• A Deal with the Elf King

  • Married to Magic
  • By: Elise Kova
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,248 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 19-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.

©2020 Elise Kova (P)2021 Elise Kova

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A big unanswered question.

I get the mixed reviews, but it is a cute story. There isn’t any cheating in the book, but it is discussed that the king only has heirs with other Elves, to keep the bloodline pure. I want to know if he’s still going to hold to that or not. That changes everything.

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Not as good as I hoped

I really wanted to like this book. It had a cool world and an interesting concept. But Luella was so frustratingly blind that I spent a good deal of time muttering under my breath, calling her an idiot.

The audiobook narration was alright. The production quality was good.

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it was fine.

It was just okay. It flows, but I think it wasn't the most interesting thing. didn't struggle to finish it, but I definitely jumped around to other books while listening cause it couldn't keep my attention fully.

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characters lacking

The beginning of the book was promising, but the author uses exposition too much.

The male characters lack motivation beyond wanting to marry the main character.

The main character is annoying. She's frustrating in a 'written by a teenager' kind of way. She's argumentative when she should observe the works around her, and asks questions instead of investigating and discovering.

The author needs to trust the reader more.

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Protagonist Dummy

The protagonist is supposed to be a powerful, smart queen but so many of her thoughts and actions are SO dumb.

The love story here is cute.

Decent story and I was entertained.

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So good

Wow I love this book: I love how strong both characters are. Can’t wait to read the next book! Elizabeth Evans did an amazing job at narrating

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This is literally a rip off of a court of thorns and roses

Like seriously I’m annoyed I listened to this it’s like verbatim of that book like at least give me something they should really call it a retelling of acotar let’s be real here

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Mostly good but tedious at times

I originally loved the headstrong lead character but she got in her way too much.

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Beautifully well written

I can never get enough of beauty and the beast retellings but this one tugged at my heart and i cried with Luella so many times. There was so much of this story i fell in love with i found i had to stop to catch my breath sometimes. It was well written and so well told i cant put it into proper words!! If i could give it more than 5 stars i would, this will be one of my top reads for a long time.

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Eh

Elizabeth Evans is an incredible narrator. Now the more serious stuff…

I enjoyed the relationship between the male and female lead, but that’s all that is carrying this book. I didn’t love the female lead, there was this issue with her character where she wasn’t strong but she wasn’t weak. It didn’t make sense. The magic system and plot doesn’t really work. There are many great lines. The author can write well, their plotting is the overarching issue.

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  • Pola
  • 10-10-21

Major Meh

Nothing really stoles the heart in this story. I couldn't relate to MC with her constant talk about duty. All felt very repetitive, predictable.
The way Evans reads men sometimes just don't do it for me.

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  • charlotte humphries
  • 05-28-22

It was good wish there was more

I liked it it was enjoyable and I wish it was longer and had more in it , I would love to have a next chapter of there relationship and how they deal with everything. I love this book and will listen again ☺️

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  • cloe sheath
  • 04-11-22

Warning

You will be unable to put this down or turn it off amazing loved it

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  • Cheryl
  • 02-20-22

Amazing

Love'd every moment of this book I couldn't wait for the next chapter it really keeps you hooked xx
The Narrater Elizabeth Evans really made it great great to listen to... Truly a must read x

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  • Mrs A
  • 02-18-22

Loved it

Really enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator is amazing, the storyline was really good too. I can see this becoming one of my favourite listens

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-21

Good story beautifully narrated!

A good story from beginning till end. Never getting boring or unnecessary repeating anything to full out the pages. Apreciated the characters, and the narrator is perfekt in every way. Her voice is pleasent, the pace and tone is good and she Just make me want to leasten!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-22

A very enjoyable Story

Loved the story and characters. left me wanting more! the characters were nicely fleshed out and although it was easy to see where the story would end it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the book.

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  • Lunar
  • 04-01-22

a very sweet YI Hades and Peresephone retelling.

yes it's full of miscommunication, but that's life, how we can so easily misunderstood what someone is saying or meaning and we apply our own interpretations and judgements.
dealing with two people that feel worthless of love and bound to duty, possibly to avoid romance, but in Luella's case I feel she found her worth in what she did for others and didn't see a place for love in her life..
for some reason she did assume the worst of Eldas at every turn.
I did cry at some of the things in the dynamic between Lualla and Eldas, I found it very touching.
but this book is very much YOUNG young adult and the smexy scenes are a little cringe/ basic.

Elizabeth's narration is very good.. they have a very nice voice to listen to. my only issue is the made Willow a MALE elf sound like an old granny when he wasn't much older then Lualla, this was very confusing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-22

Average fantasy book

This book sounded better from reading the synopsis than it actually was. The performance wasn’t great and at times the writing was so flowery it was cringe worthy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-22

OMG

that was amazing I love the story, the characters and the narration. I would recommend to anyone that wants funny, magical and romance reading experience. 10/10 would read again.

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  • connie gore
  • 01-23-22

Romantic

A nice romance story with a otherworldly feel. Predictable and a bit PG but not bad. I give it 5 out of 10.

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  • Rebbecca
  • 11-18-21

Great

I Would recommend for the ACOTAR fan. I throughly enjoyed it. Couldn’t put it down

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-21

may be fantasy but the characters are unbelievable

Even getting past the narration which lacks distinction between characters, there are so many plotholes and unanswered questions in this mediocre writing. It may be fantasy, but the characters are entirely unbelievable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-21

You MUST get this

I loved every second of it, my goodness what a read.
Will not disappoint.

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  • Amy
  • 10-31-21

Cringe-worthy

If you can handle the narrator's annoying vocal sliding then brace yourself for the lack of substance in this cringe-worthy tale. The author has tried to make the main character an independent woman but has failed miserably, reflected in an abundance of immaturity.

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  • Isabelle
  • 10-29-21

Sucked me in unexpectedly!

I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did! I loved the characters and the slow burn build up of their relationship! I wish there was more of these characters.