The Unseen Market

Not all goblins are bad.

Even so, Ben is not trusted in his new home of Saint Louis. The Green Watch is following him, humans make a wide path as he walks by, and he’s not even allowed inside the city library.

However, even though most of the city is wary of him, Ben’s life among humans is a vast improvement over his old one. When he finds a book that may hold the secret to his abnormality, Ben will stop at nothing to get a look at it.

With the help of two new friends, he soon discovers, however, that his search is hopeless. His only option is to travel out of the relative safety of his new home to a mysterious market known, among certain circles, for harboring rare and mystical goods.

But what Ben finds is even more startling than he expected.

The second in a series of short novels set in Saint Louis in the early 1900s and based on the 13th century Latin tale, The Benevolent Goblin.


Ben, the good goblin, returns in David McElroy’s The Unseen Market. I love Ben and the way he embodies the struggle many people face. This time Ben tries to solve his problems of searching for acceptance in an unaccepting world by searching for a mysterious and secretive book. This tale is action packed, but also full of heart which I really appreciate. I enjoyed a second outing with the good goblin and hope there’s more in store for Ben down the road!

Joshua, Amazon review

Another wonderful story about the adventures of Ben. The Unseen Market, far from just a rehash of the first book, takes you to new and exciting places as Ben searches for answers. As with the first book, it leaves you wanting more! Great read!

Alison, Amazon review

I love historical fiction, but I don’t often read books with a lot of fantasy elements. I enjoy the subtle mix of the two genres in these books and also the unique plots twists. Being familiar with the St. Louis area, I appreciate the references. Ben is a sweet-hearted character, who just wants a peaceful life and to know who he is. I feel relief and gratitude each time he finds an unlikely friend, willing to help him find his way in his new (often hostile) environment. I really enjoyed the new characters in this one, as well as the description of the Unseen Market. The short length is great for anyone who is short on leisure time or who likes to cozy up and read a full story in one sitting.

Ashleigh, Goodreads review

The Series

The Good Goblin by David McElroy