- 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
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #789,723 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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However, when one decides to self-publish, one needs to understand that she is responsible for everything. Sadly, while the story here was solid (though not fantastic, in my opinion), the formatting and editing left much to be desired. It took me almost three weeks to read this, when a book of similar length is good for two or three days. The reason it took so long was I could only take so much of the poor grammar and spelling or funky formatting before I had to put it down again.
If, however, you can avoid judging a book by its cover (or editing, as is the case--I actually like the cover art!), then you will meet with a decent fairytale that has all the appeal of a classic Victorian/Edwardian fantasy. The romance between Him and Merry seemed to spring far too quickly, but the author does a good job of conveying Merry's complete sense of bewilderment with her surroundings. There is a nice little quest motif holding this together as well, and the progression from one event to another was logical, if not always as well-paced as it might have been.
There is a great deal of wonderful description here, with resonant, evocative language, but this was sadly interrupted all too often by poor editing, so that it felt like a real roller-coaster ride from delight to frustration and back again. If you are more forgiving than I about formatting and editing, then I would definitely say pick this up. Be forewarned, though.
Meredith is an extremely sympathetic heroine, a woman whose youth has almost slipped away as she has raised her younger sister (their mother long dead, their father a disappeared deadbeat, it's just she and pretty little Christina against the world). When that precious sister is ensnared by the luscious fruits of the Goblin Market and carried off by Kothar, the scarred but compellingly handsome King of the Goblins, it falls to Meredith to try to rescue her -- and to learn a disturbing, tragic and magical truth about herself.
Her companion in much of this adventure is the enigmatic and wonderfully archetypal Him of the Green, an antlered wood god straight out of Anglo-Celtic mythology. I'll confess that I fell in love with Him right along with Meredith, and really, he's impossible not to adore, mysterious, helpful, calm and steadying, and deeply in earnest.
Hudock has a wonderfully vivid imagination and a considerable poetic gift, so the book is as much a scenic tour of the dark and the light versions of fairyland as it is a quest narrative or romance. The Darknjan Wald is delicously creepy; Kothar's castle and its inhabitants nightmarishly decadent; and the kingdom from which the riveting Him comes is as delightful as Lothlorien. Which is to say THE GOBLIN MARKET wears its sources proudly on its sleeve (it's hard to imagine anyone but David Bowie playing Kothar in the movie) but is far from a pastiche.
Still not convinced? Go have a listen to the podcast at [...] It's a pleasure to listen to, and she has offered it freely in that format, but I bet it will just take a chapter or two to make you want to buy the book and read it for yourself.
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.
***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***
This book, reminiscent of fairy tales of old, follows the story of Meredith, the human reincarnation of a fairy princess. Meredith was reborn into the human world to protect her from Kothar, the Goblin King, her promised betrothed who was obsessed with possessing her. When the original betrothal was made, Kothar was a different man, a soldier in the fairy kingdom being sent on a mission to discover the secrets of their enemies, the goblins. Kothar was captured and imprisoned, only to conquer the King of the Goblins in a duel and take the position of power himself. Unfortunately, each day he spend in the Goblin kingdom had made him a little darker himself and when he returned to claim his future queen, the Fairy king could not send his niece to such a cruel fate. For her protection and her people, she sacrificed her fairy life to be reborn as a human girl with no memory of her past. For years she was safe, until her younger sister, who she'd cared for most of her human life after her human mother died and human father abandoned them, wandered into the Goblin Market that had been created as a trap for the fairy princess. Christina, her sister, gorged on fairy food for which she could not pay and returned to their little cabin deeply ill after having revealed Meredith's location, not even realizing she'd betrayed her own sister. Meredith watched her sister wasting away as Kothar appeared and offered her a deal, marry him and her sister would be saved. Though she knew she should jump at the deal for some reason unknown to her at the time she couldn't say yes. Kothar steals the dying Christina and challenges Meredith to come into the Goblin Kingdom and find her. He challenges that she will be begging for his help and his hand in less than a day. What follows is an adventure as Meredith returns to the Fairy kingdom and begins to regain her lost memories while she travels through it and into the Goblin Kingdom to save her sister. Along the way she encounters a variety of people and creatures in a story that draws you in and won't let you go until you've reached it's completion.
For the most part this book is a great story that slowly draws you in, turning the pages to discover the secrets of Meredith's past the Underground world she journeys through. Hudock has a strong voice in her writing and creates interesting and intriguing characters. The story is both entrancing and thrilling. However the voice is so distant to create the fairy tale quality of the story that it's difficult to connect to these interesting characters. Personally I feel the story could have been better told if the writer wasn't trying to mix the feel of an absent narrator into the telling of the story. There's not an actual narrator, don't get me wrong on that, but there are parts that feel more like they're being narrated to the reader instead of being experienced by the reader. These sections distance you from the characters and I think negatively effect a reader's view of the story and ability to relate to the characters.
Additionally some of the plot points were a little difficult to believe, for instance during Meredith's journey she meets Him of the Green, a Hunter in the Fairy Kingdom who becomes both her guide and protector. Within the two or three days that she knows him she falls madly in love with him and begins planning their forever. She gladly relinquishes her virtue on the second night she knows him even though in the time period when this takes place no respectable female would have done so before marriage. By the time she journeys into the underground she's considered an old maid in the human world, long past marrying age, though she'd still be thought young by today's standards. If she's gone that long without "soiling" herself, I can't see the character jumping into a moonlight twist with a man she barely knows. Also I don't think there's enough interaction between these two characters in the story to create the kind of heartbreaking love that is described when she loses her consort.
Honestly I think with a lot of the scenes that were hard to believe the writer didn't want to take the extra time needed to make them believable since the story was so long already. With the talent she has for writing, I think she could have easily made each impossibility seem plausible if she'd put a little more time and words into these scenes. My ebook reader charts this as 1082 pages so I can understand why with so much to tell she didn't want to go too far into depth with these scenes, however most fantasy readers are prepared to embark on a longer story than the average reader because of all the pages necessary to create a realistic world so different from their own. The extra length needed to create the believability in those situation I think would have gladly been devoured by any fan of a fantasy story.
On the character of Him, the name really bugged me, I found it really distracting to have a character who's first name was a pronoun. Every other character had an actual name, I feel this particular character should have a real name as well.
Overall this book was a delightful read that I really enjoyed. Hudock has a great talent for world building and creating a very enchanting story. I highly recommend to any reader of fantasy and look forward to the next story in the Into the Green Series.
The book could have used an editor to tighten things up somewhat or to expand on some of the allusions (with the understanding that if there's a sequel - which the title implies - more will be explained then), but even more so, it needed a proofreader, plain & simple! Editing was BAD. VERY bad! Homophones, missing words, even one or two instances where it looked like the author had changed the phrasing of her sentence as she was writing, and didn't strike out or remove the rejected material! I learned a new homophone here - 'shoe' for 'shoo' (and in the next paragraph, it was correctly spelled as 'shooed')! Based on the poor quality of writing shown here, I'd be very hesitant to read a sequel even though the story itself was interesting enough.
Note on Kindle formatting: About average. Paragraphs were not consistent, which was most noticeable during conversations when the 2nd line of a brief paragraph was indented just like the first line. Other than that, the actual Kindle formatting wasn't bad - I'm making a distinction between the 'literary' aspect of it, mentioned above in regards to editing & proofing, and the purely technical aspect of preparing the work for use on the Kindle. The first was very poor; the 2nd about average. Readabilty was more affected by the poor editing and proofing than by the technical issues of Kindle formatting.
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