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To save her sister, she must beat a goblin at his own game... Freya knows the sound of goblin bells. She knows to move to the side of the road and let them pass. Never buy any of their wares. And above all else, never make a deal with the monstrous beasts. But when her sister takes a necklace and is kidnapped, Freya knows there is no other choice. She must journey to the r To save her sister, she must beat a goblin at his own game... Freya knows the sound of goblin bells. She knows to move to the side of the road and let them pass. Never buy any of their wares. And above all else, never make a deal with the monstrous beasts. But when her sister takes a necklace and is kidnapped, Freya knows there is no other choice. She must journey to the realm of the fae where the Goblin King himself has stolen her sister. Once there, she must perform four tasks to save the only family she has left. The Goblin King won't make this easy, however. He always seems one step ahead of her. To defeat him, she'll have to put everything on the line. Even her heart. Fan of Sarah J. Maas and Ursula K. Le Guin will be left guessing at every turn!


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To save her sister, she must beat a goblin at his own game... Freya knows the sound of goblin bells. She knows to move to the side of the road and let them pass. Never buy any of their wares. And above all else, never make a deal with the monstrous beasts. But when her sister takes a necklace and is kidnapped, Freya knows there is no other choice. She must journey to the r To save her sister, she must beat a goblin at his own game... Freya knows the sound of goblin bells. She knows to move to the side of the road and let them pass. Never buy any of their wares. And above all else, never make a deal with the monstrous beasts. But when her sister takes a necklace and is kidnapped, Freya knows there is no other choice. She must journey to the realm of the fae where the Goblin King himself has stolen her sister. Once there, she must perform four tasks to save the only family she has left. The Goblin King won't make this easy, however. He always seems one step ahead of her. To defeat him, she'll have to put everything on the line. Even her heart. Fan of Sarah J. Maas and Ursula K. Le Guin will be left guessing at every turn!

30 review for Of Goblins and Gold

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)

    This was such a fun read! Following Freya on her persistent endeavour to save her sister from the Goblin King, this turned out to be quite the adventure. Journeying through variations of faerie courts while on a whirlwind of misguided trickery, this book really was an entertaining read with our main character attempting to be one step ahead, while also having no clue what's going on. The determination seen from her as she charges into these worlds headfirst was the sort of headstrong willingness This was such a fun read! Following Freya on her persistent endeavour to save her sister from the Goblin King, this turned out to be quite the adventure. Journeying through variations of faerie courts while on a whirlwind of misguided trickery, this book really was an entertaining read with our main character attempting to be one step ahead, while also having no clue what's going on. The determination seen from her as she charges into these worlds headfirst was the sort of headstrong willingness you can't help but get caught up in. It was fast paced, and I turned the pages with no hesitation whatsoever. I would've loved to have seen this book a little longer, if only to build on some of the smaller details. For instance, at one point a character learns the history of another, but we don't get to read that. Had this been added in, I think there would have been more potential for us to align with the character's perspective, after being presented with the same information and understanding better why they came to these conclusions. Still, I do acknowledge that generally I'm used to reading longer books, so this could just as well be on me and my preferences than the book itself, being only 200 or so pages. Overall I found it an enchanting read, one of strange magic and luring darkness that I couldn't help falling into. The ending specifically was really strong, and I honestly cannot wait to see where this series goes!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carvanz

    This was a journey filled with magic and mysteries! I went into it blind and was wonderfully surprised at the plot as well as the amazing world building. The characters are well developed and while I never had a chance to know the thoughts of the Goblin King, there were so many instances that I could imagine what he might be feeling. With a cliffhanger, I will not know for sure if I was correct or not until the next book. This is a fast read that covers a lot of ground even as it leaves so many m This was a journey filled with magic and mysteries! I went into it blind and was wonderfully surprised at the plot as well as the amazing world building. The characters are well developed and while I never had a chance to know the thoughts of the Goblin King, there were so many instances that I could imagine what he might be feeling. With a cliffhanger, I will not know for sure if I was correct or not until the next book. This is a fast read that covers a lot of ground even as it leaves so many more questions behind. The romance is not a priority and I would say it’s not even a main plot point. However, I suspect there are emotions and elements working behind the scenes that will lead to this couple’s relationship in the future book. I would make a deal with a goblin that the King is going to fall hard for Freya, if he hasn’t already. Heroine POV Safe <.spoiler>no ow/om drama; no relationship history for h/H Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

  3. 4 out of 5

    ShanShan ✨

    This had me from start to finish. I’m almost sad I finished this quickly. The Goblin king was impossible not fall in love with. He’s beautiful, mysterious and charming with a vulnerability you see more of towards the end. Feyre is amazing too. I enjoyed her banter which was humorous half the time and adored her little goblin dog sidekick. I can’t wait until March for the next book and to get our charming Goblin King, Eldridge back!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Topastro

    A fantastic fantasy adventure. Emma Hamm is a new author to me and I was very impressed. Freya is on a mission to rescue her sister from the horrors of the Fairy Realm. Freya strikes a deal with the Goblin King, she has to beat him at his own game. This was on the short side of the fantasy genre with only 230 some pages but it accomplishes a lot with out sacrificing character development and world building. I find that many fantasy authors get bogged down in world description and it can make it A fantastic fantasy adventure. Emma Hamm is a new author to me and I was very impressed. Freya is on a mission to rescue her sister from the horrors of the Fairy Realm. Freya strikes a deal with the Goblin King, she has to beat him at his own game. This was on the short side of the fantasy genre with only 230 some pages but it accomplishes a lot with out sacrificing character development and world building. I find that many fantasy authors get bogged down in world description and it can make it difficult to piece together the setting but Emma Hamm gives the reader a perfect amount of detail for her settings and character. The romance was not center stage but the slow burn aspect of Freya and Eldridge growing attraction was paced perfectly. This was one of most captivating books I have read in a long time. Can't wait for book 2!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gabbibuu

