A lush gothic fantasy about monsters and magic, set on the banks of a cursed lake. Perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Brigid Kemmerer.
There are monsters in the world.
When Violeta Graceling arrives at haunted Lakesedge estate, she expects to find a monster. She knows the terrifying rumors about Rowan Sylvanan, who drowned his entire family when he was a boy. But neither the estate nor the monster are what they seem.
There are monsters in the woods.
As Leta falls for Rowan, she discovers he is bound to the Lord Under, the sinister death god lurking in the black waters of the lake. A creature to whom Leta is inexplicably drawn…
There’s a monster in the shadows, and now it knows my name.
Now, to save Rowan—and herself—Leta must confront the darkness in her past, including unraveling the mystery of her connection to the Lord Under.
Title : Lakesedge
Author : Lyndall Clipstone
Series : World at the Lakesedge #1
Format : Paperback
Page Count : 400
Genre : YA Fantasy
Publisher : Titan Books
Release Date : October 12, 2021
Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Micky’s 4 star review
Shadows & smoke
Chilling & creepy
Secrets & hope
Lakesedge hit the top level of my creepy tolerance but I just could not not carry on. This spook wuss enjoyed everything about this evocative story, from the smoky shadows, to the dark characters and even Lord Under.
This was a story with a real gothic feel, complete with a large creepy house. Violetta (Leta) was all about selflessly protecting those around her…at any cost. That was the whole premise of the story but woven into the Monster of the Lake. Everything felt dark, foreboding and almost hopeless.
The plot was unexpected all along, especially with an ending that definitely locks you into needing the next installment. Rowan and Clover as characters really grew on me; they turned into so much more than they seemed at first glance. There was a satisfying level of romance too.
My power is a thread, tied to Rowan.
If you’re a fan of creepy woods, cloaked figures, dark horizons and family, found and blood, I’m certain that Lakesedge will appeal to you. Also, just admire that glorious UK cover.
Thank you to Titan Books for the review copy.