AUTHOR: S. JAE-JONES • SERIES: WINTERSONG • CATEGORY: FANTASY / YOUNG ADULT • PAGES: 368
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Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.
When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King-who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world-or the ones Liesl loves-is in her hands?
I am calling it early but this has to be the book of the year. This is masterful. The lyrical writing from S. Jae-Jones is beyond words. I honestly don’t think I can articulate just how wonderful this book is. The lines are blurred between insanity, fantasy and reality in the most beautiful way. The writing is vivid and it gives the sense that you are almost moving through the book and not simply reading a story. It is like reading a strange magical dream.
The darker side of Leisels character is explored in this book and the result is equal parts mad and brilliant. We don’t see much of The Goblin King in this sequel but he is still an ever lingering presence almost haunting Leisel. Towards the end of the book it seemed impossible that there would be a satisfying ending for all of the characters, but somehow the author achieved just that.
Put simply I loved this book. Brilliant, magical, haunting… Perfect.
Overall Rating: ☕☕☕☕☕ 5/5 teacups
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