An unusual girl. An enigmatic man. An ancient castle. What could go wrong?
An outcast her entire life, Corvina Clemm is left adrift after losing her mother. When she receives the admission letter from the mysterious University of Verenmore, she accepts it as a sign from the universe. The last thing she expects though is an olden, secluded castle on top of a mountain riddled with secrets, deceit, and death.
An enigma his entire life, Vad Deverell likes being a closed book but knowing exactly everything that happens in the university. A part-time professor working on his thesis, Vad has been around long enough to know the dangers the castle possesses.
And he knows the moment his paths cross with Corvina, she’s dangerous to everything that he is.
They shouldn’t have caught each other’s eye. They cannot be. But a chill-inducing century-old mystery forces them to collide. People have disappeared every five years for over a hundred years, and Corvina is getting clues to unraveling it all, and Vad needs to keep an eye on her.
And so begins a tale of the mystique, the morbid, the macabre, and a deep love that blossoms in the unlikeliest of places.
Title : Gothikana
Author : RuNyx
Format : Physical ARC
Page Count : 400
Genre : PNR
Publisher : Solaris
Release Date : March 16, 2023
Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Micky’s 5 star review
All the morally grey
Creepy around every corner
This was one of the easiest to read dark academia books I’ve laid my hands on. I was addicted for the whole weekend getting lost in the shadows, woods and electric connections. Gothikana thrived on delivering morally grey characters that you couldn’t but help like even when you were suspicious.
There was a bunch of suspect happenings at Verenmore, a private university, a castle setting on a mountain for those lost and without. It was a dark but friendly place but it felt like ‘things’ were lurking around the corner. Corvina the FMC was as one with her inner subconscious voice and other giftings that meant she was more in tune with shadows, flickerings and voices. It was creepy as heck.
The silvered Ven was forbidden in many ways but he and Corvina drew together in a way that kept me glued to the page. Risk was part of their evolving relationship. I loved the reveals about their lives prior to Verenmore.
Mystery with creep was the plot on offer. Missing students, student deaths, potential serial killers, old graves, dark woods and a possessed lake were all in the mix. I felt on edge while devouring the story and never guessing that late fantastic twist.
Sign me up for more RuNyx; I’m a new fan.
“You stand, I soar. You crack, I crumble.”
The author very helpfully offers up content warnings at the beginning of the book, please do check them out. Much kudos for how RuNyx handled mental illness and its potentials, including how the MMC reacted.
Thank you to Solaris Books for the review copy.