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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 cen 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.


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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 cen 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.

30 review for A Deal with the Elf King

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura Thalassa

    Oh my GOD was this good! Not that I'm surprised--Elise Kova can't write a bad book. This has a Hades and Persephone feel to it, but it's not a retelling--and the world Elise has created! I seriously hope there are more books to explore the rest of it! SO GOOD!! *** I’m literally only on the second page of this one, and I can already tell you all: you need to read this. I’m getting excited chills. This one is setting up to be a phenomenal story. Oh my GOD was this good! Not that I'm surprised--Elise Kova can't write a bad book. This has a Hades and Persephone feel to it, but it's not a retelling--and the world Elise has created! I seriously hope there are more books to explore the rest of it! SO GOOD!! *** I’m literally only on the second page of this one, and I can already tell you all: you need to read this. I’m getting excited chills. This one is setting up to be a phenomenal story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    - Hades & Persephone - Beauty & the Beast - elves & faeries What more could you want??? 😉 This was such a FUN READ. Going into this, I didn’t expect to like it much. At first, the writing style didn’t appeal to me and nothing in particular stood out to me, but I’m so glad that I continued reading because BOY, WAS I WRONG! 😏 I ended up having a GRAND TIME with this! Luella and Eldas have my heart and definitely snuck up on me. I thought that she’d be some average fiery heroine and he some average da - Hades & Persephone - Beauty & the Beast - elves & faeries What more could you want??? 😉 This was such a FUN READ. Going into this, I didn’t expect to like it much. At first, the writing style didn’t appeal to me and nothing in particular stood out to me, but I’m so glad that I continued reading because BOY, WAS I WRONG! 😏 I ended up having a GRAND TIME with this! Luella and Eldas have my heart and definitely snuck up on me. I thought that she’d be some average fiery heroine and he some average dark faery/elf/troll/goblin (dealer’s choice lol), but they actually really grew on me! Both as individuals and as a couple! I ended up shipping them SO HARD and I’m so happy that everything turned all right in the end. It left me with the kind of joy that Cruel Beauty did. It also had some Stolen Songbird vibes. 🥰 PSA: While this is the first in the series (Elise Kova says that there are four planned books in this world, at the moment), it is also a standalone, so you needn’t worry about cliffhangers...which I find SO REFRESHING! 😅 I hope that you all give this book a go because I genuinely loved it. I simply couldn’t award it five stars because there’s not anything new about it either. It’s just pure enjoyment...which is honestly what most of us need this year, anyway. Sooooo...I’ll just sit here and wait for the next one! 😂

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

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  4. 4 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    Nothing hurts more than having one of your most anticipated reads by one your favourite authors be a huge disappointment.😥 I guess my streak of 4/5 stars had to end eventually. But wow, why did 338 pages feel like 1000 pages???😓 I don't know. It might just be me but the whole time I was reading this, I felt absolutely nothing. I was honestly bored out of mind and considered marking this as 'DNF' many times, but I thought "Oh, maybe it'll get better....?" Spoiler . . . It didn't Also, one thing to kno Nothing hurts more than having one of your most anticipated reads by one your favourite authors be a huge disappointment.😥 I guess my streak of 4/5 stars had to end eventually. But wow, why did 338 pages feel like 1000 pages???😓 I don't know. It might just be me but the whole time I was reading this, I felt absolutely nothing. I was honestly bored out of mind and considered marking this as 'DNF' many times, but I thought "Oh, maybe it'll get better....?" Spoiler . . . It didn't Also, one thing to know about me is that very rarely do I give out a rating below 3 stars. It makes me feel like a cruel monster human being who's being very harsh, but I just really couldn't love this as I thought I would.😬 (And I loved Air Awakens, so giving this 2 stars made me feel terrible) I didn't feel attached to any of the characters. Luella was kinda alright in the beginning and had me laughing once, but in the end, I didn't care much about her. She was pretty boring honestly.😅 Ohhhh and don't even get me started on Eldas. If possible, that guy was even more bland than the rest of the cast. You see, when I saw that the love interest would be an Elf King known to the outside world as ruthless and evil . . . I expected someone more dark, mysterious and wicked, but instead there was nothing at all interesting about him. I could care less about the guy. Ahahahahaa and the romance?!?! I never thought the day would come when I'd find another book with a romance I'd be bored with. I expected some amazing chemistry between the two, but NO, THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN.😤 Where was the angst??? Swoony moments??? I wanted to fall in love.😭 All I saw was the two constantly arguing over the most boring topics known to humanity. “You will respect me!” Eldas shouts. “Be someone worthy of respecting first!” I slam the door behind me.” ^Okay, this scene here . . . it totally reminded me of my 4 and 5 year old sisters arguments😂 I literally just pictured those two, when I was reading this scene and I couldn't stop laughing.😆 I swear, I couldn't take this seriously xD Also, you know how almost always with romance novels, when you're nearing the end and the two characters were together and in love, but then something happens to change that and get them in a fight, however by the end they realize they're hopelessly in love and get back together again? wow, my English teacher would be horrified with this run-on sentence haha Well, if you weren't confused by that super long sentence, with this book—the beginning of that argument had to be one of the most stupidest I've ever heard in my life. It's so stupid that I couldn't help but start laughing over the fight they were having.🤣 (view spoiler)[Why does Eldas get so mad over Luella not telling him about Harrow's addiction to glimmer/what he does??? Luella even tried explaining to him, but he kept. cutting. her. off. She's a healer and one of her jobs is to also respect the patient's secrets or else they wouldn't be more trusting towards them and who knows what would've happened to Harrow if he hadn't trusted Luella with what he was doing??? *sigh* (hide spoiler)] (Probably the only amusing part in this book) In the end, if I had to choose a character that I actually liked, it'd be Harrow and that is hilarious considering how in this status update , the someone I was referring to was him.😆 But at least he was actually pretty interesting, although he obviously didn't appear as much. But I also do understand that this was meant as a passion project for the author and an escape from the cursed year of 2020. So to those who want a light and fluffy read that also is guaranteed a happy ending, I'd say to try this out!😸 I think this was a hyped up a lot, so I had a super high expectations and when that was not met . . . well, it was super 'meh'.😕 I can say that I've never been so relieved to finish a book.😅 I'm still looking forward to the next book, especially since it's about a a rogue Fae (altho this time I won't have my expectations so high). "May tomorrow hold every possibility. And may we be bold and hungry enough to take them for our own.” now that I look at this too, I realize how funny it sounds.😂 oh god, i can't stop laughing now.😂 (2.25⭐) --> for the good laughs it gave me xD

