by S. Jae-Jones
“All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.
But when her sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl must 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. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.”
I did not know anything about Wintersong when I decided to pre-order it, I may have judged by the cover (it is so pretty). But when it closer to release day I read the blurb on Goodreads and thought it sounded interesting, not my normal fantasy.
Liesl has been brought up, with her sister and brother, on bedtime stories from their Grandmother. Always about the Goblin King and the Underground. Liesl plays down in the goblin grove with a little boy, until Liesl has to grow up and help in the inn and she forgets about playing in the grove with the boy. But one day in the market Kathe and Liesl come across some fruit sellers, Liesl remembers her Grandmother’s warning about goblin sellers, but it comes too late as Kathe has eaten from their fruit and is whisked away to the Underground.
Although it was not my normal read (fantasy but not one I would normally pick up) Wintersong was good. I cried for most of the end, I cried a few times before that as well. It did take a while for me to get into, mostly due to the style of writing, but once I did I did not want to put it down. There were plenty of twists and turns, just like the goblin realm.
My favourite characters were Liesl, Kathe, Josef and Der Erlkonig. Although there are some points when I did not like Kathe or Der Erlkonig. All the characters are well written, I like the different types of goblin and how they are similar but have differences as well.
My favourite part probably has to be the parts with Liesl and Der Erlkonig, although some of these were also my least favourite parts. I liked the bits talking about the music as well, having been a chorister, I can imagine the way the music flows from the description that is given.
Wintersong does end tied up as it is a standalone, however, I know have a load of questions of what happens to them afterwards.
While reading Wintersong, I described it as a girl trying to rescue her sister while not falling under the Goblin King’s spell. I would recommend this book to adults, due to scenes of an adult nature. 4 out of 5.