somewhere like 3.8 stars, so rounding up to 4.
Wintersong is aptly named as any book could ever be. More than a book, it is truly a long elegant poem filled with yearning and pain.
Liesl is plain, the first child to innkeepers with a musically talented younger brother and a beautiful sister. Who would look at Liesl when her siblings are the eye of famous maestros and all the men in town. However, unbeknownst to anyone save her siblings, Liesl is a genius composer. But to everyone, she is never good enough. Just as her life truly loses purpose, the Goblin King, a mythical beast whom she once imagined playing with in her young days appears, offering her both salvation and damnation in the shape of kidnapping her sister. If she loses the game, she is to be the bride of the goblin king, damned to live underground forever with this enigmatic austere myth. If she wins, she gets both her sister and her precious music back. His agenda in erking Elisabeth, however, may not be as cruel as she imagines.
It is hard to write a proper review of Wintersong. The story itself-no- but the writing, the poetry brought tears to my eyes not once, but three times throughout the novel. It was beautiful and I did not think I could cry for sorrow written so beautifully. Not because it was so sad. but because it was so beautifully written the yearning, pain, and redemption was described.
We see Liesl, a girl, change into Elisabeth, a woman by the hands of the Goblin King. we see her grow, learning the beauty and ugliness that lies within her, but at least it is learning. She slowly stops hiding behind the shadow of her siblings and reading about the journey was amazing.
So why only four stars?