ARC Review: Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone

Two posts in one day?! What is the world coming to! I was actually trying to have this post written and published yesterday, but unfortunately, my brother and sister in law were over for most of the day, so I had no time at all to finish writing it.

Thank you so much to Fierce Reads/Macmillan Children’s and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC or Lakesedge! I hadn’t actually read anything really about this book before I read it, but I was obsessed with the cover, so I was the most excited to read it, and I think y’all will be too! Lakesedge comes out on September 28th, so make sure y’all go out and grab it!

Lakesedge 4/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

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 book was so cool and so well written. I was super interested in every part of it and all I wanted to do after starting the book was keep reading! I liked Violeta as a main character, but man, I liked Rowan as a side character/love interest so much more. The whole story behind his curse and him being a monster and his family dying and him living alone(ish) in his estate was so sad but such like a person defining story- I loved it. The Lord Under was such a cool character too and a great take on like a Hades/lord of the underworld kind of character. The idea of magic through alchemists was cool and I really liked Clover. Haha I feel like I’m just listing out all of the characters and saying that I like them, but it’s true! I did really liked all of them! Plot wise, I liked it- the second half was my favorite and I loved the last quarter where the Lord Under really plays a bigger piece, but the first half was really good too. I love where this book is going and I cannot wait to read book 2. This book has shades of Beauty and the Beast and shades of the Hades/Persephone myth and they come together beautifully. I really think y’all are going to like this one!

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