Book Review In 7 Questions: Wintersong
Author: S. Jae Jones
Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Gothic Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 2017
Moderate to High. The lead is okay, but The Goblin King steals the show
Imminent Danger Rating: Moderate (Action wise)
A young woman who underestimates her talents, beauty and gifts struggles to look after her family. A mysterious, complicated stranger enters the picture…Goblins.
Moderate. (See below) Don’t expect the same plot line from the film. It starts out with a fairly similar “Kidnap” riddle situation, but that’s a footnote to something more complex and definitely more adult in nature.
If you love Labyrinth, then you will want to check this out as it has less to do with Elisabeth’s navigation of the maze, and focuses more on her relationship with / the story of The Goblin King’. The main character is also musically talented in a time where women weren’t allowed to excel in many fields, as opposed to just a spoiled actress which is a nice change.
Standout Moments or Strengths:
Leisel’s aka Elizabeth’s musical inclinations, the tasteful , in depth exploration and development of her relationship with the Goblin King. Her portrayal of The Goblin King (see below).
If you like the 1980s classic Labyrinth starring David Bowie, there are a lot of aspects of this book you will enjoy – from her physical depictions of him, to some familiar sounding phrases and the fact she made him an even more complex character. Clearly it appears that Jae Jones is a fan or admirer of the late great icon (he is David Bowie after all) and that does pleasantly come across in the book. (Hello, those gorgeous mismatched eyes). Don’t expect a Labyrinth re-telling – this a more adult story. I had to admit that I was surprised by the adult – like turn in the plot, which had scenes (as well written as they were) I would even find in adult literature. As an adult, there were a lot of aspects regarding her interaction with the Goblin King that I generally liked. For readers who are expecting more physical adventure / danger, this is more like a character study based romantic fairy tale. I did enjoy it , even if I wish it was a bit shorter, but the fact The Goblin King was very prominent in the scenes throughout the novel made me want to keep reading.
P.S. I SO miss David Bowie. So I enjoyed the time I spent visualizing him while I read this.
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