- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 704 KB
- Print Length: 237 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dragon's Gold; 2 edition (3 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004L2LL1A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,004,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Goblin Market (Into the Green Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It took me two attempts to read this. I started this story a couple of years ago and abandoned it but even as I re-read it, I couldn't remember why I'd abandoned it. I was determined to complete it this time...and I did...but it took me three weeks, primarily because everything seemed a reasonable distraction: 'ooh, look, junk mail - I should sort through my junk mail...I'll continue reading later.' Yet there really wasn't anything in particular I could tell you that I did not like about the story - I liked some of the characters, especially Him (The Hunter), I liked the world building, I didn't mind the plot, particularly...I wasn't even bothered by the rushed 'romance'. For some reason this book couldn't keep my interest...I just didn't care.
If I really try to find something specific I didn't care for, it might be the main character. We are told that she's strong and intelligent but I don't feel that we're shown that. Most of the good things that happen because of her, happen despite her - they happen because she happens to exist, not because of any deliberate action on her part. She is not a completely useless damsel in distress, thankfully, but she is quite dull and disappointing as a hero.
(POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT) The one thing I can definitely say that I didn't like is something that I don't think it's obvious throughout the story. In fact, it's really only mentioned once about a third of the way in when we are told a prophecy. It wasn't until I finished reading the story and got to the set up for book 2 that I really thought about that part of the prophecy and thought, 'uh, wait, what? That's it?' The main character's role in the story is to be a broodmare. It seems her entire existence is to be around so she can give birth to a son who will save the world. The story doesn't have to be about a superwoman who saves the world but an entire story starring a womb is a bit much.
The Goblin Market was different. It's the perfect mix of fairytale and darkness that really kept me going.
Jennifer has a way about her writing that makes you fall instantly into the world that she's created. Her imagination is rich and bountiful and expansive and personally, I'd not see it end if only so I can live in her world longer.
The story revolves around Meredith and Christina, two sisters who live alone in the Upland. Christina, who is the headstrong one, gets herself into trouble at the Goblin Market. One knows one should never eat the fruit of the faerie, but the temptation is too strong and Christina is kidnapped by the Goblin King Korath, who is convinced Meredith is the Queen he's been looking for. He uses Christina as leverage against Meredith, propelling her on a journey into the Darknen Wald and the dangers that lie within. Accompanying her is Him, a man with stag horns who Meredith is drawn to despite her determination that she has never seen him before in her life.
What follows is a story of identity, love, loss, and the sacrifices we make to protect the ones we love.
The story is solid, reminiscent of Labyrinth and Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away, richly populated, and imagined.
There are fairytales, and then there are Jennifer Melzer's fairytales.
Personally, I prefer Jennifer's.
This is a book you don't want to miss.
The beginning showed a lot of potential. Two sisters living alone since their father left them. Meredith has been taking care of her younger sister since her birth. When Christina is kidnapped by the Goblin King, there was no question that Meredith was going to rescue her. The rescue seemed near impossible, but she was lucky enough to run into Underworld help. She was taken by “Him” (a human like person with antlers) and Sir Gwydion (a pixie?) The story of going to Him’s brother and hearing the story of her past life was interesting. After that it was awful.
First of all, if you’re not into strange creatures, this will turn you off. There were the usual otherworld type creatures and there were some that the author described that came from her mind. Then there were some that she just let your mind work on. This was not for me. What I hated most was the trip through the Darknjan Wald, to Kothar’s castle. Boring…. and this was about 60% of the book.
I would have liked to find out what happened in the next few years following the end of this story but I’m afraid of running into another boring book to get to the information. It’s not worth it to me.
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