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All her life, 19-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 Kathe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her - musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl faces an impossible choice. As she grows closer to the Goblin King, both of them must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Set at the turn of the 19th century, when young upstart composers like Beethoven were forever altering the sound of music, S. Jae-Jones' richly imagined debut spins a spellbinding tale of music, love, sisterhood, and a young woman's search for self-actualization.

©2017 S. Jae-Jones (P)2017 Recorded Books

Ce que les critiques en disent

"A maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things, all tied together with exquisite writing. This is a world you will want to stay lost in." (Marie Lu, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

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Problematic

Narrator made some interesting choices and consistently pronounced some things wrong which completely pulled me out of the story. Female lead was a typical Mary Sue and agonizing in the third act. Male lead was very superficially developed. Book showed promise initially but just completely fell apart in the third act.

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  • Ingrid
  • 2017-03-13

Muddled

Any additional comments?

This book is certainly different from a lot of other fantasy out there. It read like a folktale and the narration added to that sense of old-timey myth and mystery. However, the narrative is almost entirely introspection. Everything seems like a metaphor because it doesn't quite make sense. It's the kind of story that wants you to believe that deep things are being said, but is less concerned with actually saying them.

A young woman is trying to figure out her life, basically. She's insecure about her looks and talents, she's jealous of her siblings but also a bit co-dependent, something about sexuality. The problem is that while each issue comes up a lot, none of them are coherently addressed. For instance, it's a huge deal that the Goblin King won't have sex with her and she doesn't understand why, so she feels rejected. So what turns out to be the reason? Well, goblins can't feel and are feeding off her emotions or something. So if she has strong emotions (like during sex), she will be drained and die more quickly. However the king encourages her to compose passionately for days without food or sleep, so how is that less emotional than sex? She does get a nose bleed after composing, which is a sign of her impending death, but the book implies that it's from lack of food/sleep because she is too obsessed with music to do any of those things. Or because all the fruit is secretly rotten and has no nutrients. It's so unclear, and it's made even worse when suddenly she is told that she will lose her vision/hearing/taste/sense of touch, and that's how she will die.Why is using her ears for music less taxing than using her sense of touch for sex? Is it based on emotion or sensation? Well, she immediately loses her hearing when the goblin king has sex with her, so there is something about sex that makes it different from her other passions. And then she immediately gets her hearing back for no reason. It drives me crazy. What is Jae-Jones actually trying to say about sex here? I don't get it. The book teases at these questions, then half answers them, then half contradicts itself 10 pages later.

What about that thing where she was choosing her brother over her sister? That thread just gets forgotten about.

Same deal with whether she can have a life with the goblin king or not. He says that there is a version of him somewhere in the world that she should find -- like a human version? Except then they forget about that conversation and it never comes up again. Then there is the story about the first goblin queen leading her king out of the underworld on a bridge of their love, but that doesn't happen either. The end is pretty unsatisfying actually.

It's not terrible, but I didn't love it.

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  • Benjamin
  • 2017-04-12

Rarely have I found such a perfect book...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I have, in fact. First of all, Jim Henson's Labyrinth fans should not hesitate to get their hands on some form of this story, book or audiobook, though the audiobook is something special and worth listening to, giving the story even more magic.

What did you like best about this story?

It captured the essence of Labyrinth while also making it its own story and world. There were definite themes and moments coined to the original idea, but S. Jae-Jones wove a beautiful, sensual, moving story that every fan wished had happened between Sarah and Jareth.

Which scene was your favorite?

SPOILERS! DON'T READ THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT A MAJOR SCENE RUINED!

My favorite scene is after she's rescued her sister and so faced the greatest ultimatum: life or die, flee or surrender, save herself or the world. It's a daunting decision, but what's great about this scene is the creepiness factor that is a prominent part of Beauty and the Beast, Labyrinth, Hades and Persephone, that kidnapping element is eliminating. Basically she tells the Goblin King "You have no power over me", but also she chooses to go with him, to sacrifice herself to belong to him and the Underground. It's a very powerful moment, for all parties, and it changes everything.

Second is the last scene, where she chooses to leave the Underground. She loves the Goblin King, wants to be his forever, entire, but the cost is too great and so he lets her go. This is the satisfying moment we didn't get in the movie, but that's a different story. Here we get the satisfaction of her having chosen the Goblin King, but then also her choosing herself, which is bittersweet but the best thing for her and the story.