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mara YA Mood Reader

    There’s a reason why they call Holly Black the Queen of Faerie. I have yet to find something that comes even close to Holly Black’s faeries, especially as in her Folk of the Air series. A Deal with the Elf King is a light fluffy romance trying to be fantasy, and not even trying hard. The only Elvish characteristics were in the name, The Elf King. It was easy to mistake all the characters for nothing more than human and easy to mistake the entire book for contemporary. Character features and dress There’s a reason why they call Holly Black the Queen of Faerie. I have yet to find something that comes even close to Holly Black’s faeries, especially as in her Folk of the Air series. A Deal with the Elf King is a light fluffy romance trying to be fantasy, and not even trying hard. The only Elvish characteristics were in the name, The Elf King. It was easy to mistake all the characters for nothing more than human and easy to mistake the entire book for contemporary. Character features and dress were rarely described and it was near impossible for me to draw up a mental picture of them. I didn’t feel anything, I couldn’t feel the glittering magic of the Elf/Fae realm. I couldn’t feel the danger of it. I couldn’t feel the mystery of it. I didn’t feel the magic! And the Elf King did not fascinate me. Did not captivate me. He was basic. Dull. Too human. I didn’t see him as an Elvish creature at all. He...he fries up bacon and eggs. And bored me even more than that. This is definitely not dark, sinister and heavy. Which is obviously my thing. So if that’s youre thing too, and you’d rather pass on the “No, I love you more, schmoopy poops/But, I love you most, sugar toots”, I’d recommend White Stag by Kara Barbieri. And if you’re looking for another Goblin/Elf/Faerie arranged marriage trope check out: Radiance Elves, Faeries, Goblin Kings and arranged or forced marriage is what’s getting me through 2020 🙌🏼

  6. 4 out of 5

    High Lady of The Night Court

    “One thing you will soon learn is that the name of the bride quickly disappears off the tongues of the people. Whoever leaves will be forgotten as ever being a part of this town. She will become the ‘Human Queen’ for stories and nothing more.” Elise Kova can do no wrong. I read Air Awakens and absolutely loved the series. When I heard about this book, I was nothing short of thrilled. Trust me, it’s worth it. The book is a very quick read and immensely satisfying. The perfect protagonist, the “One thing you will soon learn is that the name of the bride quickly disappears off the tongues of the people. Whoever leaves will be forgotten as ever being a part of this town. She will become the ‘Human Queen’ for stories and nothing more.” Elise Kova can do no wrong. I read Air Awakens and absolutely loved the series. When I heard about this book, I was nothing short of thrilled. Trust me, it’s worth it. The book is a very quick read and immensely satisfying. The perfect protagonist, the perfect plot for a standalone high- fantasy world, you simply can’t be disappointed. You know what to expect and the book delivers spectacularly. In the blurb, the book is compared to Uprooted and A Court of Thorns and Roses, both of which I’ve read, and I understand the comparison, but it also diverges from those books in a lot of ways, so if you didn’t like those I would still suggest reading this one. Uprooted doesn’t really feature many characters other than the protagonist and the dragon, which is one of the ways this book is so different from it because the characters interacting with the rest of the world is such a monumental part of the foundation of this book. A court of thorns and roses features antagonists in a fundamentally different way than this book, the problems and the adversities this book features are very unique and require very different attitudes from the characters. The basic similarity would be that a human girl is taken to a magical world, but besides that, it’s safe to say this book is a whole new avenue in its own right. The perfect protagonist. Luella is smart, brave, and curious, through her curious eyes the author is able to reveal so many intricacies of this world so much so that it feels like the world-building took place across a trilogy that didn’t explicitly focus on world-building, if that makes sense. She manages to introduce a depth to the world that I didn’t expect to feel with a standalone. Along the same lines, I also feel like the supporting characters added so much to the book in this short period, unexpected from a standalone. The perfect plot. I know of so many ways standalone plots tend to either be too complicated and begging to be spread out across a few books, and I know of plots that barely serve a purpose other than to bring the characters together. This book finds the sweet spot. You can tell that there was so much work put into the intricacies of this book because it is so easy to read yet so rich with details. Ideas flow together immaculately and the story moves forward naturally and gracefully. There was not one moment where I went, well that just shifted in another direction for no reason other than the plot didn’t feel substantial enough. If you’re looking for a quick read between series or just having to switch between book after reading a chapter or two, this is the perfect book for you. It will grab your attention from the very beginning and hold it to the very end. It doesn’t lag on unnecessary, cliche plot points that everyone sees coming from a mile away, it is well-paced and will take you to the next chapter quickly but will give you enough information so that you don’t feel like you’re only focusing on one point to resolve the plot. 5/5 from me, all fantasy and romance lovers should try it out, quick read, you will not put it down.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elise Kova

