Well that was a journey that I am still not sure I was entirely ready for.
Receiving an ARC of Shadowsong was a dream come true (corny yes, but also entirely accurate). I finished reading it early into my plane ride home for Christmas and was then left to stew in all the feelings that SJ Jones invoked in me. I have been trying to formulate thoughts for three weeks, and I really hope I can do Shadowsong justice. So, with that being said, let’s get to it.
If you pick up Shadowsong expecting the same type of story that Wintersong brought you, then you are going to be disappointed and/or confused. Wintersong was a romantic journey, but it also read (to me) as a novel of self discovery. Leisel was never quite sure where she belonged in her family, in her society, and found acceptance in the Underground with the Goblin King and his realm. Shadowsong is a journey into the troubled mind of Leisel (and her brother Josef) but also is about peeling back the consequences of burying ugly emotions for years. I was left picking apart and analyzing what leaving the Underground really did to Leisel throughout the book, and I am not sure I am even accurate on my assumptions. Wintersong is a beautiful book, but superficial in retrospect. Shadowsong is deranged and dark, and heartbreakingly sad at points.