Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones! I have my thoughts about the book to share with you, plus your chance to win your own copy of the book!Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
Series: Wintersong #2
Published by Wednesday Books on February 6th 2018
Source:Copy provided by publisher for review, via Netgalley
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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 Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.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?
When I read Wintersong last year, I was so impressed with the lovely writing and vivid imagery. I am pleased to say that I enjoyed Shadowsong just as much! It’s quite a different book from its predecessor, however. To me, this was absolutely fine, I loved the direction the story went in. It felt logical to me to have the characters focusing on the aftermath of the previous book, and ultimately trying to find themselves and their places in the world.
The tone is dark, in a different way. The main character, Liesl, is dealing with mental health issues– a rarity in fantasy, and I applaud the author for including it (this is also #ownvoices, make sure you read the author’s note!). She’s also trying to put her family back together, all while dealing with her own broken heart. I absolutely felt for her during the course of this story.
I realize that some people will be a bit unhappy that the romance isn’t front and center of this book as it was in the last book. But I think it was quite important for Liesl to work through her circumstances, and to figure out who she was and what (or who) she was willing to fight for. And of course, the Goblin King is involved, no worries!
There was a point in the middle that the plot felt like it was meandering a bit, but the beginning and end were quite strong and definitely made up for some of the slowness in the middle. I also do need to mention, the formatting of the eARC was a disaster– and that sometimes that took me out of the story a little. Obviously I’d never fault the book for that, but… it was some of the messiest formatting I have ever encountered. I assume my trouble was perhaps part that the story was a bit slower in the middle, but also that I was trying to decipher stuff and that made it feel even more so? It’s as good a guess as any, right?
Ultimately, this book completed the series nicely. I had feelings during the course of the story- happy, sad, swoony, all the things. And I felt that it was a strong conclusion; not too many loose ends, nor too neatly wrapped up. Definitely one of the best series ends I’ve read in awhile!
Bottom Line: With completely enchanting writing and fabulous character development, this sequel provided a very satisfying ending to a lovely series!
One copy of Shadowsong (US Only)