    Stealing this review space to add a note or two about the book... This book was a passion project for me. It was my first book back writing again after being near burn-out. And I started drafting it at the beginning of quarantine in 2020. I wanted to write a world that I could escape into... where everything was wrapped up with a happily ever after at the end. It's my earnest hope that others can find an escape in the pages of Eldas and Luella. Some housekeeping/Book FAQ... You can see all retailer Stealing this review space to add a note or two about the book... This book was a passion project for me. It was my first book back writing again after being near burn-out. And I started drafting it at the beginning of quarantine in 2020. I wanted to write a world that I could escape into... where everything was wrapped up with a happily ever after at the end. It's my earnest hope that others can find an escape in the pages of Eldas and Luella. Some housekeeping/Book FAQ... You can see all retailer links on my website: https://elisekova.com/a-deal-with-the... Also on that page there is an exclusive, free sample of chapters 1-3 and a bonus scene that takes place after the end of the book. A DEAL WITH THE ELF KING is a stand alone, fantasy romance. It sits right on the cusp of older YA and adult. There is some steam in the book. It's set in the Married to Magic universe. Married to Magic is a universe I hope to write other stand alones in. These books can be read in any order and are each a complete story with no over-arching plotlines between them. The cover illustrator was Marcela Medeiros. Her website is: https://marcelamedeirosarts.com/ Thank you for your interest in my work, and happy reading!

  8. 4 out of 5

    L

    Am I expecting too much from a book these days? Or the books are just dull? I mean, I expected an angsty, swoon worthy romance. I thought there's gonna be a lot of will they-won't they moment. I also expected a grumpy hero with a mysterious past (Yeah I'm that typical. Judge me) But there was nothing in this book! Literally!! The hero was boring and plain and more boring. There was literally no chemistry between the two MC. Most of the time they are just talking and arguing over lame stuffs and t Am I expecting too much from a book these days? Or the books are just dull? I mean, I expected an angsty, swoon worthy romance. I thought there's gonna be a lot of will they-won't they moment. I also expected a grumpy hero with a mysterious past (Yeah I'm that typical. Judge me) But there was nothing in this book! Literally!! The hero was boring and plain and more boring. There was literally no chemistry between the two MC. Most of the time they are just talking and arguing over lame stuffs and then he just cuts her off. Repeat. The plot? MC is talking with her new "elf friend" or reading journals. Again some talking about plants, short argument with the elf king, again reading journal (sounds exiting right?) There's a few things I liked too. Like the protagonist wasn’t as annoying as I thought she'd be. I mean, she's bold and strong willed and admirable. I can't say the same about the author's previous protagonists. Even though nothing happens in this book but the writing was good. I didn’t feel bored for a moment. It has a Hades-Persephone vibe but it's not for ACOTAR fans!! If you want to read a cute fantasy romance? Sure go on. But if you're looking for something like ACOTAR! Here's a friendly reminder, don't let the synopsis fool you!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    Hades & Persephone AND Beauty & the Beast?? Yes please

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    Well… I was expecting more from this book, but at the same time, I was ready to be a little disappointed because of all the 3 stars reviews. “Some people can never be hidden; they are meant to be seen.” The plot is quite straightforward and predictable. Eldas is the new Elf king and he needs to find his Human Queen because only her magic can keep their lands alive. He is dark and mysterious and of course, I liked him because I seem not to be able to resist dark brooding characters. I must admit Well… I was expecting more from this book, but at the same time, I was ready to be a little disappointed because of all the 3 stars reviews. “Some people can never be hidden; they are meant to be seen.” The plot is quite straightforward and predictable. Eldas is the new Elf king and he needs to find his Human Queen because only her magic can keep their lands alive. He is dark and mysterious and of course, I liked him because I seem not to be able to resist dark brooding characters. I must admit though that it was disconcerting how he would go from the cold-hearted king to the insecure man that has been sequestered all his life, and back to the pretentious and emotionless ruler in the same chapter. I like that he is multifaceted, but something bothered me with the development of his character in the first half of the book (even though I can’t exactly put my finger on it). Luella is a nice and selfless character. She is very tenacious and does not just accept her situation, she seeks to have control of her life and she is not afraid to confront Eldas. She is a gifted herbalist and healer and once again, I can’t say exactly why, but she did not grow on me that much. Obviously, their relationship is somewhat chaotic at first, but it does evolve into desire and love. There is no big surprise here, although the evolution of their relationship felt weak at times. Not much happened and he went from being cold and almost cruel to openly caring about her. Overall, it is a good YA book, the world-building, and the concept of having a Human Queen bound to the land is interesting, and the love/hate relationship is well written. The storyline is basic and I would have liked to have more political intrigue or action, but I still did enjoy reading A Deal with the Elf King and it took me a weekend to finish it. The ending is sweet and satisfying, honestly, I really had a good time reading this story, and I would still recommend it. It’s just that I was expecting more since I enjoyed the Air Awakens series so much and I was ecstatic when I learned that Elise Kova was writing a Hades and Persephone retelling.

