My rating: 4of 5 stars
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Music
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.
Such gorgeous writing.
Too often authors have incredible ideas of stories to write. So we’re excited about them and want only to find a time-machine to transport us into the future with the intention to read said stories.
And then we do, after months of waiting (still waiting on that time-machine, by the way) and we’re disappointed because, although the author had a great idea, the execution was so-so or completely mediocre.
Am I right? Which is why I am so extremely happy and proud to be able to say that ‘‘Wintersong’’ is as good as it sounds (and looks—exquisite cover!), because the narration is absolutely captivating.
It’s a dark but romantic and magical fantasy poem—I mean novel. But it’s so poetic that, at some point, you’re going to stop thinking of this as being just another book and look at it with reverence and wonder, ‘‘Was this marvel written in another world? Somewhere with real magic?’’
Whenever I will feel uninspired or uninspiring, I will read a chapter of this book.
The story is very interesting, especially because there aren’t many like this one (that I know of). How often are goblins featured in fantasy novels, anyway? Rarely. And, I don’t know about you, but I find love-hate relationships kind of really sexy, especially when there’s a touch of mystery and darkness to the romance.
Though, do not expect adventure, action, a large series of events or even elemental magic. There is more showing than telling, but the telling is done so well that I simply did not care for the repetition or slow-pacing.
What I did not like as much was how important multiple characters were in the beginning of the story, but then not anymore as the story progressed. I missed Käthe and I missed Josef. And, really, if you’re to include a gay character in your story, why not actually focus a little bit on their romance story as well, huh?
It is true, sadly, that this book will not work for everyone. If, however, you love lyrical writing and character-driven stories with an emphasis on romance and a dark atmosphere, this may just be your fantasy win of 2017.
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