Synopsis: 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
Liesl has forgotten the young boy he played with as a child and now he wants her to remember him. As an adult she’s torn between believing what her grandmother taught her as an child and moving on to help her brother with his music.
Well, this is going to be a tough book to review because I still don’t know how I feel about it. On one hand I loved it’s beautiful darkness and romantic tones, on the other hand it felt a bit off.
The story overall seems very bitty. The different parts of the story feel like they’ve been roughly sown together. The actual writing is beautiful, dark and poetic which makes it feel like the story flows. However, the actual plot is disjointed. The idea for Wintersong could be great, if it flowed better.
Going back to the writing style, it really is beautiful. The poetic writing and the musical elements are amazing. I love how music is so prominent in the book and it’s the one thing that connects the whole story and the characters together.
The ending of Wintersong is what redeems the story. Knowing that there is a sequel coming out does make me like the book more as the ending did feel incomplete.
It’s not my favourite read of the year, but if you love fantasy or music I’d definitely say give it a go.