  11. 5 out of 5

    mish ♡

    The way I don't know how to write this review... I haven't written a 2-star review in sO long (not since Shatter Me, which btw I read two years ago). Also, I was going to rate this 3-stars but I realized how unfair that would be to the books I've read and rated 3 stars out of 5. So, what was this book's crime? It's boring. BOOO-RING. Book had me like: And the thing is, the plot isn't even tremendously horrible or anything. It's obviously unoriginal, but so is a lot of the YA fantasy genre, and I st The way I don't know how to write this review... I haven't written a 2-star review in sO long (not since Shatter Me, which btw I read two years ago). Also, I was going to rate this 3-stars but I realized how unfair that would be to the books I've read and rated 3 stars out of 5. So, what was this book's crime? It's boring. BOOO-RING. Book had me like: And the thing is, the plot isn't even tremendously horrible or anything. It's obviously unoriginal, but so is a lot of the YA fantasy genre, and I still enjoy tropey fantasy sometimes. This 338 page (WHAT???? HOW) book just felt like it was a thick ass 800 paged book to me. The romance: didn't care. Plot: didn't care. Characters: didn't care. It's not that they were unlikeable or I hated them, I just wasn't invested at all in Eldas (btw his name sounds like it belongs to a grandpa) and Luella, or their relationship. For all the people I see who loathe love triangles, ohmygosh I'd take one over a bland romance aNY DAY. One of them could've died at the end and I still wouldn't find it in me to care. You know what, that would've caught me off guard a little though because this book was also predictable as hell. I'm a simple girl, even a book being predictable isn't repulsive to me. As long as I enjoy it. But the combination of dull + predictable (very much present in this book) was just too much for me to handle lol. Because this book was in Luella's POV, let me sum up her inner dialogue for you: " I have duties back home of healing people how will they ever live without me ⇨ Eldas is kind and not grumpy omg ⇨ oh Midscape isn't bad ⇨ But I have duties of healing people back home! ⇨ I want him to slam me against a wall (doesn't even do anything about it and they stay a bland ass couple ⇨ nO I have duties back home ⇨ This place isn't bad tho ⇨ but i HAVE healing duties back home! " Like omfg sis I promise they will live fine without you (spoiler alert: they did) sorry the town didn't revolve around your existence. Basically this review is literally just me saying: if anyone's still here one of the stars is for the cover tbh 😳

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    First compelted book of 2021😘 A Deal with the Elf King was..okay. Unfortunately, it tends to lean towards info-dumping at random times; which was a bit unnecessary/overcomplicated. Also, The world building wasn't the best..I wanted more Cruel Prince Vibes; but was left wanting more. 🙈 The romance between our two main characters was nice ( the spicy scenes made it worth the read 😳).The story isn't perfect, but I enjoyed reading it. Its definitely flawed in terms of pacing (the book is too long; in First compelted book of 2021😘 A Deal with the Elf King was..okay. Unfortunately, it tends to lean towards info-dumping at random times; which was a bit unnecessary/overcomplicated. Also, The world building wasn't the best..I wanted more Cruel Prince Vibes; but was left wanting more. 🙈 The romance between our two main characters was nice ( the spicy scenes made it worth the read 😳).The story isn't perfect, but I enjoyed reading it. Its definitely flawed in terms of pacing (the book is too long; in my opinion). However, a broody king, and an unsuspecting woman (who doesnt know her own strength) is not a new concept. As far as standalones go this was just okay. (3) 🌟🌟🌟

  13. 4 out of 5

    CourtRocks'

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.75 Stars I really enjoyed this one! The world building was great, and I loved the characters, especially the heroine which was a surprise! I've read one other series by this author and she is obviously very talented, but unfortunately I wasn't a fan of that heroine AT ALL, so I'm glad this one was so different. She was strong, smart, didn't have a pity party, but instead fought to change her circumstances. I also really liked the hero, but I can't say he really met my expectations sadly. I wish 3.75 Stars I really enjoyed this one! The world building was great, and I loved the characters, especially the heroine which was a surprise! I've read one other series by this author and she is obviously very talented, but unfortunately I wasn't a fan of that heroine AT ALL, so I'm glad this one was so different. She was strong, smart, didn't have a pity party, but instead fought to change her circumstances. I also really liked the hero, but I can't say he really met my expectations sadly. I wish he was a tad more mature or mysterious or something, especially because we have ourselves an Elf King FINALLY like my bae Thranduil, but although he has the crown, he didn't necessarily really act like royalty or how I thought he would be. He just had so much potential, but instead he felt like more of a side character to me. I did have some problems with some of the pacing too. The book had started out really good and I was like yaaassss🔥🔥🔥, but then literally nothing happens for 80% of the book. The first half I felt like the hero and heroine hardly had any interactions or budding feelings, so when they finally get together, it just felt too fast for me, and yet I also needed them to have already been together because it was taking so long. I just wish there was more romance. Then the overall plot of the heroine getting taken and trapped in the Elf land place, and her trying to get out, I just felt like something more should have happened to contribute to the plot. Most of the book she is literally just reading or talking about journals, or talking to her wolf or one friend, with some short conversations between her and the hero in which every single convo they have he cuts short and walks out on her and I'm just like AGAIN??🤦 But meanwhile, she hardly gains any new information, then all of a sudden at the end there is a small fight, she figures out the answers, and I guess that was literally the climax. So, very anticlimactic. Overall, the pacing was a bit slow, it wasn't angsty in any way, BUT it was also never boring to me and I finished this book in a day which I haven't done in a LONG time. So while I did enjoy it a lot, I just wish it could have been a bit better. I am really excited she is writing another book in this world though and can't wait for it! *ARC Provided In Exchange For A Honest Review*

