‘Wintersong’ by S. Jae-Jones – Book Review

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. 

Preview

I’m rather excited about reading this because it’s inspired by one of my films and well….

BOWIE!!!!!

Oh I do dearest Jareth….

Anyway, much and all as I wish this was basically the book of the 1986 film Labyrinth it’s not…. So hopefully my expectations aren’t set too high….

*starts daydreaming*

Btw, if you haven’t seen Labyrinth yet….what have you been doing for the last 30 odd years!?!?!?!?!?


that 3am feeling mid-read

I am BESOTTED with this book. I love late nights of reading stories like this. Sensuous, slow-burning, as much about self-discovery as romance and fantastical occurrences.

Oh and a Goblin King who has stolen my heart my sanity.


Review

“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.”

Oooh I reeeeeally liked this.
It had that essence of bittersweet mixed with utter madness. The writing was dreamy. 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-fuckery. Both figurative and literal. The sensuousness…. HOT DAMN!!!!

This is a pretty ridiculous review. This is just one of those cases when I can’t really eloquently express myself so I just need to do this…

But I guess only read it if you like your books slow with a heavy sprinkling of meandering.
Which I do!

four and a half stars

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

  1. 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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  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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