I should preface this by saying that I have never seen Labyrinth so that did not in any way influence my reading experience. I was drawn to this book immediately after reading the blurb because I saw that it was going to deal with The Goblin King and I am head over heels IN LOVE with Christina Rosetti’s The Goblin Market (it’s only one of the best epic poems ever written).
I’m so glad to report that Wintersong DID NOT disappoint. I loved the lush atmosphere of The Underground, the vibrant classical music interwoven throughout, and the romance. The Goblin King is definitely on my list of book baes now. (What can I say? I cannot resist a trickster with a haunting past and a somber heart.)
Liesl was an interesting protagonist to follow, and I really enjoyed her internal dialogue. She really comes into herself throughout the story, and I like that she owns who she is (including her less savory parts). It can be hard to admit when we aren’t acting selflessly, but she really comes to terms with her good and bad, and I thought that was really cool.
The Goblin King is someone I want more more MORE of – I seriously couldn’t get enough of him, and I am already dying for book two so that I can see him again. I thought the chemistry between Liesl and him is electric, and I am shipping them so hard. Book two had better have answers because the ending of Wintersong definitely left me dangling and in despair. Like I said, I just really need more of everything.
In summary, there is gorgeous prose, a delicious book boyfriend, and a sizzling romance, all intertwined with classical music and a fantastical setting that is sure to delight. This is a series to watch.
Rating: 5+/5 stars