WINTERSONGAuthor: S. Jae-Jones
Series: Wintersong #1
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Rating: 1.5/5 stars
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.
Purchase:Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book and decided to review it. This does not impact my opinions.
This was one of those books that we both felt pretty neutral on because while it had pretty prose with vivid descriptions that transported us into the world, it left us wanting a lot more. This felt over before it really began and had us wishing the pace slowed down so we could savour the story, the relationships, and the world just a bit more.
While every story is a copy of a copy of a copy, and WINTERSONG is technically a retelling, this story felt like nothing new. It was too easy to compare this one to others that have come before it and realize that these books did things so much better than this. It was too easy, too predictable, and too similar to dozens of other stories that have the same basic plot line.
However, the musical aspects were really interesting and I loved to see how it was incorporated into the plot itself and that it was deemed part of the magic system as this made me really happy. In relation to this, the magic worldbuilding was incredible but definitely not used as much as it could have been.
I was disappointed with the quickness of all the relationships as it felt as though things happened too quickly. I was hoping for a magical journey but it felt as though everything started and stopped too quickly without me really getting to be immersed.
This is definitely a check out from the library or a pass from me. Or just watch the movie Labyrinth. Either or will work fine.