Author: S. Jae-Jones
Genre & Age Group: Fantasy, romance, young adult
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.
Source: Thanks so much to Indigo Books & Music Inc. for providing me with a physical ARC of this book!
How I Found Out About It: Blogging
I had been hearing bloggers rave about Wintersong, and even though this type of book doesn’t usually appeal to me, I still decided to request it to see what everyone was loving.
This book turned out to amaze me, and I think it has opened up a whole new world of fantasy books for me to read. Because of these 437 pages of pure awesomeness, I am now so excited to read more high fantasy books to see how much more amazingness they bring.
To synopsize, Wintersong centres around Liesl, who has envied the Goblin King for her whole life. When Kathe, her sister, is mauled away by him and his crew, she has no choice but to fight them in order to get her back. The Goblin King will give her sister back under one condition- that she marries him. Carefully, she accepts, and they start their life together. Suddenly, Liesl realizes that she still looks up to the Goblin King, and thus he tries his best to give her as much musical talent as possible. The sacrifices made for their romance can be a big barrier, though, as they bond even more and get on the path to discovering what they really want in life.
I really liked Liesl’s strong character, and I think she would make a fabulous role model for anyone who reads this book. It may not have shown at the beginning of the book when her sister was kidnapped, but she has a lot of courage inside of her, which really showed once she bonded with the Goblin King and improved her musical skills. In my opinion, Liesl is the fighter type, willing to do anything it takes to protect the things and people she loves, and that is something I always admire in characters.
The Goblin King seemed to have a bit of a troubled past, which was definitely clear to me while reading. I did find him wise, though, in the sense that he gave Liesl a lot of advice about life and taught her to do everything she’d been dreaming of for a very long time.
The world-building aspect of this story is just one of the many things that kept me hooked from the start- the author creates such vivid descriptions of the forests and seas of this book. Unlike many books of this kind, I felt like I was there, overlooking all the events.
All in all, if I had the chance to jump into a fantasy world, this one would be one of my top choices, as I really loved the story, as well as everything (and everyone😉 ) in it. If you are a fan of dark fantasies centring around goblins that include amazing characters, then Wintersong is yours to devour, starting on February 7th!
*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.*