    Am I the only one that didn't get the memo that this was series? That ending caught me so off guard. Obviously, I have already preordered the next one; I mean, we are talking about Emma Hamm, and her books are MAGICAL. Am I the only one that didn't get the memo that this was series? That ending caught me so off guard. Obviously, I have already preordered the next one; I mean, we are talking about Emma Hamm, and her books are MAGICAL.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    No, I didn't like this. What a mess. Emma Hamm tried to reimagine the tale of the Goblin King, my favorite fairy tale of all time, but fell short with Of Goblins and Gold (what gold, btw?) The book was too short, and each objective of her quest felt rushed and too easy. When the too easy thing tried to be explained, it just got even more confusing. The MC Freya was completely frustrating, with her self-centered nature and consistent alienation of her only allies. Finally, no romance. Unless you c No, I didn't like this. What a mess. Emma Hamm tried to reimagine the tale of the Goblin King, my favorite fairy tale of all time, but fell short with Of Goblins and Gold (what gold, btw?) The book was too short, and each objective of her quest felt rushed and too easy. When the too easy thing tried to be explained, it just got even more confusing. The MC Freya was completely frustrating, with her self-centered nature and consistent alienation of her only allies. Finally, no romance. Unless you count the king's "heated breath upon her neck" or his claws scratching her skin. Blah. I'll continue searching for retellings of The Erlking, and reading them no matter how bad. Such is my lot in life.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    THIS! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE COME TO EXPECT FROM EMMA HAMM! PURE GOLD 👏👏 Of Goblins and Gold had me absolutely hooked from the very beginning. Emma Hamm has demonstrated how lyrical her and captivating her writing is. I was absolutely blown away by the magical construction within Freya's world, the intrigue of the Goblin King, and the emotional ride we take throughout the story. I think Freya's character growth is the most intriguing piece of the story and her connection to the Goblin King THIS! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE COME TO EXPECT FROM EMMA HAMM! PURE GOLD 👏👏 Of Goblins and Gold had me absolutely hooked from the very beginning. Emma Hamm has demonstrated how lyrical her and captivating her writing is. I was absolutely blown away by the magical construction within Freya's world, the intrigue of the Goblin King, and the emotional ride we take throughout the story. I think Freya's character growth is the most intriguing piece of the story and her connection to the Goblin King just enthralled me even more. I found my heart swelling, breaking, melting, and I still wanted more 😭🖤 If you loved Heart of the Fae, this is a MUST READ by Emma Hamm!! Total Heart of Fae vibes while still remaining original and beautiful in its own way! Eagerly awaiting book two 🖤

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon Chillingworth

    I think I am somewhat cursed to always vaguely disappointed in Labyrinth re-telling. Apart from one book, no matter how much I love the idea of them, I always end feeling like it was somewhat lackluster. I was highly anticipating reading this, and the reviews were unanimously positive, but I got to around 40% and realised I wasn't really into it at all. There were various reasons for this. Firstly, I didn't like Freya at all. While I appreciate her character arc was fairly obvious, and that's why I think I am somewhat cursed to always vaguely disappointed in Labyrinth re-telling. Apart from one book, no matter how much I love the idea of them, I always end feeling like it was somewhat lackluster. I was highly anticipating reading this, and the reviews were unanimously positive, but I got to around 40% and realised I wasn't really into it at all. There were various reasons for this. Firstly, I didn't like Freya at all. While I appreciate her character arc was fairly obvious, and that's why she was so small minded, I still didn't like her much even when he views eventually changed. She was rude, arrogant and foolish. I understand why she was presented as being as ignorant as she was, but more nuanced characterisation might have guven some depth to her behaviour. All we got time after time was that her mother told her how evil Goblins and magic were. The fact that she didn't begin to question this sooner didn't paint her in a very good like. She also solved all of the so called challenges far too easily. My second disappointment was the Goblin King himself. He's just your vaguely stereotypical Fae guy, who just happens to have grey skin. He pops up occasionally in his poet shirt and embroider velvet suit and seems sort of enamoured of Freya, although I couldn't see why, and it wasn't made clear. I didn't feel the chemistry between them, maybe because they are not together on page very much at all, so it felt like nothing really developed. There were aspects of the world building I liked, but this was quite fragmented in its presentation. I think the Thief of Autumn, only in it for about 15 pages, was my favourite character, and by far the most interesting. I am vaguely interested in the second book, mainly because it might be nice to see Freya eat humble pie, but I'm not sure I'll read it. However, this book could well be for you. If you like Labyrinth retellings then I would urge you to go for it. Maybe what didn't work for me will work for you?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nic

    Absolutely love this book! The detailing is out of this world and the characters are so unique and expertly detailed I feel like I’m in that world. I want this made into movie...it would be the best. Freya and Eldridge are a different kind of enemies to lovers but I can’t wait for more of their story. Arrow is by far my favorite and he definitely stole the show.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jasmin ✨

    I think this story did have a lot of potential, unfortunately it fell quite flat for me.The characters were superficial and the supposedly impossible quests she had to complete were too easy for her. I really would have loved to learn more about Freya's background and have more character growth/building. I think the story would have benefitted from being longer, as it's only 230 pages. I think this story did have a lot of potential, unfortunately it fell quite flat for me.The characters were superficial and the supposedly impossible quests she had to complete were too easy for her. I really would have loved to learn more about Freya's background and have more character growth/building. I think the story would have benefitted from being longer, as it's only 230 pages.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)

