Long time no write (again), my faithful readers! Today, I will be talking about a recent release, “Wintersong” by S. Jae-Jones. I want to premise this with the following: if you have ever seen the 1986 movie, The Labyrinth, with David Bowie, this book will make you think of that movie. However, do not let your opinion of the movie cloud or color your willingness to read this book.
A bit more about the book: It’s a goblin king story that is set in a Germany (I’m assuming this since everybody in the book kept talking in German); the time-period … was, I’m guessing, somewhere in the 1800s. I couldn’t ever quite put my finger on it, though a good portion of my brain was looking for period markers or indicators whilst I was devouring this book. The main character, Liesel, is heroine for any child that kind of has the middle-child syndrome (even though she is not a middle child). She suffers and is also proud of being the one in her family that takes care of her younger siblings. Sure, she has a mother and a father, but she somehow has become the primary care-taker of her siblings. The other main character, The Goblin King, is a mean sprite that still manages to generate a lot of empathy from the reader, and Liesel as well. But those are just the main characters. The supporting characters are also very lovable (and annoying). And they have some great moments of growth and ache within Liesel and the Goblin King’s narrative.
The main appeal of this book for me was the very active role that music played in it. Music was more than just a nicely painted scene in the book, but a character. It was a piece of Liesel that was an integral to her being as her arms and legs were. It was also a part of The Goblin King’s identity. It was a part of the identity of all the characters really. It was the line of connection between every single character in the book. This level of integration made the book seem that much more magical. It was magic to see the power of music over everybody’s soul and their decisions.
So, if you love music and you love a GOOD love story (did I forget to mention it was also a love story?), check this out!