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  • Rhonda L. B.
  • 2017-11-13

Not a retelling of Labyrinth

I was worried that this would be a poorly written version of the Labyrinth. Thankfully I had nothing to worry about. While the Goblin King definitely appears to look much like David Bowie the story is interesting and well written.

I enjoyed the narrator as well though I found it a little annoying that the audio wasn't better edited. I could hear her take breaths, yawn, and even a little background noise from time to time, none of which fit the story at that point in the time.

All in all it was an enjoyable book. I am not sure if I will read the follow up because I feel as if the story was complete with no need for a follow up.
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  • Jessica
  • 2017-03-21

Nice story

Eva Kaminsky does a phenomenal job performing this novel. I really enjoyed listening to her. The novel was enjoyable and I definitely agree with the decription of it being a cross between Labyrinth and Beauty and the Beast. Very interesting different world.

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  • Rebecca J. Burge
  • 2020-11-25

Could have stopped after section 2 and it would have been great

If you loved Labyrinth, you will enjoy listing to half this book. The narrator does a lovely job, and I felt I could see the Goblin King (aka David Bowie) when she described him - a credit to the writing & narration. The story played off the plot & themes of Labrynth, but put an interesting spin on them. The world building was solid, the family dynamics well fleshed out. And the Rossetti poems complemented the narrative perfectly. And then . . . The second half of the book dragged. If I heard “Elizabet entire” one more time, or “the austere young man” again, I would have to scream. The “love scenes” were unimaginative & way too long. There seemed to be hints of BDSM, but the author was never brave enough to actually go there. I ended up fast-forwarding through a lot of them. The dynamic between the Goblin King & Elizabet in the second half was reminiscent of Twilight and other books that glorify really old men who are aloof and emotionally abusive to their innocent love interests - but it’s ok because he’s beautiful & in the end he gives her his heart. I liked that the protagonist was smart & talented instead of beautiful, but again, that just feeds into the abusive dynamic. She’s SO grateful that any man desires her physically, she literally throws her life away. It was pathetic & sexist. I suggest listening to the first half & then stopping once Elizabet gets above ground the first time. Here’s the rest of the story - the get married in an underground chapel, he won’t have sex with her even after she throws herself at him over and over, he finally gives in, and suddenly she is capable of writing the best music of her life, she misses her family & is dying, but the Goblin King decides to spare her life because of how much he loves her. Oh, and somehow this doesn’t trigger eternal winter, but that’s not explained at all. The end.

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  • Samantha
  • 2019-09-17

Long, but good.

CRIMINEY, this book was long. it took me nearly 3 months to read. the story was fantastic, and it definitely gives Labyrinth a run for it's money. a lot of this book really struck home with me, since I am also a very plain girl with a deep love for music like the Protagonist Elizabet. there are several Chekov's guns in this book that I felt never got properly fired. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel... after I read some other books first.

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  • Sehamd
  • 2018-09-05

omg narrator is awful.

The story is excellent!!! however the narrator makes it very boring. Unfortunatly....... I'm not sure why she does. Its awful I've never listened to a more intriguing book based around Germanic lore. Then this one and the narrator made me feel like I was in school. think I may actually have to pick up a hard copy and read it in my down time...

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  • A.C.
  • 2018-08-21

Loved this book!

I could not stop listening to this story. Captivating and haunting at the same time. I look forward to Shadowsong. Truly a gem

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  • Jenny
  • 2018-08-13

The Labyrinth, and What Comes After

I could not stop giggling while listen to this book, because in so many ways it reads like Alternate Universe Labyrinth. What's more interesting is **SPOILER** what happens after she is able to rescue her sibling. What are relationships, why is the Goblin King there? What is inspiration, and what does it mean to us? I would recommend it to anyone who likes A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

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  • Nhite
  • 2018-07-16

Narrator is amazing and easy to listen to. Overall beautifully written story

I was able to listen to this as an audiobook on road trips. While I really enjoyed the amazing narrator, the first half of the story for me was extremely slow. The second half picked up and was extremely enjoyable but I found myself extremely disappointed with the ending. I realize there are more in this series but at this moment I’m not sure if I will continue the series.