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To save the Goblin King, she must risk her life on a journey to the ends of the faerie realm... Freya couldn't have known she would destroy the entire faerie court by beating the Goblin King. All she wanted was her sister back, not to imprison the king. But with her sister refusing to return home, Freya is left trapped in her own mess. She has to fix what she broke or the f To save the Goblin King, she must risk her life on a journey to the ends of the faerie realm... Freya couldn't have known she would destroy the entire faerie court by beating the Goblin King. All she wanted was her sister back, not to imprison the king. But with her sister refusing to return home, Freya is left trapped in her own mess. She has to fix what she broke or the faerie realm will get infinitely more dangerous. Bring the Goblin King back. Save the people she harmed. And do her best to avoid the temptation of falling into the Goblin King's arms. Considering the Goblin King is locked away in a magical prison, at least one of her goals may be impossible to achieve... ...unless she's willing to go through hardships unnumbered. Fans of Sarah J. Maas and the Labyrinth will be left guessing at every turn! Freya already beat the Goblin King. But can she defeat the Goblin Queen?


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To save the Goblin King, she must risk her life on a journey to the ends of the faerie realm... Freya couldn't have known she would destroy the entire faerie court by beating the Goblin King. All she wanted was her sister back, not to imprison the king. But with her sister refusing to return home, Freya is left trapped in her own mess. She has to fix what she broke or the f To save the Goblin King, she must risk her life on a journey to the ends of the faerie realm... Freya couldn't have known she would destroy the entire faerie court by beating the Goblin King. All she wanted was her sister back, not to imprison the king. But with her sister refusing to return home, Freya is left trapped in her own mess. She has to fix what she broke or the faerie realm will get infinitely more dangerous. Bring the Goblin King back. Save the people she harmed. And do her best to avoid the temptation of falling into the Goblin King's arms. Considering the Goblin King is locked away in a magical prison, at least one of her goals may be impossible to achieve... ...unless she's willing to go through hardships unnumbered. Fans of Sarah J. Maas and the Labyrinth will be left guessing at every turn! Freya already beat the Goblin King. But can she defeat the Goblin Queen?

30 review for Of Shadows and Elves

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    The unexciting middle book. At least this tale was a lot less confusing. Yes, I'll be reading the final book too; such is my burden. If it didn't have a Goblin King involved, I would've given up after the first book - especially with all the "it's" instead of "its," and "who's" instead of "whose." Few things will break the momentum easier than an incorrect apostrophe. The unexciting middle book. At least this tale was a lot less confusing. Yes, I'll be reading the final book too; such is my burden. If it didn't have a Goblin King involved, I would've given up after the first book - especially with all the "it's" instead of "its," and "who's" instead of "whose." Few things will break the momentum easier than an incorrect apostrophe.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    4.5 Stars I am so invested in this series and all the adventures "the hero of this story" must go through. I love the world and the different courts along with the slow building romance. And what exactly is our hero if not mortal? 4.5 Stars I am so invested in this series and all the adventures "the hero of this story" must go through. I love the world and the different courts along with the slow building romance. And what exactly is our hero if not mortal?

  3. 4 out of 5

    ❀ Crystal ✿ - PEACE ☮ LOVE ♥ BOOKS

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Guess I’m in the minority because I didn’t enjoy this book as much as book one. To me it felt like the same story only flip flopped to defeat the Evil Queen instead. This time however the heroine is working with the Goblin King rather than against him. The tension and tricks were high between the MCs in book one and honestly this still felt like a tease. He’s able to visit in her mind but actual time spent between them in the book (especially without lingering issues in the way), is very minimal Guess I’m in the minority because I didn’t enjoy this book as much as book one. To me it felt like the same story only flip flopped to defeat the Evil Queen instead. This time however the heroine is working with the Goblin King rather than against him. The tension and tricks were high between the MCs in book one and honestly this still felt like a tease. He’s able to visit in her mind but actual time spent between them in the book (especially without lingering issues in the way), is very minimal and they mostly just spend it making out. I just didn’t feel a lot of chemistry between the two. And if I’m being honest the descriptions of the hero with the billowing white shirt, dark hair and black pants reminds me of old paperback romance covers and it’s hard to take him seriously lol. Personally I also wasn’t shocked at the revelation of Freya and her sister being magical or that their mother is still alive. Honestly given the way the book ended I feel like the only thread left hanging is her mother being alive. Everything else wrapped up the story where one could reasonably stop here happily. I guess I was more shocked at the start because for whatever reason I assumed having defeated the King, Freya would have been the new Queen, especially given her magical abilities. I did not expect an evil Queen who’d grown up with the King like family. All the Queens behavior is based on the fact that he didn’t return her feelings. Actually sounds like the kind of evil tantrum Freya’s sister Esther would make. I still didn’t like the girl in this one, she’s still pretty bratty and selfish if you ask me. Shout out to the best part of the book though, which was the stone giant who doled out relationship advice. It was a good read. Shall see if I feel like reading the last book when it releases next month 🤔🤔

