Title – Wintersong
Author – S. Jae-Jones
Publisher – St Martins Press
Genre – Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
My Rating – 4/5
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.
I received an e-ARC of Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones from NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
The plot started out beautifully. I have to give a special mention to the prologue of the story because it was enchanting and really set the mood for the story wonderfully. The writing style throughout the entire book was almost lyrical which was very interesting and enjoyable. I loved the first half of the book where Liesl’s love for her sister Käthe even takes her to the Underground to confront the Goblin King himself. The second half where Liesl goes to the Underground was good but didn’t compare to the first. It started borderlining on wishful thinking and I began to lose interest and while that didn’t make it altogether uninteresting, it still couldn’t stand up to the first half of the book for me. Had the book ended at 50% it probably would’ve gotten 5 stars from me
Liesl, like the book started out as awesome and realistic and I really was with her when she struggled with sibling jealousy but I did slowly lose interest in her. The Goblin King was my favorite character in the book really. I went back and forth between liking and disliking him all through the book and that made him a really interesting and complex character for me. As for Liesl’s siblings, I enjoyed reading about Käthe purely because of the character development. I wished more was explained about her brother Josef because I wasn’t quite sure about his role in the story. I have already received Shadowsong (the second book in the series) from NetGalley and hopefully I’ll learn more about Josef.
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