Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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 Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.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?
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Liesl is back again in the second book of the series. This book picks up from where the first book left off with Liesel returning from the underground after being released. Liesl is dealing with heartbreak and also trying to put her family back together when we meet her back in this book. She is trying to get her life back together, but also worried about her brother Josef since he is still off traveling for his new job.
Liesl has a lot of emotions going on in her head at this time and she is trying to figure out her next steps in life. She thinks the opportunity of a lifetime has come in the form of a music lover and also she will be reunited with her brother Josef, but things aren't always as they seem.
The author does an amazing job bringing not only the characters to life, but the scenery as well. The author is very talented with describing what is going on and it really brings the book to life when you are reading. I could imagine myself being transported to the different locations in the book while just reading the authors descriptions.
I enjoyed my Kathe scenes in this book a lot. I felt that the comments that she was making in the book helped me understand what everyone might be seeing from Liesl. The book is told mostly through Liesl thoughts and we get to see that she has a lot going on in her mind. Kathe helps to show the reader what Liesl's actions where doing to others or how others might view her. Also, Kathe has some other pivotal points in the book that help bring her to life.
My biggest issue with the book was some of the pacing. It felt like some parts of the book sort of began dragging for me and I wanted to figure out what was going to happen so I felt like almost skimming until the action picked back up. Once the action picked up again though I couldn't put the book down.
I would suggest this as a nighttime read. I found sections of the book that I felt I was able to put down and pick it back up. The book does have a nice transition from Wintersong so I would also suggest reading the first book in the series first. I would not consider this a stand alone novel.
I received a copy of this book from The Fantastic Flying Book Club to provide an honest review. This does no affect my opinion of this book.
My Rating: 4/5
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the NYT bestselling author of Wintersong.
Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.
Prize: 1 copy of Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones (US Only)