My Quick Review: I realise that a lot of people have given this book poor reviews in the past, but I truly feel like this may be a new guilty pleasure. The romance was an incredibly sweet enemies to lovers, the main protagonist was feisty but compassionate, and the world created was truly magical. I really enjoyed the easy to read writing style, and the plot was well paced throughout. The dialogue was witty, relatable and funny, and the characters easy to love. I honestly had a wonderful time reading A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova.
Category: YA Fantasy
Age Rating: 13+
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
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.
A Deal with the Elf King is a complete, stand-alone novel, inspired by the tales of Hades and Persephone, as well as Beauty and the Beast, with a “happily ever after” ending. It’s perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple.
My review (may contain slight spoilers):
A Deal with the Elf King follows the story of Luella, a young herbal healer living in a small village on the border of the Elven Kingdom. Every generation, a young girl from Luella’s village is taken from her home to marry the Elf King and become the Human Queen. Luella had passed the age threshold for this union, so figured she was safe from this arrangement, however, when Eldas, the Elf King, finally shows up in the small village, she is taken away to the elf kingdom to become the new Human Queen.
I honestly adored the main protagonist in this story. She was feisty, witty, and incredible caring. I loved the enemies to lovers relationship and banter between her and Eldas. I especially loved that they were both as naive as each other when it came to romantic relationships, and they both learnt what love was together. It was wonderful romantic read that had my heart bursting from joy at times!
The elven world created was so rich and fantastical. I honestly just wanted to visit the kingdom, it sounded so magical., and the imagery of Eldas’ castle and the elven lands was spectacular. The magic system in this book was fantastic, and I adored Luella’s powers of healing, it made her character even more endearing.
Another aspect of the book that I truly loved was the witty banter between Luella and Eldas’ head of the guard, Rinni. They had an enemies to friends relationship that I enjoyed almost as much as the romantic relationship! Rinni’s character was protective and strong, but seeing the trust build between the two women was incredibly heartwarming.
Conclusion: Overall, I honestly enjoyed this book so much. The romance was full of angst (which every good enemies to lovers romance needs!). The friendships Luella created during her time in the elven kingdom were heartwarming and beautiful, and the character development of the main protagonist was a joy to read. I can’t wait to read it again.
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