A tale inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market”…
Four neighbours encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters…
Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out. Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.
Then Kit starts dating Livy, and Skye draws Kit’s cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods. Skye and Grady are doomed to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever, unless Livy, the only one untainted by enchantment, can unravel the spell by walking a dangerous magical path of her own.
Molly Ringle knows how to present a page so it’s more than ink on paper; it comes alive in your hands and tugs you into the story. Ringle creates a riveting and vivacious world full of relatable characters.
Her storylines are compelling with a pace that beg you to read another page even when you know you should be getting back to those pesky real life demands.
The mix of modern with the pagan and mystic was surprisingly realistic to the point you come away believing goblins could exist in the world.
Ringle has a way of creating the kind of experience you don’t want to leave and will find coming back to take over your thoughts at odd moments. It has this way of creating a magical spell over you drawing you further into this beautifully written world where reality bends to magic’s will.
The characters pull at your heart and the only negative I found was a love story angle that didn’t feel like it was realistic to the overall story. At some point it felt like the fantasy elements got lost in the quest to turn this into a romance story which was disappointing because the fantasy elements were the best part.
Thank you to Netgalley and Central Avenue Publishing for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com