A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

A Deal with the Elf King (Married to Magic)

by Elise Kova

Perfect for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Uprooted, this stand-alone, fantasy romance about a human girl and her marriage to the Elf King is impossible to put down!

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.

Reviewed by tweetybugshouse on

4 of 5 stars

I love stand-alone novels as it means that everything is wrapped up at the end in a neat bow. There no question that this is the book for 2020 that we all need one with a delightful happy ever after. The world-building of midscape is amazing, I felt like I was there and did not want to leave. The hunt to figure out why the previous Human Queens have not succeeded in solving the slow drain of midscape is quite interesting.

Eldas and Luella relationship has a rough start as she has no clue that she is the Human Queen he has come to her town to claim. Due to the underhanded actions of someone who claims to love her. Once the shock wears off and she accepts that this is her role now and stops feeling like she has been betrayed because she does not receive the same training as those who came before her the action heats up.

This novel does not disappoint in keeping you entranced in the story and it does not lack in the supernatural aspects and shows our author skills beyond the fantasy novels I have read previously from her. If your ready for a romance that is steamy and keeps you enthralled this is one you need to pick up this year. It the perfect escape from this year of craziness.

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