    Actual Rating: 4.5 stars! Review to come!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shoshanna Ford

    Thinking you know where an Emma Hamm book is going is almost certainly a mistake. One I make over and over. I am delighted every single time I pick up one of her books, even though it is not in the way I expected.  Freya is not your average heroine. She is not a shrinking violet. She is not a spoiled brat. She is not stupid. She recognizes when she is wrong. She is aware of her biases. She works to improve herself and is open to learning while she wrestles with the way she was raised. Freya is th Thinking you know where an Emma Hamm book is going is almost certainly a mistake. One I make over and over. I am delighted every single time I pick up one of her books, even though it is not in the way I expected.  Freya is not your average heroine. She is not a shrinking violet. She is not a spoiled brat. She is not stupid. She recognizes when she is wrong. She is aware of her biases. She works to improve herself and is open to learning while she wrestles with the way she was raised. Freya is the heroine 2020 needed. I love this first part of her journey. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!  The Goblin King's story is fascinating. I wish I knew more about his history. He allows Freya to learn on her own, while nudging her along in the right direction. I have questions. This new world is fascinating. The best part of the story is that Freya traipses through the entire world, through all the courts. Emma Hamm is a master world builder. She creates intricate kingdoms and creative characters. Freya meets people of all types, and learns to work with them. She learns to appreciate the types of people she previously feared and hated.  As ever, I highly recommend this book. Emma Hamm is one of my absolute favorite authors.  https://ssshwearereading.wordpress.co...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Note: I received this book via Booksprout and I voluntarily give this review, it is my honest opinion. The first time I learned about goblins was by watching the movie the Labyrinth staring David Bowe and Jennifer Connelly. I instantly fell in love with the movie and the way David Bowe portrayed the goblin king was epic. I would say it's one of the reasons I love supernatural stories, fast forward to me loving almost all things supernatural but I rarely come across stories with goblins so when th Note: I received this book via Booksprout and I voluntarily give this review, it is my honest opinion. The first time I learned about goblins was by watching the movie the Labyrinth staring David Bowe and Jennifer Connelly. I instantly fell in love with the movie and the way David Bowe portrayed the goblin king was epic. I would say it's one of the reasons I love supernatural stories, fast forward to me loving almost all things supernatural but I rarely come across stories with goblins so when the opportunity to read Of Goblins and Gold by Emma Hamm I jumped on it. Dude, it was freaking amazing, the story reminded me of the Labyrinth and gave me the feeling of wonder I had when I first learned about the goblin king. Of Goblins and Gold is a fantasy paranormal romance that is told from Freya's point of view. Freya lives on the edge of town, near the forest with her sixteen-year-old is Ester. Their parents have disappeared and it's up to Freya to take care of her sister, which she does in many ways including reminding Ester of their mother's teaching about keeping goblins a bay. Ester is a brat, while I know she is sixteen and still has some growing to do but she needs to put herself in Freya's shoes, needs to understand where she is coming from. Freya on the other hand is so determined to live up to her mother's memory, to take care of Ester that she is stuck in her life, that is until her sister is whisked away by goblins. The lengths that Freya goes through to get her sister back shows how not only how much she loves her sister, but how brave, strong, and stubborn she is. Freya's relationship with the goblins changes on her journey but none more so than with the Goblin King. During her quest, Freya and the Goblin King start to form a bond, although it's a reluctant one. She confuses him, he challenges her, and something sparks there but it's slow-building. There is just something about them, they push each other and they just feel right together. The story is excellent, a slow-building romance, a dangerous quest through faerie, magic, mystery and so much more. I loved every single second of this book. Freya grows, through the book, she faces some tough realizations and starts to listen to her own heart. Also, the faerie mythology is a little different in this book and the description of each of the courts is everything. Of Goblins and Gold has everything I could have wanted in a fae story. Scary beautiful fae, portals, magic, courts, fae deals, decadent parties, and deadly fae. The story brought up feelings of nostalgia while being its own thing. The story ended on kind of a cliffhanger and I am already dying for the next book, I am ready for whatever comes next. I highly suggest to anyone and everyone that loves the fae to read this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dancing Marshmallow

