Review: Wintersong

Title: Wintersong

Author: S. Jae-Jones

Date of Publication: February 7th, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review:


Wintersong begins with Liesl who basically looks down upon everything about herself. Her brother is the musical genius, and her sister is the beauty in the family who is engaged to Hans a friend of Liesl’s who Liesl has cared about a long time. Liesl’s sister Käthe is taken away by The Goblin King when she chose to pay more attention to her brother because even though she loves both of them her love for music she loves most of all, and that is what her brother produces is music. When she discovers her sister has been taken Liesl will do everything in her power to get her sister back above ground.

Labyrinth has been one of my all time favorites movies for well forever! So when I heard this was a retelling with romance I was bouncing off the walls excited. The first half of the story was actually really good even though there were some things I just didn’t understand like how this king stole your sister yet you are still finding yourself fawning over him as her sister is still being held captive! Maybe if she had already been released!!

I liked Liesl and the fact that she wasn’t super beautiful, but we never stop hearing about how plain or ugly she is, and her self esteem is so low. This to me rubbed me the wrong wasy because in the WHOLE BOOK she thinks about how plain she is!

The Goblin King! Oh yes The Goblin King! I was ready to be swooned by his ways and sadly I was not… He is the Lord of Mischief which we never stop hearing that line… There are parts where I really do like him, but my heart wasn’t all in.

This whole book is revolved around music which would be fine as well, but maybe just because I am not a musician I was just getting slightly annoyed with how much they kept talking about it.

The romance was good, but it was not great as I imagined it to be. Maybe my expectations were too high? I don’t even know. I did like the fact that they were childhood friends and had known each other, but it constantly seemed as if The Goblin King was in love with the girl who she once was even though he does help bring her out of this shell she has trapped herself in. I still have a lot of unanswered questions even though this one is a stand alone.

I am just not even sure about the side characters either. Käthe was just pretty much flirting all the time, and I don’t even know why Hans is brought into the story because there are a lot of unanswered questions about him. Liesl’s brother and grandmother were the most interesting and went well with the story.

The writing was very beautiful and just about as gorgeous as Roshani Chokshi’s writing for The Star-Touched Queen, and even though some parts were really good and the ending was great I just find a lot missing, and I wish those pieces would have come together


Are you a Labyrinth fan?


9 thoughts on “Review: Wintersong

  1. I heard quite a few things about this book and I’m glad to get another perspective. Most say it’s great but I was sceptical. Hope you read something more enjoyable soon. I actually read Red Winter by Annette Marie and I really enjoyed that one. Might want to give it a try 😉

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