  14. 4 out of 5

    myo (myonna reads)

    i really loved the characters and the world. i found so many quotes that i liked and i thought the magic system was pretty as well. there wasn’t much of a plot though, so naturally i was bored. maybe one day when i reread it i’ll enjoy it more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cait (Caitsbooks)

    Thank you so much to the author for sending me an ARC! This book was just pure fun. It has all of the tropes I love, with Hades & Persephone vibes, and even a hint of Beauty and the Beast. The world was fascinating, and I'm really excited to see more of it in later books (technically this is a standalone, but we'll be getting other books in this world with different characters!). The world includes almost every major type of magical creature you would want to see, and while we only got to touch o Thank you so much to the author for sending me an ARC! This book was just pure fun. It has all of the tropes I love, with Hades & Persephone vibes, and even a hint of Beauty and the Beast. The world was fascinating, and I'm really excited to see more of it in later books (technically this is a standalone, but we'll be getting other books in this world with different characters!). The world includes almost every major type of magical creature you would want to see, and while we only got to touch on a small part of it, I really liked Elise Kova's versions of these creatures and can't wait to see the rest! Our two main characters (Luella and Eldas) are interesting and well-developed. I especially loved Luella as a character. I feel like there's a certain type of heroine we've come to expect from these types of books, but she surprised me constantly and I admired her dedication and strength. While A Deal with the Elf King isn't perfect- there were some sections where there wasn't much going on in the plot, and I feel like some of the side characters could use more depth-, I still couldn't break myself away from it. It was exactly the lighthearted fantasy romance I needed, and helped break me from a months-long reading slump!

  16. 4 out of 5

    ✩ Yaz ✩

    3.5 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 "You are my antithesis, Luella. You are the queen of life." "And you are the king of death", I whisper, staring up into his frozen eyes. A Deal with the Elf King is a standalone fantasy romance and a reminiscent of the tales of Beauty & the Beast and Hades and Persephone. It's enchanting in the way that truly feels like a fairytale. To add the cherry on top, it builds around a few favorite tropes: Arranged Marriage, Enemies-to-Lovers, Slow-burn Romance. Nineteen year old Luella is a herb 3.5 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 "You are my antithesis, Luella. You are the queen of life." "And you are the king of death", I whisper, staring up into his frozen eyes. A Deal with the Elf King is a standalone fantasy romance and a reminiscent of the tales of Beauty & the Beast and Hades and Persephone. It's enchanting in the way that truly feels like a fairytale. To add the cherry on top, it builds around a few favorite tropes: Arranged Marriage, Enemies-to-Lovers, Slow-burn Romance. Nineteen year old Luella is a herbalist focused on maintaining her hard-earned independence and being at service as a herbalist/healer to the people of Capton whom supported her financially when he parents couldn't to complete her studies of Herbology. She is an accomplished young woman yet little did she know that magic lingered in her blood and that magic determined her fate: to become the bride of the Elf King. For three thousand years due to an ancient treaty, a young woman from Luella's village is taken to become the Human Queen of the Elves and to honor the treaty. Every 100 years, Capton carries the burden of finding the Elven King's bride among their own, any girl or woman displaying any hint of Magic and usually it is only one among them. The Human Queen, usually identifies when she is 16 or 17, is taken under the wing of the Keepers of the Fade and studied at the Temple for two years; She is groomed to become the Elven King's wife, she is fed exotic food from beyond the Fade, she is taught the Elvish ways, and studies the secret knowledge the Keepers protect. However, Capton has still not found their Human Queen yet and given a one year chance of finding the Elven King's Bride. A year passed and the townsfolk grow agitated as the land around them loses its essence. The day the townsfolk were dreading came when the Elven King himself appeared in their village to take matters into his own hands and find his Bride. Luella is thrust into a loveless marriage, a Kingdom on the brink of death while carrying the burden of saving both worlds of mankind and wild magic. The premise made it feel like someone cast an enchantment on me because I've been counting the days until I had this book in my hands. The cover of the book is gorgeous and eye-catching. I'm a devourer of fairytale-like and enemies-to-lovers kind of romances and this one seemed like it had everything I was looking for... not exactly. I was very impressed with the enchanting world-building and it's what I consider to be the backbone of the book. It's the element that made this book feel magical and vivid. There are three worlds: the Natural World, the Beyond and Midscape. Each world is seperated by the Veil and the Veil between the Natural world where humans dwell and Midscape, the dwelling of the Elves, the Fae, the Vampir and the Mer is fading. The history of the world is explained in-detail although there was a little info-dump here and there but I did not mind it much because I enjoyed learning more of it. Most of the story's events take place in Quinnar, the City of the Elves, and it's the city within the Elven Kingdom known as Lafaire. What I found peculiar is that the Elves are not immortal but in fact have the same life spans as the people of Capton. The people of Capton live longer than other mortals because their land is nurtured by magic as a benefit of being located close to the Veil that seperates them from Midscape. It's clear that the author put great effort and detail into building the world's setting intricately although this book is a standalone but I'm glad there will be more books set within the same universe. I was intrigued by Elven Magic especially when it came to what they call The Knowing. The Knowing is a magical ability exclusive to Elves and it's when an Elf finds a true name by magic sight. Holding someone's true name gives them the ability to compel them. The role of the Human-Queen is so fascinating given that she sort of considered a sacrificial lamb from the village of Capton, but she is the carrier of great magic that nurtures and nourishes the world. "The Human Queen is our link to the Natural World and the redwood throne is her link to the foundations of Midscape. The magic flows through her, and from her, to nurture the earth and give it life. This connection is something that must be nurtured. You don't sit once and that's all." You may be surprised that this review is detailed yet I've given the book a rating of 3.5⭐️, did I not enjoy it? I did enjoy parts of the book especially the world-building but I still try to summarize in points the issues I had with it. • I liked Luella but often times her actions left me confused, she could be thinking of something but doing the exact opposite. However, I liked her strength and found myself rooting for her. • the Elven King Eldas I found to be bland except when he eventually becomes more romantic. Being the so-called King of Death and has shadows looming around him, I did not feel that much intimidated. He is your typical broody dark male but I did not like his characterization all that much. He did not stand out for me. But I really really started to like him when I read the Bonus Chapter which features his POV. • The progression of the story was unsatisfying midway. There was little going on aside from the drama circling between Luella and Eldas. We were mostly stuck in the palace and found myself bored most of the time. The book started out great and had a satisfying happily ever after ending (the bonus scene makes it even better if you sign up for Kova's newsletter). The midsection was the most underwhelming part of the story. • I found myself frustrated with how slow the romance progressed. It's a stand-alone so I expect to have a few swoon-worthy moments before the love cultivates, but the good bits did not come until halfway through the book and even then it felt like Kova was not being generous with it. Aside from the issues I had, this still makes for a good read especially if you're looking for a light fantasy romance after finishing a series or a heavy book. Kova's writing has an easy flow that helps you dive right in the book. P.s. remember to read the free Bonus Chapter if you finished the book it's so heartwarming and makes the ending even better. You can find it on Elise Kova's website and I think you have to sign up for her Newsletter. I'm looking forward to the second standalone book within the same universe of Married to Magic. It's gonna be the Fae's turn now with A Dance with the Fae Rogue.