  4. 5 out of 5

    Topastro

    I have decided that Emma Hamm is my slow burn soul mate. After devouring the first book I was counting down the days until this was released and I was not disappointed. The relationship build and tender moments between Freya and Eldridge is done to perfection, nothing felt forced or rushed. What truly shines though is Freya, she is tough but compassionate. As a heroine she comes across authentic when many heroines in the fantasy romance genre are a copy and paste version of a cliché. The ending w I have decided that Emma Hamm is my slow burn soul mate. After devouring the first book I was counting down the days until this was released and I was not disappointed. The relationship build and tender moments between Freya and Eldridge is done to perfection, nothing felt forced or rushed. What truly shines though is Freya, she is tough but compassionate. As a heroine she comes across authentic when many heroines in the fantasy romance genre are a copy and paste version of a cliché. The ending was a little rushed and the defeat of the Goblin Queen a bit too nice and tidy but not enough to take away from the book. I think this author and this series are hidden gems that I can't get enough of! Bring on book 3!! Side note - these covers are amazing! I giggled when I realized Eldridge loses clothing as the series goes on.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Marks

    Things you should know before reading this: 1. There are no elves in this book. 2. It's not very good. 3. The writing is overly simplistic. 4. I finished the damned thing anyway because I stan sexy goblin kings and I'm obsessed with Labyrinth, one of the greatest movies ever made (I will die on this hill, so don't fight me on this). 5. I am reading the next one purely because I need to see if Freya and the Goblin King do ittttttt. 6. I'm a sick fuck (see above). Things you should know before reading this: 1. There are no elves in this book. 2. It's not very good. 3. The writing is overly simplistic. 4. I finished the damned thing anyway because I stan sexy goblin kings and I'm obsessed with Labyrinth, one of the greatest movies ever made (I will die on this hill, so don't fight me on this). 5. I am reading the next one purely because I need to see if Freya and the Goblin King do ittttttt. 6. I'm a sick fuck (see above).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    (ARC provided by Author Emma Hamm - There might be a slight spoiler of some scene but it is a mostly spoiler-free 🚨 review) That was one cold-steamy ride! Once are back in the Faerie Realm- we are in the Autumn Court (I think my favorite 😉 court) where we left Freya with her sister Esther, the Rat-Boy Goblin Lux (we now know his name) and Arrow (the best Goblin Dog going). With the realm starting to crumble because Eldridge our Goblin King has been defeated and is now imprisoned - by the Goblin Qu (ARC provided by Author Emma Hamm - There might be a slight spoiler of some scene but it is a mostly spoiler-free 🚨 review) That was one cold-steamy ride! Once are back in the Faerie Realm- we are in the Autumn Court (I think my favorite 😉 court) where we left Freya with her sister Esther, the Rat-Boy Goblin Lux (we now know his name) and Arrow (the best Goblin Dog going). With the realm starting to crumble because Eldridge our Goblin King has been defeated and is now imprisoned - by the Goblin Queen (all because Freya wanted to win and get her sister back - the Goblin King got himself imprisoned). Freya wanted to go home - but now she cant (one because her sister cant, and two cause she feels she has to clean up the mess she has started). Freya now must go to the Winter Court - and OMGP Emma Hamm did not disappoint with describing the cold (I froze reading about it) and what the world looks like now with the Goblin Queen awake and living in the Ice Palace. The way Emma Hamm described how the Goblin Queen can be cruel (🚨 SPOILER) and how she described little dancers and how they danced on the ice that ripped their skin and they danced with bleeding toes - my toes hurt reading it (END OF SPOILER 🚨) and not care for her subjects - that Freya can see that she would be just as cruel and non-feeling towards all the other Fae Realms that she knows what must be done, and to do it she needs to find the Goblin King. The moments of Freya and the Eldridge are once again I LOVED them they show how much he really cares for her, and her hardheadedness in how she was raised "Goblins are bad, they steal children away" in that she realizes that it was wrong and that having Goblins for friends are not as bad as she thought they would be. And, speaking of her upbringing and her parents - was there something to why her mom was like the way she was? Why she was sooo interested in the Fae? Why did her mom have those papers (in the chest her dad buried in the first book) in the first place? And, why does it seem like she might not be a normal.......😉 Could a Goblin King really love a peasant girl like her? And, could she return his love in the end? Can Freya do what she needs to do to save him from the mess (he actually created) and do what is necessary to win? I cannot wait to see what Emma Hamm has up her sleeves for Freya and Eldridge next (and how many more times is she going to save his butt - or is he going to save hers?)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe King

