Author: S. Jae-Jones
Pub. Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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 absolutely loved Wintersong from beginning to end. There is magic and wonder in every page and I was left wanting more. It's mysterious, intriguing, magical, and above all, breathtaking. There is a Hades and Persephone vibe I felt throughout the book, which I thought was done very well.
Wintersong is a retelling of the Goblin King with other folklores tied to the story. The writing is very lyrical and I was ensnared to the world of Wintersong of Liesl and the Goblin King. I loved their romance, it was slow burn but it was definitely felt real. No insta love, just real romance between the two characters.
The ending left me in questions, more like panic because I couldn't believe that was it but there is a sequel. I also cried because the book was just so beautiful. I can rest easy at night now knowing that there is a sequel. I just want more of this story.
I hope I made this review coherent because at the time of writing this, I had just finished Wintersong and was a bit of a mess, well a major mess, but a good mess. Everything was beautiful.
Overall I would give Wintersong 5 amazing stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
About S Jae-Jones:
S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is a voracious and indiscriminate reader, an avid traveler, and something of an adrenaline junkie.
Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for 10 years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be find rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.
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