Back when I read Wintersong, I was enraptured by the melodic nature and the haunting appeal that was given through the Underground and the Goblin King himself. I hyped myself up for the release of Shadowsong because I needed my Goblin King back in my life with his austereness and his wicked ways. I wanted to go back to the Underground.
Shadowsong takes place a few months after the end of Wintersong and it focuses more on the lives of Lisel and her family, and the supernatural leaking into the world above. So for the lover’s of the Goblin King, he has a very small appearance in this book. For those who were looking for more of Lisel’s little family, this book is chock-full of them.
I thoroughly enjoyed the world of Shadowsong, were Lisel traverses around Europe to find her brother. It is still a dark and melodic novel, but there is more internal turmoil with Lisel and Josef having to live lives away from the Goblin Grove. It is a tough novel to get through because Shadowsong weaves tough emotions through it’s characters. S. Jae Jones even includes an author’s note regarding suicide at the beginning of the novel as to make awares of how the actions and emotions of these characters may strike a chord, yet there is always someone to call when those feelings wash over you. And i respect that, so much.
All in all, I found Shadowsong enjoyable as it ties up the duology nicely. The pacing was slow, yet steady. The characters made me smile, had me crying, and my heart was full by the end. I only wish there was MORE of the Goblin King in this book, but I guess I will just need to re-read the first one for that.
Gonna give SHADOWSONG 4 targets. The artwork inside is absolutely stunning. Did you know the author hand-drew the lettering and images in both WINTERSONG and SHADOWSONG! She is just so talented 🙂
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
Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae Jones
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?