Wintersong by S. Jae Jones
Genre(s): Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: 2/7/17
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 ARC for review from a publisher – this does not affect my review in any way*
Wintersong by S. Jae Jones was just as magical and splendid as the synopsis describes. Liesl, a musically gifted teenager is forced to become the Goblin Queen in order to save her sister. Sacrifices are made, lives are lost and hearts are broken in this dazzling debut.
To begin, the writing of Wintersong was absolutely stunning. As a writer myself, I focus on the details and descriptions of the fantastical worlds these authors create. Jones’ awriting captured every details of the world she has created, both real and Goblin Realm. She did such a fantastic job. The characters of the story were written just as well. I felt that Jones’ created such well rounded characters that carried passionate and realistic emotion, not to mention, they did very humane things (at least the humans did) and their very being was realistic.
The plot of Wintersong alone was quite unique. Instead of having a typical plot with a rising action, climax, falling action and conclusion, Wintersong followed a similar plot but it was written as if there are two plot arcs within one book. Something I myself have never seen in a novel. I was quite confused at first because as I was reading, it felt like the end but I was only 40 percent through with the book. Both arcs were fabulous and unique, dark and fun in their own way but I admit that the second arc left my confused. Though the writing was beautiful and enthralled me one hundred percent, I felt it could have been clearer.
Liesl and the Goblin King have a unique relationship as well. The relationships within Wintersong are genuine, the relationship Liesl has with her sister has issues, just like any other pair of sisters but it is apparent they love each other. As for the relationship with Liesl and the Goblin King, it most certainly isn’t ooey gooey romance. For sure a passionate romance that grows over time.
Overall, Wintersong by S. Jae Jones is a stunning debut novel full of magic and intrigue. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys YA with any sort of fae in them. I give this book a 4.75 star rating! Loved it!