  17. 5 out of 5

    alana ♡

    Rating: 2.5 stars This most definitely did not live up to my expectations. If you're looking for a relatively simple standalone fantasy novel then this will probably work better for you than it did for me. But I spent majority of this book disappointed over the massive amount of potential it had and failed to deliver. Rating: 2.5 stars This most definitely did not live up to my expectations. If you're looking for a relatively simple standalone fantasy novel then this will probably work better for you than it did for me. But I spent majority of this book disappointed over the massive amount of potential it had and failed to deliver.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Naia Pard

    Is it me? Should I stop reading fantasy YA? What is with this insipid trend that may or may not have started with the ACOTAR series? There is this whole stack of books that are playing the Persephone card by using fae folklore. I would not mind this trend at all if it wouldn`t be so forced. Many authors that do not seem that keen on expanding and exploring such an universe seem to force themselves into writing it. This book was the same as the others. Maybe that is why I chose it as my next rea Is it me? Should I stop reading fantasy YA? What is with this insipid trend that may or may not have started with the ACOTAR series? There is this whole stack of books that are playing the Persephone card by using fae folklore. I would not mind this trend at all if it wouldn`t be so forced. Many authors that do not seem that keen on expanding and exploring such an universe seem to force themselves into writing it. This book was the same as the others. Maybe that is why I chose it as my next read in the first place. But it was so bad. The beginning it was well enough constructed—nothing unexpected, pretty on the nose all that was happening there, but at least we were having some plot and some sense-- something that did not happen for the last part of the book—which was so so so bad---maybe I say this because it was boring or because the characters were two dimensional (they had no description to make them particular, they were simply there, but whiteout a drive of their own--FIY being there just in name only, does not make them a good character). And the name! I disliked her name so much. It is hard to pronounce. It seems pointless. It seems obnoxious. Why? I wanted more world building. There is little—there is something, but not enough. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Maybe it`s me. Instagram\\my Blog\\

  19. 4 out of 5

    ☆ Anneli ☆

    A Deal with the Elf King ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was so fun to read, and I am so sad its over. The world building intrigued me, and the slow-burn romance is everything I wanted! I can't say no to the married trope and the line; "There's only one bed". I wish the other book in this series was out so I could sit and read all day... A Deal with the Elf King ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was so fun to read, and I am so sad its over. The world building intrigued me, and the slow-burn romance is everything I wanted! I can't say no to the married trope and the line; "There's only one bed". I wish the other book in this series was out so I could sit and read all day...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

    <3 4-4,5 STARS <3 I really enjoyed this one, it was fast paced and captivating!Can you imagine this is my first book from Elise Kova??This was fantastic it has fantasy and a great romance! Luella is a strong heroine, I loved her! Eldas stole my heart, he is so swoonworthy, sigh!I loved him and I liked how amazing he was!I loved the world built up. I'm definitely going to read more books from this author!      <3 4-4,5 STARS <3 I really enjoyed this one, it was fast paced and captivating!Can you imagine this is my first book from Elise Kova??This was fantastic it has fantasy and a great romance! Luella is a strong heroine, I loved her! Eldas stole my heart, he is so swoonworthy, sigh!I loved him and I liked how amazing he was!I loved the world built up. I'm definitely going to read more books from this author!     