    Overall: 2.5 stars. A fantasy romance, heavily inspired by the Labyrinth film, that suffers from flat characters and is a little too derivative. I was quite disappointed by this one because I enjoyed the other Emma Hamm book I’ve read, Heart of the Fae, and I LOVE the Labyrinth movie from the 80s. That cemented my love of fae princes from a young age, and I was excited to see Hamm’s take on the story. Sadly, this just didn’t live up to my expectations. The biggest problem here is that the characte Overall: 2.5 stars. A fantasy romance, heavily inspired by the Labyrinth film, that suffers from flat characters and is a little too derivative. I was quite disappointed by this one because I enjoyed the other Emma Hamm book I’ve read, Heart of the Fae, and I LOVE the Labyrinth movie from the 80s. That cemented my love of fae princes from a young age, and I was excited to see Hamm’s take on the story. Sadly, this just didn’t live up to my expectations. The biggest problem here is that the characters read very flat: Sarah of the film has more depth, even if she spends a lot of screentime whining. Freya here is as generic as a fairy tale heroine can be, and her friendship with one of the goblins, Arrow, is shallow as well (unlike the heroine of Heart of the Fae, who is complex and interesting and has rather touching and complicated friendships with fae creatures). I can’t describe a single of Freya’s personality traits beyond “determined” - which she has to be because she’s going on a quest(tm). It also disappointed me that the worldbuilding here was very surface-level. The world of Heart of the Fae uses familiar tropes about fae and fairy tales in cool and interesting ways and builds a unique setting. This book has no discernible setting or much lore either: it’s vague, but not in a charming, dreamy way. The best parts of this book are Freya’s initial meeting with Arrow upon entering the fae lands (it had a very Cheshire Cat vibe to me) and any scene with the Goblin King. He’s no David Bowie as Jareth, but he’s wonderfully snarky and sensual and adds some much-needed zest to this rather dull fairy tale landscape. Overall, I found this quite disappointing, but I still might give the sequel a try and will definitely read other books by Hamm at some point. I loved Heart of the Fae and am not yet ready to give up on her as an author.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    DNF - quit at 17% I had a hard time getting into this, the flow is very slow & I thought a few times of quitting. The point that made up my mind, when the FMC suddenly does something she vehemently says she will never do, with no explanation for the change of opinion. She’s so against Goblins or any dealings with them, to suddenly change her tune was wrong for the character. I just couldn’t get past that contradiction. I didn’t realize this was by an author I hadn’t wanted to read more from -unti DNF - quit at 17% I had a hard time getting into this, the flow is very slow & I thought a few times of quitting. The point that made up my mind, when the FMC suddenly does something she vehemently says she will never do, with no explanation for the change of opinion. She’s so against Goblins or any dealings with them, to suddenly change her tune was wrong for the character. I just couldn’t get past that contradiction. I didn’t realize this was by an author I hadn’t wanted to read more from -until after I was writing the review, which helps explain my feelings for this book that had a similar review to that other book by this author. At my age (approaching 60), life is way too short & my time is too important to force myself to read a book I'm not enjoying, especially when there are so many other books out there waiting to be read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    I couldn't put it down!!!! One of the best books Ive read in a while. I have loved everything Emma has written and rhis book is no exception I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. I couldn't put it down!!!! One of the best books Ive read in a while. I have loved everything Emma has written and rhis book is no exception I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    cassberrie

    I am thankful to have received this from the author early as a beta, and I had a lot of fun with this one! It's something of a retelling of Labyrinth mixed with Christina Rosetti's 1862 poem "Goblin Market," as the story follows Freya as she journeys into the fae realm to retrieve her sister from the Goblin King. I liked each of the trials, as they felt clever and fun. It certainly helps that the worldbuilding of the different courts was also vibrant and richly imagined. The romance was a deligh I am thankful to have received this from the author early as a beta, and I had a lot of fun with this one! It's something of a retelling of Labyrinth mixed with Christina Rosetti's 1862 poem "Goblin Market," as the story follows Freya as she journeys into the fae realm to retrieve her sister from the Goblin King. I liked each of the trials, as they felt clever and fun. It certainly helps that the worldbuilding of the different courts was also vibrant and richly imagined. The romance was a delightful slow-burn that held off on any payoff for long enough to make it especially spicy at the end. I appreciated getting to see Freya overcome her prejudices against goblins and unraveling the mystery of the Goblin King. Also, Arrow is a very good boy. On the flip side, I had some trouble with pinning down the setting? The vagueness bothered me all throughout. I would hazard a guess at the late 1800s, as Rosetti's poem was published in 1862 and the protagonist has a sawed-off shotgun, which was invented around the mid-1800s and gained popularity in the latter half of the century. Despite this, the vibe didn't feel very Victorian, possibly due to its rural setting, and Freya goes out of her way to point out that she's never worn a corset, something that makes no sense for any lady of the 1800s (or of the 1700s, the 1600s, the 1500s...). She claims that it's because “No peasant ever sees reason to wear a corset” and... that is just Wrong. If you're a pre-bra invention lady, corsets are the only thing standing between you and copious back pain. I'm always eagle-eyed for corset-bashing. Beyond that, Freya’s adamant denial of her changing feelings was understandable yet often redundant and frustrating. It felt like for every step she took forward, she also took a step back a second later. Her stubbornness got her through her trials, but it was a double-edged blade in that it held her back from her internal revelations. She did eventually come to a breakthrough, thankfully, but the journey there was a slog at times. Alas, there is a rather painful cliffhanger ending, so I'm looking forward to the next book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lady

