Synopses & Reviews
Set in 19th century Bavaria Jae Jones’s debut tells the tale of 18 year old Liesl Vogler an innkeeper’s daughter who dreams of being a famous composer but is resigned to a life of minding her siblings and helping her mother run the family business. When the Goblin King abducts Liesl’s younger sister Kathë Liesl travels to the Underground and secures Kathë’s release by agreeing to marry the King in her stead. Freed from her earthly responsibilities Liesl can finally dedicate herself to her music with the Goblin King serving as both collaborator and muse. But as she falls in love and finds her voice the Underground begins to drain her life force and soon Liesl is faced with difficult decisions. While Jae Jones writes beautifully about the magic of love the power of music and the importance of free will she gives short shrift to the more elementary aspects of her story. The plot meanders the stakes are ill defined and the characters lack depth and verisimilitude keeping the book from reaching its full potential. Ages 12–up. Agent: Katelyn Detweiler Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Feb.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Dark, romantic and unforgettable, a fantastical coming-of-age story for fans of Labyrinth and The Darkest Part of the Forest.
Deep in his terrifying realm underground, the cold and forbidding Goblin King casts a dark shadow over nineteen-year-old Liesl. Her grandmother has always warned her to follow the old laws, for every year on the longest night of winter, she claims, the Goblin King will emerge into the waking world in search of his eternal bride. Sensible and plain, Liesl knows it s her duty to keep her beautiful sister Kathe safe from harm. But Liesl finds refuge only in her wild, captivating music, composed in secret in honor of the mysterious Goblin King.
When Kathe is stolen by the Goblin King, Liesl knows she must set aside her childish fantasies to journey to the Underground and save her. Drawn despite herself to the strange, beautiful world she finds and the mysterious man who rules it she finds herself facing an impossible choice. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.
Set at the turn of the 19th century, when young upstart composers like Beethoven were forever altering the sound of music, S. Jae-Jones richly imagined debut spins a spellbinding tale of music, love, sisterhood, and a young woman s search for self-actualization.
Wintersong is a maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things, all tied together with exquisite writing. This is a world you will want to stay lost in. Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author
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.
Dark, romantic, and powerful, S. Jae-Jones's Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won t soon forget.