Of Shadows and Elves: Of Goblin Kings, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
To save the Goblin King, she must risk her life on a journey to the ends of the faerie realm.
Freya couldn't have known she would destroy the entire faerie court by beating the Goblin King. All she wanted was her sister back, not to imprison the king. But with her sister refusing to return home, Freya is left trapped in her own mess. She has to fix what she broke or the faerie realm will get infinitely more dangerous.
Bring the Goblin King back. Save the people she harmed. And do her best to avoid the temptation of falling into the Goblin King's arms. Considering the Goblin King is locked away in a magical prison, at least one of her goals may be impossible to achieve...unless she's willing to go through hardships unnumbered.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 48 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 20, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #37,147 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#543 in Fantasy Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#646 in Urban Fantasy
#1,724 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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I'm also not sure if this is aimed at schoolchildren. On one hand it seems unlikely given the romance aspect, but the characterizations are so shallow, that it feels more fitting for preteens. They tell us over and over and over again how "horrible" and "evil" the Goblin Queen is. Less telling and more showing would have made for a better book. The simplistic 'goblin queen - evil, Freya -good' formula bored and irritated me. Especially given that Freya's reactions are often immature, prejudiced, offensive and even stupid. It would have been hard to believe that a 1,000 year old world weary powerful being would find an emotionally immature woman appealing, except that the Goblin King also shows none of the incredible wisdom one would expect from a man who rules over the entire fae world. We're told that he is a beloved King and a warrior, but never do we witness it. The one opportunity we're given to get a glimpse of the character and experiences of the man (near the end of book one when Freya finds his diary) is wasted. Instead of allowing us to read it from his perspective as Freya would have, we instead get a one paragraph synopsis from Freya, who is shocked to discover that the King of all realms cares about his people, and once had to make some hard decisions. Ugh! Disappointing!
This is the end of the road for me. I can't bear to continue to book 3 or beyond.
Freya finds herself at the mercy of the Gobin Queen. I think the way the author handled their interactions and the game that was played, was done very well. I like the big reveals about Freya. She really does learn a thing or two about herself being in the Winter Court. The search for the Goblin King was hairy at times, and it seemed Freya would never find him, but... Well I won't spoil it because finding him was not really the problem. You will get what I mean when you read it.
I felt like Arrow the goblin dog was not as useful as the random people Freya met. I felt like Arrow was just there for the sake of Freya not being alone. He does get lost in the background. But the author takes us so deep into Freya, I think any character would get lost. The author does a good job keeping us glued to Freya's every decision and making us sometimes want to scream at her and those decisions.
As far as the romance in here. I unfortunately don't see the love between Freya and the Goblin King. I think they are running on lust and curiosity, not real love. I see the attraction but I think it's too soon for them to be in love with each other. That's my only real complaint.
I loved the cliffhanger at the end or I should say the big reveal. I'm eager to start the third book and see what happens next.