Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Publication date: 7th February 2017
Blurb from Goodreads: 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.
Cover page: I love that white rose. Though the cover gives a feeling of retelling of Beauty and the beast it is not. Before reading the blurb I thought so but after reading it I was totally taken down. Though I liked that cover.
Plot: The plot is beautifully described. When things were always confined to fairies, mermaids and so-called Disney characters (which I love so much!) this had a pinch of everything. Romance being the foremost, it also has that sweet melody. The twists were fair enough to keep you reading but…beware of the ending. 😛
- ‘A wanton women is ripened fruit,’ Constanze intoned,’begging to be plucked by the Goblin King.’
- Dangerous as a winter wind, which freezes the marrow from within, and not like a blade, which slashes the throat from without.
- I would shape the world to fit the music in my soul.
- Light my flame, mein Herr, I thought. Light my fire, and watch me burn.
All these are some of my favorite quotes from the book.
Overall: The story starts with MC’s childhood where she meet the goblin king and sealed their love in a promise. Though with time that promise shattered. The starting is intriguing. As the story progresses Elizabeth explains how she was jealous of her sister who was a beauty in every sense and his brother how he was a born talent, something both she never can be. In many chapters this thought of Elizabeth is explained though I think she was being delusional. Once she said she was jealous of them but never wanted to hurt them or despise them but her actions were speaking differently.
Her romance with Goblin King was the most enthralling thing in the whole book. I never desired a Goblin King that much! He is a perfection with a tint of mischief. Overall this book is an amazing read. The descriptions were amazing and to extend that author described the music here. Everything is a play of music. Every melody can be felt while reading the book.
**Received this book in exchange of an honest review by publishers through Netgalley. Thank you!**