So I found this read while hunting around for "a book with a season in the title" for my 2017 reading challenge.
Growing up, Elizabeth, (Liesl) was always warned of the Goblin King. Brought up on stories of the beautiful man luring unsuspecting maidens into the Underground, never to be heard from again, she doesn't pay much mind when her superstitious grandmother warns her and her sister before heading into town one day. Liesl is no stranger to the Goblin Grove and the woods surrounding her parents inn. As a child she would often frolic between the trees playing with her tall beautiful friend. Making music, playing games, he is a distant memory now that Liesl is grown with increasing responsibilities. When her vibrant, beautiful sister is taken, Liesl must brave the Underground and go up against the enigmatic Goblin King to win her back, before she wastes away to nothing in the land of goblins.
This book was really not what I had expected, in an insanely good way. It was like some weird (and I use that adjective in the positive) mashup of Labyrinth, Beauty and the Beast, and 50 Shades of Grey. I'm not sure that I would really say that this book is YA appropriate due to some... *ahem*....adult situations which bordered on slightly S & M territory (hence the 50 Shades comparison) but damn if they weren't hot and thoroughly enjoyable to this (mostly) adult reader. The Goblin King was a remarkably layered character, cold and cruel but also deep and thoughtful. The developing relationship between him and Elizabeth was maddening. The constant push and pull was enough to drive any reader crazy (in all the best ways) which only made that ending even more heartbreaking. Thank god there is a followup book on the horizon, to be released in February because I NEED MORE GOBLIN KING IN MY LIFE. Elizabeth, or Leisel, was a dynamic character in her own right. She was incredibly talented and passionate, if guarded. The way they both connected to each other through music was an interesting dynamic and provided this whole ethereal soundtrack to their relationship. It was honestly really beautiful.
Now I sit back and wait (impatiently) for the followup, Shadowsong!
See you all next week!