Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones – Book Review

Title: Wintersong

Series: Wintersong #1

Author: S. Jae-Jones

Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Atmospheric, Dark/Toxic Romance, Mental Health, Music

Blurb from Goodreads

The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride…

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds―and the mysterious man who rules it―she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Dark, romantic, and powerful, S. Jae-Jones’ Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.

My Review

I was so excited about reading Wintersong because it’s inspired by one of my films… LABYRINTH! I adored that film so much as a kid and was so taken with David Bowie playing the role of Jareth, the Goblin King. Anyway, much and all as I may have wished Wintersong was basically the book of the 1986 film it isn’t. So I was hoping that my high expectations wouldn’t come crashing down all around me….

READER MY EXPECTATIONS WERE WELL AND TRULY MET AND THRN SOME!

Because I am BESOTTED with this book. I couldn’t put it down and stayed up reading waaaaaay longer than I should have. But gosh I do love late nights of reading stories like this. Sensuous, slow-burning, as much about self-discovery as romance and fantastical occurrences.

Oh and obvs there was a fabulous Goblin King who stole my heart my sanity.

“Tenderness, affection, and anguish, all in one. It was a look of love. Then the scene broke into pieces, shattering and falling about me like shards of glass. A mirror. A dream.”

Wintersong had that essence of bittersweet mixed with utterly intoxicating obsession.

The writing was dreamy.

And the atmosphere?

Oh the glorious atmosphere…slow, sensual… A story of being both lost and found.

This is a story all about the deliberate passage of time. It’s not for action junkies, and yet, at its core it is an ethereal circus of hysteria. Of confusion. Of quiet despair and of great longing.

The main character Liesel defines herself by her ordinariness. She is similar to you or I in that respect. But like all of us, she is so much more than that. She’s a ticking time bomb of emotion, of unknown depths…

“Light my fire, and watch me burn”

Liesel was a girl of shadows. Used to being banished to them, hiding in them, feeling secure in them but also fearful of them… She was a character forged in the fortitude of shadows.

But in these shadows she learned who she truly was. This was about her story of self discovery. Of becoming comfortable in her own skin.

And the Goblin King…

I can’t even begin to describe my love for this character. It started with my undying love for Bowie in Labyrinth (and therefore a heavy bias of schoolgirl emotion towards this simulation) but it finished with something so much more human and powerful, yet entirely other worldly and magical… To me he was the ultimate in fantastical, shadowy leading men.

But what made him so captivating was the light and shade of his character. He was utterly capricious: there were moments of sheer malevolence which were then followed by such softness. His presence was ever felt and was always beguiling. He was forlornly austere and both powerful and powerless.

And I have claimed him for mine!!!

“If Lucifer’s sin was pride, then mine was covetousness. More and more and more. It wasn’t enough. It would never be enough.”

And then there was the mind-addling. Both figurative and literal. The sensuousness…. HOT DAMN!!!!

I realise this review is particularly lacking in any critique of analysis of the storyline … it’s just that I’m so in love with this book that I can’t think straight. I don’t know how to review something that moved me as deeply as this did while also making me exceptionally gleeful.

All I can say is if you enjoy your books to be incredibly atmospheric but with a rather heavy sprinkling of meandering then you should definitely pick up Wintersong.

Simply put, I loved it.

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14 thoughts on “Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones – Book Review

  1. What a great review! Labyrinth is such a great movie, like there aren’t enough good things I could say about it😂 also, Sir Didymus is, at least in my opinion, too underrated.

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  2. First off: the cover is gorgeous! I’m a total sucker for that 💙 unfortunately I’m one of the (probably few) people who have never seen Labyrinthe 😂 I was a bit skeptical when I saw ‘goblin’ but your reiteration of slow and sensuous as an atmosphere has me hooked! Plus, I’m sensing moodiness and slow-burn drama. This is my kinda book! I’ve never heard of it before but I’m definitely going to follow your advice and give it a try! 💙 Jen

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    1. Oh this is such a slow burn book. I adored it. ADORED IT!!!! And I’m not sure how much of my adoration was due to thinking about the film and how much was due to the book…because they are quite different. Different characters, different plot structures etc. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it if you do read it because you would be a lot less biased than I was lol!!!! :))))

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  3. I’m so glad you liked this one! Labyrinth is one of my favourite films (I love Jareth so much), so I’ve always been a bit torn when it comes to this book – I don’t know if I want to read it because it’s giving me Labyrinth vibes, or if I don’t want to read it because I’m expecting something from it when it deserves to be its own story. It sounds like it’s definitely one I need to check out this winter, though! 😀

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    1. Well as you can tell I’m simply besotted with this book!!! Because it isn’t a retelling of the film per se, it’s got different characters, a different plot so it’s just like the film more in feeling rather than anything else. I know both myself and another Goodreads friend of mine are big fans of the original film and both of us loved the book… Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it if you do decide to read it Jess :)))

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