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Wintersong by [Jae-Jones, S.]
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Wintersong Kindle Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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The legend of the cruel and pitiless Erl-king anchors a darkly lush and dangerous tale of a stifled young woman s creative awakening. Beautiful writing evokes powerful emotions in this journey into the meaning of sacrifice and the power of love. Kate Elliott, bestselling author of the Crossroads and Crown of Stars series

""Wintersong "is a maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things, all tied together with exquisite writing. This is a world you will want to stay lost in." Marie Lu, #1" New York Times" bestselling author of "Legend" and "The Young Elites"

"Spellbinding and sexy, "Wintersong "is a feast for all the senses. I didn't want this beautifully written book to end." Renee Ahdieh, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of" The Wrath and the Dawn"
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"This was Labyrinth by way of Angela Carter, and I think my soul has been aching for a book like" Wintersong "for the last decade. Deliciously romantic, with a nuanced Goblin King and a strong heroine, this story was rife with fairy tales, music, and enchantment." Roshani Chokshi, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Star-Touched Queen"
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"""S. Jae-Jones has a great grasp of emotion in her writing, and plucks your heart-strings from the very first pages. This story will make you hurt in the most fantastic way. It is captivating. A very strong debut." Charlie N. Holmberg, bestselling author of "The Paper Magician"
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The legend of the cruel and pitiless Erl-king anchors a darkly lush and dangerous tale of a stifled young woman s creative awakening. Beautiful writing evokes powerful emotions in this journey into the meaning of sacrifice and the power of love. Kate Elliott, New York Times bestselling author of the Crossroads and Crown of Stars series

"Wintersong is a maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things, all tied together with exquisite writing. This is a world you will want to stay lost in." Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites

"Spellbinding and sexy, Wintersong is a feast for all the senses. I didn't want this beautifully written book to end." Renee Ahdieh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

"This was Labyrinth by way of Angela Carter, and I think my soul has been aching for a book like Wintersong for the last decade. Deliciously romantic, with a nuanced Goblin King and a strong heroine, this story was rife with fairy tales, music, and enchantment." Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

"S. Jae-Jones has a great grasp of emotion in her writing, and plucks your heart-strings from the very first pages. This story will make you hurt in the most fantastic way. It is captivating. A very strong debut." Charlie N. Holmberg, bestselling author of The Paper Magician

"This is an exquisitely and lyrically crafted tale of longing, sibling loyalty, and the importance of women in a time when women were so often overlooked. Eerie, unsettling, and above all, full of music." Booklist (starred review)

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The legend of the cruel and pitiless Erl-king anchors a darkly lush and dangerous tale of a stifled young woman s creative awakening. Beautiful writing evokes powerful emotions in this journey into the meaning of sacrifice and the power of love. Kate Elliott, New York Times bestselling author of the Crossroads and Crown of Stars series

"Wintersong is a maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things, all tied together with exquisite writing. This is a world you will want to stay lost in." Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites

"Spellbinding and sexy, Wintersong is a feast for all the senses. I didn't want this beautifully written book to end." Renee Ahdieh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

"This was Labyrinth by way of Angela Carter, and I think my soul has been aching for a book like Wintersong for the last decade. Deliciously romantic, with a nuanced Goblin King and a strong heroine, this story was rife with fairy tales, music, and enchantment." Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

"S. Jae-Jones has a great grasp of emotion in her writing, and plucks your heart-strings from the very first pages. This story will make you hurt in the most fantastic way. It is captivating. A very strong debut." Charlie N. Holmberg, bestselling author of The Paper Magician

"This is an exquisitely and lyrically crafted tale of longing, sibling loyalty, and the importance of women in a time when women were so often overlooked. Eerie, unsettling, and above all, full of music." Booklist (starred review)

"Jae-Jones writes beautifully about the magic of love, the power of music, and the importance of free will." Publishers Weekly

"Structured as a sonata, the final movement culminates in a bittersweet sacrifice that will leave readers... savoring the delicious tragedy." Kirkus Reviews

"[R]ife with intricate details and world-building, as well as the charged relationship between Liesl and the Goblin King. Fans of Gregory Maguire's Egg & Spoon or E.K. Johnston's A Thousand Nights will be drawn to the in-depth depictions of the goblin's realm." School Library Journal

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"The legend of the cruel and pitiless Erl-king anchors a darkly lush and dangerous tale of a stifled young woman's creative awakening. Beautiful writing evokes powerful emotions in this journey into the meaning of sacrifice and the power of love."--Kate Elliott, New York Times bestselling author of the Crossroads and Crown of Stars series

"Wintersong is a maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things, all tied together with exquisite writing. This is a world you will want to stay lost in."--Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites

"Spellbinding and sexy, Wintersong is a feast for all the senses. I didn't want this beautifully written book to end."--Renee Ahdieh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn

"This was Labyrinth by way of Angela Carter, and I think my soul has been aching for a book like Wintersong for the last decade. Deliciously romantic, with a nuanced Goblin King and a strong heroine, this story was rife with fairy tales, music, and enchantment."--Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

"S. Jae-Jones has a great grasp of emotion in her writing, and plucks your heart-strings from the very first pages. This story will make you hurt in the most fantastic way. It is captivating. A very strong debut."--Charlie N. Holmberg, bestselling author of The Paper Magician

