Title: Moody and the Beast
Author: Kristen Painter
Series: Shadowvale #4
Theodora “Moody” Middlebright has taken over her fathers debt and has to spend the next year of her life with the exiled king of the goblins, Robin Gallows. She expects this to be a trying year filled with hard work as a servant, instead Robin is nothing like she expected. They hit it off instantly, but their budding feelings are threatened by trust issues and Robin’s ex-wife.
This was a fun adventure in Shadowvale. The previous books have focused a lot of interaction with the town itself but this one is almost exclusively in Robin’s house because of his curse. Because of this, the relationship and Robin’s curse is the exclusive focus of the story. I really enjoyed these two and their fast paced relationship. That said, I did miss the town and its residents.
This is the first book that deals with goblins and I found it fascinating. I actually wish we had gotten to know more about the goblin culture and lifestyle but they do technically live in a different realm so it kind of made sense. I do hope these two pop up in future books now that the curse is gone. Maybe then we will learn about the goblin and fairy cultures.
Overall, this was another great adventure in Shadowvale. I am loving this unique town and can’t wait for the next books.
Trigger Warnings: Death of mother; sick father; imprisonment by ex-wife;
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