Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

My Rating: 5 Stars!

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Griffin

Publish Date: February 7th, 2017

Received: Christmas Present 2017!

Purchase: Amazon


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 and 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. 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, Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.

Opening Sentence: “Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood.”


Wintersong is full of lush fantasy, romance, and mischievous heart. Inspired by The Labyrinth, Wintersong is a tale spun with string filled with nostalgia using old and new ideas to create something wholly original and unique. Filled with some spindly characters and sung with the soul of beautiful music Wintersong is one of my favorite books of 2017.

I have seen many describe this novel as slow paced and burdened by its heavy musical influence. However for me this book was just rightly paced for me to fall in love with its characters and all of its contents. I felt like the music added another layer of passion. Especially as it lead us to understand the characters at their soul level instead of just at the surface. It was in a way the way each character communicated to the other and in the end it made the story feel all the more alive in my hands.

The Goblin King is a sensuous and magical being that took me back to year ago when I first watched the magic that was the Labyrinth. To be able to read an actual romance with the Goblin King was so amazing and magical to me. It is something that I had always been craving for years. To have this gorgeous sinewy creature a companion to match him with their wits and fiery passion. Seeing Liesl and The Goblin King grow together was something out of my very dreams and it made me incredibly happy.

There is so much to love about this fabulous book and I could go on and on about it for ages on end, but truly I want everyone to experience its magic for themselves.

Thank for reading! What are your thoughts on Wintersong? Are you ready for the sequel?

-Till next time!

18 thoughts on “Wintersong: A Book Filled With Magic

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! I am very picky with fantasy, but I actually really enjoyed this one as well. It actually seemed like I was the minority because a lot of people seemed to dislike this book, and I can see why, but for me it had so many redeeming qualities. Great review!❤️❤️

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  2. This was probably my least favourite book of 2017 (just because of having a lot of issues with it)… But I do 100% agree with you about the music. It was written into the story so well, and added so much. I wish more books had music incorporated in such a way. Great review!

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    1. I’m so sorry that you didn’t enjoy this book. I am glad that the music wasn’t the reason for it though (it seemed to be a lot of others issues with it). This book doesn’t seem to be for everyone so I can understand somewhat why you would dislike it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me!

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  3. Great review! I was originally undecided of how I felt when I read it back in fall 2016. But with many of those elements staying with me into this year, I wanted to read it again since I loved the musical element, the world building of the Underground and obviously the Goblin King. I’m slowly making my through a re-read in time for the sequel 🙂

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  4. I’ve actually seen this book around quite a bit, but I don’t know that I’ve really heard from anyone who’s read it? It’s super interesting to hear that you loved t so much! I’m definitely intrigued by it. I may just have to get myself a copy!


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