    In Of Shadows and Elves, Freya's story continues as tries to defeat the Goblin Queen and help repair the damage that she unintentionally unleashed on the Fae realm. The story continues after the events of book one with the same action, a touch of slow burn romance/tension and deeper character development. There are twists, turns and plenty of court intrigue and politics for our favorite heroine to navigate during her quest to defeat the Goblin Queen. Freya grows immensely throughout the book, le In Of Shadows and Elves, Freya's story continues as tries to defeat the Goblin Queen and help repair the damage that she unintentionally unleashed on the Fae realm. The story continues after the events of book one with the same action, a touch of slow burn romance/tension and deeper character development. There are twists, turns and plenty of court intrigue and politics for our favorite heroine to navigate during her quest to defeat the Goblin Queen. Freya grows immensely throughout the book, learning more about herself, trying to learn from her own mistakes and somehow rectify them. I am a huge fan of fantasy romance and I really dislike "insta-love". Freya and the Goblin King have the slowest of slow burn romance and its absolutely delicious. I found myself eagerly anticipating their interactions and hanging onto every tense romantic moment! Any fan of fantasy with a romantic subplot should absolutely read both Of Goblins and Gold and Of Shadows and Elves, they are amazing! I can't wait for the third book to find out how our wonderful adventure ends!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Emma Hamm has delivered yet again another magical and poetic fantasy story! Emma writes such emotionally and mentally badass heroines! Freya is delicate, stubborn, and strong-willed. I loved experiencing the journey of personal growth she went on to save the Goblin King she unintentionally dethroned! I am so pleased with how this story is evolving! The characters, the world, and the surprises just mix together to create the perfect storm!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tina Sy

    This story kinda felt like a mess. How exactly did the Goblin King fall in love with a mortal? How can a "Fae King and Queen" fall easily into a trap? I'm sensing a recurring theme... Feyra always need to be a hero in her story. Without being one, she can't find peace in her world. This story kinda felt like a mess. How exactly did the Goblin King fall in love with a mortal? How can a "Fae King and Queen" fall easily into a trap? I'm sensing a recurring theme... Feyra always need to be a hero in her story. Without being one, she can't find peace in her world.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Another one? I don't even need to read this i can just stare at the cover and i bet that would be way more entertaining than reading this SHIT. The review is gonna be on the cover: The girl in the cover looks downright model. i like her cheekbones, and the impossible shiny hair. Like have somewhat of her hair and from experience i know hair usually doesnt turn out that way. It turns frizzy no matter what. The guy. is absolute dipshit. Look at him, he has man tits, his face is literally vampire.com Another one? I don't even need to read this i can just stare at the cover and i bet that would be way more entertaining than reading this SHIT. The review is gonna be on the cover: The girl in the cover looks downright model. i like her cheekbones, and the impossible shiny hair. Like have somewhat of her hair and from experience i know hair usually doesnt turn out that way. It turns frizzy no matter what. The guy. is absolute dipshit. Look at him, he has man tits, his face is literally vampire.com and all hes missing is the teeth and a cape. also can i mention, something about him just isnt attractive? i remember from the last book she went like "super high cheekbones, cute pale skin, midnight hair, super sex bro's" no.. not really.. oh also he looks possessed. guys please do not rate this book a 3 or up because it just doesn't deserve it. i can tell. im judging it by its cover.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    3.5 stars - While I'm enjoying the world and story, I still do not get the romance at all. No feels in book 1 or book 2 for me. This is surprising, because I loooooved Emma Hamm's Heart of the Fae and Veins of Magic (so so good!) and thought the romance in that was great. In this series so far... I have seen no chemistry between the characters - no swoon-worthy moments, no fun banter, nothing. It has a fun concept, some fun characters, and entertaining world-building. These things make it somewh 3.5 stars - While I'm enjoying the world and story, I still do not get the romance at all. No feels in book 1 or book 2 for me. This is surprising, because I loooooved Emma Hamm's Heart of the Fae and Veins of Magic (so so good!) and thought the romance in that was great. In this series so far... I have seen no chemistry between the characters - no swoon-worthy moments, no fun banter, nothing. It has a fun concept, some fun characters, and entertaining world-building. These things make it somewhat enjoyable, but I am struggling with the lack of romance. I'll probably read book 3, but I'm in no rush to do so.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ruman

    I preferred Of Goblins and Gold to Of Shadows and Elves. The whole book fell flat to me. I was no longer interested in the romance. Freya was no longer likeable. Esther was still the bane of my existence. The plot was not as interesting as before. I will likely not continue the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Meh. This seemed like an afterthought to the first novel. Short and rushed and without a well-thought-out plot.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tisha

