Series: Wintersong #1
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Release Date: 2/7/17
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis 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.
“You are the Monster I choose.”
A few days after I finished the book and that line along with the imagery from the book are still invading my thoughts. The book was haunting, with prose that brought the world and characters into reality. The book was darker and far creepier than I was expecting but it worked wonderfully for the story. The plot was enough to draw me in and keep me reading. The fact the Liesl is plain and physically unattractive is a large part of the story and I thought that added a lot of value to the story because we see the other traits she has that make her an amazing person. The fact that she doesn’t suddenly become beautiful was also refreshing as that is too often the case in YA books. I also appreciated the unexpected ending. I’m not sure where the second book is headed but I will certainly be picking it up! The only thing that took it down a star for me was the slightly slow pacing and the fact that there was too much music and not enough labyrinth. The book was slightly unbalanced in that regard. Otherwise it was a fabulous read.
*I received this book from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review*