    This book starts out with an air of mystery and curiosity as the reader is drawn into a new world brimming with the dangerous unknown. And it does capture you. Your drawn into everything as the author does a superb job of detailing out the characters and their world. I loved the fire of Freya. The ferocity of the Goblin King. The story starts with two sisters who only have each other after their parents have disappeared. Freya is the older sister who is forced to grow up emotionally and take ca This book starts out with an air of mystery and curiosity as the reader is drawn into a new world brimming with the dangerous unknown. And it does capture you. Your drawn into everything as the author does a superb job of detailing out the characters and their world. I loved the fire of Freya. The ferocity of the Goblin King. The story starts with two sisters who only have each other after their parents have disappeared. Freya is the older sister who is forced to grow up emotionally and take care of her younger sister Esther. But the world they live in is a dangerous one and Esther soon gets into trouble. It's up to Freya to come her to rescue if she can. She's tasked with insurmountable odds but still takes on the challenge. Along the way, she finds help in unlikely places and luck see's her through. To be honest, this story gave me an Alice in Wonderland vibe but really was so much more paranormal and grown up. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and will be reading more books from this author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Loved this book! I was not prepared for the amazing adventure this book was, I couldn't put it down. Going from Freya's boring life as a town outcast with her sister Esther, to running into goblins in the city, and finally an adventure to defeat the Goblin King Eldridge and save her sister. Meeting the Spring Maiden, Lord of Summer, and the Autumn Thief and learning how the Fae world can change one, she soon learns things were not as her mother taught and that she would turn to care for those sh Loved this book! I was not prepared for the amazing adventure this book was, I couldn't put it down. Going from Freya's boring life as a town outcast with her sister Esther, to running into goblins in the city, and finally an adventure to defeat the Goblin King Eldridge and save her sister. Meeting the Spring Maiden, Lord of Summer, and the Autumn Thief and learning how the Fae world can change one, she soon learns things were not as her mother taught and that she would turn to care for those she didn't think she could. This book does end on a cliffhanger as it is part of a series, but it's an amazing book so don't let that deter you. All i know is I need the second book like yesterday.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    No No No!!!! I love Emma Hamm, her stories are magical. I did not expect this to end quite so suddenly. There's still much more to discover. I believe the Goblin King is playing a long game, he's holding many secrets. The goblin lands were amazing. Freya drove me crazy at times but she's a good character still. This was enchanting and am looking forward to reading on. It's gonna drive me crazy trying to figure this all out, curious to see how it plays out No No No!!!! I love Emma Hamm, her stories are magical. I did not expect this to end quite so suddenly. There's still much more to discover. I believe the Goblin King is playing a long game, he's holding many secrets. The goblin lands were amazing. Freya drove me crazy at times but she's a good character still. This was enchanting and am looking forward to reading on. It's gonna drive me crazy trying to figure this all out, curious to see how it plays out

  21. 5 out of 5

    D

    I loved this story! It was cute. The challenge the Goblin King gave her made the story interesting and intriguing; therefore, I can't wait to read book 2! I loved this story! It was cute. The challenge the Goblin King gave her made the story interesting and intriguing; therefore, I can't wait to read book 2!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    A review for Labyrinth (movie) fans who are protective of our King and kingdom *definitely spoilers* I read this book as a Labyrinth (Bowie) fan because unfortunately there has been at least one book that has royally ripped off the Goblin King and his Labyrinth. It was very blatant and even quoted things word for word. I went into reading this story to look for how similar this is to the rightful Goblin King’s story. Since the author has said in her dedication, “For the little girls who wanted to m A review for Labyrinth (movie) fans who are protective of our King and kingdom *definitely spoilers* I read this book as a Labyrinth (Bowie) fan because unfortunately there has been at least one book that has royally ripped off the Goblin King and his Labyrinth. It was very blatant and even quoted things word for word. I went into reading this story to look for how similar this is to the rightful Goblin King’s story. Since the author has said in her dedication, “For the little girls who wanted to meet a goblin king… or maybe wish away their baby brother.” I am going to make an educated guess that she is at least somewhat a fan of the movie. So I do try to give a little leeway when it comes to published works that are inspired by the movie, as I know some things will seep in, it’s just natural. It just depends on if the author crosses the line of blatant rip off (like the other book from a different author), or if they are just slightly referencing the original. I actually made a list of similarities as I went, to the movie and any Fanfiction I have read. There is a goblin market. (There is a fanfiction called the Goblin Market, but honestly I don’t feel this was a rip off as it literally is just a goblin market that sells their wares that tempts passersby. There is nothing further I could find, unlike the other story.) Chickens are ventured to be stolen by the goblins when they go missing. The goblins steal Freya’s (the main female character) sister (not brother), who is 16, not a baby. The goblin king smells of apples (not peaches) to Freya and he does offer one to her when they first meet, at the goblin market, but she doesn’t accept it. She goes to the fae realm through a door in the woods. When she first steps through, she is on a never ending pathway with trees closing tightly around so she can’t go left or right, but no matter how much she runs she is still in the same spot. This one I was reaching to compare the beginning of the Labyrinth journey with the corridor with not turns. But this isn’t in a Labyrinth and she is running, but the path isn’t moving. She meets a goblin who looks like a black and white dog that is standing upright, wearing velvet clothes. This is another where I am reaching to compare. There is a dog she meets in the movie but he is not the same species and he likes to fight. This one in the book is pretty chill and described bigger. She meets the goblin king again in an astrological place of planets and stars. (Again, reaching cause of stars). The goblin king looks pretty different from the one in the movie. This one has dark hair (not light), silver eyes (not blue or mis-matched), sharp teeth, and is slim. He wears a white poet’s shirt unbuttoned very low, tight black pants, and knee-high boots. His real name is Eldrige (not Jareth). He is actually the High King of the 4 kingdoms of the realm, not the kingdom of the Autumn court (the goblin court). He did used to be King of this court until he became High King. It is also ventured later that he is not full blooded goblin, but a mixture, which is why his appearance isn’t as animal like as the goblins. He challenges Freya to bring the essence of each of the 4 kingdoms to him (not a Labyrinth to solve) in order to get her sister back. She has a month (not 13 hours). Freya loses 2 weeks in the Spring Court (Sprites) with being under a perfumed spell that makes her sleep a good deal and forget why she’s there. When she escapes, she takes a guard with her that aided in her keeping from falling back under the spell. He was in pain being forced to wear a mask that made him trickle blood. It ends up being the goblin king and this is when she finds out he is watching her progress. Also later in other kingdoms, she figures out he watches her through the shadows (not orbs/crystals). It’s also mentioned the shadows move when she is talking to him in the kingdoms and she wonders if it’s the goblins. In the Summer court (Elves), the elves are faceless and wear masks that reflect what humans around them find attractive. When there’s no humans, their faces are smooth with no features. (I am reaching a bit to compare to the Goblin Market fanfiction. There is a scene of 2 faceless creatures who wear masks, but they act out things and force the runners to put masks on and then are thrown into a situation to act out. So while I feel this may be a nod to the fiction, if the author is aware of it, there was nothing that was a blatant rip off. Plus at first I didn’t even think of the fanfiction because the comparison was so slight). There is a ball at the Summer court where the goblin king gives her a beautiful blue dress to wear. He is visiting the Lord of the court and is described as reclined in the seat with his leg over the side. He and Freya race a maze against each other, where cheating is encouraged she figures out (her thoughts are that they don’t play fair. Walls look the same. Another reach.) Goblin King loses but says she won’t make it back from the center (comparison to Hoggle saying same thing). Freya does quote, “What a pity.” In the Autumn Court (goblins), is when she finds out he was once the Autumn thief (the ruler of the court) before he became High King. This is where it is found out the goblins she has seen at the goblin market are actually children, not full grown. (In the fanfiction world, a lot of the stories make the goblins children that were taken, but these seem to be goblins actually born there, not children turned. They are just goblin children, not adults.) The Winter Court, I could not really find anything, even if I reached. I will say it was interesting, Freya learned a lot more than she bargained for about the goblin king. The final confrontation is back in a place of stars. He references her needing an adventure from her boring mortal life and to be the hero, so he was made the villain. He gave her everything she asked for and wanted at every turn, even when she didn’t know it’s what she wanted. He begs her to stay, but she is adamant to have her sister back. They kiss quite thoroughly, then he accepts defeat and he sends her to her sister. Nothing is quoted directly from the scene in the movie. While this list may seem a bit long, most of these I really had to reach. Unlike the other book from a different author, if I hadn’t been purposely keeping an eye out for similarities, I probably would’ve only caught half of what I listed. So as for my actual review of what I thought in general. It wasn’t a bad book. It kept my attention once I got past the halfway point. There seemed to be a believable connection/attraction between Freya and the goblin king. The sister ended up not wanting to go back for many reasons. (I won’t give all the spoilers). They also find out the repercussions of the goblin king being defeated (unlike the movie) and that is where it leaves off until book 2 of this series, which isn’t out yet. In all, it doesn’t make my blood boil with anger. This is the kind of book that I can say I can see how it was inspired by the movie, but the author didn’t copy anything blatantly in my opinion. (Trust me, I would have written a scathing review if I thought she had. I did it for the other book I have mentioned.) I would recommend reading it, it is a decently good read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shayay

