Enchanting - as a fairy tale should be!


Liesl has heard countless stories of the enchanting Goblin King her whole life. The lore that he comes to pick a bride the last night of the year is written in her music. She remembers playing music and games with him in the Goblin Grove as a child. In order to please her family, Liesl offers to help her family run their inn. But that changes when Liesl’s sister, Kathe, is taken by the Goblin King.

Liesl must save her sister by journeying through the Goblin King’s lair, the Underground. With temptations, traps, and tricks at every turn, playing the Goblin King’s game will be difficult. In this dark and magical world, Liesl must not only find her sister, but find her soul, her music, and who she truly is. 

BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
I immensely enjoyed Wintersong. The author has such rich and poetic writing. She imbues strong emotions that make me feel so many things all at once. The Underground is certainly a captivating and enchanting world, and I could not get enough of it. I was whisked off and didn’t want to come back, just like Liesl. I could not put this book down. Liesl’s journey was not only a physical one, but an emotional as well, and that made it all the better.  

Some readers may take issue with the way the author portrays certain themes. I found the story a bit slow at times and had difficulty understanding some of the musical and German terms. Thankfully, they didn’t make the story difficult to understand. Wintersong would make a great gift for fans of fantasy and fairytales ages 16 and older.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers will be as enchanted with the Underground as Liesl. That enchantment extends to being tempted to keep turning the page to see what happens next.

Content Awareness Factors:

The story contains profanity and sexual situations. The publisher lists the ages as 12 to 18. Our teen reviewer says the content seems inappropriate for teens younger than 15.

Type of Book:
This is the first book in a fantasy adventure series for young adults. It is designed as a high low book.
Educational Themes:

This is a romance story built on a Grimms-like European fairy tale called erlking. Readers may be interested in learning more about that folktale, but most will enjoy the book for the adventure.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, for sure.

Title Wintersong: A Novel
Author S. Jae-Jones
Publisher A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin, Imprint Macmillan Publishers ©
ISBN 9781250079213
Material Hard Cover
Cost $18.99
Genres Fables and Folklore, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fairy Tale, Romance
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