A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.”
― Elise Kova, A Deal with the Elf King

Luella has dedicated her life to become a healer until the elves come to whisk her away. She has been chosen as their Queen but she is determined to break the chains of their traditions.

A Deal with the Elf King is a fantasy retelling of the Greek legend of Hades and Persephone. This stand-alone novel is a fun read filled with an interesting world and likeable characters. Even though the author plans to write more in this series, this book can be read as its own, complete novel. If you are looking for an easy, romantic read, then you have found a great book!

Luella is a strong heroine who knows what her goals are and is compassionate in all the best ways. Her interactions with the broody Eldas were awesome and I was rooting for her every time she stood her ground. Eldas, on the other hand, is a mysterious character who melts into a delectable softie. Which, side note, I think he looks eerily like Celebrimbor from the Shadow of Mordor game if anyone is familiar (yes, another LOTR reference):

Regardless, they are a great match for each other but I wish that I could see more from his perspective so I could know when he started taking interest in her. His affection for her seemed to come out of left field but I forgave that since their chemistry was great.

Pacing wise, I felt that the author did a great job at keeping my interest. The plot was interesting and there were stakes along the way to keep the story moving. I did find some issue with the end and some of the conflict but as a whole (which is how I judge books) I had a pleasant, and enjoyable read.

To conclude, I believe this is a great book for those who love:

  • Strong heroines that are proactive
  • Brooding, hot Elf
  • Magic
  • Complete endings with no cliffhangers

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Book Information

1. Genre: Fantasy Romance/Greek legend Retelling

2. Audience: YA/NA

3. Heat level: Some mild sex scenes, not too explicit

4. Stand alone novel

Favorite Quote

“To tomorrow.”

“What’s tomorrow?”

“Everything. May tomorrow hold every possibility. And may we be bold and hungry enough to take them for our own.”

― Elise Kova, A Deal with the Elf King

Book Blurb

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.

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