    Awesome setting! Cool visuals to imagine. Fun and interesting world. Fun adventure through the Fae world; cool visits to the different Fae lands. Freya and her sister, Esther, live alone outside a village after their parents went missing 2 years ago; the Fae are known to exist by the humans, and there are many warnings about having anything to do with them. Unfortunately, the Fae have many ways to entice people to fall for their tricks and charms. Goblins are especially becoming a problem for Fr Awesome setting! Cool visuals to imagine. Fun and interesting world. Fun adventure through the Fae world; cool visits to the different Fae lands. Freya and her sister, Esther, live alone outside a village after their parents went missing 2 years ago; the Fae are known to exist by the humans, and there are many warnings about having anything to do with them. Unfortunately, the Fae have many ways to entice people to fall for their tricks and charms. Goblins are especially becoming a problem for Freya; goblins can enchant someone if they aren’t in the warded areas for protection, and if you make a deal with a goblin you may be ensorcelled and/or whisked away to the Fae realm. Freya’s sister ends up making stupid decisions, which leads to Freya making stupid decisions when Freya rushes off to help her sister. Freya is now the one missing out on the common sense; I had a bit of a problem with Freya’s thinking during this time and found it difficult to connect with her character. She was raised to fear the Fae, but she’s thinking it’ll be easy peasy to get her sister back from there; I don’t get why she’s acting like she can just waltz into the Fae realm and demand whatever she wants, why she thinks the Fae will be so accommodating. So, I was a little disappointed that Freya came across as so strong in the beginning, but she ended up being more of the flighty type. She leans towards being emotionally weak; that makes her easy prey, but it was nice that she stood up for herself and her family. Also, it’s brave and noble to try and save her sister, but the problem is Freya doesn’t make much of a plan to do that. That’s my main gripe about this read, but still a really enjoyable read! Freya ends up having many quests that she needs to accomplish, which adds some fun and excitement to the story. The romance is interesting; him being the Goblin King and all. I would’ve liked a deeper connection to come through, but I liked how the relationship evolves. I enjoy the whole enemies to lovers type of scenario. Overall, this is an entertaining adventure with some unique and cool elements! Looking forward to reading more from Hamm!

