The Goblin And The Dancer
I almost don’t know where to begin! Allison is one of those storytellers where you feel the intense need to sing her praise from the rooftops but you fear your words would be inadequate in doing so. As Jane Austen once said, “If I loved you less, I may be able to talk it about it more.”
But I shall try ;)
In the Goblin And The Dancer, Grik (the goblin) is a janitor for the Metropolitan Dance Hall, where he meets Rosanna (the dancer who is a beautiful and talented elf) and harbors a secret love for her.
Grik loves all things elven, and while Rosanna, pure in heart as she is, always makes Grik feel welcomed, goblins and elves do not coexist outside of their working relationships. This makes Grik feel very isolated; he feels so far from his goblin heritage and by cultural norms can not pursue a life with the elves. And while Rosanna is a successful dancer and loved by many, Grik senses a wound that Rosanna carries around, making him eager to think that their special connection could bring them together as more than friends.
Just as Grik musters the courage to pursue Rosanna, a handsome military elf becomes her suitor. In a moment of fear and jealousy, Grik acts out in anger and gets the three of them in a situation that he must figure out how to fix. In this story, they are delivered from much more than the terrifying situations that Grik’s actions have placed them in.
This story checks all of the boxes:
*Lovable, complex characters
*Rich and lavish worldbuilding
*Thrilling atmosphere of adventure
*An author-character relationship where Allison shows a deep empathy for them
*Solid morality- something that many modern storytellers miss the mark on. Allison understands “the struggle”- internal conflicts of her characters, the consequences of their actions, and personal suffering. But she doesn’t stop there, she is unflinchingly adamant about her characters’ redemption. This is important to me, as it should be to everyone. If I can’t experience a character’s healing in some way, I have turned to the wrong book.
This book is a high work of imagination. Allison is an actress of sorts. She knows exactly what she wants to express and she pulls out all of her tools- in her Mary Poppins sort of fashion- to make sure her message rings clear and true. It’s refreshing in an age where people don’t know what exactly it is they would like to say, they are solely driven by the desire to be heard. Allison is not enticed by such nonsense but rather, is unwavering in her quest for pure story, and it makes me as her reader come back confidently and eagerly time after time and again to see what feast The Bard (Bardess?!) has placed upon the table.
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About The Author
Allison Tebo is a writer committed to creating magical stories full of larger-than-life characters, a dash of grit, and plenty of laughs. She is the author of the Tales of Ambia, a series of romantic comedy retellings of popular fairy tales, and her flash fiction and short stories have been published in Splickety, Spark, Inklings Press, Rogue Blades Entertainment, Pole to Pole Publishing, and Editing Mee. Allison graduated with merit from London Art College after studying cartooning and children’s illustration and, when not creating new worlds with words or paint, she enjoys reading, baking, and making lists.