    Sadly not as fun as the first book. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with the third one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I first meet Freya In Of Goblins and Gold as she sets off to save her sister, from goblins and in the process figures somethings out about herself and begins to grow as a person. Well, Freya's adventure isn't over yet, she has to deal with the fallout from her actions, and now in Of Shadow and Elves, it's up to Freya to save the infamous Goblin King. Once again Freya finds herself in a deadly game with the fae royals and if she's gonna save the Goblin King she must first defeat the Goblin Queen. I first meet Freya In Of Goblins and Gold as she sets off to save her sister, from goblins and in the process figures somethings out about herself and begins to grow as a person. Well, Freya's adventure isn't over yet, she has to deal with the fallout from her actions, and now in Of Shadow and Elves, it's up to Freya to save the infamous Goblin King. Once again Freya finds herself in a deadly game with the fae royals and if she's gonna save the Goblin King she must first defeat the Goblin Queen. Freya has grown so much from the first book, she started off so prejudice and hateful of the goblins due to her upbringing but after all who she has met, all that she went through and seen for herself she started to realize that her hate is unjustified and she continues to work on that old hatred in this book. Freya is actively trying to overcome her old way of thinking and I like that it is shown that she actively has to put effort into it and that she has to make a conscious thought to change. Also, I love how Freya still doesn't let her limitations mess with her confidence, when she puts her mind to something she is gonna try her darndest to achieve it. Especially since it's really a battle of wits and Freya has enough thought and trickery up her sleeve to handle the fae, she holds her own even if she has a harder time doing it. However Freya is still not doing it alone, she has Eldridge, the Goblin King, to help her as usual. These two make such a good couple and the banter between them is adorable. I didn't know what to make of Eldridge in the first book but then I started to fall for him, the way he makes Freya feel, supports and challenger, the swagger he has about him, and he shows his feelings even more in this one that really pulled at the heartstrings but then he had to go and ruin it. There were a couple of things that happened that I didn't approve of, one is a personality trait that can be looked over (maybe) the other thing is underhanded but Emma never elaborated on it so I don't know if what I think happened is what actually happened, only time will tell. Let's talk about Lumi, the Goblin Queen. Chick is evil. She is a strong female character who has power and has abused that power but I will admit that she didn't just take the easy way out and use her powers, she used her brains as well. She didn't rely on her magical power she planned things out, thought of other aspects, and executed them. While I don't like her I have to give her credit for being diabolical. She is the perfect example of a complex character, with her background, and current factors, things aren't clear, people (even fae people) aren't black and white, they are shades of grey and Lumi might be a good example of that. I have come across very few writers who write like Emma Hamm. She has this way of writing a story that has such a fairytale quality and it just draws me in and holds my interest. I love the fact that Freya has to go on a quest to get items, has to go through different faerie courts, and delves into the history of the fae, the past actions, politics and so much more. However, my favorite thing is that the human girl with no powers, that's not special goes on the adventure to save a magical king. Freya is the brave one, just using her wits to not only survive but save the ones she cares about and she doesn't use magic to help. That is not only a switch to the typical gender roles but it also has the refreshing idea that being human is enough to save the day. Of Shadows and Elves is the second book in the Of Goblin Kings series and it has left me with more questions than it gave answers but I loved every single minute of it. I have theories that are running around in my head and I hope I get to see if they play out in the next book, Of Pixies and Spells.

  16. 5 out of 5

    The Book Whisperers

    I very much enjoyed this second installment Emma Hamm’s Goblin King series. There were lots of twists and turns and labyrinthine intrigues. In book one of Emma Hamm's new series, we see Freya enter the Fae realm to rescue her sister from the Goblins. Freya meets the Goblin King and through a set of challenges she defeats him to win back her sister Esther. In book two 'Of Shadows and Elves' Freya realizes that her actions have dire consequences for the Fae realm. Now Freya seeks to fix what she h I very much enjoyed this second installment Emma Hamm’s Goblin King series. There were lots of twists and turns and labyrinthine intrigues. In book one of Emma Hamm's new series, we see Freya enter the Fae realm to rescue her sister from the Goblins. Freya meets the Goblin King and through a set of challenges she defeats him to win back her sister Esther. In book two 'Of Shadows and Elves' Freya realizes that her actions have dire consequences for the Fae realm. Now Freya seeks to fix what she has unwittingly broken and her guide along this path is none other than Arrow, everyone's favorite goblin dog! Freya and Arrow must travel to the Winter Court to try and speak to the Winter Queen. There's bad blood and then there's Fae bad blood and Freya must walk a line between what is true and what is misleading to repair the damage she has done. Freya is not the easiest character to like, she's a bit bigoted toward the Fae, untrusting of their intentions and motives, and she has damaged the relationships she has with her sister Esther and her friend Arrow. 'Of Shadows and Elves' takes us on a journey of Freya's own self-discovery while she navigates the emotional shadows of her own prejudices. She realizes early on that her words to Arrow at the end of book one were hurtful and untrue yet anytime she attempts to speak to Arrow on this he changes the subject. Likewise, when Freya’s prejudice has put a wedge between her relationship with her sister Esther and remains a roadblock to her relationship with the Goblin King. Freya's journey in book two is different than in book one. Freya tells us in her own words that this adventure is vastly different from her last one. She is no longer fighting for her sister's freedom she's trying to make up for the mistakes she's made. Freya cannot help but feel like she's being punished for doing what she was supposed to do in the first book, defeat the Goblin King. In ‘Of Shadows and Elves’ Freya must navigate the shadows of court intrigue, her own shadows, all while be guided and helped by the very real shadow of the Goblin King himself. The Winter Court is beautiful and ethereal. The Goblin Queen is as beautiful as she is terrifying, and her court reflects her. I was so enamored of Emma Hamm’s depictions of the Winter Court I found myself bookmarking and highlighting whole chapters and paragraphs. ‘Of Shadows and Elves’ is definitely a worthy follow up to ‘Of Goblins and Gold’. The pacing of the story and the character development kept me turning pages well into the night. I cannot wait for book three! I MUST know how this ends! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sacha-Renee