"This is an exquisitely and lyrically crafted tale of longing, sibling loyalty, and the importance of women in a time when women were so often overlooked. Eerie, unsettling, and above all, full of music." --Booklist (starred review)

"Jae-Jones writes beautifully about the magic of love, the power of music, and the importance of free will." --Publishers Weekly

"Structured as a sonata, the final movement culminates in a bittersweet sacrifice that will leave readers... savoring the delicious tragedy." --Kirkus Reviews

"[R]ife with intricate details and world-building, as well as the charged relationship between Liesl and the Goblin King. Fans of Gregory Maguire's Egg & Spoon or E.K. Johnston's A Thousand Nights will be drawn to the in-depth depictions of the goblin's realm." --School Library Journal

About the Author

S. Jae-Jones (called JJ) is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and erstwhile editrix. When not obsessing over books, she can be found jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, co-hosting the Pub(lishing) Crawl podcast, or playing dress-up. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives in North Carolina, as well as many other places on the internet, including Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1846 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (7 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N32HL9D
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
I wanted to like this book, really, I did. But I just couldn't. There were so many trope faux pas, and not in a good way. Sometimes an author breaks a trope and its great, and refreshing, but not in this instance.

This book is quite hotly anticipated, but for me, it completely missed the boat.

To the authors credit I can see some beautiful writing in there, some of her descriptions are lovely and I think give her a bit more time and she will be a stunning author. But for me, this one didn't hit the mark. The book was set in and around the German/Bavarian area what felt like a few hundred years ago, which meant quite a lot of the language was 'old'. For me, it didn't work, it made the prose stilted and often I didn't understand what was going on because there weren't always translations of the phrases. But this is personal preference and not something that detracts from the overall book.

Characters

The characters for me were bizarre. I had quite a lot of trouble differentiating at the start, but eventually, when Lisel went underground I adapted as the cast shrank.

The main character was unfortunately quite irritating. She placed a LOT of promenance on the fact she was 'plain' and 'ugly'. One or two references would have been fine, but she went on, and on, and on, and on, and on to the point where I struggled to connect with her at all.

The method in which the Jae-Jones described her thoughts jarred me, the main character was all over the place. One minute she hated the Goblin King and his spikey teeth and skinny appearance, the very next sentence she wanted him. This switch happened a LOT. I didn't connect to that. It was too changeable without enough justification on the characters part. I didn't believe the romance at all.
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I can't remember the last time I felt so intensely conflicted about a book. Set in 19th C Bavaria, Wintersong tells the story of the Vogel siblings from Liesl's POV. Girls are warned by their provincial elders not to want too much, to be modest and hard working, to be chase or else Der Erlkonig will fetch them away. But to Liesl, who is genuinely plain (not plain in a 'I don't realise how gorgeous I am' kinda way) as well as strange, intense and musically gifted, the story is seductive. She does not remember the strange companion of her childhood, anymore than she lets herself think about the music she composes or the future she wishes she had - usurped by her adored younger brother - but Liesl has met the Goblin King; once upon a time they were friends...

This is a folktale, a historical fantast and a lush, tempestuous romance all rolled into one. And as unbiased as I try to be in my reviews, I am very conscious of the fact that this was exactly the story I wanted to read at exactly the time I wanted it, told in pretty much exactly the way I wanted. So this is not an unemotional appraisal. Not that I can't see the flaws in the book. The structure does have a few wobbly moments and the narrative is occasionally over-written. It feels as if it could have done with another pass but the author ran out of time. That said the prose is gorgeous, the characters are complicated and engaging, and the plot is twisting and slyly gets under your skin. There were times when Liesl was actually thoroughly unlikeable but I couldn't help rooting for her and wanting to know what happened all the same. If you know anything at all about musical theory, that's how this book reads - like a sonata scored in musical notation.
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By D. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2017
Format: Paperback
I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance copy of this book.

"We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
Their hungry thirsty roots?"

Inspired by Christina Rossetti's poem Goblin Market, this is the story of Liesl, her sister Käthe and brother Josef. It's set in the elegant late 18th or early 19th century - the period, in style at least, to which traditional fairy stories seem to look back (perhaps because that's when they were first compiled and published?) there's a background of middle Europe: forests, the distant capitals of Paris or Vienna, marching armies, the rivalry of master (never, of course, mistress) musicians.

"Your love is killing him..."

Josef, a talented violinist, has a chance of joining this glamorous life. In contrast to such dreams, Liesl's world is circumscribed, her talents as a composer scorned by their father, a drunken innkeeper. Little surprise perhaps that her thoughts turn to childhood days playing with the imagined Goblin King in the forest...

But it's not Liesl who seems in danger when the strange merchants turn up in the market square of the village one day, selling their ripe and tempting fruits. Rather, Käthe seems likely to be swept off her feet by the stranger who breezes in with them. Can he really be the Goblin King? Indeed, does such a person actually exist?

Set in a time of tension, balanced between old superstition and new rationalism, Enlightenment and full blooded Romanticism, Winter and Spring, this is really Liesl's story. Liesl will sacrifice herself for her brother's ambition, her family's need, her sister's safety - but what will become of her?
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