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Damon Chroi has known the weight of ruling in loneliness for thousands of years. The tall, painfully handsome fae lord was born with so much power, the fae kings not only envied but feared him, and banished him to a forbidden realm to be forgotten. There, he was tasked with ruling over the deadliest creatures known to the fae worlds, and his veritable battle as their sovereign is never-ending. As one of the thirteen Kings, his destiny foretells an end to his solitude with the appearance of an equally powerful queen. But that kind of power is hard to come by. And power or not, Damon can't imagine any woman willingly joining him in the eternal misery to which he has been tasked.Until he meets the beautiful, strong and selfless Diana Piper.Diana has been hiding a potent secret from the world for decades. She was born with abilities others would fight to win, and kill to keep. To make matters worse, she is a sensitive soul who, despite the danger it poses to herself, uses these powers to make the world a better place. Forever in harm's way, overworked and headstrong, Diana one night comes across the ultimate challenge in the form of a wayward fae beast-and in the process, crosses paths with its indomitable king. A light can only shine in the darkness so long before someone takes note of it. And Diana not only manages to gain the instant attentions of Damon Chroi, but of those who would do anything to see him-and the other thirteen Kings-dead.
©2013 Heather Killough-Walden (P)2013 Tantor
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By Skipper on 01-02-15

Goblins and spiders and goats, oh my!

Fantabulous narration by Antony Ferguson. Superb performance.

The illustration shows a chess board. This excerpt explains the image: "The 13 Kings are destined to meet thirteen very special women,” Damon said. “These women will become our queens. And just as they are on a chess board, each queen will become even more powerful than her husband."

So, there will be 13 queens, more powerful than their kings, banding together to fight the emerging dark power that only obscure in this book. Apparently, more sequels will be forthcoming. The author better get her story said soon; this is already book 4 and the big bad is too elusive.

I jumped into the middle of the series, because I have a thing for goblins. This plot isn't as suspenseful, nor as grim-dark, nor as engrossing as Dunkle created in her goblin king romantic adventure for young adults, The Hollow Kingdom. (I loved that book!) But this book is still fairly engrossing -- some parts are quite captivating -- and maybe a cut above.

Contents: One explicit sex scene (not a tender scene), some violence, a handful of religious swear words and other curse words (could do without that). I didn't notice any typos in the e-book that went along with my audiobook.

The writing style is fairly well developed. The dialogue is credible and at times witty. (My Little Pony, etc.) Thankfully, no guilt-tripping, and minimal mental reflection (down time). Nothing special in the romance itself. I didn't feel the love. But still, an entertaining listen, and some parts are engrossing. I liked the fire spirit. The death scene. The healing.

Quibbles: The 3rd person POV bops around far too much. The scene hopping is the biggest problem. It cost the book a full star. Also, I was a little lost in the first few chapters, because of a prequel-related scene (I didn't read the sequel).

I felt that Ramon the good vampire king and his queen Evie got too much press. The scene with vampire Rafael (Raphael ?) seemed out of context.

The ending wasted my time with a teaser for the next book's queen, as if I had not already guessed. I wanted the epilogue to be set some time in the future -- if only a week ahead -- showing Damon and Diana. These two main characters needed more press.

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By Dc on 09-16-13

One my favorite in these series

Would you listen to The Goblin King again? Why?

Yes, I would!!! Better say yes I will listen again. It s romantic, funny, sad and super hot!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goblin King?

I think for me the fact he like my little pony ( I was just laughing like a craze person) or when the fire element tell him that he is not a peeping flame!! Just to funny

What does Antony Ferguson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Life to the characters specially the goblin king

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When he die for her

Any additional comments?

Of the other three books this is my favorite the story was not so long that I got bored

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