Wednesday, January 31, 2018

An Unforgettable, Moving, and Epic Conclusion: Shadowsong (Review)

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 Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.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?
Wintersong #2
S. Jae-Jones
Pub Date: 2/6/18
Wednesday Books
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
Rating: 5/5
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Shadowsong, the breathtaking conclusion to the Wintersong duology is perhaps the most beautiful and thrilling YA novel I have read in quite a long time! S. Jae-Jones writes with her heart and it shows in the challenges overcome by her characters and the vivid landscape of their journey.

It has been six months since Liesl was released from Underground, but all is not resolved. She longs for her austere young man and her little brother, Josef, is still in Vienna. His changeling soul is fading and yearning to return to the Underground. There is a danger roving about and people are mysteriously dying in a manner referred to as elf-struck. It signifies that the barriers between worlds is at risk, and Liesl must fix it before it's too late.

Shadowsong expands Liesl's world quite a bit. There are more character perspectives and backstory that informs while also enriching the plot. Josef and Liesl's characters are developed further as they try to find their way back to each other and to home.

This moving, epic conclusion is darker and even more imaginative than Wintersong! I'm sad it's over, but thrilled to have read Liesl's adventure. This duology is unforgettable and perfect for dark fantasy readers!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

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