This will be a spoiler free review because I believe everyone should read this book, I hope you enjoy!
MY RATING: 5/5 stars
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.
Rich with music and magic, S. Jae-Jones’s Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.
As a lover of Labyrinth, this book stood out to me like a star, but even if you’re not a fan of it I can guarantee you will love it nonetheless.
Liesl is a really relatable character for starters. She is described as not classically beautiful, but soulfully divine. She has responsibility and she has hardships.And most of all, feeling. Feeling for family. Feeling for music. And possibly feeling for Hans,(I’m sorry but whilst reading about him, all I could think about is Hans from Frozen…interpret that how you will!)
The overall writing is so whimsical and ethereal, Wintersong is such a fitting name for such a lyrical novel. The best world building and descriptions I have ever read are in this book, continuingly amazing me at every turn of a page. The characters are so well written for such an atmospheric book, and diversely so.
I found myself reading this at record time. I felt like I was at the Goblin Grove with Der Erlkönig. What more can you want?
I realise that this review will be brief in order to keep my promise of a non-spoiler review, so here I give you some magical quotes for you goblin babes.
“Life,” he said softly, “is more than ﬂesh. Your body is a candle, your soul the ﬂame. The longer I burn the candle…” He did not ﬁnish.
“A candle unused is nothing but wax and wick,” I said. “I would rather light the ﬂame, knowing it will go out than sit forever in darkness.”
“The kiss is sweeter than sin and fiercer than temptation. I am not gentle, I am not kind; I am rough and wild and savage.”
“What is eternal life but a prolonged death.”
“Love is the bridge that spans the world above and below, and keeps the wheel of life turning.”
“His beauty hurt, but it was the pain that made it beautiful”
“A sparrow is beautiful in its own way,” Käthe said severely. “Don’t force yourself to be a peacock, Liesl. Embrace your sparrow self.”
These quotes do not do true justice to this masterpiece, and I would like to thank Faye for reading it so quickly too so I could talk to someone about all of my feelings! (Thanks again!)
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Until next time,