Book Review|Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

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.


Farewell, Mother, careworn and abiding,
Farewell, Papa, faded brightness hiding.
Farewell, Constanze, I took your tales to heart,
Farewell, Hans, and your fumbles in the dark.
Farewell, Käthe, I’m sorry I did you wrong.
Farewell, Josef, may you play ever-long.
Farewell, all, to you I give my love.
I kind of have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I really did love the story line. On the other, the writing was way too floaty for my taste. My tastes in writing are very direct. Tell me what the characters are doing, describe the setting but leave out all the flowery wording and pointless descriptions.
I enjoyed it enough that I will definitely finish the duology, I’m just not sure about reading anything else the author writes. Her character growth was fantastic, the story was smooth and very interesting. Honestly, I loved it. But I don’t think her writing is for me.
After reading the synopsis, I knew it was going to involve music as well, but I didn’t think it would be used in every single aspect of the book. It kind of got on my nerves after a while.
This rating is definitely closer to a 3.5 than a 4, but I would definitely recommend this if you like fantasy/mythology and you enjoy flowery writing.
4 Stars
Until next time,
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4 thoughts on “Book Review|Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

  1. This has been sitting on my shelf since last summer and I still have no desire to pick it up. I am a massive fan of Labyrinth which is why I bought it but I haven’t seen amazing reviews.

    Have you seen Labyrinth and if so, how does Wintersong compare?

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    1. I unfortunately haven’t seen Labyrinth, but my husband is obsessed with it and I guess some of the descriptions are similar to things shown in the movie?

      It’s certainly an interesting book, but the writing is so floaty and flowery that it’s kind of irritating.

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