Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 8th February 2018
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆
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 Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.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?
So…I don’t really know what happened in this novel.
In Wintersong, we were introduced to Liesl and her small village in the backwoods of Bavaria, a place I’ve actually visited many times and adore. We were told about the myths and fairy tales of the Underground where The Goblin King reigns. Everything was so atmospheric and beautifully worded. Granted, I had trouble picturing the Underground but hey, I don’t mind that; it’s almost completely up to the imagination to picture something that doesn’t exist. That’s fine.
But with Shadowsong, I had trouble picturing what was going on throughout the whole thing. What happened? I truly don’t know.
The first few chapters, I had some sort of idea. We see Liesl try to resume her life after spending time in the Underground. Her family are struggling while her brother is off in Vienna gaining fame as a talented violinist. We get a real sense of Liesl’s character that I felt we didn’t get so much of in Wintersong, and I really enjoyed it. But, towards the middle and end, a whole lotta stuff happens that I just don’t understand. I’m guessing it’s a mix of magic and magical realism, but it was lost on me.
Maybe I had different expectations about how this story would go. After Wintersong, I didn’t even think it warranted a sequel, but when I found out that Shadowsong was coming out, I thought maybe we would get more of a perspective from Josef, Liesl’s younger brother. And we do, but in a way I just did not understand.
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