  21. 4 out of 5

    Apoorva

    Like, I said- there's added credit for the cover, but the story was good too! RTC! Even if the book ends up being mediocre, I might give it extra 0.5 stars for that beautiful cover. Like, I said- there's added credit for the cover, but the story was good too! RTC! Even if the book ends up being mediocre, I might give it extra 0.5 stars for that beautiful cover.

  22. 4 out of 5

    human

    (3.5/5) (view spoiler)[FRICK YOU REVIEWING SLUMP. I DO WHAT I WANT AND YOU CAN'T CHANGE THAT. NOW GO AWAY, RIGHT NOW. BEFORE I START THE SATANIC RITUAL TO END YOU AND QUITE POSSIBLY MYSELF IN THE PROCESS. (hide spoiler)] Ahem. *attempts to compose self* jk that's not possible (Don't click the above spoiler tag. It's for your own sanity.) (No, I'm not The Doctor, but trust me anyway on this one.) Unrelated, but this book gave me An Enchantment of Ravens vibes, but less insta-love-y. And I guess I like (3.5/5) (view spoiler)[FRICK YOU REVIEWING SLUMP. I DO WHAT I WANT AND YOU CAN'T CHANGE THAT. NOW GO AWAY, RIGHT NOW. BEFORE I START THE SATANIC RITUAL TO END YOU AND QUITE POSSIBLY MYSELF IN THE PROCESS. (hide spoiler)] Ahem. *attempts to compose self* jk that's not possible (Don't click the above spoiler tag. It's for your own sanity.) (No, I'm not The Doctor, but trust me anyway on this one.) Unrelated, but this book gave me An Enchantment of Ravens vibes, but less insta-love-y. And I guess I liked that? Honestly, I went into this with zero expectations other than 'ooh, pretty cover!', which probably had something to do with how much I enjoyed this book. I know that some Elise Kova fans were disappointed with this one, but seeing as to how I had no previous experience to base expectations on, I was pleasantly surprised with this. This was, by no means, a, holistically speaking, good book. There isn't exactly any character development, and the world-building could definitely have been better. Along with the magic system. So, basically, everything that could make this a good fantasy. So why did I give it such a high rating? Because I'm nice like that it was fun! I'm starting to realize that I should have reviewed this book sooner. Only because the '''plot''' and general world-building were so lackadaisical and underdeveloped that I don't even remember them enough to be able to properly review them. That being said, the romance itself was actually pretty enjoyable. Probably because it was the only thing of any real substance in the book. It was still cute though. And I'm a bit of a hopeless romantic. So yeah! Fun, but also kinda 'meh'.

  23. 5 out of 5

    ~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader

    It was an ok read. I was expecting to love it but it fell flat for me. I just didn’t feel the chemistry between Eldas and Luella and don’t truly believe they are soulmates. Also this book kinda dragged for me so I skimmed through some parts that were repetitive and a little boring.

  24. 5 out of 5

    nivedha

    2020 does not deserve a cover as beautiful as this <3

  25. 4 out of 5

    rachaelreadwhat

    ACOTAR!? Laura Thalassa recommends!? My curiosity is piqued. I need more information!!! OMG. UPDATE. THERE’S A COVER AND A BLURB 😍 ACOTAR!? Laura Thalassa recommends!? My curiosity is piqued. I need more information!!! OMG. UPDATE. THERE’S A COVER AND A BLURB 😍

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    This did have hades and Persephone vibe which initially appealed but it wasn’t really my thing. There was nothing wrong with the writing itself but this was just Ok for me really and at times was a tad tedious. Luella is the human queen a tool to keep the seasons turning beyond the fade but this reality has been hidden from her through no fault of her own. The Elf king Eldas is her intended betrothed both of them bound by a duty neither actually wants. She is life he is death and together they are m This did have hades and Persephone vibe which initially appealed but it wasn’t really my thing. There was nothing wrong with the writing itself but this was just Ok for me really and at times was a tad tedious. Luella is the human queen a tool to keep the seasons turning beyond the fade but this reality has been hidden from her through no fault of her own. The Elf king Eldas is her intended betrothed both of them bound by a duty neither actually wants. She is life he is death and together they are meant to provide a sense of balance. But Luella well to me seems a bit fickle she very swiftly turned on her best friend the person she professed to feel love for when she realises that he has been shielding her putting the fate of there two worlds in jeopardy. Then instead of embracing that destiny she fights against it constantly even trying to escape it which is a bit hypocritical. She professes to feel a sense of duty but that doesn’t extend to her new reality only to her past life. Is seems she only wants a duty that she has decided on rather than her destiny that’s not really duty, You can’t pick and choose it’s not either-or that’s not how duty and destiny work. It’s meant to be a selfless act and Luella makes it all about her, her wants and feelings are the most important thing. She’s is of course allowed to feel dissatisfied but don’t cover that up and proclaim it to be more than that own it for what it is. There is also very little chemistry between Luella and the Elf king Eldas and I didn’t find him that interesting either. In fact, he’s not a very charismatic character and initially comes across as quite arrogant he constantly dismisses his new wife’s concerns and suspicions and originally sees her as lesser. He wants to show strength and a united front but doesn’t seem to get that his own attitude towards her will convey the exact opposite of this. Also, his mood swings originally gave me whiplash and it was like he had a split personality. He initially comes across as awkward and it’s quite apparent his isolated upbringing has contributed to his outward persona and own self-importance he thinks that the only thing he is or has to offer is his crown and power and he holds himself aloft and separate from those he considers beneath him, his kingdom is his armour against others. Then instead of morphing into something better he then came across as a bit of a wet lettuce not dark and mysterious as I think the author intended. I didn’t dislike him but he was just nice and I was hoping for something more than that from him. I do think Luella takes advantage of his affection in the second half of this book. She did come across as a tad selfish in her wants and no matter what she said I didn’t believe she was doing it for her new people I fully believed that it was mostly for her own goals and self-gain. I also think the world-building itself could have been better it was there but was nothing elaborate with not enough visual descriptions to capture what should have been a magical new world. The concept here was imaginative but the execution not so much. I struggled to feel any deeper connection amongst the main characters. It was also very tame in terms of heat which isn’t always a requirement with me but there was just no passion here and very little romance. Such a shame as I was looking forward to this one but unfortunately it wasn’t really my cup of tea. Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/ www.beckiebookworm.com