  24. 5 out of 5

    BiblioKalen

    Do you like Magic? Do you like fantasy based quests and adventures? Do you like stories about family, self-discovery, and overcoming the impossible? Do you like slow burn romances with stubborn, independent young women who ‘don’t need no man’, but DAMN these gender norms got hands? THEN OH MAN IS THIS BOOK FOR YOU! But seriously, go read it - there’s hot Goblins and a talking Border Collie who is the bestest of boys. I’m not sure what more a girl could ask for! Okay, but let’s be honest - this s Do you like Magic? Do you like fantasy based quests and adventures? Do you like stories about family, self-discovery, and overcoming the impossible? Do you like slow burn romances with stubborn, independent young women who ‘don’t need no man’, but DAMN these gender norms got hands? THEN OH MAN IS THIS BOOK FOR YOU! But seriously, go read it - there’s hot Goblins and a talking Border Collie who is the bestest of boys. I’m not sure what more a girl could ask for! Okay, but let’s be honest - this story genuinely captivated my interest. It reminds me heavily of recent works by Naomi Novik such as Spinning Silver and Uprooted, as well as works like Howls Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones and Entreat Me by Grace Draven. The fairytale basis to this story has that old Irish/Celtic folk feel to it that feels steeped in rich, century old stories passed only by word of mouth through generations. And the character development not only in the main character, but also side characters, was great and very on point for the length of story (ie. the story is quite short in comparison to the development it had!). Yes - it may remind people of SJMaas and ACOTAR and this type of fakery story does feel very on trend in the book community right now, but this one genuinely hit different. The story has an endearing main character with a great narrative that shows her as not too helpless, but also not too badass. She makes mistakes, she gets frustrated, but she also figures it out and works through her issues. As a twenty something year old woman myself, struggling to carve out the beginning of my adult life, I genuinely connected with this character and her personal struggles. Sure, hers were filled with hot goblin kings and magical quests for faery items. But we both have to deal with emotionally confusing men and helping them find the things they’ve seemingly lost (even if it’s staring right at them in the fridge door). So, if any of this seems to resonate with you - definitely give this book a shot! If anything, it was a pleasant escape into another new fantasy world filled with adventure and intrigue! ALSO - the cliffhanger at the end!! DARE I SAY THERE MAY BE A SEQUEL?!? I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    A Literary Fiend

    “𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐠𝐚𝐦𝐞, 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐲𝐚. 𝐇𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧’𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭? 𝐎𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐞, 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠.” ↡ “of goblins and gold” was such an incredible fantasy read! featuring a strong, determined, witty heroine and a crafty goblin king, this book has strong enemies to lovers vibes, and i adored it! i always think i know what to expect from author Emma Hamm, but then she goes and blows me away with her spectacular storytelling! this was by far my most favorite book by her! tasked with looking after her sist “𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐠𝐚𝐦𝐞, 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐲𝐚. 𝐇𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧’𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭? 𝐎𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐞, 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠.” ↡ “of goblins and gold” was such an incredible fantasy read! featuring a strong, determined, witty heroine and a crafty goblin king, this book has strong enemies to lovers vibes, and i adored it! i always think i know what to expect from author Emma Hamm, but then she goes and blows me away with her spectacular storytelling! this was by far my most favorite book by her! tasked with looking after her sister since the disappearance of their parents, Freya endeavors to impart their mother’s wisdom concerning conniving faerys and goblins to her sister, Esther. much to her chagrin, Esther is far too headstrong to heed her warnings. instead, Esther is enchanted by goblins as opposed to being repelled by them. when Esther disappears, Freya is certain she must’ve been whisked away by tricksy goblins, and embarks on a journey to retrieve her. to bring her sister home, Freya strikes a deal with the Goblin King, Eldridge, and finds herself setting out to fulfill four challenges set by the cunning King. determined to win, Freya sets out to accomplish the tasks before her, even at the expense of her soul. as time passes, Frey’s suddenly finds herself at risk of losing her heart to the Goblin King, and she’s forced to confront the fact that everything she’s been taught about goblins is wrong. an enthralling fantasy read, this was reminiscent of Emma Hamm’s Heart of Fae books! this was such a fresh and wonderful take on an old tale. she masterfully created intricate worlds, breathing them to life with stunning detail. the characters were witty and entertaining—i love Arrow, Freya, and the Goblin King so much! the slow-burning relationship between Freya and the Goblin King was the stuff of dreams! while this wasn’t a steamy read, if you’re a fan of SJM’s books or fantasy at all, i implore you to pick this one up! i cannot wait to see where the next book takes us!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Where do I even start with this review? Mind you I just came up for air after four non stop hours of reading. From the beginning to the end I was wholeheartedly captured in seeing where Freya’s journey led her. Of Goblins and Gold follows Freya; the older sister trying to be a responsible parental figure to her younger sister Esther, after their parents disappear two years prior. But things go terribly wrong when Esther accepts a necklace from a goblin which then proceeds her to be taken to the Where do I even start with this review? Mind you I just came up for air after four non stop hours of reading. From the beginning to the end I was wholeheartedly captured in seeing where Freya’s journey led her. Of Goblins and Gold follows Freya; the older sister trying to be a responsible parental figure to her younger sister Esther, after their parents disappear two years prior. But things go terribly wrong when Esther accepts a necklace from a goblin which then proceeds her to be taken to the Goblin realm. Now, leaving the safety of her family home to journey into the dangerous realm of dangerous magic and tricky deals Freya must pull her wits together if she plans on getting Esther and herself out alive. The characters in this story; Freya, The Goblin King, Arrow, and Esther are so craftily written that I instantly connected to them in a way a reader always wants to when diving into a new book. The world building is immaculate the descriptions about the autumn courts continuously falling golden leaves, the summer courts spiraling seashell palace, the winter courts frigid and foreboding atmosphere gives us the readers the imagery we crave to get lost inside of. The storyline keeps you guessing throughout but you kind of have a hunch regarding Esther maybe 60% in the book. The goblin king is truly villainess in the story and gives us the vibes from the very beginning of his introduction. For readers who love a good trickster and hottie will fall in love with him. I know I did. And Arrow stole my heart omg. I cannot give enough praise about this book! Definitely a must read. If Labyrinth and Alice and Wonderland had a love child I feel like this would be it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily Pennington

