SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):
“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 stand-alone but also the first in a new series of fantasy romance novels by Elise Kova. Each book focuses on a different couple, but the worlds are tied together. This is something you normally see in contemporary romance novels, but something super exciting to see in fantasy romance.
The artwork alone drew me into this book. I mean look at that cover! I’ve had a copy of this for the last couple of months, but it just kept getting pushed back. I read Kova’s Air Awakens series in January and absolutely loved that series. I love Kova’s writing style and world-building. She also has a way of just sucking you in, I couldn’t put this book down once I picked it up.
I loved the relationship between Eldas and Luella. It is a slow burn of the best kind. I love how much they complement each other, and the growth they bring about in each other as well. Sometimes I wanted to shake some sense into Luella because it felt like she was just being too stubborn. The payoff was so great though, so I can’t really complain. I also loved the mystery surrounding the Human Queens and their magic.
If you are looking for a great fantasy romance, please check this book out. It definitely checks off all the boxes and I love that it is a stand-alone. Also, if you are looking for a little more Eldas and Luella action, there is a bonus scene that is a nice little epilogue.
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