AUTHOR: S. Jae-Jones
DATE RELEASE: February 6, 2018
PUBLISHED BY: Wednesday Books
SERIES: A sequel to the first book, Wintersong (duology)
SYNOPSIS (FROM GOODREADS):
Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.
When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (FROM GOODREADS):
S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the NYT bestselling author of Wintersong.
Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.
Before I start, please take note that this is my spoiler-free review. That means, every thoughts, feelings and option about this book is solely MINE.
This book picked up 6 months after the Wintersong (the first book). Liesl has returned to the world from the Goblin King's Underground realm. Everything changes. The saying that "what you take must be return" is true. That's how Liesl and her brother Josef had experience throughout this second installment.
I have read the first book, Wintersong a year ago and I was so captivated with the story and the author's writing style, that I craved for a sequel.
And my prayer got answered...
If Wintersong is enchantingly captivating, Shadowsong is hauntingly beautiful. It is dark and goth - like it sucked all the happiness out of me as I read. Some might find it slow - I do find it slow, but I completely understand why. The author, Ms. JJ has taken us, readers, into the emotionally roller coaster of Liesl and Josef. She let us imagine the characters' change after Wintersong. The effect of being associated with the Goblin King, Goblin Grove and the Underground. Ms. JJ also gave us the glimpse of dark classic which we can find in reading old novels like The Sleepy Hollow and Dracula. That people believed in old traditions because they, the unnatural won't let us forget them. The real action of the novel took place towards the conclusion of the story. Did I see it coming? To be honest, I was torn about it. If I were in Liesl's place, I'll be so heartbroken that I don't know how to proceed further in life. I love how it ended. Sad but so beautiful, poetic if you asked me.
RATING: 5 out 5 stars
Even if it is a slow-pacing story, it has still captivated me. Beautifully written by Ms. JJ and I highly recommend to those who are looking for a dark, folklore-like stories. But of course, you need to read Wintersong first.
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