If you are still looking for that perfect gift for the (adult) bookworm in your life, I have the book for you right here as I share my (overdue) review of Goblins of Lapland by Caedis Knight. Actually, the full set of the four Blood Web Chronicles books (so far), with their exquisite jewel covers, would make a really beautiful gift.
Saskia de la Cruz, Verity Witch and undercover reporter for the Paranormal Blood Web, has been sent on her first international mission…to Lapland!
Convinced she’s set for a magical Christmas adventure in the snow, she’s dismayed to find the Christmas village she’s investigating is a complete disaster. She also takes an instant dislike to the rugged Finnish inn owner, Elias, who’s so miserable he makes the Grinch look like Santa. How can she trust a man whose only friend is a reindeer?
But Elias has bigger things to worry about than a nosy journalist. Locked in a bitter feud with a Texan tycoon, Elias has already lost too much to hand over his family business to his rival. As more mysterious disasters befall the village, Saskia soon discovers that one local Christmas myth is still very much alive. Will Saskia manage to save the village in time for Christmas? Or will they all end up Feliz Navidead?
Whilst I might start planning the gifts I want to make for Christmas way back in March or April, I usually have a fairly strict “no Christmas books or films until December” rule. However, when the eagerly awaited Goblins of Lapland landed on my Kindle on 1st November, I knew there was no way I would be waiting a single second before reading it. By happy coincidence, I had finished my previous book the night before (okay, yes, I might have stayed up late to ensure that was the case), so I was able to jump straight in. A prequel to the main series, Goblins of Lapland sits after Mermaids of Los Angeles chronologically, but before Vampires of Moscow in the Blood Web Chronicles world, so if you haven’t read the previous books, it doesn’t matter, although you are missing out on multiple treats and I highly recommend you read them as soon as possible.
As always with Caedis Knight’s books, Goblins of Lapland is a real feast for the senses, filled with rich descriptions of wintery landscapes and festive treats. I don’t really eat meat, but even my largely vegetarian mouth was watering at the description of the reindeer stew. That said, it was all the sugary delights that really got my taste buds going – stocking up on the mince pies and lebkuchen before settling down to read is recommended!
Saskia’s stay at the Crazy Reindeer, the oldest Christmas village in Lapland is filled with mayhem, as she attempts to uncover the cause of some rather strange goings on – is the village being sabotaged by a rival, or is there something more unusual behind the mishaps being suffered? Whatever the cause, the situations that Saskia finds herself in are sure to have you spluttering in your Christmas cocoa!
Goblins of Lapland may be set in one of the snowiest spots in the world, but Caedis Knight once again ensure that temperatures don’t dip below scorching (and not just inside the sauna!).
The only problem with this book? It was just too short! I could have quite happily stayed with Elias in Lapland until spring! Maybe without the goblins though!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Established fantasy authors Jacqueline Silvester and N J Simmonds joined forces in 2019 when they learned readers were looking for steamy paranormal stories with more diversity, more sass, and set outside of the US.
Between them, they have lived in ten countries and speak six languages fluently – all of which inspired them to create a fantasy world hidden within our own. The cities featured in the series are cities they have lived in (except for Lapland).
Jacqueline Silvester is of Russian/Ukrainian descent and now loves between Berlin and The Netherlands. She works as a screenwriter and producer and has collaborated with large names such as Netflix, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon. Natali Simmonds lives in The Netherlands and has British/Spanish heritage. She writes fantasy as N J Simmonds, and feminist thrillers as Natali Simmonds.
Together they pen paranormal romance as Caedis Knight, and run the Caedis Knight Romance Academy where they teach a variety of courses on writing and self-publishing.