Blog Tour/Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones


Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.


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This author has a way with words, that much is clear when you read so many poetic lines throughout the story. I was drawn to read Wintersong and begged for a chance to be on this tour because I had to know what the hype was about. I mean really, I saw the cover and heard the mention of a Goblin King and goblins…and I was like, “sign me up”. Such a unique story, I have never come across goblins in all my years of readings. This is not your typical YA, and disclaimer, there is no HEA in my opinion, and S. Jae-Jones is bringing something completely new to the genre.

I loathed Kathe for being such a selfish character. I also felt alot of sympathy for Liesl for having to bear the weight of her diminished hopes and dreams. The Goblin King is charming and still a mystery to me that I yearn to know more. Overall, up until the last 10%, the story had me hooked. I wanted to know more, I was curious as to how selfish or selfless these characters would be.

I had a few issues with the book, there were parts of the story that lacked fluidity, it seemed like I was jumping around at times. In addition, the last 10% of the story felt really rushed and I was kinda disappointed as I came to the end on my Kindle, because I still have unanswered questions. There were just a lot of gaps in the story about secondary characters and I wanted closure. I also really wished that there was an HEA…I could have totally seen that happening but the ending left me with alot to be desired.


S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the author of Wintersong, forthcoming from Thomas Dunne in February 2017.

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.




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