A Deal with the Elf King

A Deal with the Elf King

A Deal with the Elf King

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“A Deal with the Elf King” by Elise Kova is a captivating, stand-alone entry in the “Married to Magic” series that effortlessly blends elements of fantasy and romance. Drawing inspiration from classic tales of Hades and Persephone and Beauty and the Beast, Kova crafts a familiar and refreshingly original story.

Elise Kova’s novel is a delightful dive into a magical world filled with romance, fluff, and enchantment that captivated me from start to finish! This book offers a creative spin on the Hades and Persephone myth, substituting gods with elves, and it stands out as one of the most engaging retellings I’ve encountered. It wonderfully executes the enemies-to-lovers trope—a timeless favorite—balancing steamy moments with a robust storyline that keeps the pages turning.


I was thoroughly impressed by the author’s character development and world-building skills within the confines of a single novel. It’s a rare treat to find a story that feels both expansive and complete, leaving me wholly satisfied by its conclusion.

The novel introduces readers to Luella, a nineteen-year-old who has devoted her life to herbology and healing in her small village. Unlike many young women in her village who view being chosen by the elves as a death sentence, Luella finds solace in her work and the life she has built. However, her world is turned upside down when the Elf King arrives, revealing that everything Luella thought she knew about herself and her destiny was a lie.

Forced to become the new Human Queen in a land filled with wild magic and untold dangers, Luella embarks on self-discovery and empowerment. The land of Midscape, with its enchanting beauty and inherent peril, serves as a stunning backdrop to Luella’s evolution from a village healer to a queen with the power to save a dying world.

The Elf King, a character of complexity and allure, is cold and irresistibly charming. His relationship with Luella evolves from obligation and convenience to a deep, passionate connection that neither anticipated. Their slow-burn romance highlights the novel, offering readers a perfect mix of tension, tenderness, and eventual satisfaction.

Kova’s masterful world-building creates a vivid and immersive magical realm that captivates the imagination. The intricate politics of Midscape, the rich lore surrounding the elves and their traditions, and the exploration of wild magic all contribute to a richly woven tapestry that serves as the perfect setting for Luella and the Elf King’s story.

“A Deal with the Elf King” is more than just a fantasy romance; it is a tale of growth, sacrifice, and the enduring power of love. Kova balances the steamy and swoon-worthy moments with genuine character development and a compelling plot that keeps readers engaged from start to finish.

The novel’s conclusion, while offering a satisfying “happily ever after,” also leaves readers pondering the themes of home, belonging, and the choices that define us. It is a testament to Kova’s skill as a storyteller that the novel resonates long after the final page is turned.

A minor point of contention for me, which might border on spoiler territory (though I’ll keep it vague), concerns a particular decision by a character towards the novel’s end. This moment, while seemingly intended as a plot catalyst, felt slightly unnecessary, given the high stakes. However, this hiccup didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment and the rush towards the inevitable ‘happily ever after’—a conclusion I found both fitting and gratifying despite my earlier frustration.

For fans of romance cinema and those who dabble in light fantasy literature, “A Deal with the Elf King” offers a perfect marriage of the two genres. It’s a heartwarming, engaging read that I highly recommend to anyone looking to escape into a world of love and magic.

A Deal with the Elf King” is a must-read for those who crave fantasy romances rich in magic, mystery, and heartfelt emotion. Elise Kova has delivered a stand-alone masterpiece that promises to be a beloved addition to any fantasy lover’s collection.


A Deal with the Elf King

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.