Title: Wintersong (Wintersong #1)
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling
Release Day: February 7th 2017
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
3 stars because my god the writing!
“You are the one who wanted a happy ending, my dear. So you tell me, how does the story end?”
Tears slipped from my face, and he wiped them away with his thumbs.
“The foolish young man lets the beautiful maiden go.”
“Yes.” His voice was clotted thick with unshed emotion. “He lets her go.”
This book is not for everyone. First of all it is slow as fuck, 30% in and nothing had happened, I had to push myself most of the time to actually finish it and that’s never a good sign. But I did, once I pushed myself past the 30-35% mark, it picked up pace and it got to the plot, which lasted about another 30-40% before it dropped again. So really, you can reduce this into a novella and not miss a moment. It. Is.THAT. SLOW. And it has a lyrical writing that combined with the pace, it makes for a very slow reading experience. But you know what? I liked it.
“Love is the bridge that spans the world above and below, and keeps the wheel of life turning.”
This is a retelling of Labyrinth. Which I’m not familiar with, but I saw it on NetGalley and I loved the cover, the blurb sounded awesome and I went for it. Liesl, a young girl who loves music and her sister Kathe are the two protagonists that get trapped in the Underground by the Goblin King. This is my first book about goblins and I kind of find them fascinating in a disturbing way? The power they had, the underground and all of the creatures, I’ve never read anything like it before. Once the story gets to that part, it all becomes so rich. In dialogue, in characters and the potential this plot has.
“This was the immortality humans were meant to have: to be remembered by those who loved us long after our bodies have crumbled into dust.”
Lyrical writing is something that if done right can make a book so damn good and this one was good. Liesl and the Gobling King form a romantic relationship – which happened sort of out of the blue for me so I didn’t get it at first and I wanted more time to get there but with Kathe to the mix and how he affect the world above as well as the little tales we were told during this about the history of these people, it was so damn good. Although the sisters are not my kind of people, sometimes I just wanted to reach in the book and yell at Liesl because FOR REAL GIRL WTF ARE YOU DOING WAKE THE FUCK UP, but you know what not all fictional characters have to be perfect and I’ll leave it at that.
“Does the crown serve the king or the king serve the crown?”
There’s a hint of politics among worlds, a ton of music that might annoy a lot of readers, some creepy stuff and slow, so damn slow progression with anything that will make you go mad but 80% in I had already paused my reading and went to request the next one. Hopefully it will be a bit faster because there’s so much to read about this world and I know the pacing will make a lot of readers DNF this. But if you’re in the mood for something slow, this is most definitely it.