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Review: For the Love of a Goblin Warrior by Shona Husk

Title: For the Love of a Goblin Warrior

Author: Shona Husk

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Shadowlands (Book 3)

Publication Date: January 1, 2013

Format: Paperback, 275 Pages

ISBN-10: 1402262094 (Sourcebooks)

ISBN-13: 978-1402262098 (Sourcebooks)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Centuries ago, Meryn was thought to be utterly lost–all traces of his soul given up to the ravening goblin horde. But with the curse that enslaved him now broken, he must once again learn to walk in the realm of men.

Nurse Nadine Gilbert likes working the night shift to avoid her disturbing dreams, but her mysterious new patient looks hauntingly familiar. Meryn knows he doesn’t deserve a second chance, but Nadine brings out his long-buried human side. Telling her the truth about his violent past could destroy their fragile trust. Could she ever believe in the love of a Goblin Warrior?

Quick & Dirty: Intriguing story about two people overcoming their emotional shortcomings – with just a hint of the paranormal.

Opening Sentence: What was it about the full moon that turned the emergency room into an overfull level of Hell?

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

For the Love of a Goblin Warrior picks up not to long after Meryn escapes from Dai’s apartment in Kiss of the Goblin Prince. Meryn is eventually picked up by police and instead of going straight to jail the police bring him to a hospital to have him checked out and examined by the beautiful Nadine. Nadine doesn’t think much about the crazy man who can’t speak English until after he is given a shower to clean himself up. She becomes fascinated by Meryn and his strange behavior but after he disappears from the hospital she doesn’t believe she’ll ever find out his story.

The third novel in the Shadowlands series was definitely more of a book about two people figuring themselves out, learning to trust and build a relationship. Meryn has to overcome almost everything from his past, including watching his wife and children die, and the fact that he has lived as a goblin for the last two thousand years. Nadine has grown up believing that her father killed her mother when she was a little girl, this has left her with a lot of anxiety and a fear of the dark (she refuses to sleep at night). Nadine’s father has just been released from jail and it is just one more anxiety that she must overcome.

It seems that the Shadowlands have followed Meryn to the Fixed Realm. His dreams and fears have become reality and he must learn to control and master his fears if he is able to destroy the Shadowlands once and for all. As a child, Nadine grew up on The Goblin King fairytale and has her own connection to the Shadowlands.

I read the first two novels in this series and I couldn’t wait for Meryn’s story. I was very intrigued by the fact that he was a goblin in the last two novels and this would be his transformation. I enjoyed how he knew nothing about the world but seemed to keep a level head when it came to not knowing the language and the technology. What I didn’t like was the fact that he wanted no help, didn’t want to ask for help and when someone tried to help him he would whine about it. I know sitting and watching people can help you learn, but I don’t think that in just two weeks of people watching that Meryn would have such a grasp on language as he did. It proved that he was a hands on learner but it just seemed a little quick.

Nadine is a very serious person and she definitely has a routine going on with her life (work during the night, run and then sleep during the day). She doesn’t trust anyone except her best friend Gina and she believes that love will only turn ugly. Her fascination with Meryn just leads her down a road that could just turn her life upside down.

The other novels in this series had more of a paranormal, goblin take on the storylines. While For the Love of a Goblin Warrior did have some elements of the Shadowlands, it was really a story about Meryn and Nadine’s relationship and the emotional turmoil they must go through in order to be together. The story while intriguing at first flowed much more slowly as the story developed. As a reader, the main points that you knew would be revealed just weren’t that surprising when they were revealed. This novel is told in the third person from Nadine, Meryn and Nadine’s father’s point of views.

Overall, the final book in the Shadowlands trilogy was a decent conclusion to the series. Although, I would have liked more action and an antagonist other than Meryn’s own mind (although now that I think about it – it really does make sense in the context of the series) where he must overcome the goblin inside. If you want to check out a series that doesn’t involve vampires and werewolves, I would say to give this series that is set in Australia a try.

Notable Scene:

At first nothing happened. The goblin remained still, watching him.

He was used to putting his faith in weapons and plans, not wishes. But he knew the power of nightmares and also of dreams. Nadine was in the dreams he wanted for his future. Her kiss lingered in his mind even if he couldn’t taste her on his tongue.

He wanted to find love again and be seen as a man, not a goblin.

He wanted to be free of the Shadowlands once and for all.

A breeze swept through the clearing with a hiss, making the trees shudder. The goblin screamed as if in agony, then raised his knife, intending to stab Meryn in his bed. Meryn twisted and deflected the blow. He kicked the goblin in the chest; it felt real enough beneath his boots. The other nightmares had crumbled when he touched them. This one was different. The goblin fell back into the coals. He howled in pain, his fingers curling as he scrambled to get up.

Meryn placed his knife to the goblin’s throat. “I defeated you once, and I will defeat you every time. I do not fear you. Be gone and trouble me no more.”

He drew the blade across the gray skin. Black blood stained the knife. He expected the body to turn to dust the way the others had, ready to reform another night. It didn’t. Meryn stood up and looked at the body of the goblin. He wiped the blade clean on his trousers.

Shadowlands Series:

0.5 The Summons

1. The Goblin King

2. Kiss of the Goblin Prince

3. For the Love of a Goblin Warrior

FTC Advisory: Sourcebooks Casablanca provided me with a copy of For the Love of a Goblin Warrior. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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