    Meh The series started on a promising, if unoriginal note, with Freya's quest to get back her younger sister who was kidnapped by the Fae. The world was cool and the Goblin King interesting and mysterious. But everything from the end of book 1 to book 2 feels so contrived. This should not be a series. Freya is a practical sort of girl, which feels very much at odds with her unwillingness to go off with the Goblin King at the end of book 1. Instead, she makes foolish decisions, and says cruel thin Meh The series started on a promising, if unoriginal note, with Freya's quest to get back her younger sister who was kidnapped by the Fae. The world was cool and the Goblin King interesting and mysterious. But everything from the end of book 1 to book 2 feels so contrived. This should not be a series. Freya is a practical sort of girl, which feels very much at odds with her unwillingness to go off with the Goblin King at the end of book 1. Instead, she makes foolish decisions, and says cruel things to her only friends and allies. I hate it when characters act, well, out of character, especially when it only serves to continue a story way past its natural ending. I'm also not sure if this is aimed at schoolchildren. On one hand it seems unlikely given the romance aspect, but the characterizations are so shallow, that it feels more fitting for preteens. They tell us over and over and over again how "horrible" and "evil" the Goblin Queen is. Less telling and more showing would have made for a better book. The simplistic 'goblin queen - evil, Freya -good' formula bored and irritated me. Especially given that Freya's reactions are often immature, prejudiced, offensive and even stupid. It would have been hard to believe that a 1,000 year old world weary powerful being would find an emotionally immature woman appealing, except that the Goblin King also shows none of the incredible wisdom one would expect from a man who rules over the entire fae world. We're told that he is a beloved King and a warrior, but never do we witness it. The one opportunity we're given to get a glimpse of the character and experiences of the man (near the end of book one when Freya finds his diary) is wasted. Instead of allowing us to read it from his perspective as Freya would have, we instead get a one paragraph synopsis from Freya, who is shocked to discover that the King of all realms cares about his people, and once had to make some hard decisions. Ugh! Disappointing! This is the end of the road for me. I can't bear to continue to book 3 or beyond.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    ❖︎Characters❖︎ The only new character in this installment was the Goblin Queen. I did enjoy her contrast to the Goblin King, who we learn is named Eldridge and her role as the antagonist. She was very much like any other Ice Queen in any other fairy/fae story, though their relationship was very different. While he considered her more of a sister for most of their lives, as they were raised as such, she had different feelings. I think she may have been more tame had they ruled together. A fun side ❖︎Characters❖︎ The only new character in this installment was the Goblin Queen. I did enjoy her contrast to the Goblin King, who we learn is named Eldridge and her role as the antagonist. She was very much like any other Ice Queen in any other fairy/fae story, though their relationship was very different. While he considered her more of a sister for most of their lives, as they were raised as such, she had different feelings. I think she may have been more tame had they ruled together. A fun side character was The Giant, who was wise, if not sort of pained. I think he was a good addition to the cast, but unfortunately, I don't see him reappearing. Rating: 👍︎ ❖︎Plot❖︎ This time Freya is saving the Goblin King himself rather than her sister. Honestly, I'm quite glad that Esther didn't trail along with her. She doesn't help much and really only serves to cause problems. Freya had to play along with the Goblin Queen for some time, which was tricky, though she really should have known she couldn't fool her altogether. After some scrambling, Freya finally finds Eldridge and love abounds. My favorite part was with the Giant and how he spoke to Freya almost as an equal. He helped her put things in perspective. Rating: 👌︎ ❖︎Setting❖︎ This is a different part of the Faery Lands, the Goblin Queen's court/Winter court. Much like the Queen herself, this is much the way I would have expected her court to be. Cold. Rating: 👌︎ ❖︎Overall Rating❖︎ 👌︎ ❖︎Quotes:❖︎ "She rolled her eyes, frustrated with life at this point." -- Same, Freya, same. "I'm trying to tell you I love you, you ridiculous woman." -- Well, that's romantic. ❖︎Hashtags❖︎ #book #books #booksofinsta #bookreview #kindle #kindleunlimited #free #freebook #freebooks #goblins #fae #faeries #elves #fairies #GoblinKing #readersofIG #readersofinsta #OfShadowsandElves

