- 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: #939,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
For the most part, the text flowed smoothly. I enjoyed the rich descriptions of the characters and the love, conflict, and anguish Merry feels as the tale unwinds. The author uses minute details to enrich the experience, making sensations and emotions real, captivating. There were times where I felt the effect was marred by overuse. However, the creativity of the world, and the well-paced storyline, kept my interest strongly.
The rich fantasy tale has a delicious sense of intrigue, and with the promise of adventure yet to come, the Goblin Markets is a novel that seduces the reader into hours of pleasurable reading and propels him headlong towards the last page, while the quality of the prose invites him to linger and savour the experience.
I wish I could put into better words just how fantastic this story is. It captured my imagination immediately. I will definitely return to its pages for the sheer pleasure of being immersed in the world again. The ending has left me craving the next book in this exciting series.
When asked by a friend on Twitter to read and review a book for her I was excited...but when I realized that it was YA with a little romance thrown in I became a bit disheartened. However, with that being said, The Goblin Market by Jennifer Hudock is a very well written story about a woman with no memory of any other life than the one she remembers getting drawn in to the faerie world of the evil goblin king in order to save her little sister. The king believes her to be his promised bride and uses her sister as bait to lure her into his domain. Loving her sister with all her heart the young woman plunges into a world of magic andchaos to get to her. She is helped along the way by good elves at the borders to the goblin kings realm. After meeting with the elves she is told that she actually is there long exiled princess who had her soul placed in the body of a mortal baby to save her from having to marry the goblin king. Her new companion travels with her on her quest to aid her in any way he can and quickly a romance form long ago but as new to her as fresh snow develops. I do not wish to spoil the book so please go out and buy a copy yourself. You won't regret it.I rate it 4 stars out of 5 for content and 5 stars out of 5 for being well-written and worthwhile.
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