I have mixed feelings on this book. It has been a few weeks since I read WINTERSONG. I remember going into this book with apprehension due to the mixed reviews. The good news is that I enjoyed this story very much. In fact, I found it almost impossible to walk away from.
Liesl is a fun heroine, but I found some of her skills were not well described. Liesl goes through so much growth in this story. She starts as a girl only focused on elevating her family, then on saving them, then on saving herself. Liesl really grows as a character in this story and I enjoyed the transformation.
This story focuses a lot on family and music. I don’t have an opinion about the music either way, but I think fans of music will really enjoy this story. Liesl writes music for her brother, the prodigy. Her focus is on him only at first and not her sister. Her affection for her sister is described much later. Liesl is not the pretty one or the talented one, she is the worker. Her family runs a bed and breakfast of some sort near the Goblin woods. Her grandmother is really superstitious and has a healthy fear of the Goblin king from those woods.
Something happens and Liesl is forced to surrender herself to the Goblin King instead of her sister. Once she gets to the underground, the Goblin King’s home, the story gets really good. I found the underground a bit confusing, but also very appealing. It’s almost as if anything could happen in this place and a lot of weird stuff does. I actually loved reading about Liesl in the underground. The little goblins were fun and tricky. There are also little changelings that are a bit scary. Liesl really comes into her own here and flips the script on the Goblin King, who btw has been married many times. Liesl’s quest to find out who he really is leads her to really learning about herself.
I loved the descriptive language and the Germanic folklore influence in this book. There is a dark romantic vibe to this story and I am so glad I got to read this. I found some pacing issues with this story. It is almost like 2 separate books where the first book is above-ground and the second book is everything that happens below. Whatever issues I had with this book faded completely by the 55% mark when I couldn’t wait to find out where the author would take us. I am really happy to hear that this book will have a sequel. That ended almost killed me.
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on February 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fairy Tales & Folklore, General, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Romance, Historical
eARC provided by Thomas Dunne Books
“Wintersong is a maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things, all tied together with exquisite writing. This is a world you will want to stay lost in.” —Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author
The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride...
All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.
But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds—and the mysterious man who rules it—she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.
Dark, romantic, and powerful, S. Jae-Jones's Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.