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The Lakesedge Blog Tour
By Lyndall Clipstone
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: September 28th, 2021
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Content Warnings: Emotional and physical abuse by a parent, Body horror, Gore and blood (including description of wounds), Emesis, Discussions of death and grief (no on-page deaths), Descriptions of drowning and deep water, Drowning-related imagery Self-injury (in the context of a curse that requires regular physical sacrifices), suicidal ideation
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.
This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
LAKESEDGE by Lyndall Clipstone is a delicious gothic styled fantasy!
Seventeen years old, Violeta “Leta” Graceling will do anything to protect her younger brother. Arien who is plagued with menacing dark shadows. It is almost like a sinister magic is trying to consumes him. Orphaned the two children were found by a woman who they call “Mother” wondering alone on the edge of a forest. As the two grow older Arien’s dark and dreadful powers threaten to be unleash. Trying to eradicate the black forbidden magic from Arien Mother becomes more and more abusive.
In a series of events that happen during a trip to the village, Arien catches the eye of Rowan Sylvanan, the lord of the land. Rowan moves to bring the young troubled boy back to his mansion. Violeta will have none of it, unless she is able to accompany her brothers Arien to the lords home of Lakesege.
Whispers of evil deeds done by Rowan Sylvanan, the Lord of Lakesedge has been circulating. Violeta and Arien don’t know what to believe. The Lord claims he can help the young boy, or is a ruse for a complete control over Arien’s dark magic. Violeta is determined to uncover secrets about the one they call, The Monster Of Lakesege.
Lakesege by Lyndall Clipstone, is a meticulously written book that takes snippets of classical tales to create a masterful storyline. A slow and steady ominous tone of dread takes the reader by the hand and guides them through the pages.
The characters are well developed, and the YA angst was well depicted. I enjoyed the slow burn romance that carefully builds, simultaneously as the secrets start to unfold in the plot line. Clipstone gives us a brilliant atmospheric world. She uses gothic elements, and old world nuisances to catapult the reader into a lush and menacing world.
Some of the things I found quite remarkable were that the villagers pay tithes to the lord, of the land. To the ever so slightly Pagan Festivals, that the village and its residents celebrate with changes of the season, and lets not forget who they worship to. The dark corruption that is steadily growing up and around the manor house. Rowan and Violeta will be faced with the rising darkness and their decisions might make you frustrated, which kept me flipping through the pages.
Lyndall Clipstone does an excellent job in creating an immersive, engaging book that I positively could not put down. There is so many things that I loved about this book.
Lyndall Clipstone writes about monsters and the girls who like to kiss them. A former youth librarian who grew up running wild in the Barossa Ranges of South Australia, she currently lives in Adelaide, where she tends her own indoor secret garden. She has a Bachelors in Creative Writing and a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management.
Her debut novel, LAKESEDGE, will be published by Henry Holt, Titan UK and Pan Macmillan Australia in Fall 2021 with a sequel, FORESTFALL, to publish in Fall 2022.
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