Review: Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones
Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
Series: Wintersong #2
Published by Macmillan on February 6, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Mass Market Paperback
Sexual Content: None
Reviewed by: Tacoma
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 Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.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?
SHADOWSONG has such a beautiful cover. It made me want to get lost in a musical story of enduring love, magic, and the fae. And while the writing is as beautiful as the cover, it often twisted to the melodramatic.
The back copy promises a story of a woman working to further her musical career; however, Lisel is largely a passive character. The plot drags her along, but I became bored with her lack of urgency or motivation. Even the final decision of the book is mostly made for her.
And while Lisel is the main character, SHADOWSONG uncomfortably jumps its point-of-view from first person to third. I understand the necessity of including different points-of-view considering the characters are separated geographically for a portion of the book, but throwing the reader out of the intimacy of first person into a detached third person narrative proved jarring. Overall, it was an interesting style choice to go with, but I would have preferred the entire book to be from Lisel's point-of-view.
SHADOWSONG may not be as strong as its predecessor, but it does offer a fitting conclusion to Lisel's story. Though I hoped to get lost in the magic, I already knew the twists and turns. If you're looking for a tale that could have happened before the movie Labyrinth, then this series is for you.
If you're looking for a YA fantasy book featuring the fae, check out The Last Changeling by Chelsea Pitcher.