A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova
Series: Married To Magic, #1
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 338 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on November 6th 2020 by Silver Wing Press
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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.
A Deal with the Elf King was recommended to me by Michaela. We met in Klaroline fandom but she likes to read books too. I think I like to read more mature books than she does so I was hesitant to get this one. It didn’t help that the hardcover costs a fortune but thankfully I found this book accidentally as used book.
Elves only come to human world to war or wives. There’s a treaty between elves and humans since it was signed three Millenia ago. Elves only wanted the human queen every hundred years.
Luella never knew she had magic, so she didn’t know who she was when the elf king came for her. They had a complicated relationship when she arrived on his world. They didn’t really get along. I liked how their relationship slowly grew from enemies to friends to something more.
All in all I found this world interesting and this slow burn got me from reading slump for awhile. It was definitely the kind of book I needed when I read it.