Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

Summary

“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.”

Review

Set in the backwoods of Bavaria, Liesl grew up listening to folklore and dark fairy tales from her grandmother, Constanze. Folklore about the last days of autumn where the world’s thin and “the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride.” Liesl and her brother Sepperl/Josef grew up believing the legends and played in the Goblin grove near their home, creating music and make believe with the Goblin King. Liesl and Josef are like their parents, music runs through them to their very soul. Their mother once sung in a troupe and father played as a court musician with some of the greatest composers of the time, including Mozart. This before they all, children included, became responsible for running the Inn, which they also call home.

Liesl is the oldest of the three children. Kathe and Liesl are typical sisters; they share a deep love yet are opposites in every way, which leads to jealousy. Kathe, while she has no musical inclinations like the rest of her family, is buxom and beautiful. She dreams of traveling Europe and marrying a Count, living luxuriously. She yearns for the finer things in life. She’s flirtatious and mischievous. Liesl is responsible and unremarkable, tasked with taking care of the home and watching after her siblings. She’s plain and “queer.” She and Josef share a deep, deep bond, are very close because of their music, she favors Josef and Kathe is quite jealous of this.

Liesl and Kathe venture to the town market during the autumn and there they encounter mysterious beings, offering luscious fruits, which Kathe cannot deny despite Liesl’s warnings. There, Liesl is approached by a shadowy figure, tall and dark, who gifts her flute, for no reason at all. From here Liesl embarks on a life changing journey to the unknown, filled with dark magic and music.

Wintersong is everything I want in a book. The writing and story are refined, the relationships are complex and the book is littered with thrilling mystery. It’s every fairytale splendidly wrapped into one breathtaking novel. The music and magic kept my attention from page one and I didn’t want to put this book down, or want it to end. It’s a love story, more like Beauty and the Beast, but only one individual is both the beauty, and the beast. Wintersong is tantalizing and unforgettable- marvelously mysterious.  Music is themed throughout and I must say, the entire story was one perfect crescendo.

Absolutely one of my favorite books, ever and I cannot wait for the sequel, Shadowsong, which is released February 6, 2018. You will not be disappointed in this dark and sexy fairytale!

“I am a monster”

“You are the monster I claim.”

5/5

Jessica

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