“What’s the use of running, if we are on the wrong road.” ― S. Jae-Jones,
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.
Where to start with Wintersong?
I know, lets start with my anticipation for this book to be released.
When I first heard that a book about goblins was going to published and it was one of the most highly anticipated reads of the year I was really excited. I’ve read so many different fantasies, yet none of them have focused on the lore that surrounds goblins and me being, well, me, I was really excited.
Before I started reading I heard a lot of complaints about the book. Some didn’t like the pacing while others felt that the first half of the book wasn’t as good as the second half. These reviews made me uneasy as I was so excited for this book. Though, once I start I didn’t seem to feel any of these things.
As I read the first half of the book I found myself glued to Elisabeth’s story and her game with the Goblin King. S. Jae-Jones did a tremendous job creating a living, breathing world that readers can fall into and get lost without making it an info-dump. Her writing is an art unto itself and she creates characters that you feel passionately for. If you can make me root for a secondary character who is originally shown as a spoiled brat then clearly you’ve done something right.
The second half of the book is something I won’t really talk about simply because I fear I’ll give to much away. I will say that the character development is impressive and the way Jae-Jones weaves her characters and their conflicts together is incredibly done.
Also. That goblin lore is everything and I love how truly messed up life with goblins can be.
Overall, I rated Wintersong 4/5 stars. I loved the book, however, I did struggle to find the conflict at times, which is essentially the most important piece to a book.
Also, the ending was phenomenal and way to go S. Jae-Jones for creating the most character-driven ending you could.
So, have you read Wintersong? If not, do you plan to? If so, how did you feel about it?