I went into this book already in love with the concept of it and wanting to love every part of it. Unfortunately this was not true, though Wintersong was a wonderful novel there were part of it that I did not enjoy. I suppose that this novel was slower than I wanted it to be. There were parts that bored me and made it difficult for me to get through this novel. Overall though, I did find it to be an interesting novel.
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.
🌟🌟🌟 and a half out of 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 stars
I loved Liesl as a character, I love how she has given everything up for her siblings. She gave her music up in favor of her little brother and she gave the man she desired up for her sister. More than that though, I love how she can still love her siblings after being overshadowed by them her entire life. Lisel is a selfless character to the point of being kind of flat in personality. It was really the only flaw I had with her. Liesl’s entire personality was build on love of her siblings and her devotion to her family. I really wish that the book would have discusses Liesl’s past more, it seemed like the most interesting part of her character.
It took me a long time to get through the first part of the book, up until Liesl was taken into the underground. I found most of it dull. Wintersong picked up once Liesl went into the Underground after her sister. The Goblin King was by far my favorite character. He was complex and captivating. There were so many layers to his character it made Liesl pale even more in comparison.The Goblin King is such a beautifully tragic character and the more the book relives the greater he becomes.
Together Lisel and the Goblin King flourish. The parts of the book where they are together were the best parts. Liesl’s character does develope a little more during these periods, but it still focuses around her family and music. She longs for her family while she is being held in the underground. Lisel seems to be a character that cannot be selfish, she wants to be with her family even though they never gave her what she needed to flourish. The Goblin King does all that for her, he loves her even, and still she wishes to leave. He understands that as well, the Goblin King is willing to let Liesl go, even though he has come to love her. That was the most heartbreaking part of the novel, that the Goblin King is willing to let Liesl go when he knows they will not be together again. That in the end he lets her go, breaking his own heart.
Overall, though some parts bored me, the ending of Wintersong broke my heart. This book wasn’t everything I wanted it to be, but it was still good.