Thursday, January 25, 2018

Friday 56 and Book Beginning: Wintersong (Wintersong #1) by S. Jae-Jones || Friday 50/50 Favorite Book Set in Winter/Summer

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
     All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
     But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
     Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Book Beginning:
Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood. She was small and dark, he was tall and fair, and the two of them made a fancy pair as they danced together, dancing to the music the little girl heard in her head.

My 56:
On and on, Thistle and the tailor went through the litany of brides, but their names and histories blurred quickly from my mind, their lives faded from memory. 

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50/50 Friday is a new weekly link-up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.

These are more like books that make me think of Winter and Summer because of the setting. 




  1. The cover is gorgeous and the blurb really draws me in.

    I'm reading another type of fantasy, The City of Brass this week

  2. Wintersong is on my TBR list. Enjoy your current read!

  3. Hi Marie!

    This sounds great and has such a fairy-tale theme to it!

    Here is mine this week:

    Happy reading! Have a great weekend. ;)

  4. I love the fairy tale feel of the prose. Sounds like an interesting read!

  5. This sounds intriguing. I'll be adding it to my list. This week I have Final Siege by Scarlett Cole. Happy reading!

  6. I'm off to make sure this is on my GR list. I love how lyrical it sounds when I read that beginning. Happy weekend!

    1. The book is set up to read like a symphony. It's very music based, and the way it flows is pretty to read.

  7. This sounds like one I'd love to read! What a great fantasy. I love that beginning! Have a great weekend :)

  8. Wintersong reminds me of Labyrinth a bit--one of my daughter's favorite movies. I really like the sound of it and hope it is a good one!

    I haven't read your 50/50 selections, but hope to get to The Bear and the Nightingale soon.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  9. Looks like a lovely book. I bet you are enjoying it.

  10. I definitely want to give this one a try.

    Lauren @ Always Me