  27. 5 out of 5

    bee ❤︎

    four point five stars ❤︎ this was everything i hoped it would be ✨ describing it as ‘beauty and the beast’ meets ‘hades and persephone’ hits the nail on the head; i definitely got vibes for both throughout this novel. i absolutely adored luella and her botanical powers. i’m so glad i finally got to pick this up, and i am interested to see what the next novel holds 👀

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Loved this charming, sexy, magical creative-retelling of the Hades/Persephone myth. Internet friends have been prodding me for months to read Elise Kova books and I'm so glad I gave in an ordered this little escapist gem (a standalone fantasy romance that was such a delightful, breezy read). Severe Elf-King Eldas makes for a sexily broody male love interest and plucky Luella, a magical herbal-healer, is a great foil for him when she's thrust into the role of his Human Queen and swept from her ho Loved this charming, sexy, magical creative-retelling of the Hades/Persephone myth. Internet friends have been prodding me for months to read Elise Kova books and I'm so glad I gave in an ordered this little escapist gem (a standalone fantasy romance that was such a delightful, breezy read). Severe Elf-King Eldas makes for a sexily broody male love interest and plucky Luella, a magical herbal-healer, is a great foil for him when she's thrust into the role of his Human Queen and swept from her home to the intimidating and wintry Elfin kingdom. Loved the fun, cheeky dialogue and the likeable side characters, Willow being a favorite, as well as the rich details (especially the enchanting Queen's Cottage) and the supernatural wolf who bonds to Luella. And, as icing on the cake, there's a sexy, upbeat bonus scene on Elisa Kova's website with a glimpse into the couple's future (and a hook into the next standalone romance that she's penning in this world). Thanks for the really wonderful pandemic escape, Elise Kova. And now I'm off to start AIR AWAKENS - thrilled to find a new favorite author. Highly recommended.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    The fact that this author and churn out so many full length, quality books in such a short amount of time amazes me. I can’t wait to start this one soon.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paige ♠

    I was really torn between a 3 and 4-star review so I'm going to go with a 3.5 Because this is a standalone, it didn't feel as "epic" as most high fantasy novels. There wasn't a "big bad guy" and there wasn't a crazy plot twist/cliffhanger at the end. Instead, it was a very easy and straightforward read with a HEA ending. This isn't necessarily a good or bad thing, I just think it's good to set your expectations before you read. CONS 🙎‍♀️ ⇢ I reallyy tried, but I just couldn't connect with Luella as I was really torn between a 3 and 4-star review so I'm going to go with a 3.5 Because this is a standalone, it didn't feel as "epic" as most high fantasy novels. There wasn't a "big bad guy" and there wasn't a crazy plot twist/cliffhanger at the end. Instead, it was a very easy and straightforward read with a HEA ending. This isn't necessarily a good or bad thing, I just think it's good to set your expectations before you read. CONS 🙎‍♀️ ⇢ I reallyy tried, but I just couldn't connect with Luella as much as I wanted to. It's hard to explain... even though the book was written in the first person, to me, it almost felt like I was reading it in the third person. Idk. 💬 ⇢ Neither Luella nor Eldas were willing to admit their feelings for each other, which resulted in a lot of drama near the end NEUTRAL ❤️ ⇢ The romance. The steam level was enjoyable. The slow burn was enjoyable. But overall, the romance didn't make me "feel" anything. Like... if there was not a HEA ending, I don't think I would have been too devastated PROS 🏰 ⇢ I enjoyed the world-building and the concept of "Human Queens" very much. The world of Midscape was a big mystery at first, but throughout the novel, we slowly learned more about the world and unravel the mystery behind the seasons 💪 ⇢ My favorite thing about Luella is her drive. I love how she wasn't willing to just accept a shitty situation like so many other fantasy heroines. Instead, she took matters into her own hands and actually tried to fix the problem. This was AWESOME to read! Overall, I would recommend this if you're looking for a light/easy read and I am looking forward to the other standalone novels in this series.

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