Life,” he said softly, “is more than ﬂesh. Your body is a candle, your soul the ﬂame. The longer I burn the candle…” He did not ﬁnish.
“A candle unused is nothing but wax and wick,” I said. “I would rather light the ﬂame, knowing it will go out than sit forever in darkness.” – Wintersong, S. Jae-Jones
Initial Thoughts: I was immediately drawn to Wintersong after I had read that it was inspired by the movie Labyrinth. When I was in high school, my David Bowie obsession began after watching Labyrinth. Labyrinth is the story of a teenage girl who lives her life daydreaming instead of growing up. One night, she is forced to babysit her baby brother. After her brother’s relentless crying, the girl wishes that her brother would be stolen away by goblins. To her great surprise, her wish comes true. The goblin king himself, (played by David Bowie) comes to steal the child away. The girl tells the goblin king that she did not mean what she said, but it is too late. In order to save her brother, the girl must pass through a labyrinth of many dangers to find her brother before time runs out.
Dark, romantic, and unforgettable, Wintersong is an enchanting coming-of-age story for fans of Labyrinth and The Cruel Prince.
The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride…
All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.
But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds—and the mysterious man who rules it—she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.
Rich with music and magic, S. Jae-Jones’s Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.
Ever since she was young, Liesl has dreamed of the Goblin King. He was her friend, her confidant, and featured in all the stories Liesl’s grandmother would tell Liesl and her siblings when they were young. Years later, at eighteen years old, Liesl lives in the shadow of her brother’s musical talents and in the shadow of her sister’s beauty. Liesl does not quite belong, and she has quite forgotten the Goblin King.
On the last night of the year, Liesl’s grandmother warns her to take heed of the Goblin King, as it is known from the legends that the Goblin King will visit the mortal world and search for his bride. Before, Liesl would help her grandmother keep the Goblin King at bay, but not this year. Liesl has turned her back on the legends of her childhood. Little does she know, her sister, Kathe, would be snatched away by the Goblin King, and the only way to save her is to descend into the Underground.
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