Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, oh how I struggled to love it

Posted December 30, 2017 by Pamela Nicole in Reading, Reviews / 4 Comments

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, oh how I struggled to love itWintersong by S. Jae-Jones
Published by Macmillan on February 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Romance, Historical
Pages: 448


Wintersong is a maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things, all tied together with exquisite writing. This is a world you will want to stay lost in.” —Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling authorDark, romantic, and unforgettable, Wintersong is an enchanting coming-of-age story for fans of Labyrinth and Beauty and the Beast.

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.

Rich with music and magic, S. Jae-Jones's Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.

"This was Labyrinth by way of Angela Carter. Deliciously romantic, with a nuanced Goblin King and a strong heroine, this story was rife with fairy tales, music, and enchantment." —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen


So why, why didn’t I love it?

I got bored. 

In paper, it all sounded great! Compelling characters with a magical and interesting storyline! The writing was beautiful but… I just couldn’t connect with anything that happened after Liesl made her way to the Underground. This was one of those cases where I’m pretty sure it was me, and not really the book’s fault.

I finished it, though! And I’m happy about that. I only wish I had enjoyed it more.


Why I stuck with it to the end

Wintersong is a story about a girl becoming a woman. Liesl comes Elizabeth. The inkeeper’s daughter becomes The Goblin Queen. She’s a composer but she’s afraid of sharing her music, of owning her music. It got a bit confusing towards the end, but what really spoke to me was the repressing part. She represses her artistic side in favor of more practical notions and that’s something a lot of us can relate to.

The relatability factor was its saving grace for me.


Would I read the sequel?

I think I would. I hope it gets more interesting! Fortunately, Wintersong did leave me hooked enough to want to follow Liesl’s journey. I loved her and the Gobling King and her family and this world. Something went wrong along the way but I’d definitely like to know what happens next!


Hi, I’m Pamela, your curly-haired bookdragon friend, here to talk about books, writing, introversion, and everything creativity! I also teach creative writing through workshops and online courses to spanish-speaking writers.

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4 responses to “Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, oh how I struggled to love it

  1. Jo

    This book has been on my list for so long, it’s a shame you didn’t enjoy it that much! Hopefully, you’ll find the rest of the series more interesting!

    • You have no idea. The same just happened with An Enchantment of Ravens. I just hope my next read is more exciting XD

      AND THANKS I live for comments so THANKS for visiting too.