    After the disappearance of their parents, Freya, the older sister, takes on the responsibility of caring for her difficult, headstrong younger sister, Esther. Although both of them were thoroughly warned about the rules for dealing with goblins and the absolute danger of accepting anything at all from a goblin, Esther nevertheless accepts a necklace and is whisked off to the Goblin realm. Freya knows she must get her sister back. She is the only family Freya has left. She also knows it will not After the disappearance of their parents, Freya, the older sister, takes on the responsibility of caring for her difficult, headstrong younger sister, Esther. Although both of them were thoroughly warned about the rules for dealing with goblins and the absolute danger of accepting anything at all from a goblin, Esther nevertheless accepts a necklace and is whisked off to the Goblin realm. Freya knows she must get her sister back. She is the only family Freya has left. She also knows it will not be an easy task. Leaving her home, she follows into the dangerous land of the Fae to confront the Goblin King himself. She is given four tasks to perform, but trickery surrounds everything the goblins do. The Goblin King’s sole purpose is to make her fail and to put her own heart at risk in the bargain. Things are not always as they seem, and Freya learns and grows in the story as she finds the truths along the way. Her sister, too, had been changed and would not be willing to return with her. Was this all for nothing? Or was there something Freya was to learn from this? And when she finally saw Arrow the goblin, a small black and white dog, he told her he could help her find the missing Goblin King… he knew where he was, and that’s what she needed! This was such an interesting adventure. The characters were fascinating and the story line was intriguing. Will Freya now join Arrow and look for the king?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rohayna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First off, I love the Labyrinth so I was going into this with high expectations. But like making a deal with the Faeries, be wary of the fine print. The book was pretty good! I did have some issues but it was overall a good book. I loved the premise of it and the world-building we got of the Faerie Realm was great but I wished we got the same development or at least more development for the human realm. I want to know the human & Fae dynamic outside of Freya's mother's biased hatred that she tried First off, I love the Labyrinth so I was going into this with high expectations. But like making a deal with the Faeries, be wary of the fine print. The book was pretty good! I did have some issues but it was overall a good book. I loved the premise of it and the world-building we got of the Faerie Realm was great but I wished we got the same development or at least more development for the human realm. I want to know the human & Fae dynamic outside of Freya's mother's biased hatred that she tried to pass on to her daughters, successfully in Freya's the main heroine's case. I want to know how the rest of humans think of magic and Faeries, why is Freya so certain they'd hate witches? Now for the things I did like... I liked the world-building of the Faerie realm with it being divided into kingdoms and seasons. If I look at this as a part one, then this book is great but I've always preferred self-contained books. Where you can read just one book but still get a complete story. Overall, I like the vibe of the book and it may have taken until the end for me to like the heroine (once she got a wake-up call) but I did like the book and am planning on reading the sequel. 4.5 Stars and I'll most likely end up doing fan art of the rulers of the Realm so... I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Valeria Weekes

    I loved this book and can not wait for the next one. I have been low key in love with a goblin king since David Bowie played one in Labyrinth. The book kept my interest. I appreciate that Emma Hamm takes time to develop the characters. The story starts off with two sisters Freya and Esther. Freya is the older of the two sisters and takes her job as the big sister seriously much to the chagrin of 16 year old Ester. Esther is fascinated by goblins even through they have been taught to fear and not I loved this book and can not wait for the next one. I have been low key in love with a goblin king since David Bowie played one in Labyrinth. The book kept my interest. I appreciate that Emma Hamm takes time to develop the characters. The story starts off with two sisters Freya and Esther. Freya is the older of the two sisters and takes her job as the big sister seriously much to the chagrin of 16 year old Ester. Esther is fascinated by goblins even through they have been taught to fear and not trust them. When Ester disappears Freya knows that she was kidnapped by the goblins so she goes on the journey to rescue her sister. In order to bring her sister home Freya makes a deal with the Goblin King, Eldridge she must bring him something from the other kingdoms. Freya and Eldridge are attracted to each other. Their attraction is disconcerting to Freya because it goes against everything she has been taught. Eventually, Freya finds everything that the Goblin King asked her for but there are two unexpected consequences; first, Freya finds out that Esther does not want to go home; secondly, the Goblin King has an unforeseen complication. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Baya

    dnf @25% What a curious little book. A self-centered girl goes after her bratty, hard-headed sister to save her from the goblins because she's afraid of being alone. Not because she might, you know, love her or anything. I don't understand all the glowing reviews. It's a simple story that is simply written, and when I say simple, I mean simple. The nerve of this author to compare her basic bitch prose and story to Maas or Le Guin is beyond me but then that's what self-published authors always seem dnf @25% What a curious little book. A self-centered girl goes after her bratty, hard-headed sister to save her from the goblins because she's afraid of being alone. Not because she might, you know, love her or anything. I don't understand all the glowing reviews. It's a simple story that is simply written, and when I say simple, I mean simple. The nerve of this author to compare her basic bitch prose and story to Maas or Le Guin is beyond me but then that's what self-published authors always seem to be doing. Comparing themselves favorably to the greats and have readers they bribe with free books to gush the same. Anything to get our coin. On top of that, there is zero chemistry between the h and H. None. They were in three scenes together before I stopped and there's nothing between them! I thought this was supposed to be a romance? Anyway, I decided to stop because I simply didn't care about the main character going on this quest. I liked the dog, but not enough to keep going. Life is too short and there are plenty of amazing, soul-crushing books out there to get to. 2 stars for the attempt since it wasn't bad just not very interesting and told like a tale for children. This my first from the author and I decided to try her latest because I thought she was supposed to be an established fantasy romance author but if this is where the genre is going how depressing for real Maas and Le Guin fans.

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