Title: The Goblin Gauntlet
Author: Gwendoline Rose
“One maiden endures the maze. The monster lifts the haze.”
It is said that only a maiden pure of body, heart, and soul can solve the maze beyond the goblin ring, freeing the village of its curse. Against the wishes of her mother, and much to the displeasure of the lecherous village men, who would delight in aiding in the removal of her purity, Lola runs with her virtue intact into the mist to free the village and explore the darkness of the Goblin King’s maze.
One-click this standalone short in the Goblin Tales collection. Goblin Tales are like fairytales, only with horns, not so many fairies and a darker, more delicious happily ever after. And they aren’t really suited for kids… steamy parts and all. Horns, yum.
In order to save her village, Lola decides to use her purity and virtue to get the aid of the Goblin King. To do so, she must survive his maze.
Throughout her encounters, I was left wondering who exactly the Goblin King was and was impressed with Lola for holding her head up despite everything she encountered.
Quick, fun read. Definitely different than anything else I’ve read, and it’s for that reason that I found it so well done. Even though this is a short book, the author spares us no details in the worldbuilding or character development.