sep 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
A sweet story with clever twists and a Victorian/steampunk-inspired underground world. The three main characters start off seemingly shallow ... but that's because that's how they perceive one another. As the story unfolds the goblin, the dancer, and the soldier lose their facades and come to see each other--and themselves--the way they truly are. The character growth is the highlight of this lovely little story. ...more
Sep 18, 2021 rated it did not like it
The incel and the dancer

The female character is an object and is seen through the eyes of the main character. It's kind of creepy. His "love" for her is shallow and she's completely one dimensional . It could've been a great story if it wasn't for the incel vibes from the main character and if the girl -Rosanna was given more depth. The story even comments that he realises he's been objectifying her, but nothing changes. The whole time I just wanted her to ditch the men and have her own story an
Meagan Myhren-Bennett
The Goblin and the Dancer:
A Retelling of the Steadfast Tin Soldier
A Villains Ever After #5
By Allison Tebo

Roseanna lives aboveground in the Elvish world where she performs at the Metropolitan Dance Hall as in Grik's estimation the most gifted and talented of dancers. Rosanna has unknowingly captured Grik's love and devotion but as a Goblin he never expects her to return his feelings. He has hopes and dreams that her exceptional kindness could be something more but she is a dancer and he is but a
Oct 12, 2021 rated it liked it
This was my first read by Allison.
The story was told from the point of view of the male and not the female. That in and of itself was different. Interesting but different nonetheless.
Grik is a goblin that works in an elven theatre as a janitor. And he is the "villain"? Maybe? He's in love with the lovely elf, Rosanna.
Rosanna is the theatre's lead dancer and she is cloaked in sadness. Grik is drawn to Rosanna and her sadness.
Enter a love interest, Paul. Paul is everything Grik isn't. He's a sold
Kim  Gregory
Oct 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'd never read The Tin Soldier fairy tale so this was totally new to me. This also had a bit of a taste of Phantom of the Opera as well.

There is a goblin, a soldier and a ballerina. The goblin is in love with the ballerina, but he sees the ballerina and the soldier together and is jealous. The goblin, in a fit of jealousy and rage, throws a stone at the soldier and he falls off a bridge and into fast flowing water - then he jumps in to save his, as does the ballerina. This begins a journey of ma
Sep 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Awwww, this was such a cute book!! (which I forgot to add and also Goodreads' new formatting is scary, ahem)

I don't have many words to say....I just really, really enjoyed the redemption and beauty goes beyond the skin sort of vibes in the book. I thought everything was really tightly told, and the characters' growth (especially those I really thought I'd hate) made them endearing and loveable (eventually.) I thought it was all paced out nicely, and if I have one complaint, it's maybe the overly
Chrissy Garwood
This is the fifth book in the Villain's Ever After series, and I am incredibly happy that I subscribed to this collection. A new author and a new story each week, and I've not been disappointed. This was the perfect read for a restful afternoon.

I enjoyed this story and the connections between the three central characters that became stronger as they faced their unexpected adventure. The author told an engaging story, and I kept turning pages until I came to the delightful end. I loved the way th
Mary Elizabeth
Sep 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Tale with Many Layers

No pun intended but there are many layers to this story that go beyond the relationship between goblins and elves. Grik is such a likeable character, and Rosanna is perfection! Loved the epilogue!
Sep 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fun twist on one of the lesser known fairy tales. I love how the author takes the story and expands it so it is about friendship and learning where you fit in and even the "villain" isn't so bad once you learn how and what they were thinking. ...more
Zoë Ann Book Queen
Oct 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
I debated 2 stars but this just wasn't for me. And maybe I'm shallow but I really couldn't get past Grik being your stereotypical short, stubby, green goblin. ...more
Brandi Tesreau
Oct 06, 2021 rated it liked it

🩰Allison’s tale is a heartfelt story about finding your worth that reminded me of the old Barbie movies that my daughter and I used to watch. And isn’t the cover absolutely gorgeous?!?!
🩰In this retelling Grik the goblin janitor is captivated by the kind Elvish ballerina, Rosanna. But how can he compete against a handsome elvish soldier? Especially when everyone knows goblins and elves don’t mix! Grik’s jealousy compels him to commit a terrible act that sends all three on an underground adventu
Sep 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Good clean fun! I loved the story line and how both of the main characters felt real in that there were weaknesses that they have and share. But yet those weaknesses aren't something that is a hang up for the other main character. I will be rereading this one. ...more
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Allison Tebo is a Christian writer committed to creating magical stories full of larger-than-life characters, a dash of grit, and plenty of laughs. She is the author of the Tales of Ambia, a series of romantic comedy retellings of popular fairy tales and her flash fiction and short stories have been published in Splickety, Spark, Inklings Press, Rogue Blades Entertainment, and Pole to Pole Publish ...more

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