Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Retelling
I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I am so in love with this book, I hope this review is coherent and not just drooling and gushing.
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
Wintersong has gorgeous writing, and it reads like a fairy tale. While going through the story, it felt like a familiar tale, with retelling of stories we know, but rewritten to something darker, more seducing. I immediately want to buy the hardcover copy of this duology and read it there, because this certainly made to my favorite books I’ve read so far. The romance was twisted in the beginning, and it became more loving and not abusive by the end of it. Because it’s a fairy tale and the love interest has been so far from his humanity, I was okay with it, but if you have problems reading this kind of “angsty” relationship, maybe skip this book.
The world building was beautiful, and I loved so much the constant musical theme of this book and added some of the mentioned music to my playlist. It’s juts so beautiful, and listening to classical music while reading this is SO perfect. It was also a perfect read for a cold, snowy day.
I don’t think this book is for the very young adults, despite it being a YA. Maybe 16+.
From the reviews I’ve seen, Wintersong is a hit or miss with lots of people. To enjoy this book, I think you need to like dark fairy tales, romances, trickery and a touch of gothic.