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carvanz

    Another magical adventure filled with not only dark danger and drama, but deep emotion on every level. Freya’s journey to set things right takes her deep into the heart of the Winter Kingdom. With magic all around her and the threat of darkness that looms over her from The Winter Queen, she has only her goblin companion, Arrow, and her own wits to get her by. Until a shadowy presence begins to accompany her. This was action packed as Freya deals with one questionable character after another. She Another magical adventure filled with not only dark danger and drama, but deep emotion on every level. Freya’s journey to set things right takes her deep into the heart of the Winter Kingdom. With magic all around her and the threat of darkness that looms over her from The Winter Queen, she has only her goblin companion, Arrow, and her own wits to get her by. Until a shadowy presence begins to accompany her. This was action packed as Freya deals with one questionable character after another. She never knew what the objectives of each creature were, which cranked up the angsty and drama for me. I loved that what was in her heart always played a pivotal role in how she ultimately solved the puzzles she faced. Freya and the Goblin King’s relationship grows deeper and their emotions heightened as they work together to defeat the Queen. There is still just a low simmer, but it was much more prevalent than it was in book one. With a story that is rich in magical locations, mystical creatures as well as magic plain and simple, I recommend this to anyone who enjoys the paranormal that is wrapped in all of the above. This is deep paranormal and it’s magical story will pull you in. Heroine POV Safe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; no sex (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

  20. 4 out of 5

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    A Goblin King and Goblin Queen, a mortal who is maybe something more, and the adventure of a lifetime... Freya is on another journey, this time to fix what she's broken and restore the Goblin King to the throne. When she bested him at his own game, she never realized it would leave the land of the fae destroyed, or put a monster on the throne. As she learns more about the Winter Princess - now turned Goblin Queen - she must decide if she's capable of seeing things through to the end. Does she hav A Goblin King and Goblin Queen, a mortal who is maybe something more, and the adventure of a lifetime... Freya is on another journey, this time to fix what she's broken and restore the Goblin King to the throne. When she bested him at his own game, she never realized it would leave the land of the fae destroyed, or put a monster on the throne. As she learns more about the Winter Princess - now turned Goblin Queen - she must decide if she's capable of seeing things through to the end. Does she have the courage to do what must be done? The story is full of intrigue, adventure, and romance...although the romance is definitely front and center. Freya's struggle to admit her feelings about the Goblin King takes up a bit of the story, but the main focus is on Freya herself, and whether or not she has what it takes to bring a happy ending to the tale. Can she free the fae or will she fail? If you're looking for an epic adventure with a heroine who is stronger than she realizes, a hero who will happily let the heroine save the day, and an abundance of magic, you can't go wrong with Of Shadows and Elves. But be warned, you may be somewhat lost if you don't first read book one - Of Goblins and Gold. It's my sincere hope there will be a third adventure for Freya, the Goblin King, and all the other wonderful characters we've met so far. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rohayna

    Ever do something and immediately regret it? Like overthrowing a monarch and then realizing they were a better option? Oops. We pick up pretty much right where we left off with Freya learning the truth about her bet with the Goblin King. Now, she has to figure out how to fix her mistakes and restore balance. Freya's journey this time is more introspective than physical as this time she's staying in the Winter Court more or less. She has a clear mission- rescue the Goblin King and restore his thr Ever do something and immediately regret it? Like overthrowing a monarch and then realizing they were a better option? Oops. We pick up pretty much right where we left off with Freya learning the truth about her bet with the Goblin King. Now, she has to figure out how to fix her mistakes and restore balance. Freya's journey this time is more introspective than physical as this time she's staying in the Winter Court more or less. She has a clear mission- rescue the Goblin King and restore his throne, but she has to figure out her reasons for doing so. Saving her sister made sense. Saving the Goblin King who was her enemy? Saving the Faerie community that she had disliked so much earlier? Why is she doing this? Is it for justice or is she opening herself up to learn more about the world and herself? We get some more romance which is great! I would dearly love to have even a chapter from Eldridge's point of view but it's nice to see Freya owning up to her feelings. Learning the answers to the questions ends up leading to some truths about herself. It also leads us to another question that I hope will be answered in the next book soon. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    What an enjoyable sequel to the first novel in the series! No one expected Freya to defeat the Goblin King, which would plunge the realm into chaos and bring forth a Goblin Queen, one with ties to the former Goblin King. The Goblin Queen is a cold as ice, with a desire to rule and punish those who displease or are of no longer any use to her. Freya needs to get the former goblin King on the throne and needs to travel into the heart of the Winter Court, but what she discovers has her at odds with What an enjoyable sequel to the first novel in the series! No one expected Freya to defeat the Goblin King, which would plunge the realm into chaos and bring forth a Goblin Queen, one with ties to the former Goblin King. The Goblin Queen is a cold as ice, with a desire to rule and punish those who displease or are of no longer any use to her. Freya needs to get the former goblin King on the throne and needs to travel into the heart of the Winter Court, but what she discovers has her at odds with herself. Freya keeps trying to tell herself the Goblin King is the villain in her story, but she can no longer deny the feelings that have been growing for him. But the Goblin King has his own secrets and what occurred in the past will force Freya to make a difficult decision on how to remove the Goblin Queen. Freya is a determined and compassionate woman, and her humanity makes her stronger. But the faeries know how to manipulate and play the long game. Freya will have to use all her wits if she is to defeat the Goblin Queen and restore the realm. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    I always get really excited when sequels are on par with their previous books. It doesn't happen often. I'm happy to note that this book falls into that category. I can't put my finger on what it is between Eldridge and Freya that I love so much. When I reviewed the first book, I called it a tease with the way their relationship played out. This was kind of did the same thing, but in a different way that still left me wanting more. I live that Eldridge was always in Freya's head whenever she need I always get really excited when sequels are on par with their previous books. It doesn't happen often. I'm happy to note that this book falls into that category. I can't put my finger on what it is between Eldridge and Freya that I love so much. When I reviewed the first book, I called it a tease with the way their relationship played out. This was kind of did the same thing, but in a different way that still left me wanting more. I live that Eldridge was always in Freya's head whenever she needed him. He was always there to guide her, but it was she alone that ultimately did what needed to be done. It was a perfect mix of having help and going it on her own, which is also something that I find books don't balance well. Freya wasn't a damsel in distress in need of rescue from Eldridge, but she wasn't so Mary Sue that she didn't need his help. I still find Esther to be awful, and I wish Arrow had a larger part here because I really do love him, but I'm happy with how this went, and I can't wait for May to get here so I can read the next book

