Author: S. Jae-Jones
Series: Wintersong #1 and #2
Rating: Wintersong: 5/5 Stars
Shadowsong: 4.5/5 Stars
Summary of Book One: “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.” -From Goodreads
Review: I finally binge read this duology that I have been wanting to read after hearing about the first book. I will say if the summary interests you, then try out the first book.
With Wintersong the writing was amazing. S. Jae-Jones has a way with words that makes the book come to life. The language presented through out this book, as well as the sequel, grounds the world that the story is taking place in. She also does a great job with using first person through out this whole novel. You get a nice bond between the reader and the main character because of being in their head the whole time.
The story was an interesting one. I haven’t any story like this before, except for the Golbins of Bellwater, but this book does it better than that book. Though I do think there are two stories in the first book. The first half is a story about the main character getting her sister back and the second half is of the main character going through something else. The transition between these two parts is a smooth one. I actually enjoined the fact that there were basically two stories in this first book because there felt like a weight to it.
Now onto Shadowsong, I won’t go too much into to it to avoid any spoiler, but I did enjoy this book as well.
The story though I did find lacking at times because, for me, it did drag and nothing really happened sometimes. The middle and the ending of the book made the story more interesting than the beginning. Though I did like the use of letters since it brought more to the story.
The writing was still the same as found in the book one. I applause the author for being able to write about mental health in this second book, which is something I thought was done well in this book. It was nice to have more than one perspective. It gave more to the story than it did in the first book when it was only in the perspective of the main character.
Overall, I do think readers should give this duology a try. Writers should also read these books as well to see the use of perspective and language used, as well as the use of art with these book using music as the art.