The Goblin Market

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Beyond the Goblin Market lies the remains of a lost and broken kingdom divided by war. The war has been over for centuries, but the kingdoms still stand apart, overrun by a creeping goblin darkness known as the Darknjan Wald. It has been written that only one holds the power to destroy that darkness and reunite the kingdoms, but she has no memory of her former life. More

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Published by Dragon's Gold
Published: Jan. 26, 2011
Words: 88,140
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458153746
About Jennifer Melzer

Jennifer Melzer spent the majority of her life as a writer denying she actually liked to write romance, only to wake up one morning and discover that every single tale she'd ever written had somehow revolved around the heart. She has since given into the whim, spinning yarns of love and firmly believing that everyone deserves a happy ending.

She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter, but dreams nightly she is laying on the beach watching the stars fall over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Reviews

Review by: karen day on May 12, 2011 : star star star star
As a lover of all fantasy books. I enjoyed this read
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Linda Calderone on April 24, 2011 : star star star star star
I have just finished reading The Goblin Market, by Jennifer Hudock. It has all the things I most enjoy in a book -- a quest/journey, characters who are well drawn, believable, and easy to tell apart, lots of tension and surprises, non-human characters, and the bonus of a female protagonist. Meredith has a very compelling reason to see her quest through to its end, and her experiences along the way are believable and well written. Ms. Hudock did an excellent job of creating the Underworld and its inhabitants. This is the sort of book that sticks with you after you've finished it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Katie Lee on April 10, 2011 : star star star star
Jennifer Hudock’s novel The Goblin Market references several canonical works of prose and poetry from the past which will evoke familiar memories in any fan of fantasy literature. While, as a result, parts of the plot feel very familiar, they are reworked in a way which is exciting and original. Meredith begins with a commitment to save her sister from the goblin king, no matter the cost, but finds that bargains of that kind are rarely simple.


While Meredith’s physical journey to the goblin king’s castle to rescue her sister, and possibly the whole world, it is her internal journey from a girl who has sacrificed her happiness to give her sister everything she needs to a confident woman who is willing to give up even more for a greater cause. Hudock’s descriptive prose puts the reader in Meredith’s mind and the reader is quickly drawn into a relationship with the protagonist.


While it is clear that the novel could be extended into a sequel, the conclusion doesn’t confirm this, while also lacking resolution to some plots points. This is a pet peeve of mine, as I like each novel to stand alone as well as possibly part of a series, but as it was only some minor points which were not fully answered it did not impact on my enjoyment too much, and I will likely buy the sequel if it is written. The number of errors, a common problem with independently published ebooks, might also bother some readers, as it did me. These criticisms are minor though when you consider the enjoyable fairy-tale feeling and exciting plot that Jenifer Hudock has created in The Goblin Market.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jaime Miller on March 06, 2011 : star star star star star
Fantastic reading. Jennifer pulls you into the story with vivid imagery and rich, full characters. As you follow Meredith on her quest you are given glimpses of her other life in another time. Jennifer drops the pieces of this puzzle like bread crumbs as she leads you deeper into the mystery. A thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish. I can only hope for a sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: XchylerConn on March 04, 2011 : star star star star star
Accompany Merry along her journey tohrough the world she had been cast from a lifetime ago for her own protection. Follow along with her as she makes her way through two new worlds, as she tries to remember the life she has lived, all while trying to save another..
The details of his book fills your mind with such vivid images you soon feel as if you are traveling right along with Merry and Him.

Jennifer is truley gifted with words, using them to pull you deeper and deeper in thought as you mindlessly turn the page.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Neil Blankenship on Feb. 08, 2011 : star star star star star
I have heard tell that the author (Hudock)was inspired by the work of the same name written by Christina Rossetti way back in 1859.

Now I enjoy the poem written by Rossetti and find the imagery therin most pleasant. That being said Hudock crafts a narrative tale with such vivid and rich imagery that it makes the tale of Rossetti seem like a mere rough draft that was never picked up and finished.

Where Hudock really shines is when she describes her fantastical world through the eyes of one of her characters. The hue and tint of the description is unique and slanted to the disposition of that individual character.

Pick up this tale and enjoy your wander through a wondrous world!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Headshot Heather on Feb. 03, 2011 : star star star star star
Give me the child. Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen, for my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great. You have no power over me ~Labyrinth

The Goblin Market is the tale of Meredith, who is forced to travel beyond the Goblin Market to a kingdom that has been divided by war, to find her sister who was seduced by the delicious fruits of the Goblin Market and the unceremoniously taken by the scarred yet intriguingly handsome, Kothar, the King of the Goblins. Meredith is accompanied through this strange, yet vaguely familiar, world by Him of the Green, an antlered wood-god. As our heroine makes her way to the castle of the Goblin King we come to learn that it has been written that only one holds the power to destroy the darkness and reunite the kingdoms, but will she remember her old life in time to save all that she holds dear?

Influenced by Christina Rossetti's 1862 published work of the same name, I first was introduced to Jennifer Hudock's The Goblin Market through her podcast and was thoroughly entertained and sucked into the story. Now to be able to hold the story in my hands and read it for myself is a thrill. Ms Hudock captures the world of the fairies, both the darkness and the light, with amazing detail that lures you in and grabs hold. The imagery of The Goblin Market reminds me of the cold, dark and eerie tales of fairies of old...the type of fairies I love to read about. I, like, Meredith immediately fell in love with Him of the Green and his acts of heroism and could actually feel the draw that the mysterious and magical Kothar had on Meredith, as well as those around him. This is a fantastic novel that I am proud to have added to my collection and you should, too!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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