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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.
As you might know, I love fantasy, what you might not know is that I also love the everything related to the fey. That’s the main reason why I wanted to read Wintersong, well, that and the beautiful cover.
“Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood. She was small and dark, he was tall and fair, and the two of them made a fancy pair as they danced together, dancing to the music the little girl heard in her head.”
One of my favorite things about Wintersong is the writing. Jae-Jones’ writing is enthralling, lyrical, breathtaking. Words are string together in a special way that conveys sound, flavor, touch, feeling. The pace is a bit slow at times, but I didn’t lost interest in the story.
Elisabeth is an inn keeper’s daughter. Her mother was a former singer and her father a violist and music teacher. As a child she played with the Goblin King, but as she grew up she put all her dreams and desires on hold. She had a rough upbringing and was made to believe that she was ugly, untalented, only good to work in the inn. But Elisabeth is a talented composer and musician on her own right, but leaving under the shadow of her talented little brother. When the Goblin King looses patience with her, he lures her sister Käthe into the Underground.
The Goblin King is basically the king of the fey. He’s fair, slim, with an otherworldly beauty, he’s a trickster, a master of illusion. The world building uses old fey lore and new elements to create a unique landscape and magic under the earth. Although I liked the Goblin King, he was really hard to get to know. He tried to keep himself at a distance from everyone, including Elisabeth.
“The kiss is sweeter than sin and fiercer than temptation.”
I’m not sure how much of the plot I can reveal without giving away the story, but Elisabeth thrives in the Underground. She grows a lot as a character, into loving herself, her power, her talent, and believe in herself. The physical parts were done very tastefully (I mean, they are married)
I was disappointing with the ending. It only makes sense to me if Wintersong was the first book in a series. It was a big open ended (which is a BIG pet peeve of mine), but also it was kind of cruel. I mean, there were supposed to be consequences, and then nothing happened? I’m not saying that the book is not good, just that I wished to a happier ending. That’s not wrong, right? *Please Ms. Jae-Jones – is there another book coming? A short story?*
“Love is the bridge that spans the world above and below, and keeps the wheel of life turning.”
Overall, I liked Wintersong, but I was disappointing by the ending.
ABOUT S. JAE-JONES:
Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the author of Wintersong, forthcoming from Thomas Dunne in February 2017.
Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.
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