  24. 4 out of 5

    nicole k

    I enjoyed the banter between Eldridge and Freya immensely - the moments where he appeared to her during her adventure was 10/10. However I felt like there were too many things that Freya just forgave him for that I was so confused about. How was she not more upset with him for the way he played out the ending?? They make him seem so powerful, but how is he so easily tricked in the end? And she has been such a strong, independent woman the whole series but doesn’t speak out more about how uneasy I enjoyed the banter between Eldridge and Freya immensely - the moments where he appeared to her during her adventure was 10/10. However I felt like there were too many things that Freya just forgave him for that I was so confused about. How was she not more upset with him for the way he played out the ending?? They make him seem so powerful, but how is he so easily tricked in the end? And she has been such a strong, independent woman the whole series but doesn’t speak out more about how uneasy she was about his plan to take back the kingdom… I just didn’t understand that. I wanted more of the relationships in this book - I felt like even the friendships between Freya and Arrow, or Freya and Frost didn’t really have a base. It was just implied that Freya and Arrow were best of friends, but I didn’t really see how (of that makes sense) 🤔 I did like how the author made Lumi, the villain, somewhat likable. It makes you think maybe she could’ve been redeemed, so you definitely feel bad for Freya during the last few chapters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    CW

    2nd book feels more like a romance novel. I loved the first book, but the second book was just okay. I wish the romance didn't turn up quite so fast. For instance, a pet leave of mine is when the character has one kiss and then instantly starts acting like a couple. I wish there was a slower build up and fewer make out scenes. Also it didn't feel like she was on this quest nearly so much to right a wrong as to be with the person she loved. I prefer a much slower burn, but overall the story was ok 2nd book feels more like a romance novel. I loved the first book, but the second book was just okay. I wish the romance didn't turn up quite so fast. For instance, a pet leave of mine is when the character has one kiss and then instantly starts acting like a couple. I wish there was a slower build up and fewer make out scenes. Also it didn't feel like she was on this quest nearly so much to right a wrong as to be with the person she loved. I prefer a much slower burn, but overall the story was okay. Also, it felt like the main three characters mentioned throughout were the King, Queen, and Freya. There was little of Arrow, and much less of the sister or anyone else to learn about or develope friendships. Overall it was good, but not as good as the first and I'm not sure I want to read the third... I'm kind of done with gushy lovey dovey scenes for a while and just wanted a bit more character development and less romance. The adventure kept up surprisingly well though, so overall a decent read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte M

