Book Review: Wintersong | S. Jae-Jones
I have always had a love for all things fairy tale, folklore or mythology and I love a good story than can give me a magical new take on tales from way back when. When I was asked if I wanted a copy of ‘Wintersong’ by S. Jae-Jones courtesy of Titan Publishers, I was thrilled to say yes.
Firstly it is essentially a retelling of Labyrinth but what this book does is take its inspiration from the folklore behind the tales of the Goblin King. While reading it you do get flash backs to the wonderful film, but this story delves deeper into the legends and the magical tale of all that encompasses the legends and the mythology. What happens when you read this book is you find that you are transported into the world that S. Jae-Jones so wonderfully crafts. If you are a visual reader like myself then you will see this book played out in your head as if you were in a movie version of this story.
While the man bones of the tale is there what the author does is flesh it out with her own imagination and wonderfully creative way of writing. Sure we still have the devious ways of the Goblin King and the mischief and trouble that he and his kind like to create, but we also get to see a glimpse of the man behind the crown.
One of the key themes that I picked up on throughout this book was this idea of imprisonment and sacrifice. Not necessarily enforced incarceration which is something this book deals with, but more so how we keep ourselves captive in roles that aren’t necessarily right for us or what we would wish for our own lives. Also it looks at how much of ourselves are we willing to sacrifice of ourselves in order to put others first and when do we draw a line before we lose ourselves completely.
Liesl is our wonderful leading lady who has no idea just how strong or talented she is, and is seen to be struggling with figuring out her true identity. It is only when she is forced into a number of challenging situations that she begins to realise who she actually is and who she wants to become.
I really enjoyed this story and am excited to see what S. Jae-Jones does next, I adore this kind of skilled magical writing and hope the author can write fast. Purely because I am inpatient soul and love fairy tales.
I genuinely don’t think I can fault this book at all, even the cover is stunning.
I gave these book a magically romantic 10/10
About the book:
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
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.
About the author:
S. Jae-Jones (called JJ) is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the author of Wintersong. (Thomas Dunne, 2016). Before moving to grits country, she was YA fiction editor in New York City. A southern California native, she now lives in North Carolina with her doctor Bear and a stuffed baby harp seal named White-Harp. To learn more about her adventures, please visit her website or come chat with her on Twitter.