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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones {4 Stars}

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones {4 Stars}

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (Wintersong #1)
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on Feb. 7th, 2017
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Romance
Page Length: 436 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • Gorgeous writing! This is one of those books that you pick up and either fall in love with the prose immediately or think it’s too much, so definitely check out a preview. I absolutely loved the lush feeling of the writing.
  • Wintersong is marked as young adult on Goodreads, but it very much has R rated content, i.e. sexy times. I think it really falls into the category of paranormal romance/fantasy romance in the new adult age bracket.
  • The main motivating incident is Liesl wanting to save her sister despite them being rather different people. I always love when sisterly love is a central topic in a story despite not having a sister myself!
  • Music woven in nicely – I dabbled in choir and music theory in high school and college so I have enough understanding to get the references to musical theory though not as deep as others would. If you love the nitty-gritty of music and composition, definitely consider this book.
  • Description of goblin kingdom – perfect mix of ethereal and captivating while also being disgusting and disturbing when you look under the surface.

Weaknesses:

  • So you may think that Liesl going to the goblin kingdom and saving her sister is the entire plot of the book, but you would be wrong and rather confused when that wraps up in the first half. I would have much preferred that plot line being the entire book because…
  • Liesl doesn’t really DO anything in the second half of the book. She is around and falling in love and finding things out about the goblin king, but she has no goals and therefore can’t achieve those goals. She just reacts to things and I find that very unsatisfying as a reader.

See for yourself if you like the writing!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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