A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Published on: November 2020
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
My Rating: ★★★
“The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.
Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.
To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she’s dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town’s only healer.
That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives… for her.
Everything Luella had thought she’d known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.
The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another… but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.”
The first review of the year for my first read of the year!
I’ve noticed that, despite being a book blogger, I barely ever post book reviews so I’ll try to change that this year.
This was a fun and fast read, if a bit predictable. Full of tropes and some relationships that felt forced or rushed, it was still enjoyable and a nice way to start this reading year. Also, I have a soft spot for green magic and mysterious forests and this book had both.
Despite the predictability and rushed relationships, this is a fantasy romance and I felt like it delivered exactly what was promised. It was entertaining and the romance was the focal point of everything, even if there was also a small mystery to be solved throughout the story. Rather than taking away from it, this element added a bit more depth to the plot.
It’s worth mentioning that this was a Hades & Persephone retelling, which was the main reason I picked it up. Their story is my favorite and we definitely need more retellings! I’m open to recommendations on this front, btw.
What was your first read of the new year?
Until next time,