Title: A Deal with the Elf King
Author: Elise Kova
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Audience: New Adult
Genre: Fantasy Romance
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 fantasy romance book that I have had my eye on for a while, so I thought I would finally give it a go. I wouldn’t say that I was disappointed with it, but I wanted so much more from it.
The standout part of the book for me was the main character, Luella. She is very head-strong and independent, and that is something that I love from the female leads of the books I read, especially in fantasy romance. I also loved Luella’s pet wolf Hook; because he allowed me to understand Luella so much more and added some comic relief to the book. I didn’t really feel any connection to any of the other characters, as they all felt a bit bland without any depth. I would have loved to have learnt a bit more about them so I could have felt more connected to the story and cared about what happened to them.
I liked the romance between Luella and Eldas, but it felt a little boring at certain points. I didn’t feel much chemistry between them throughout most of the book, which disappointed me because I was reading fantasy romance to get quite a bit of romance. I think this wasn’t helped by the books pacing, as it seemed that for 75% of the book, nothing really happened and then we had 25% where everything happened. So it felt as if the romance went from 0 to 100 in a very short space of time.
I enjoyed the plot of A Deal with the Elf King, but it did feel a little bit simple. I managed to work out pretty easily what was going on, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment. The one thing I would have loved was there to have been a little more political intrigue in the story. There were lots of mentions of previous events that were never expanded on; for example, I would have loved to have learnt what happened to have meant there was the need for a human queen.
A bonus to A Deal with the Elf King is that it is a standalone fantasy romance with companion novels to come that focus on completely new characters. I particularly liked this as it meant that Elise Kova nicely tied everything up and I wasn’t left with any cliffhangers, which I hate.
Overall I liked A Deal with the Elf King but I just wanted more. I definitely think that I will carry on with the series and pick up the companion novels when they released.