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Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“I’m sorry, the old Kate can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh! Because Wintersong FUCKING DESTROYED HER.”
My emotions are all over the place right now. I loved this book. This beautiful, heartbreaking book. I never expected to love it as much as I do.
Before I started reading Wintersong, I saw people describing it as ‘poetic’, which sort of scared me. I’m not a one for poetic books, as I’m not the – ah – sharpest tool in the shed, and a lot of the poetic-ness (see?) sort of goes over my head as pretentious rubbish. But the writing in Wintersong blew me away. It’s so gorgeous. Sometimes you read books where it’s just so obvious that the author is trying too hard to sound clever and funny. but that definitely wasn’t the case here. All of it was believable.
Liesel lives in the shadows of her younger sister and brother, never being able to live up to her beauty and his talent. She is, however, a dreamer; she has grown up with tales of the beautiful and deadly Goblin King, and has allowed those tales to inspire her music writing. She played with the Goblin King when she was a girl, enchanting him with her music, but as she grew up, she dismissed those memories as childish dreams.
When her sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesel enters a high-stake game to save her sister back from Underground. But she also needs to save herself.
Liesel is a fantastic narrator. She is a dreamer, but she’s also realistic. She is brave and selfless, but she’s also selfish. Her love of music was so beautiful to read about, and the descriptions of her music composing left me in awe.
The Goblin King broke my heart. At the beginning he kept me on my toes, and I analysed everything he said, but as little bits and pieces of his past are revealed, along with his feelings for Liesel…god help me. I’m a goner.
While their relationship may be quite toxic, I still love these two so much. The ending was so heartbreakingly beautiful. The theme of Liesel growing up and apart from the Goblin King was so well done and written; I can’t say too much in case I give the ending away but my god I am not okay.
Wintersong is a feast for the senses; S. Jae-Jones’s writing is so haunting and vivid. This is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time. Her writing is like slipping on a jumper from the tumble dryer; warm and comforting and safe.
But most importantly; when can I get book 2?!