Book Reviews

Wintersong (Wintersong, #1) by S. Jae-Jones

WintersongTitle: Wintersong (Wintersong, #1)
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Rating: ★★★ 

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

As a tribute to Shadowsong being published today, I figured I would post my review of Wintersong. Let me start by commenting on how much I adore this cover. So beautiful!

What is eternal life but a prolonged death

Eternal life is certainly something that many wish for, right? However, is it really worth it in the end? Ending up alone and seeing others you care for die? The Lord of Mischief, aka the Goblin King, is the epitome of this desire. However, what happens when you only get one life? Could you risk it all to save those you love? This is exactly the dilemma that Liesl faces when the Käthe is kidnapped. In order to save Käthe, Liesl offers herself in marriage to the Goblin King.

What’s the use of running, if we are on the wrong road

Liesl, the reliable, plain child of the family lived in the shadow of her beautiful sister and talented brother. While her main source of love came from music, she was never in the spotlight like her brother, especially in her father’s eyes. In order to save the ones she loves, she sacrifices her dreams to preserves theirs, sacrificing her music for the Goblin King.

Life,” he said softly, “is more than flesh. Your body is a candle, your soul the flame. The longer I burn the candle…” He did not finish.
“A candle unused is nothing but wax and wick,” I said.“I would rather light the flame, knowing it will go out than sit forever in darkness.

After being betrothed to the Goblin King, Liesl finds that in exchange for the life of her sister, she sacrificed her own…literally. While Liesl becomes her best person living in the Underworld with the Goblin King, she is slowly dying. Getting closer acquainted with the Goblin King, both physically and emotionally, her love of music soars and is quite content with her living situation. However, this leads to the question of…What am I willing to sacrifice? Can Liesl sacrifice herself in order to spend the last of her short life with the Goblin King or will she sacrifice her love of him for life? Will love make the Goblin King sacrifice his happiness in order to save the one he loves?

While I did enjoy the novel,  I don’t understand how Liesl could love someone who kidnapped her sister and made her sacrifice so much for his happiness alone, and in deceitful ways? Not to mention, the Goblin King is bipolar. I guess it’s the whole bad boy thing, which I will never understand. It’s like a Beauty & The Beast rendition. With that said, I still will have to find out what happens in the sequel.