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Fri, 04 Mar 2011 02:23:30 +1100 325 views

5/5

Sweets for the sweeties! Jennifer Hudock expertly lures her readers into an eerie, mysterious world, painting vivid imagery for the imagination. She knows how to provide information about her characters and the story in a very atmospherical way.

The story has the feel of the movie labyrinth, though in many ways I think even better. It's about a character called Meredith, who has to save her sister from the wicked goblin king. He has kidnapped the girl in order to convince Meredith to uphold an ancient commitment Meredith doesn't remember making. Sent Upland disguised as a human child, she has no recollection of her former faerie life, or her uncle's promised marriage betrothal to the goblin king.

For the most part, the text flowed smoothly. I enjoyed the rich descriptions of the characters and the love, conflict, and anguish Merry feels as the tale unwinds. The author uses minute details to enrich the experience, making sensations and emotions real, captivating. There were times where I felt the effect was marred by overuse. However, the creativity of the world, and the well-paced storyline, kept my interest strongly.

The rich fantasy tale has a delicious sense of intrigue, and with the promise of adventure yet to come, the Goblin Markets is a novel that seduces the reader into hours of pleasurable reading and propels him headlong towards the last page, while the quality of the prose invites him to linger and savour the experience.

I wish I could put into better words just how fantastic this story is. It captured my imagination immediately. I will definitely return to its pages for the sheer pleasure of being immersed in the world again. The ending has left me craving the next book in this exciting series.

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