Gorgeous gorgeous book! Labyrinth meets Caraval. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and while it took me longer to get to it than I had planned, it was every bit as stunning as I’d hoped it would be.
Wintersong reads like a fairytale, with incredibly beautiful and evocative descriptions. I found the whole thing very sensual. I have been trying to practise reading faster lately but I really had to take this slowly and savour the words. It is not often a book makes me deaf to the world around me but this one did; literally, there were people speaking to me and I could not hear them because I was so engrossed in the world of Der Erlkonig.
One of the things I loved most was the music! As a pianist myself, I loved recognising all of the musical terminology and feel that this really added an extra level of depth to the story. I don’t know if the author is musical herself but it seems she must be; either that or she did an excellent amount of research!
I also really loved the diversity in this one; some of the character choices made me very happy and I only wish we could have seen more of their story. There was also a fabulous twist near the end that I loved.
I had a couple of tiny issues with the book; for example, there were some small errors here and there that must have been missed in editing. Also, the language, while beautiful, got a tiny bit overwhelming at times when the author would use three or four words to say the same thing. For example, a character would be not just angry but also frustrated, vexed, annoyed. It was a minor thing but it could be enough to lower the rating for some readers.
I would probably rate this a 4.5 because I did find the main character a little annoying at times and can’t justify giving her 5 stars! It’s definitely more emotional character-study than action-packed plot, but I would highly recommend it if you’re a fan of beautiful writing.
I have to say another big thank-you to my bestie Mia for gifting me this gorgeous book! Go say hi, she’s a lovely human 🙂