    Emma Hamm has done it again. I LOVE this series! I really enjoyed the first book - Freya is such an interesting character who manages to balance strength and compassion in a unique way. In the sequel I’ve only learned to love her more. It was heartbreaking, terrifying and inspiring all at once. The Goblin King is on top form, and I love the tension and inevitability between him and Freya that has been present since book one. Despite my love for the first book, I think this is my favourite - Freya Emma Hamm has done it again. I LOVE this series! I really enjoyed the first book - Freya is such an interesting character who manages to balance strength and compassion in a unique way. In the sequel I’ve only learned to love her more. It was heartbreaking, terrifying and inspiring all at once. The Goblin King is on top form, and I love the tension and inevitability between him and Freya that has been present since book one. Despite my love for the first book, I think this is my favourite - Freya really comes into her own now that she’s not hurrying to save her sister and is instead looking to undo the damage she inflicted upon the courts in the first book. The ending, in particular, is beautifully bittersweet for many reasons. The main thing I love is the way the author writes - her prose are almost lyrical at times and it’s so enchanting, which works particularly well in a book like this one. I cannot wait for whatever comes next after THAT plot twist.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    This book was a great addition to the series! The book starts right where the first book leaves off, and follows our heroes on a fast-paced journey in search of the Goblin King. I really enjoyed the books. This book was definitely more focused on the development of the main character, as well as more focused on the romance between her and the goblin king. It was a one-sided enemies to lovers, and it was much more prominent in this book which I really enjoyed. The villain was alright. She didn't This book was a great addition to the series! The book starts right where the first book leaves off, and follows our heroes on a fast-paced journey in search of the Goblin King. I really enjoyed the books. This book was definitely more focused on the development of the main character, as well as more focused on the romance between her and the goblin king. It was a one-sided enemies to lovers, and it was much more prominent in this book which I really enjoyed. The villain was alright. She didn't feel as threatening as she was made to be, which is why I knocked off one star. I liked the development of the winter court. It was really great to see as it was a mysterious place in the last book. The ending was interesting, I won't spoil but the ending makes me desperately wish for a third book to be released. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily Pennington

    Making Things Right . . . Freya had no way to know her actions in defeating the Goblin King would destroy the Faerie Court. She was only trying to do the right thing and get her sister home. Now she has made an awful mess of things and needs to fix it. So with only her goblin companion, Arrow, Freya will go on another journey to fix what she's broken and restore the Goblin King to the throne. As she learns about the Goblin Queen’s cruelty, she is not sure she can do what she must when the time com Making Things Right . . . Freya had no way to know her actions in defeating the Goblin King would destroy the Faerie Court. She was only trying to do the right thing and get her sister home. Now she has made an awful mess of things and needs to fix it. So with only her goblin companion, Arrow, Freya will go on another journey to fix what she's broken and restore the Goblin King to the throne. As she learns about the Goblin Queen’s cruelty, she is not sure she can do what she must when the time comes. She really needs to find the Goblin King. But he can’t tell her where he is, though he keeps trying to reach out to her. And as Freya and Eldridge begin to work together to defeat the Queen, their relationship grows stronger. What will this mean for her? Will she be putting herself in even more danger? I am really enjoying this story and especially the way Freya and Eldridge banter and interact together. Will she be able to make things right after all?

  29. 5 out of 5

    hollie

    3.5 stars. I definitely preferred the first book to this second one but I still found it really enjoyable! We got much more world-building and a better in-depth look at the winter court in this book which I appreciated. I also think the interactions with the goblin queen were interesting and I couldn't help but want more of her. We barely got any Arrow/Freya interactions in this book and he was my favourite character in book one so I hope to see him more in the second book. I also think the romance 3.5 stars. I definitely preferred the first book to this second one but I still found it really enjoyable! We got much more world-building and a better in-depth look at the winter court in this book which I appreciated. I also think the interactions with the goblin queen were interesting and I couldn't help but want more of her. We barely got any Arrow/Freya interactions in this book and he was my favourite character in book one so I hope to see him more in the second book. I also think the romance element developed nicely. Emma has a way of building romance up and creating a story before they reach their feelings and I really like this. I thought the ending was interesting but didn't leave on a cliffhanger enough that if the third book was already out, I don't know if I would have gone straight ahead and picked it up. However, this series so far has been a unique take on the fae world and I have really enjoyed it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shirley

    Freya's adventures continue. She is again facing a tough adversary - the Goblin Queen/ Winter Queen. Freya has her work cutout for her. She must do her best to outwit the Queen and save the Goblin King. She still does not see herself as more than a person/ hero whose job is to go save the day. Which often leads her not to live in the moment or relax or take a chance at love. It was sad to see her second guessing everything. Goblin King, on the other hand, is more or less coming across as an idio Freya's adventures continue. She is again facing a tough adversary - the Goblin Queen/ Winter Queen. Freya has her work cutout for her. She must do her best to outwit the Queen and save the Goblin King. She still does not see herself as more than a person/ hero whose job is to go save the day. Which often leads her not to live in the moment or relax or take a chance at love. It was sad to see her second guessing everything. Goblin King, on the other hand, is more or less coming across as an idiot and even Freya seconds that thought more than once. And I did agree with her sentiment of wanting to slap him to get some sense into him. He takes everything at face value and is usually walking right into a trap despite all signs indicating to go the opposite direction. e What keeps you going is that none of the characters are perfect. Despite being the true hero of the story, she is flawed. She has prejudiced, she lets her fears overwhelm her and as I said before second guess everything. She is jealous, angry, hopeless and hopeful, desperate, and it all makes her more real. Each new adventure brings the heart of each character out in the open - what drives them, their strengths, weaknesses, friendships, love. Quite an interesting read. That does not mean that its a perfect book. There are gaps and the passion or emotions and feelings feel a bit dry and distant at times. But then I wanted to complete the series so ...

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